Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade Visitor Centre To Be Upgraded

Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade Visitor Centre To Be Upgraded

Victoria Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll

Penguin Parade Revamp A Win For Local Industry And Jobs

Victor P Taffa

Gippsland businesses, workers and apprentices will benefit from the Andrews Government’s revamp of one of the state’s most popular attractions, the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre to announce the local content requirements for the $58 Million project, which will create more than 200 jobs during construction.

 

“By setting local content requirements, we’re making sure Gippsland businesses and workers benefit from this $58 Million redevelopment.” Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll said.

“Penguin Parade is one of our most popular attractions for local and international tourists alike and we’re making sure it stays that way.”

Through the State Government’s Local Jobs First policy, the project will be required to use at least 89 % local content, and maximise the use of local steel products made from locally milled steel.

Project is also subject to the Major Projects Skills Guarantee which will see apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets make up at least 10 % of total labour hours.

Once complete, the parade will feature a larger and better equipped Visitor Centre to replace the outdated 1988 centre, improving the experience of visitors and reducing the impacts on penguins.

“As well as an exciting new look the new visitor’s centre will provide important environmental benefits, including 6.7 extra ha of penguin habitat.” Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said.

As one of Australia’s most popular wildlife attractions, the Penguin Parade welcomed over 700,000 visitors last year, and over 1.4 Million visitors to all of the Nature Parks’ attractions.

This investment will ensure that Victoria remains at the forefront of tourism, with a forecast visitation increase of up to 20 % over the next 10 years.

“Redevelopment of this iconic site on Phillip Island will provide jobs for local workers and local businesses, and I strongly encourage local suppliers to get involved.” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.

Local businesses interested in being part of this project should register with the Industry Capability Network, which is taking expressions of interest from businesses looking to be part of the project.

Since November 2014, the Andrews Government has set local content requirements for 80 Strategic Projects, valued at more than $50 Billion and supporting more than 20,000 jobs.