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Seasons Greetings from the Commissioner

I am pleased to provide you with the Summer edition of the E-News for the Office for Commissioner for Kangaroo Island (OCKI).

This update provides an overview of our activities over the last few months. Please visit our website for more information.

As 2016 draws to a close, I would like to thank you for your support during the last year and I look forward to working with you again in 2017.

I wish you all the best for the festive season and for a happy and safe new year.

Wendy Campana
Commissioner for Kangaroo Island

2015-2016 Annual Report Published

In October, the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, Wendy Campana, released her Annual Report for the 2015-2016 year. This report was tabled in Parliament by the Deputy-Premier John Rau MP and is now available on our website.

This comprehensive report documents the key activities of OCKI during the previous financial year, which align with the Commissioner’s functions under the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Act.

The Annual Report also outlines the manner in which the office can assist residents and businesses to deal with government agencies.

Transport Survey

OCKI is currently working with the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DIT) to determine travel and transport patterns on Kangaroo Island.

In early 2017, a survey will be distributed to community members, tourism operators, businesses, visitors and tourists to determine the current transport needs and their expected needs into the future.

A notice will be placed in The Islander when the survey is available and it will be accessible on our website.

Sustainability Indicators Project

With significant economic growth expected for the island, the Commissioner has partnered with the Kangaroo Island Council to determine the ‘carrying capacity’ of the island. A set of indicators will be developed that will help to measure the social, economic and environmental impacts of development, and the impacts of a growing population and increasing visitation.

As Kangaroo Island’s economy relies on its pristine environment, this project will help inform individuals, businesses, planners and developers in ensuring sustainable development on the island.

The indicators will also be a useful resource for OCKI, the Council and other government departments.

To deliver this project, OCKI will be partnering with:

  • Kangaroo Island Council
  • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • Department of State Development
  • Primary Industries and Regions South Australia
  • South Australian Tourism Commission
  • Department for Education and Child Development
  • Department of Health and Ageing

Find out more about this project here.

Workforce Development Plan

The Department of State Development (DSD) through the Jobs First Employment Projects program is working in partnership with OCKI and TAFE SA to streamline the engagement and mobilisation of the local workforce during a period of strong economic growth on the island over the next few years.

This Project has two key components. It seeks to facilitate the engagement of employees for developments on the island by providing a single point of contact for job seeker referral agencies and developers. In addition, it will identify the needs of the workforce and opportunities for skills development to ensure that the workforce needs will match the anticipated labour demands.

The Adelaide Training and Employment Centre (ATEC) have been engaged to undertake this project and Cathie Tydeman has been appointed as the ‘Workforce Coordinator’. Cathie will be the key point of contact for all stakeholders, businesses and jobseekers involved with the developments.

Transformation Project

Around 35 businesses from across the island have signed up to receive business support services in anticipation of Kangaroo Island’s growth opportunity associated to major developments.

A tailored training and mentoring program is being finalised for several industry groups, which will be delivered to businesses in 2017 on the island. This training will meet the business development needs of the participating businesses and support their capacity to meet increased demand over the coming years.  

Find out more information on the Transformation Project here.

Beverages Project

A range of island beer, wine, spirits and cider was featured in a week long KI Beverages celebration at the King’s Head Hotel in Adelaide in October. Prospective retailers were invited to ‘Come and have a drink’ with Kangaroo Island’s beverage producers at an event on 26 October 2016 at the Sturt Street Cellars (part of the King’s Head Hotel).

This event aimed to increase the inclusion of KI beverage products in stock and wine lists across licensed premises in Adelaide by providing retailers an opportunity to hear from the producers about their offerings.

The event is part of the wider Transformation Project being delivered by OCKI in partnership with the DSD and the Kangaroo Island Council. The Hon Leon Bignell MP, Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Tourism launched the proceedings on the day.

Sturt Street Cellars is a 100% South Australian bottle shop, tasting space and bar and only retails beverages produced from within the State

View the Media Release for more information on the event.

Update on Kangaroo Island Developments

Kangeroo Island Airport Upgrade

Work on the Kangaroo Island Airport upgrade is soon to commence with the Airside Tenders and Terminal Expression of Interests currently being assessed.

The Council is also seeking expressions of interest for the provision of accommodation for contractors working on the Kangaroo Island Airport upgrade, during the period from December 2016 to April 2017. For more information see the KI Council’s website.

Kingscote Wharf Precinct
The Registration of Interest (ROI) process for the sale and future redevelopment of the Kingscote Wharf Precinct has concluded. ROI’s were sought from the open market and the process procured a number of submissions between 5 July and 12 September 2016. All persons who made a submission have been contacted and advised of the outcome of the ROI process.  

The Kingscote Wharf precinct will continue to remain on the open market to leverage any ongoing and enhanced investor interest in the Island. Where proponents are existing tenants on the Wharf, current agreements will remain in place.

For more information on short term land access or investment opportunities, please click here.

American River Resort 
A Response Document was published on 25 November that responds to submissions made by the public in relation to the American River Resort development. For more information on this development and to view this Document, click here.

Kangaroo Island Golf Course Resort
Developers have marked out the proposed course and are finalising the details and infrastructure provision. Find out more about the assessment stages here.

Management Plan for Housing on Kangaroo Island

The Management Plan for Housing on Kangaroo Island has now been finalised and was noted by Cabinet on Monday 5 December 2016. This Plan sets out the policy framework for addressing the current and future housing needs on the island.

An Implementation Plan is currently being developed by OCKI, which will develop specific strategies to address the priorities and proposals of the Management Plan. The Commissioner will be seeking feedback from the Local Advisory Board for Housing on the Implementation Plan, particularly about the engagement strategy for its delivery and on key issues that affect the community.

