State Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whestone during a budget visit to Kangaroo Island on Wednesday announced $125,000 for the project to rebuild the steps and lookout at Prospect Hill.
This means the Kangaroo Island Council now needs to find $125,000 to make up the $1 million cost of the renovation project after the Federal Government during the Mayo by-election announced it would contribute $750,000 toward the project.
KI Council CEO Andrew Boardman said the remaining funding would come from the council’s application to the State Government Department of Planning Open Spaces Program.
The Open Spaces Program is where the council normally gets funding for trails and other outdoor amenities.
Mr Boardman said the council would match this funding with $100,000 from its own Open Space reserve and $25,000 from cash flow. This was approved by councillors at August’s council meeting.
“Now we have confirmed funding we will finalise the funding agreement with the feds and commission the project once this document is received,” Mr Boardman said.
“Project start will depend on lead time for materials that are coming from Queensland and the contractor’s current workload.”
Minister Whetstone said he could not believe the steps had been closed for the last three years and said Prospect Hill was an important tourist attraction for Kangaroo Island.
Mayor Peter Clements agreed.
“Thanks for the $125,000, which puts the icing on the cake to complete the stairs, which are very important for our tourism industry,” Mr Clements said.