Local workers suiting up for penguin parade revamp

Published: 2 January 2018

Herd of Fairy Penguins at Phillip Island

Phillip Island Nature Park's $58 million revamp of the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre is set to benefit more than just the penguins, with over 200 jobs to be supported as a result of the local content requirements of the project.

Under the government's Local Jobs First – Victorian industry Participation Policy, the project will be required to use at least 89 per cent local content, and maximise the use of local steel products made from locally milled steel.

The project is also subject to the Major Projects Skills Guarantee, with apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets to be used for at least 10 per cent of total labour hours.

As a result, Victorian workers, apprentices and local businesses will have a chance to be a part of the major project, which will see the outdated visitor centre upgraded into a larger, better-equipped centre. The upgrade will also reduce the visitor impact on penguins while increasing their habitat.

Businesses interested in being part of this project can register with the Industry Capability Network (ICN), which is taking expressions of interest from suppliers of landscaping, construction, furniture and fittings.

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 park's attractions. This investment will ensure that Victoria remains at the forefront of global tourism, with a forecast visitation increase of up to 20 per cent over the next ten years.

To register an expression of interest with the Industry Capability Network, or to find out more about the project, visit the dedicated Phillip Island Nature Park Visitor Centre page on the ICN website.

Watch the video below for more information about the project.

Video transcript

Local workers suit up for Penguin Parade revamp

[Vision: Local Jobs First - VIPP]

Ben Carroll - Minister for Industry & Employment

Today's a great day for jobs, tourism and for Phillip Island.

Today, I've got the pleasure to announce that the $58 million investment in the Phillip Island Discovery Centre is going to have 200 construction jobs and is going to have mandated 10 per cent of all jobs will be local apprentices

[Vision:Background image of current Visitor centre]

And it's going to have a minimum 89 per cent local content – that means steel, window frames – anything that's going to go into the new information centre, is going to have minimum local content requirements.

Which is not only a win for tourism and for Phillip Island, but that's a win for small-medium sized enterprises that are going to get work on this wonderful Discovery Centre.

Catherine Basterfield - CEO Phillip Island Nature Parks

At the moment, we're standing in the site that is going to be our new penguin visitor centre.

[Vision: Shot of the new visitor centre 3D model and transitions to visual diagrams of the exterior of the new centre]

We have some amazing plans. Terroir architects have done an incredible design, which we're very excited to see come to fruition.

[Vision: Shot of the interior of the new centre] 

It will show our visitors all of the great work that we do in conservation and research for sea birds and little penguins.

Our penguins are the hardest working penguins in the world.

[Vision: Scenery view of pengiuns on the edge of the water] 

They are viewed 365 days a year.

We do spend a lot of time and energy looking after the penguin colony here, but they are very deserving of a visitor centre that meets their iconic parade.

[Vision: Park officer monitoring and maintaining penguins] 
Ben Carroll - Minister for Industry & Employment

What better way, if you're a local down in Phillip Island, in Cowes, in Inverloch or in the Gippsland region, to get your start as an apprentice electrician, carpenter, plumber, whatever trade background you might have – it might even be as an engineer – to get your start working on the new Phillip Island Discovery Centre.

[Vision:Victoria State Government logo - Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]