Affordable Housing Project
OCKI is currently undertaking a ‘Housing Affordability Project’ to look at options for increasing affordable housing on the island over the coming years. The Office has engaged an undergraduate student, Reece Svetec, to undertake this project. Reece is currently studying Urban and Regional Planning at the University of South Australia and will be working with OCKI for a 12 week period.  

This project will identify the current constraints in building affordable housing on Kangaroo Island and will determine the potential demand for affordable housing, giving consideration to future population growth and demand associated to the island’s major developments. The result of this project will be a report that includes recommendations for increasing affordable housing on KI. This report will be considered by the Local Advisory Board for Housing on KI.

Local Advisory Boards

Economic Growth
The Commissioner for Kangaroo Island has appointed members to the Local Advisory Board for Economic Growth in consultation with the Kangaroo Island Council Local Advisory Board Consultation Panel.

The Board will look at opportunities to improve the local economy and provide advice to the Commissioner, while having regard to the social and environmental aspects of the island’s development. Members of the Board are:

  • Graeme Martin (Presiding Member) - Southern & Hills Local Government Association
  • Jayne Bates – Nominated by the Chair of the Economic Development Board of South Australia
  • Lana Blazujevic - Department of State Development
  • Carly Buttrose - Agriculture KI
  • Jo Collins - Primary Industries and Regions SA
  • Damien Cooke - Regional Development Australia
  • Robert Demarco - Investment Attraction South Australia
  • Mark Gill - South Australian Tourism Commission
  • Pierre Gregor - Tourism KI
  • Megan Harvie - KI Food and Wine Association
  • Sharon Kauppila - Business KI
  • Damian Miley - Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • Tony Nolan - KI Industry and Brand Alliance
  • Geoff Rischbieth - Public representative
  • Mike Holden – Public representative

The Board met for the first time in November 2016 and will  meet again in February 2017. Read the Media Release for more information on the first meeting of this Board.

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

Native Vegetation Management

The Commissioner has also appointed members to the Local Advisory Board for Native Vegetation Management.

The Board will commence its role in February 2017 and is expected to work for six months.  A review will occur at the end of this period to assess the ongoing need for the Board and its future activities.

Members of the Board include:

  • Craig Wickham (Presiding Member) - Public Nominee
  • Rodney Bell - Kangaroo Island Road Safety Committee
  • Lyn Dohle - Primary Industries and Regions South Australia
  • Jennifer Grinter - Eco Action Kangaroo Island
  • Heinrich Klein - Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • Robert Kleeman - Department of Infrastructure and Transport
  • Neil Pontifex - Agriculture KI Board
  • Russell Seaman - Native Vegetation Council
  • Deb Sleeman – Public Nominee
  • Richard Trethewey - Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management

Kangaroo Island Council Mayor, Peter Clements, CEO, Andrew Boardman and the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island will hold ex-officio positions on both the Local Advisory Board for Economic Growth and Native Vegetation Management.

The Local Advisory Board for Housing is scheduled to meet in February 2017 and will review the Implementation Plan for the Management Plan for Housing on Kangaroo Island. 

For more information on the Local Advisory Boards visit our website.

Strategic Plan for Agriculture on KI

Following the workshop held in September for agribusinesses on KI, OCKI is working with AgKI and Hood Sweeney to finalise the 3 year strategic plan for agriculture on KI. Hood Sweeney were engaged to conduct a survey of agribusinesses and report on the findings to identify the key issues for the sector.

The survey and workshop helped to identify the following priorities for the industry:

  • Increased productivity
  • Greater investment in research and development (R&D)
  • Native Species/Feral Animals
  • Benchmarking
  • Use of the KI Brand
  • Small kill facility

OCKI will work with AgKI to finalise the Strategic Plan, which will guide the work of OCKI in supporting agriculture on KI. For more information and to view the report click here.

South Australian Tourism Awards 2016

Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Wendy Campana recently attended the 2016 South Australian Tourism Awards, and is delighted to congratulate several Kangaroo Island businesses honoured on the night.

South Australia’s best Ecotourism experience was awarded to Seal Bay, with Tourism Kangaroo Island being named South Australia’s best Visitor Information Service. Island businesses to win medals were Silver to Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari, in the Tour and Transport Operators category. Dudley Wines was awarded Silver for Tourism, Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries and in the Self Contained Accommodation, Sea Dragon Lodge on Cape Willoughby Road won Silver.

View the full Media Release for more information on the event and the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Media Release for more information on the South Australian Tourism Awards.

Jamie Larcombe Centre named after KI fallen soldier

A $15 million veterans' mental health facility has been named after Kangaroo Island fallen soldier Jamie Larcombe. The centre is being developed as part of the State Government’s ‘Transforming Health’ plan and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The Larcombe family was present for the first sod turning in November this year.


Year 12 KICE Students
Congratulations to all the Kangaroo Island students who undertook their final SACE exams recently. We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

Sharon Gaskin
Sharon Gaskin was recently announced as a winner of the 'Beating Heart' by the Good Sports organisation. Sharon was recognised for her dedication and commitment to the Parndana Sports Club. Find out more about Sharon's involvement in the club here.

Alf Hall
Happy birthday and congratulations are in order for Kangaroo Island resident Alf Hall who recently celebrated his 101st birthday.

Australian Tourism Export Council Award Winners
Congratulations to Paul Brown of Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours and Jeff Ellison of SeaLink Kangaroo Island for receiving Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) awards.

Jeff was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution by an individual to the Tourism Export Industry. Paul was awarded for his Outstanding Contribution to ATEC as an Individual.

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