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From the Commissioner’s Desk

It was certainly a busy time on Kangaroo Island on Tuesday 20 February with the Queen Mary II arriving in Penneshaw, along with the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games and the opening events for the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

It was certainly a busy time on Kangaroo Island on Tuesday 20 February with the Queen Mary II arriving in Penneshaw, along with the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games and the opening events for the Adelaide Fringe Festival.Wendy Campana

The Relay was a wonderful event with 24 residents carrying the Baton through the streets and I was delighted to play my small part in the activities, along with our school children who joined in the fun following the lead of Borobi, the Commonwealth Games mascot.

My Office has also started off the year well with many activities of our own.

We have had the first meetings of our Housing and Economic Growth Advisory Boards.

As we have a current housing need which will only increase in the future, we invited our local real estate agents to attend the meeting to inform us of their experiences in the housing and land sales market. Their input was invaluable.

Deloittes is currently reviewing our research and assumptions to identify any gaps before we work through specific programs of work with government agencies, the community housing sector and private housing contractors. We will have a community conversation regarding housing and housing options in the coming months.

At a meeting in April, the Economic Growth Outlook document will be comprehensively reviewed by the Economic Growth Advisory Board. The document was prepared 18 months ago and needs updating.  I anticipate the review will take a few months and KI industry associations will be involved.  It will continue to be a statement of the aspirations and opportunities for Kangaroo Island.

The review of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Act (CKIA) conducted by the Environment, Resources and Development Committee of the Parliament is now complete.  The Committee comprises MPs from Labor, Liberal and The Greens.  It heard verbal submissions on KI late last year and received 29 written submissions.  The Committee noted that the government wanted a vehicle “whereby the potential for Kangaroo Island could be realised” and that the Commissioner role was “designed to make this happen”.  It concluded that the Act “has delivered on the government’s goals”.  The Committee’s conclusion is that the Commissioner role is “working as intended and with some minor adjustments should continue to do so”.

To access the final report go to www.parliament.sa.gov.au or our webpage www.kangarooislandcommissioner.sa.gov.au

Wendy Campana