Expo for updates to major KI developments

A great opportunity exists for business operators and members of the island community to attend an expo being run by the Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island (OCKI) on Monday, November 27, at the Kingscote Town Hall, from 10.30am-4.30pm.

We are offering attendees the chance to meet the proponents of the developments approved or in the process of being approved by the State Government, to gain an update on the airport upgrade and to meet with industry associations about their activities.

We have also invited representatives of the various government agencies with interests in the developments, so the community can ask any questions of them regarding the developments or other matters.

In a related initiative, my office has recently partnered with the Department of State Development and TAFE SA to develop a Workforce Development Plan highlighting workforce needs associated with the island’s future growth and the developments.

This plan is about to be finalised and it will provide an overview of the types of workers needed to fill jobs; the skills gaps we will encounter in our growing workforce; and, it will offer solutions to recruitment and retention of employees.  

The plan will also cover continued training and professional development. Watch the OCKI website for the plan to be published.

Many islanders have closely followed the work of the Native Vegetation Local Advisory Board, which held its final meeting in late October. The Board was established early in 2017 with the aim of identifying and clarifying issues relating to the management of native vegetation on the island. I thank the board members who have worked hard to present all sides of this, sometimes, contentious and difficult topic.

We will shortly release an information paper that will outline the issues raised and provide information, resources and contacts in relation to each matter, along with highlighting additional areas of work to be undertaken.

I will continue to monitor native vegetation management, engaging government and community as required.

I enjoyed a great day at the Kingscote Show last week too – celebrating its 100th year, what a milestone achievement for the island and how good it was to see so many people attending. Congratulations to the organising committee on such a great event.