The Owens family from Cowes spent their Sunday trying to spot koalas. mm371019

Phillip Island’s Fred and Monika Hulsmann received free entry to all of the Phillip Island Nature Parks’ attractions – as did all Bass Coast residents on Sunday. mm361019

Rob and Jenny McRae spent their Sunday morning walking around the Koala Conservation Centre. mm351019

The Hughes, Wright, Parker and Davies families enjoyed checking out the Koala Conservation Centre at the weekend. mm341019

THE Victorian Government supported the release of the 30-Year Conservation Vision document for Phillip Island at the weekend.
Eastern Victoria MP Harriet Shing attended the launch of the document on Sunday, which features a foreword from Lily D’Ambrosio, the energy, environment and climate change minister.
Phillip Island Nature Parks prepared the ‘30-Year Vision – Beyond the Horizon’ document in consultation with key experts including Traditional Custodians, Greening Australia and the local community.
The Island plays an important role in protecting Victoria’s biodiversity and provides a haven for unique wildlife and important threatened animal and plant species.
Significant conservation outcomes over the past decades include the restoration of the Summerland Peninsula, achieving fox-free status and supporting the re-establishment of critically endangered Eastern barred bandicoots into the wild.
The conservation vision outlined in the document is in line with the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity 2037 Plan and Living with Wildlife Plan.
The document details major future challenges including adapting to climate change, controlling the effects of a growing population and maintaining the wild populations of land and marine animals and plants amidst increased development pressure and the effects of pollution.
“Working in partnership with Phillip Island Nature Parks, stakeholders and community towards achieving this conservation vision will in turn lead to greater economic stability and healthier communities,” Ms Shing said.
Conservation manager for Phillip Island
Nature Parks, Jess McKelson, said the plans express their bold conservation aspiration for the Parks as a place offering an enhanced, authentic and diverse visitor experience founded on the highest conservation principles and informed by scientific research.
“We take this responsibility seriously and look forward to working together towards a better future for Phillip Island (Millowl) where conservation and ecotourism excellence inspire people to actively protect the natural environment,” Ms McKelson said.