Media Releases 2018

Posted on 13/02/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Next instalment for Bushbank

The Barb Martin Bushbank enters a new era as the Bushbank committee working group formally transfers management of the nursery operations to the Phillip Island Nature Parks on Friday 16 February.

“We are excited to reach this important phase, as the Nature Parks is committed to continuing to provide indigenous plants for the community, as per Barb Martin’s vision and the original charter of the Bushbank,” said Catherine Basterfield, CEO Phillip Island Nature Parks.

“We are also looking forward to not only providing opportunities for existing volunteers, but also further developing the highly successful volunteer program to enhance and acknowledge the wonderful contributions that these dedicated individuals make to the Bushbank.”

The Bushbank will close temporarily for retail and public sales effective from Saturday 17 February to allow for upgrades to the facilities and integration into the Nature Parks’ IT and point of sale systems. Existing wholesale orders will continue to be honoured and fully serviced, and new wholesale contracts are welcome, ahead of the Bushbank’s planned re-launch early in the 2018/19 financial year.

“We commenced planning for these facility upgrades on behalf of the Bushbank committee well before the recent transition to the Nature Parks, so the timing actually works very well. This temporary closure provides us with a great opportunity to focus on the generation and production of plants, as well as review the Bushbank’s ongoing operations to ensure its long term viability.”

“We have been delighted to work with the Nature Parks during this transition period in order to secure the continued operation of the Bushbank, and we are excited to know that both the nursery and the volunteers have such a bright future ahead,” said Anne Davie, Bushbank President.

There will be a Bushbank info booth at the Nature Parks’ Community Open Day on Sunday 4 March at the Koala Conservation Centre, and community members are invited to come along and meet the Bushbank team, along with a wide range of other community and special interest groups who will be there on the day.


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