Media Releases 2017

Posted on 07/04/2017 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks March Board Update

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday 20 March to review a range of existing projects, develop plans for future activities, and announce a new Chief Executive Officer.

Appointment of CEO
The Board was delighted to announce the appointment of Catherine Basterfield as the new CEO of the Nature Parks with immediate effect. The Board noted the high calibre of applicants and thanked all those who had expressed an interest in this challenging role. The Board acknowledged the contribution of Tracey Lindupp who had been acting in the role of CEO for the previous two months and thanked her for her efforts.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Development
The Board was pleased to see the continued progress on this exciting development which is now moving into the detailed design phase. The Board noted that the project remains on track for completion in late 2019.

Community Open Day
The 2017 Nature Parks Community Open Day was held on Sunday 5th of March, with over 2,000 visits recorded at several locations across the day. The Board noted that visitor numbers were in line with the 2016 Community Open Day which featured the new Antarctic Journey attraction, so community engagement continued to be high. The Board thanked the staff and volunteers for their ongoing contributions, and acknowledged the success of the Community Open Day to showcase the Nature Parks.

Key Investment in Conservation
The Board committed to an increase in conservation investment in 2017/18 for the Nature Parks to develop a Threatened Species Conservation Program. This program would enhance the Nature Parks’ expertise and readiness for the potential re-introduction of threatened or endangered species which were previously found in the wild on Phillip Island.

Reconciliation Action Plan
The Board acknowledged the continued positive progress on many of the actions contained within the Nature Parks’ second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which is in place until 2018. The Board also approved for plans to be put in place to develop the next RAP to ensure the continued commitment of the Nature Parks to the development of strong relationships, mutual respect and the provision of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Jeff Floyd
Phillip Island Nature Parks


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