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A Message from the Commissioner

Wendy Campana

The Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island (OCKI) continues its forward momentum as we head towards the end of 2017.

I am pleased that some of the projects initiated by OCKI are delivering results for individuals and businesses. The Beverages Project has resulted in over $20,000 in retail sales to those participating in the project. The Transormation project continues to deliver results for Island businesses.

Eight training programs have been taken up by 88 businesses in total, which have provided tailored training and mentoring for business growth ahead of economic development on the Island. At least seven Full Time Employees have been engaged by businesses as a direct result of the Transformation Project. 

We, with the Kangaroo Island Council, were grateful to receive a $155,300 grant from the Australian Government’s ‘Building Better Regions Fund' for the next stage of the Transformation Project focussing on growth. We will keep you informed of the training and business opportunities that will be delivered with this funding.

OCKI continues to work closely with the Local Advisory Boards established under my Act, which are advising me on matters relating to economic growth, native vegetation management and housing. The Local Advisory Board for Native Vegetation Management, will conclude later this month, I look forward to publishing an information paper on the issues raised that includes access to resources and contacts across government.

If you have any enquiries that I might be able to assist with, please don’t hesitate to contact my Office.

Wendy Campana
Commissioner for Kangaroo Island


KI Transport

KI Road

Following the publication of the Kangaroo Island Transport Survey Report in July 2017, the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) is working with OCKI to seek further information on the transport / travel movements of those in KI’s workforce.  

Particularly we are seeking information on the frequency of travel.

If you currently work on Kangaroo Island, please complete this short 12 question survey.
Access the survey here.

We would also like to hear from those who aren’t currently working on Kangaroo Island, but who are seeking work in the area.
The jobseeker survey can be accessed here.

Funding secured through Australian Government's Building Better Regions Fund

The Kangaroo Island Council in partnership with OCKI has been granted $155,300 to support the Growth Program as part of the Commissioner’s Transformation Project. This project, which has also been supported by the Department of State Development, aims to support local businesses and employees to benefit from growth associated to developments on the Island. Find out more about the Grant announcement here.

The Penneshaw Progress Association was also successful in securing a $202,288 grant from the Federal Government’s ‘Building Better Regions Fund’, for the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail.

This sculpture trail will be set on 4.45 hectares of land overlooking Hog Bay in Penneshaw and will respond to the natural environment within which it is set.

OCKI releases Strategic Priorities 2017-2020

OCKI finalised its strategic priorities in August. The priorities, which span a three year period, set out annual targets for the 2017-2018 financial year. The priorities are structured around the Commissioner’s functions that are set out in the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Act

View the Strategic Priorities here.

Visual Arts Action Plan Finalised

Following a workshop held on Thursday 14 September 2017, OCKI has now finalised the KI Visual Arts Action Plan in consultation with KI's arts community. The Plan is available on OCKI's website.

The workshop was attended by 18 local artists and identified the main priorities, which were ranked as follows:

  • The establishment of a KI arts website;
  • The establishment of a KI art trail/open studio program;
  • A facilities audit;
  • The opportunity for professional/artistic development;
  • The development of a KI art collection; and
  • The development of a shared arts space / facility.

The Commissioner will continue to engage with the KI Arts Committee, local and state arts organisations, and the Council to consider options for resourcing and administering these priorities.

New Ferry Service proposed for Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Connect is a new ferry service proposed for Kangaroo Island. The service will commence in December 2017, pending final approvals from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT).

The 95 passenger ferry will run services from American River, to Penneshaw and Cape Jervis in the morning and evening with services between Penneshaw and Cape Jervis during the day.

Find out more here.


Kangaroo Island's population growing

Following last year’s census, Kangaroo Island’s population figures have been released with an estimated resident population of around 4850. This shows an increase in population of 1.4% since 2011, which exceeds the state average of 0.9%.

Given KI’s growing population, the Commissioner is looking at the future housing needs of the Island through the Housing Management Plan, which accounts for a continued increase in population. Further, a project looking at ‘sustainability indicators’ will seek to balance economic, social and environmental concerns surrounding increased population and visitation.
More information on census data is available here.

SA Water to review long-term plan for Kangaroo Island Water Supply

Following engagement with the Kangaroo Island Community and the Commissioner, SA Water has announced its intention to review the long-term plan for KI’s water supply.

