On Tuesday November 14, a deputation presented a request to Kangaroo Island Council for funding from the State and/or Federal Government to perform sealing work on Wedgewood/Hickmans Road.

On Tuesday November 14, a deputation including Sue Florance (Parndana Progress Association), Andy Young (Vivonne Bay Rate Payers Group), Bernie May (SA Ambulance volunteer) and Bill Roper (Parndana CFS) presented a request to KI Council for funding from the State and/or Federal Government to perform sealing work on Wedgewood/Hickmans Road.

It was presented with a petition with over 500 signatures. The Parndana and Vivonne Bay communities are seeking sealing of this road as a safe, sealed north-south connector road to the South Coast Road and Vivonne Bay area.

Sealed, it would provide a safe, all-weather bus route to and from the KICE Parndana Campus, provide a safe route for vital emergency services, and release opportunities for township economic growth.

The sealing of this road would also connect Stokes Bay on the north of KI, to Seal Bay/Vivonne Bay in the south of KI, with Parndana as the central point.

KI Council CEO Andrew Boardman responded to this request, stating that this was not currently considered (in previous plans), a road of regional significance, but that Council Administration now believe that this will be justified, given the degree of tourism business developments and the obvious social and community benefits that will come from it being a north-south main connecting road.

He stated that cost would be a consideration for Council and that inclusion in the Special Local Roads Program for potential funding contribution of up to 60 per cent of the total project costs would be vital for this work to be affordable.

While not guaranteed as this fund is a competitive process in our region, he believes that as long as essential criteria could be met, then project would stand a good chance of being approved as a funding priority. 

Mayor Peter Clements thanked the deputation for a professional presentation and said, “I've always believed that we talk things into existence, this is an essential part of the process in making things happen.

“If the talk doesn't work then it's probably not meant to happen. I believe this proposal is worthy of our efforts and well worth pursuing with the State Government."