What’s in the State budget for Kangaroo Island?

BUDGET MAN: Treasurer Rob Lucas presents South Australia's 2018 budget at the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
BUDGET MAN: Treasurer Rob Lucas presents South Australia's 2018 budget at the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Looking through the SA State Government 2018 Budget, it appears the only infrastructure spend for Kangaroo Island is $20,000 for a “suit of road safety improvements”.

Kangaroo Island Council CEO Andrew Boardman said this money was likely to go to the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to improve things such as signage on state arterial roads.

“I don't believe this will be for council roads but having said that, we welcome any spending on any roads if it improves safety outcomes,” Mr Boardman said. 

The other KI budget matter worth addressing is funding for the KI Commissioner, now that the State Government has indicated it will be phasing out the position.

The 2018/2019  budget cuts the allocation for the Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island from $990,000 to about $700,000.

Then for the 2019/2020 budget, the allocation would be cut by further $500,000 to $200,000.

Kangaroo Island Mayor Peter Clements said many on KI were disappointed that the role of the Commissioner was being phased out.

He said the Tourism Kangaroo Island board, of which he is a member, on Thursday, September 6 passed a motion to send a message to the State Government to retain the position of KI Commissioner and also not to repeal the KI Commissioner Act. 

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