Concerns had been raised by members of the Community regarding previous water security projections, and these concerns will be addressed through SA Water’s engagement process, which is expected to commence in 2018.

More information is available here.


Health Information Sessions

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Pathways to Care
To increase understanding of suicide bereavement, how best to support those who are impacted and to develop a community response plan.
When: 10am – 1 pm
Where: Lions Hall, 65 Dauncey Street, Kingscote
Contact / RSVP:

Advanced Care Directives
A presentation and opportunity to discuss process an detail within and Advance Care Directive.
When: 2 – 4pm
Where: Lions Hall, 65 Dauncey Street, Kingscote

Breaking the Cycle
Information Session – Domestic Violence, Alcohol & Other Drugs
When: 6 – 9pm
Where: Lions Hall, 65 Dauncey Street, Kingscote
Contact: Michael McRae 0404 111 551 or

Kangaroo Island Business & Community Expo

Wednesday 27 November 2017

OCKI will be holding an expo for Kangaroo Island businesses and members of the Community. Attendees will have the chance to meet with proponents of KI’s developments, network with other businesses and hear about ways that their businesses could align with opportunities on the Island.

The Expo will also provide a forum for Community members to seek information on the developments. More information will be available on this event in the coming weeks. The date will be advertised in The Islander and through OCKI communication.


Tranformation Project

The recent receipt of grant funding by the Kangaroo Island Council, from the Building Better Regions Fund, for the next stage of the Transformation Project will assist in resourcing further exciting business events, workshops and training programs to support businesses on the Island.

The Building Better Regions grant will be used to:

  • increase local business knowledge, capability and ‘business readiness’ for growth;
  • develop an engagement and collaboration strategy to drive effective regional planning; and,
  • increase the business confidence level of Kangaroo Island business leaders and emerging leaders.

Project Management
The Project Management Fundamentals Course is currently being delivered by TAFE SA as part of the Transformation Project. A group of businesses from various industry sectors is involved in this program, which provides in-depth coverage of project management areas, to participants who already have a good knowledge base and are using a range of technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate their own work or that of their team. Click here for more information.

Local Food Production

Following work with Agriculture KI, OCKI undertook a project to determine the use of agricultural produce by local retailers and restaurants on the Island.

A survey was completed that sought to quantify the amount of products imported to the Island by restaurants and retailers that could be produced on the Island. A copy of the report is available here.

Economic Indicators

As an initial step towards establishing Sustainability Indicators for the Island, the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies was engaged to establish economic indicators that could measure growth across the Island. These are detailed in the Report Kangaroo Island: Monitoring Economic Progress.

The indicators draw on demographic and economic data, which can be monitored and reviewed to determine KI’s growth over the coming years. These indicators will then feed into the Sustainability Indicators to look at the interrelationships between economic growth and social and environmental impacts.

View the Report here.

Beverages Project

The Beverages Project is continuing to kick goals with successful events in Adelaide in August 2017 at The InterContinental and La Boca. Since the Project’s inception over 1,200 bottle equivalents have been sold, equating to $20,000 in retail sales. The Adelaide based sales representative, who has been engaged as part of this project has showcased KI producers to over 117 mainland retailers.

It has been terrific to see the introduction of two new food and wine tours and two cellar doors are in development.

Some of the producers involved in the Project are looking at options for a distribution model to assist in breaking into new markets.

Kangaroo Island Developments

Kangaroo Island has approximately $171 million of projects planned or approved over the next five years.

Up-to-date information on these developments and their assessment status is available on the OCKI website.


Kangaroo Island Airport Upgrade

Development Status: State and Federally funded project - underway

  • Terminal Works: underway - expected completion March 2018
  • Enabling work: completed
  • Material raising and crushing: underway
  • Airside works: underway - expected completion mid-November 2017

American River Resort 

Development Status: Major Development - authorised by the Governor on 27 January 2017.

More Information: SA Government website.

Kangaroo Island Golf Course Resort

Development Status: Major Development - authorised by the Governor on 18 February 2016.

Progress: A request for variation to the development authorisation was approved by the Minister for Planning in early June 2017.

More information: here

Kingscote Wharf Precinct

Development Status: Sale of land open to expressions of interest from prespective investors.

