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PHILLIP Island’s new penguin view-
ing experience at the Penguin Parade
has won the category of infrastructure
innovation in the United Nations World
Environment Day Awards.
The national award was accepted by Damian
Prendergast, Phillip Island Nature Parks major proj-
ects manager, at a ceremony in Melbourne recently.
The new Penguins Plus experience won the in-
augural award category that recognises excellence
in sustainable infrastructure.
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ new innovative,
sustainable and unique penguin viewing experi-
ence, Penguins Plus, provides Australia’s only un-
derground beach viewing opportunity within the
world’s largest colony of wild little penguins.
“We believe the project demonstrates excel-
lence as it was motivated by sustainable practice and
backed by world-leading scientific research, envi-
ronmental management and ecotourism principles,”
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ CEO Matthew Jackson
“This project was made possible through a major
partnership with RACV who, along with the Pen-
guin Parade, have a long history of providing excep-
tional experiences and service to Victorians.
“It is fitting these two iconic Victorian tourism
organisations joined together to create an innovative
experience within a natural setting with little impact
to the environment and wildlife.”
Netta Griffin, RACV director who opened the
facility in November 2015, applauded the achieve-
“We are honoured to be partnered with Phillip
Island Nature Parks for the development of the Pen-
guins Plus viewing platform. This prestigious award
illustrates the achievements and benefits that can be
gained through community partnership programs,”
“Since the partnership announcement we have
seen a large number of RACV members visiting this
iconic tourist destination. We are also conscious of
the environmental impact around the parade and are
holding volunteer days to assist maintenance of the
Recognising service: Allan Perks accepts
his Paul Harris Fellow award.
Korumburra Rotary honours duo
TWO Korumburra Rotarians were presented
with one of Rotary International’s highest hon-
ours, a Paul Harris Fellowship, at the club’s
changeover dinner last Tuesday, June 21.
George Auddino and Allan Perks were surprised to hear
of their nominations.
Mr Auddino, in his short time at the club, has been an
inspirational leader and motivator.
Over many years, Mr Perks has been involved in di-
verse aspects of the club, always willing to help out when
Both were given a rousing round of applause before ac-
cepting their awards from district governor Merv Williams.
Peter Biggins took over as the new president of the Ro-
tary Club of Korumburra at the dinner at the Austral Hotel.
President for the last 12 months, Mardi Abbott, spoke of
the fun and fraternity involved in the work Rotarians under-
took during that time.
Details of the $55,450 worth of donations was published,
showing support for many local, as well as international projects.
Mardi thanked all of the Rotarians for their great vol-
untary work over the past year in front of an appreciative
Mr Williams inducted Mr Biggins as the new president.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Biggins emphasised the
club would continue to build relationships with local organi-
sations and assist people.
He thanked the club for the privilege to serve as their pres-
ident for the next 12 months. He introduced his new board,
which has an excellent mixture of diversity and talent.
Guiding club: from left, the new board of the Rotary Club of Korumburra, treasurer Richard Oldham, youth services director Mardi
Abbott, secretary Marilyn Sim, Rotary Foundation director David Child, president Peter Biggins, social director Janine Dorrity,
membership director Cindy Nicholas, administration director Mark Holmes and projects director George Auddino. Absent, public
relations director Stewart Woods.
Leading way: the new president of the Ro-
tary Club of Korumburra, Peter Biggins.
Well done: from left, Korumburra Rotary Club’s Mark Holmes and district governor Merv
Williams congratulate George Auddino on his Paul Harris Fellow award.
Reason to smile: celebrating Penguins Plus’ win in the United Nations World Environment
Day Awards were, from left, Dr Peter Dann, Nature Parks research manager; Shelley Lav-
ender, Nature Parks board; Kay Spierings, Nature Parks board; Damian Prendergast, Nature
Parks major projects manager; and board members Dr Danielle Auldist, Andrew Paxton and
wins UN acclaim
By Brad Lester
RESIDENTIAL growth in bushfire
prone areas of Mirboo North will be
carefully managed, under a new plan by
South Gippsland Shire Council.
Council last Wednesday adopted the draft Mir-
boo North Structure Plan Refresh for community
The plan updates the existing plan prepared in
2004 to guide future land use and development be-
tween 2004 and 2019.
Since the 2004 plan was written, there have been
changes to planning controls and State Government
requirements, including reduced lot sizes in low
density residential zones, and changes to bushfire
and water catchment controls.
The new plan has been refreshed to consider
Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said the town’s
growth was constrained due to bushfire risk and be-
ing surrounded by steep land.
“The community needs to look at this and decide
how it sees its future,” he said.
A council report stated the town had been as-
sessed by fire authorities as having a very high
bushfire risk due to being located on a ridge, and the
area’s hilly terrain and dense vegetation.
A Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) now
applies to large areas to the north and north-east of
the town, requiring new developments to include
bushfire protection measures.
The new plan also considers areas prone to ero-
sion and landslip where development is not recom-
mended to occur, particularly to the west and south
of the town.
Expansion in these areas is also restricted by the
need for new pump stations for sewerage and water,
estimated to cost about $2 million in total.
Mirboo North is the third largest town in the
shire, with 1611 residents in 676 houses, as per the
A council report stated the population was
expected to approach 2000 in the next 20 years,
with an average of six homes being built each
The council plan noted growth in the town in the
next 20 years would support a bigger supermarket
and could result in the growth of the town centre,
preferably to the north side of Giles Street.
Bushfire risk affects town’s growth
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