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Welcome to the first edition of our quarterly E-news

As Commissioner, I would like to ensure that information is readily available to the Kangaroo Island community, businesses, industry groups, and government agencies.

My Office will be producing a quarterly e-news to update you on our activities, while also providing information on key events and consultations, progress of major projects, and programs being delivered on the Island.

You have been sent this email as you have had previous contact with our Office. Should you wish to change your subscription settings for this E-news you may do so at the bottom of this email.

I look forward to keeping in touch with you and trust you enjoy the first edition of our E-news.

Wendy Campana
Commissioner for Kangaroo Island

Draft Management Plan for Housing on Kangaroo Island

On Tuesday 14 June at a Community Information Session in Kingscote, the Deputy Premier, The Hon. John Rau MP, launched the Draft Management Plan for Housing on Kangaroo Island - the first to be established under the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Act 2014.

The Commissioner has identified a need to improve the provision of housing infrastructure and associated services to meet the complex needs of Kangaroo Island through a Management Plan in accordance with Part 4 of the Act.

Consultation is now under way on the Draft management Plan for Housing on Kangaroo Island. Members of the public, businesses, industry groups and service delivery agencies  are invited to make written representations on the Draft Management Plan for Housing on Kangaroo Island. 

Click here for more information on the plan and the consultation process.

Local Advisory Board for Housing on Kangaroo Island

The Commissioner has established a Local Advisory Board to provide advice on matters relating to housing infrastructure and associated services on Kangaroo Island pursuant to Part 3 of the Act. The Board will be considering representations made on the Draft Plan during the consultation process and providing advice to the Commissioner on its finalisation and implementation. You can view the draft Terms of Reference for the Local Advisory Board here.

The Commissioner, Wendy Campana, announced the members of the Local Advisory Board for Housing at the Community Information Session. The Members are:

  • Dr  Chris Lease, (Presiding Member) Department of Health and Ageing
  • Ms Danielle Bament, Department of Communities and Social Inclusion
  • Mr  Andrew Boardman, Kangaroo Island Council
  • Mr Graham Brown, Junction Australia
  • Ms Soula Dagas, Community Living Australia
  • Ms Bec Davis, Kangaroo Island Community Housing Association Inc
  • Ms Meredith Harris, Kangaroo Island Health Services
  • Mr  Ian Kent, Kangaroo Island Community Education (representing Department for Education and Child Development)
  • Ms Maria Palumbo, Renewal SA
  • Mr  Colin Taylor, Public Nominee
  • Ms Margaret Watson-England, Community Living Options

The Commissioner looks forward to reporting on the work of the Board in the next e-news edition. More information on Board Members will be available on the Commissioner's website in the coming weeks.

Launch of the Kangaroo Island Economic Development Outlook

The Commissioner for Kangaroo Island is responsible for assisting in the economic development of Kangaroo Island and has published a Kangaroo Island Economic Development Outlook to highlight the many economic opportunities that the Island offers.

It details a number of proposed and approved projects some of which present investment opportunities.

The Kangaroo Island Economic Development Outlook was developed in partnership with the Kangaroo Island Council, Kangaroo Island’s key industry associations and the Government of South Australia.

View the Kangaroo Island Economic Development Outlook here.

Kingscote Wharf Precinct Revitalisation

Consultation on Unsolicited Bid by Bickfords Australia

In September last year, the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, The Hon. Ian Hunter MLC announced that a proposal from Bickfords Australia, to develop a visitor and function centre, microbrewery and distillery at Kingscote Wharf, would be assessed under the State Government’s Unsolicited Proposal framework.

As the proposed site is on Crown Land currently dedicated to the KI Council, and incorporates the former Kingscote Police Station and Gaol Cells, the KI Council has now begun consultation on behalf of the government to process the proposal. This consultation process will conclude on 1 July 2016. 

Bickfords Australia will also be hosting two public open-day events at Kingscote on 20-21 June 2016.

More information about the proposal and consultation process is available here or on the Kangaroo Island Council's website.

Registrations of Interest open for Kingscote Wharf Precinct

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) also propose to undertake a Registration of Interest process over the balance of the land on the Kingscote Wharf.

The land is under the ownership of the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, The Hon. Stephen Mulligan MP.

This Registration of Interest is a call for submissions from willing investors, seeking proposals for the future redevelopment and purchase of surplus Government land, in the Wharf Precinct.

The Registration of Interest will be released the week commencing 27 June and calls for registrations will remain open for a ten week period.

For further information regarding the Registration of Interest, please contact:

  • Savills, Global Property Advisers: Rob Williamson, Director - 0412 803 482
  • DPTI Media Line - 1300 856 933

Commissioner's Office launches 2016/2017 Strategic Priorities

The Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island has launched its Strategic Priorities for 2016/2017. This document sets out the key areas of activity for the Commissioner's Office to carry out her responsibilities as set out in the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Act.

View the 2016/2017 Strategic Priorities here.

Transformation Project Breakfast with Deputy Premier and Commissioner for Kangaroo Island

On Wednesday 15 June, the Deputy Premier and the KI Commissioner met with businesses, who participated in the Airport Pilot Project as part of the Transformation Project, over breakfast. Attendees heard from the Commissioner about the outcomes of the pilot, which delivered a training and mentoring program for businesses in the construction industry.

The Commissioner also discussed the next stages of the project, which will deliver business support services to the retail and services, tourism, hospitality, agriculture, beverage, transport and logistics industries.

The Deputy Premier discussed the South Australian Government's commitment to supporting economic development and business growth on the Island in anticipation of the $171 million of proposed and approved projects.

An information session will be held on the Transformation Project for other industry groups in the near future. View the Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island's website for more information.

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