Progress: The Kingscote Wharf precinct will continue to remain on the open market to leverage any ongoing and enhanced investor interest in the Island.

More information: Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island website

Bickfords Microbrewery and Distillery

Development Status: Final stages of the Unsolicited Proposal process.

Progress: Kingscote Wharf The company is in final negotiations with the State Government to purchase land in the wharf precinct at market value.

More information: YourSay Website

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timber Wharf at Smith Bay

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timber is proposing the development of a wharf and facilities to accommodate bulk-shipping services to export timber and other Kangaroo Island produce directly from the Island. This proposal was declared as a major project on 16 January 2017.

Development Status: Major Development – Declaration on 16 February 2017

Progress: The Guidelines for the Environmental Impact Statement were released on 5 July 2017 and are available here.

More Information: SA Government website

Local Advisory Boards

Native Vegetation Managment

Following the appointment of the Local Advisory Board for Native Vegetation Management earlier this year, there have been several meetings throughout the year to establish issues relating to the management of native vegetation on the Island.

Some of the key concerns raised by Board members included scattered trees, roadside vegetation management, and accessibility of information of clearing regulations.

OCKI will be producing an Information Paper, to be released shortly, that outlines the issues raised and provides information, resources and contacts in relation to each matter along with additional areas of work to be undertaken.

The Board, which was initially appointed for a period of 6 months, has been extended until the 31 October 2017.

The Commissioner would like to acknowledge the hard work and contributions of the Board and is pleased that the interests of the Kangaroo Island community have been represented through the process.

Although the LAB will be concluding, OCKI will continue to monitor issues around native vegetation management and will liaise with relevant agencies as needed.

Economic Growth

The Local Advisory Board for Economic Growth continues to meet to address the opportunities set out in the Kangaroo Island Economic Development Outlook. Last month the Board focussed on essential services and had the opportunity to hear from Telstra, SA Water, the Council and SA Power Networks about telecommunications, energy and water supply.

The Board will provide advice to SA Water and Telstra on the Long Term Plan for Water Supply and the Blackspot Program respectively.

Later this month, the Board will be meeting with KI’s Natural Resources Management Board to workshop the Sustainability Indicators Project.


The Local Advisory Board for Housing will continue to look at the implementation of the Management Plan for Housing on Kangaroo Island.

As part of this implementation, the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) has undertaken demographic research to determine the Island’s expected growth associated to developments. The report prepared by DIT highlights the need for an additional 890 dwellings to accommodate new residents by 2031.

The Commissioner has also been meeting with local contractors and mainland developers to look at opportunities to address housing needs on the Island and increase the affordability of housing design and construction.

OCKI will continue to deliver on Part 1 of the Implementation Plan for Housing that assesses the projected housing demands before working across the private and public sector to establish possible solutions to address the needs.

To find out more about Board Members of the Local Advisory Boards or to view the Terms of Reference visit the Local Advisory Board page of our website.


KICE Principal
Congratulations to Maxine McSherry who has been appointed as Kangaroo Island Community Education Principal for 5 years. Maxine, who has been acting in the role for the last year was awarded the contract last month. We look forward to continuing to work with Maxine and KICE.

New Tasting Room Opens
On Thursday 21 September 2017, The Islander Estate Vineyard opened its new Tasting Room in Cygnet River.

The new Tasting Room features a magnificent reclaimed KI jetty timbers bar, where guests can enjoy a guided tasting. There is also reclaimed iron from Ballast Head, and many items in the Tasting Room have been sourced and made by locals, with each piece having a story.  It is open six days per week, closed Wednesday, from 12 noon to 6pm. Find out more here.

Hanson Bay celebrates 20 years
Congratulations to the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary who celebrate 20 years in business. The Sanctuary, which is situated down the Western end of Kangaroo Island, offers holiday accommodation, beachfront cabins, koala walks, and nocturnal wildlife tours.

Raptor Domain celebrates 10 years
Congratulations to Raptor Domain who celebrate 10 years in business. Located near Seal Bay, Raptor Domain provides a unique tourist experience and rehabilitation to birds of prey that are orphaned or injured.

Raptor Domain - group photo

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PO Box 9
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Phone: (08) 8553 4525

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