Media Releases 2017

Posted on 02/11/2017 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Board Update – October 2017

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday 26 October to review its first draft Strategic Plan ahead of the public consultation phase, to evaluate the progress of a range of programs, and to review the recent bandicoot release on Phillip Island.

Strategic Planning
The Board has approved the draft Strategic Plan to be presented for public consultation. The plan outlines the Nature Parks’ proposed major strategies and initiatives over the next five years, in key areas such as Reconciliation, Visitor Experience, Whole of Island planning, Asset improvement, Biodiversity Enhancement programs, Threatened Species conservation, Interpretation, and Education campaigns to drive positive change in human behaviours which impact negatively on the environment. Community members will have the opportunity to discuss the draft plan through the Nature Parks Community Advisory Committee and an open community forum in November. Session dates and times will be announced shortly.

Threatened Species - Eastern Barred Bandicoots
The Board was delighted with the recent successful release of 44 endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoots onto Summerland Peninsula, a location well known for successful conservation activities following its rehabilitation from a former housing estate to a thriving colony of little penguins and a number of native wildlife species. The Board noted that the continuing efforts to save this unique marsupial from extinction are in accord with the Nature Parks’ commitment earlier this year to an increased investment in conservation.

Volunteer Program
The Board received an update on the development of the Nature Parks’ new Volunteer Program launched in August, designed to generate more opportunities for more volunteers, enhance the experience of our visitors and appropriately support and recognise the contribution of our volunteers. The Board was pleased with the program’s progress, acknowledging the commitment of current Nature Parks’ volunteers, and looks forward to the recruitment of additional volunteers to help enhance the visitor experience across Phillip Island.

Bass Coast Shire Council Visit
The Board was pleased to host Bass Coast Shire’s Mayor and councillors last week on a tour of the island to identify opportunities to apply best practice in the management of areas where both the Nature Parks and the Shire share management responsibilities. The councillors also received an update on a number of projects such as the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, Summerland Peninsula Trails Master Plan and Cape Woolamai Coastal Reserves Master Plan. The tour concluded with a visit to the Penguins Plus and Underground penguin viewing areas. Councillors and Board members commented on the strong partnership that has been built between the two organisations

Reconciliation Action Plan
The Board received an update and was pleased with the progress of the Nature Parks’ performance against the 32 targets contained in the 2015-18 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) under the key areas of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities. The Board looks forward to the actions in the RAP being fully implemented.

Jeff Floyd
Chair
Phillip Island Nature Parks

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