Sunday’s official opening of the long-awaited Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail, which overlooks the stunning Hog Bay Beach in the heart of Penneshaw, sees a major tourist drawcard brought to life.
Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the 1.2-kilometre-long trail, which supported six jobs during construction, would be an icon for the island.
“Already a major tourist location and cruise ship destination, Kangaroo Island will see an economic boost of $7.64 million over the next five years thanks to this unique sculpture trail, which will encourage people to visit the town of Penneshaw and stay longer to see the sights,” Senator Ruston said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack said the trail was the perfect spot for the community to get outside and be active.
“The trail features seating, two viewing platforms and an array of native plants. Solar panels have also been installed to support the sustainability and longevity of the trail – providing the revenue needed to maintain the track,” Mr McCormack said.
Mayor Peter Clements said the trail still had exciting developments on the horizon, with the installation of artworks yet to come.
“$10,000 has been committed by a corporate sponsor for the first sculpture and funding from the South Australian Government has been secured for a swing bridge. This means the trail is just going to get better and better,” Mr Clements said.
This project is jointly funded with the Liberal and Nationals’ Government investing $202,288 and Kangaroo Island Council $86,695, with additional funds from the Penneshaw Progress Association.
Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail Committee chairperson Jayne Bates at Sunday’s opening paid tribute to all of those on the association that had worked on planning and building the trail.
She singled out Sarah Strong-Law, who had installed more than 30 loads of limestone rocks, as well as trail builder and designer Bryon Buick.
The good news was that the first sculpture commission had been granted to local artist Dave Clarke, who had worked tirelessly on the trail.
She thanked Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers for making the first corporate donation toward the first sculpture to be installed.
For more information on the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail, the Trailblazer Patron Program and the Artist EOI process, please visit the website on www.kangarooislandsculpturetrail.com or email the committee on firstname.lastname@example.org