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Penguin Parade to benefit from $58 million investment in new visitor facilities

Penguin Parade to benefit from $58 million investment in new visitor facilities
April 21, 2016

Phillip Island’s iconic Penguin Parade, one of Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions, will receive a much needed upgrade, boosting jobs and tourism in regional Victoria.

The Victorian Government is to provide $48.2 million in its 2016/17 Budget for a major redevelopment of the attraction’s Visitor Centre, replacing the 1988 facility with a larger and better equipped centre that has a smaller environmental footprint.

Phillip Island Nature Parks will add $10 million to the project for a total cost of $58.2 million.

Nature Parks’ Chair Jeff Floyd announced “the Penguin Parade is critical to the success of Victoria’s tourism performance. Without ongoing major investment, Victoria will not maintain its leadership in eco-tourism.”

Phillip Island Nature Parks is the area’s largest employer, providing tourism jobs which are vital in regional Victoria. This investment has been made possible through the new $101 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, designed to help boost regional tourism and drive new jobs across Victoria, and will be delivered as part of the upcoming Budget.

This major redevelopment in Phillip Island will create 620 new jobs a year, including around 110 construction personnel while redevelopment is underway. Phillip Island Nature Parks already supports 1,350 full time jobs.

Phillip Island Nature Parks is one of Australia’s most popular wildlife attractions with over 600,000 visitors per year to the Penguin Parade, and almost 1.3 million visitors per year to all of the Nature Parks’ attractions. This project will potentially increase visitation to the Penguin Parade by more than 20% over 10 years.

Floyd added “there has been a lot of talk about tourism investment for decades. This Victorian Government has stepped up and committed to this major tourism investment to ensure Victoria remains at the forefront of global tourism.

“It is essential that we continue to revitalise our tourism offerings to capture a big share of the booming Chinese tourism market.”

In addition to its significant eco-tourism activities, the Nature Parks is also recognised as the home of world leading research and preservation efforts to protect seabirds and other threatened species. This redevelopment will allow over eight hectares of habitat to be restored back to the island’s penguin colonies, with the Nature Parks better placed to achieve environmental outcomes by reducing impacts on penguins and increasing penguin habitat.

Floyd concluded “this investment and redevelopment would not have been possible without the incredible support of the Phillip Island community, particularly the members of our Community and Environment committees.”

Phillip Island Nature Parks is also home to world leading research and preservation efforts to protect seabirds and other threatened species.

Over eight hectares of habitat will also be restored back to the Island’s penguin colonies, with the Nature Parks better placed to achieve environmental outcomes by reducing impacts on penguins and increasing penguin habitat.

Images: Artists impressions of the new visitor centre (top and below), penguins at Penguin Parade (middle)..

1st January 2016 - ANTARCTIC JOURNEY EXPERIENCE OPENS ON PHILLIP ISLAND

8th October 2015 - GIANT PANDAS AND LITTLE PENGUINS COMBINE FOR CONSERVATION

27th October 2014 - NEW ECOBOAT ADVENTURES AT VICTORIA’S PHILLIP ISLAND

28th April 2014 - PHILLIP ISLAND NATURE PARKS WELCOMES NEW AMBASSADOR FOR PENGUINS

23rd March 2014 - MAJOR TOURISM EXPANSION ANNOUNCED FOR VICTORIA’S PHILLIP ISLAND


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