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From the Commissioner's Desk

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Registrations are underway for our one-day ‘Business Networking and Training Event’, to be held at the Council Chambers in Kingscote on Tuesday 15 May.

Presentations will include how to use investors and advisors; financial management, planning for growth, reputation and image, along with an update from the Small Business Commissioner.  Brian Cunningham will provide tips on management strategies, joined by Lucy Perpetua from Safe Work SA.

Nominations have been called for the Leadership Development Program headed by Brian Cunningham.  This program will run for six months and involve a monthly workshop, individual coaching sessions with Brian, and attendance at a workshop in Adelaide in November.

Both of these projects have received funding support from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.  

The Feral Pig Working Group draft survey report has revealed that between 2015/17, feral pigs caused a tremendous economic impact.  The draft report was recently discussed and will be released soon.  Further work is being undertaken on some aspects which indicate an increase in 2017 to damage to fencing, native vegetation and farming land, costs for management strategies and impact on stock.  Farmers estimated that they have spent 6,418 hours managing the damage during those years.  

Junction will commence work with years 10-12 students to develop a budget for refurbishment at their centre, to make it accessible as a meeting place.  They will determine opening hours, youth support and travel, and access. This project has resulted from the work my Office undertook with youth regarding how to enhance their lives on the Island.  More information to come.    

A workshop has been held with my Economic Growth Advisory Board to commence updating the ‘Economic Outlook’ document for the Island.  The workshop was attended by industry association representatives, Regional Development Australia, KICE and agencies including TAFE, Department of Industry and Skills, Department of Environment & Water and Primary Industries and Regions SA. The Government’s Chair of the State’s Planning Commission, Tim Anderson and staff member Wayne Hutchinson, attended a meeting organised by OCKI, with KI industry associations. Tim outlined the Government’s approach to the development of the new Planning Code and the importance of ensuring that the specific and unique circumstances of KI were recognised.  A commitment was made to work with my Office and Council to arrange community consultation sessions during the Code’s development phase.  It was pleasing to see that right up front, Kangaroo Island has been recognised as a special case.