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Free entry to Phillip Island nature attractions for Gippsland’s local heroes

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Local heroes from across Gippsland who fought the devastating bushfires in the east, and who continue to work at the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic, have free access to Phillip Island’s attractions until 6 June 2021.

This is for Phillip Island Nature Parks attractions at the Penguin Parade, Nobbies Ocean Discovery, Churchill Island and the Koala Conservation Reserve, including Antarctic Journey and Phillip Island Seal Cruises.

One of the many attractions first responders and medical staff will have access to is the brand new Joan Kirner Education Wing. As Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands in 1985, Mrs Kirner bought back 774 housing and other lots that made up the Summerland Residential Estate, protecting the penguin colony from extinction.

At the wing, which is part of the Penguin Parade visitor centre, students will learn about penguin lifecycles through digital technologies and hands-on activities, and tour groups will get briefings from rangers.

Phillip Island Nature Parks Chair Liz Stinson said: “We’re thrilled to officially open the dedicated education wing at our Penguin Parade visitor centre and to name it in honour of Joan Kirner, and her dedication to saving the island’s Little Penguins.”

Police officers, firefighters and SES members and medical and health workers can visit penguins.org.au and use the promo code First Responders, or email bookings@penguins.org.au to book their free ticket. ID must be shown on arrival.

Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale said “Phillip Island is a world-class tourist destination and this gesture will enable our first responders to enjoy these popular attractions for free.”

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Image: Phillip Island Nature Parks
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