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DISCUSSIONS TO COMMENCE ABOUT JOBS FLOWING FROM KI ECO SENSITIVE ACCOMMODATION APPROVAL

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

DISCUSSIONS TO COMMENCE ABOUT JOBS FLOWING FROM KI ECO SENSITIVE ACCOMMODATION APPROVAL

With the final stages of the approval provided for the Australian Walking Company (AWC) proposed eco-sensitive accommodation along the KI Wilderness Trail in Flinders Chase National Park, discussions can commence with local businesses and recruiters.

This development has been subject to a rigorous independent planning approval through the State Commission Assessment Panel and finally through the Native Vegetation Council.

One of the conditions of the $832,889 grant from the previous government’s Job Fund was the creation of new jobs during construction and the equivalent of 30 full time new jobs when operating at full capacity.

COMMENT: COMMISSIONER FOR KANGAROO ISLAND

"The Kangaroo Island Lodge Walk project delivers a new world-class tourism experience for the Island. There has been some strong community concerns raised and these have been considered in the final design adopted by the AWC, setting a new benchmark for eco-sensitive accommodation in SA.

"I am keen to assist AWC to link up with local businesses through the industry associations to start the conversation about contracts and job opportunities" said Wendy Campana, Commissioner for Kangaroo Island.

COMMENT: HEATH GARRATT, AWC GENERAL MANAGER

Heath Garratt, AWC General Manager said, "We are looking forward to working with local companies during the construction phase and as ongoing partners to ensure this experience will bring significant benefits to Kangaroo Island".

Heath continued, "Our four-day guided walking experience will also offer guide training opportunities for local residents to become environmental interpreters and provide our guests with the opportunity to be immersed, educated and guided safely through these special wild places".

COMMENT: PIERRE GREGOR, CHAIR, KI TOURISM FOOD WINE AND BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION

The Chair of the Island’s Tourism Food Wine and Beverage association, Pierre Gregor, said that "now that the development has been given final approval local businesses should capitalise on the opportunities presented. There will be future engagement with AWC by the Board to establish synergies and assist with marketing.

I am confident that there will be positive flow on effects and opportunities for a range of local businesses from transport providers to suppliers of food and wine and of course the building trade.

The experience and product being developed is a niche offering for young and not so young adventure seekers who want to experience the uniqueness of the Trail but also want to enjoy the comfort of the eco-sensitive accommodation at the end of the day. It adds another component to the Island’s offerings", he said.

ENQUIRIES:

Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, Wendy Campana, mobile: 0417 861 783

Chair, KI Tourism Food Wine & Beverages Association, mobile: 0429 000 855

Australian Walking Company – Kirsty Aitken, mobile: 0434 602 109