Kangaroo Island’s newest tourist attraction – the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail – has successfully secured $150,000 from the Fund My Neighbourhood grants program.

Swing Bridge: Jayne Bates and Minister Leon Bignell. Photo: Supplied.
Swing Bridge: Jayne Bates and Minister Leon Bignell. Photo: Supplied.

Kangaroo Island’s newest tourist attraction – the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail – has successfully secured $150,000 from the Fund My Neighbourhood grants program to build a Swing Bridge in the middle of the trail.

Tipped to provide a significant tourism boost for the region, the Sculpture Trail is set on 4.45 hectares of land in Penneshaw, overlooking Hog Bay.

The Swing Bridge will connect two sides of the trail which are separated by a ravine and previously only accessible by walking the entire length of the trail to the end of the creek.

As the trail is just minutes away from the ferry and cruise ship terminal, it will provide an additional Penneshaw-based attraction for thousands of visitors and cruise ship passengers.

Around 33,000 South Australians cast more than 122,000 votes for 1,600 projects across the state, aimed at improving neighbourhoods.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said, “This Fund My Neighbourhood grant to build a Swing Bridge on the Sculpture Trail is fantastic news for the KI community and in particular, Penneshaw.

“Because the Fund My Neighbourhood funding was allocated on a ‘per person’ basis, this $150,000 grant represents $33 per KI resident, which is a huge win for the local community and is nearly three times the state average.

“The local community was also encouraged to submit projects for consideration to the Fund My Idea grants program, which resulted in $28,000 to the Parndana Progress Association for the Soldiers Settlers Remembrance Wall and beautify the Town Hall and Museum precinct.

“I also know there are some really fantastic community projects which were unfortunately not successful this time.

“I encourage anyone with a project or idea, which has not yet secured funding, to contact me so I can see if there are other grants programs they could participate in to help bring their idea to fruition.” 

Sculpture Trail project coordinator Jayne Bates said, “We are just so incredibly thrilled to receive this Fund My Neighbourhood Grant and I want to thank all those in the community who voted for us.

“I’ve never been involved in a project which ticks so many boxes. This Swing Bridge has environmental, tourism and artistic benefits and will really be the crowning glory of the whole Sculpture Trail project.

Visit: fundmyneighbourhood.yoursay.sa.gov.au.