Posted on 16/06/2017 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks Board Update – May 2017
The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Wednesday 31 May to evaluate a range of future budget and investment initiatives, review existing projects, and announce the Nature Parks’ new Food and Beverage partner.
2017-18 Budget Initiatives
Further to its commitment in March to increase investment in conservation activities, the Board was pleased to allocate $200,000 across the next two years in additional funding to enhance the Nature Parks’ expertise and readiness for the potential re-introduction of threatened or endangered species, previously found in the wild on Phillip Island.
The Board was excited to announce support for a range of Behaviour Change campaigns to be developed, implemented and championed by the Nature Parks. In addition to existing campaigns such as our partnership with Zoos Victoria’s “When balloons fly, seabirds die” campaign, any new campaigns will focus on the very important issues surrounding marine debris and its effect on our environment.
The Board noted the many vital components required for the development of the Nature Parks’ 2018-2023 Environmental Plan, including the completion of an island-wide fauna survey. This research will allow for a better understanding of mammal, reptile and amphibian populations, and inform the Nature Parks’ future environmental conservation activities.
Restoration of Penguin Habitat
The Board was delighted with the progress of the penguin habitat restoration project which is currently focused on the relocation of ‘at risk’ penguins to the eastern end of the Penguin Parade. A total of 36 penguins, which had been occupying burrows in the heavy traffic areas of the coach and car parks, have been relocated, protecting them from vehicle incidents. The restoration project has already seen 20 artificial burrows renovated and an additional 45 artificial burrows installed.
Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Development
The Board was pleased to see this exciting development is progressing through the detailed design phase, and includes continued investigation into enhancing environmental outcomes and taking further steps towards the Nature Parks’ ultimate goal of becoming carbon, energy and waste neutral. The Board noted that the project remains on track for completion in late 2019.
Food and Beverage Partner
The Board was pleased to announce the appointment of Delaware North as the Nature Parks’ partner in the provision of food and beverage services across all Nature Parks’ sites.
A comprehensive and competitive tender process identified Delaware North’s extensive expertise and experience in running cafes, restaurants and functions in a wide range of venues. Delaware North will commence operations in late June or early July 2017.
The Board acknowledged the significant contribution of the Nature Parks’ current food and beverage staff, and the importance of their employment status. All of these staff are assured of being offered ongoing employment with Delaware North and their entitlements will be protected. The Board was also pleased to note that food and beverage staff would have access to greater opportunities and potentially an improved career path within the hospitality industry, through Delaware North’s extensive operational networks.
The Nature Parks’ existing supplier partners have been advised of the transition to Delaware North and have been provided with the opportunity to contact Delaware North to discuss future supply opportunities.
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Roland Pick - Communications Executive
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