Editorial 13/08/15 - Events point to positive future

At the official opening of the KI Pure Grain export facility last week, from
left, John Rau, Deputy Premier of South Australia, Neil Pontifex, Chairman
KIPG, Wendy Campana, Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, and Ichiro
Nakane, managing director, Kanematsu Australia and KIPG board member. (Kanematsu is a KIPG shareholder.)
At the official opening of the KI Pure Grain export facility last week, from left, John Rau, Deputy Premier of South Australia, Neil Pontifex, Chairman KIPG, Wendy Campana, Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, and Ichiro Nakane, managing director, Kanematsu Australia and KIPG board member. (Kanematsu is a KIPG shareholder.)

Two events in the last week will help to position KI well into the future.

The first was the Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock bringing his ‘road show’ to KI last week to hear what projects need help from wider quarters to move forward.

He met with a group hand-picked to represent business and agencies, and these people told the Minister how things are on the island. What a wonderful opportunity to have a Minister sit through a day-long session, hearing the stories from those well-positioned to speak for the island. Minister Brock was genuinely interested and listened carefully to all points of view.

The second great event was KI Pure Grain opening its new facility in Osborne in South Australia. Attorney General John Rau opened the plant and was impressed with what he saw.

Regions in Focus - from left, Wendy Campana, Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, with Deputy Mayor Joy Willson and Minister Geoff Brock.

Regions in Focus - from left, Wendy Campana, Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, with Deputy Mayor Joy Willson and Minister Geoff Brock.

He is a strong proponent for KI and he was delighted to be there to address the guests.

He spoke about the strength of KI’s clean green image in dealing with overseas markets, for crops that will now be processed through KIPG’s new facility.

The power of these two events can’t be under-estimated - they provide a strength in placing the island in a better economic position, ensuring that Kangaroo Island continues to punch above its weight.

With quite a few great new initiatives on the drawing board, the island is set to take off in terms of economic drivers, to produce growth, jobs and hopefully prosperity.