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KI Developments

Key: Green- Completed Project, Purple- Approved Project(underway), Blue- Proposed Project (under assesment), Red- Proposed Project


The Cliffs Kangaroo Island


The Cliffs Development Group have Major Development Planning Approval for an 18-hole championship golf course, a clubhouse (including dining, function and conference facilities), 180 bed hotel and  a number of residential holiday accommodation land parcels.

It is envisaged that the development will be delivered over a number of stages.

Stage 1 will consist of about 40 luxury hotel villas, a championship golf course, club house and villas opening to the public by the start of 2021.

It is anticipated that 130-155 direct jobs will be required during the construction of this project. 90-150 ongoing jobs will be required during the site’s operation.

As design continues, alternative hotel formats will be explored for the balance of the site (stage 2). This may include a variety of different hotel offerings to cater for golf play, but may also address other local attractions and experiences complementary to golf and the resort.

Time frames for delivery of Stage 2 are yet to be determined and will be dictated by the market demand and response to Stage 1.

An overview of the project can be seen here (PDF, 1099 KB).

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

Bickfords Microbrewery and Distillery


An unsolicited bid has been put forward to the state government by Bickford’s Australia to develop a craft distillery and microbrewery in addition to a visitor and function centre.

The old Kingscote Police Station and surrounding lands is the proposed site of the distillery. Bickford’s Australia is undertaking due diligence into regulatory and operational requirements for the craft distillery/micro-brewery, which should be finalised by the end of 2018 with a view to progressing to land sale contract in 2019 and detailed design commencement.

Development Status: Approved.

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

More information: YourSay Website


Kingscote Wharf Precinct


The Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) has opened the balance of the land (not included in the Unsolicited Proposal) on the Kingscote Wharf.

The land is currently under the ownership of the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

Development Status: Available for purchase.

Progress: 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.

More information: Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Website

American River Resort 


American River Resort is being developed in two phases by City and Central Consulting Pty Ltd on 100 acres overlooking the American River.

Phase 1 will comprise a 4 star+ hotel comprising 100 rooms and suites together with restaurant and spa facilities.

A staff village will also be constructed to house the 85 staff who will run the hotel.

Phase 2 will comprise a 5 star+ luxury hotel of 120 suites and villas and will commence construction after the completion of Phase 1. The hotel will include conference facilities and a variety of dining options.

Overall development cost of the Resort will be in excess of $50 million.

Development Status: Major Development - authorised by the Governor on 27 January 2017. Phase 1 is slated to commence construction in early 2019

More Information: SA Government website.

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timber Deep-Water Wharf at Smith Bay

A deep-water wharf and associated infrastructure is proposed for Smith Bay to enable the forestry industry to mobilise – worth $60 million a year to the Island economy. The multi-user facility will be capable of diverse cargoes. The state government major project approval process is under way, with the public consultation phase to start within weeks of this document’s publication.

More than 230 jobs are expected to be created by the forestry industry (160 direct and 74 indirect), with a further 22 jobs in the nine-month construction phase.

The $30 million development, which was announced on 16 February 2017 and will be assessed as a major development, is proposed to include:

  • Wharf structures, a connecting bridge/causeway, tug boat docking facilities and associated infrastructure
  • Ship loading systems
  • Stockpiles and storage facilities, and materials handling systems
  • Administrative buildings/facilities
  • Road transport access
  • Public boat ramp.

An independent environmental impact statement (EIS) is being finalised for the proposed Smith Bay wharf.  Adequacy checks are required before the formal public consultation process begins.

Development Status: Major Development – Declaration on 16 February 2017

More Information: SA Government website or Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers website.

The Dauncey


A 116 high-quality room hotel is proposed to be built on Dauncey Street, Kingscote. The hotel would include conference facilities that can accommodate up to 100 patrons, in addition to a roof top bar. The Project, by the Amadio Group has a permit for construction.

The project is expected to attract $30-35 million in investment and will boost Kingscote’s luxury tourist accommodation. The hotel will include a restaurant, state-of-the-art function spaces, lobby facilities, and a gymnasium.

The Amadio Group have engaged Langham Hotels and Resorts as the operator of the Hotel. Langham Hotels and Resorts operate luxury hotels in Australia and overseas.

Expressions of interest are currently being sought by The Savills Group to secure the investor / owner.

Development Status: Permit for construction approved.

The Dauncey

Emu Bay Holiday Village


A housing development has been approved for Emu Bay that would ultimately contain 78 allotments with a minimum area of 1500 metres2 each. A mix of residential and holiday homes is envisaged for this development.

The new boat launching facilities are underway and expected to be completed by the end of December 2018.

Stage one consists of 20 allotments with roads, landscaping and power connections, which has already been completed. The project is being supported by Rivergum Homes who build coastal and country residential housing.

Power supply is a hybrid system with mains power already connected. A solar panel roof fit out together with a Battery storage system ensuring power costs will be minimal, particularly to holiday homes where feeding back through the system will accrue credits whist unoccupied.

An encumbrance protecting the owner’s investment has been drafted, that ensures standards will be maintained throughout the development.

Development Status: Consents have been issued by the Kangaroo Island Council for stage 1, which consists of 20 allotments.


Kangaroo Island Airport Upgrade


The Kangaroo Island Airport Upgrade will lengthen and strengthen the existing runway, expand the apron and upgrade the terminal. The Kangaroo Island Airport upgrade will enable the airport to accommodate larger aircraft and subsequently allow for direct, non-stop flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Perth to improve access to the Island for tourists and freight.   It will also enable businesses and residents on the Island to gain direct flights to major states of Australia.

This Airport was jointly funded by the South Australian Government with matched funding from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

The Airport upgrade is expected to see at least 25,000 new visitors per annum within the first three years of operation.This project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Government of South Australia.

Progress: Completed

More information: KI Council’s website.


Undersea Cable


SA Power Networks installed a new 33kV submarine cable from Fishery Beach to Cuttlefish Bay in 2018. The cost of the replacement of the undersea cable was $25.6 million.

More information on the decision to replace the cable is available in the following documents:

Development Status: Replacement in 2015-2020 Regulatory Period. Final Project Assessment Report completed that sets out preferred option for cable replacement.

Progress:  Completed.

To find out more about Major Development applications and how they are assessed visit the SA Government website. A summary of the process is detailed in the below flow chart.

Major Development Flow Chart