Native Vegetation Management Local Advisory Board and the Management Plan for Housing on Kangaroo Island are just some of the projects the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, Wendy Campana is tackling.

During the last couple of months, several of my projects have moved to the next stage. One of these is the work we have done with the Native Vegetation Management Local Advisory Board (LAB).

This Board was appointed in early 2017, and has met regularly to establish the issues relating to the management of native vegetation.

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

My Office is producing an Information Paper to be released later this year that will outline the issues raised and will provide information, resources and contacts, along with a few areas for further work.

This Board, initially appointed for six months, has been extended until the end of October 2017 in order to complete its work. I wish to acknowledge and thank the Board members for their hard work and contributions, and I am pleased that the interests of the KI community have been represented throughout the process.

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

Work is also currently underway on the Management Plan for Housing on KI. We appointed a Local Advisory Board and, together with State and Local Governments, we have produced an Implementation Plan which we are now activating.

This Plan includes demographic work undertaken by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, which tells us that, in a high growth scenario associated to future developments, KI will require an additional 890 dwellings to accommodate new residents by 2031. So you can see, this is another big issue for the island.

I have held meetings with local building and construction contractors to discuss the opportunities and challenges that will occur as this growth takes place. I’ve also met with mainland developers to gain an understanding of their experiences in building on KI.

In response to community concerns relating to lending policies of financial institutions, which can cause impediments to buying or building houses or for business loans, I have contacted these institutions to raise issues and hear about their policies and experiences on KI. Further information on our work on housing will be available shortly. Visit: kangarooislandcommissioner.sa.gov.au.