Family creates video to protest development on KI Wilderness Trail

Kangaroo Island resident Becky Westbrook and her family have made a video protesting proposed development of luxury accommodation on the KI Wilderness Trail.

The Australian Walking Company is proposing to build two sets of luxury accommodation “pods” at Sandy Creek and Sanderson Bay in Flinders Chase National Park.

The State Commission Assessment Panel is due to make a ruling on the development proposal as soon as this week.

The Westbrook family lives at the Mawarra property just out of Parndana, where they farm sheep and cattle. 

David and Becky Westbrook and their three children, Jed, 8, Indi, 6, and Xavier, 3, just happened to visit Sandy Creek last month for a bit of a family outing.

“It was only after we got back home that I realised that was there the accommodation is planned for,” said Mrs Westbrook, who grew up at Stokes Bay on KI. 

The family was so taken by the unspoiled beauty of the area, that they decided to return to make a video as a protest against the development, which if approved could set a precedent for development in other parks around SA. 

The five-minute video features the music of Xavier Rudd and the still photos of the family walking around the dunes and beach at Sandy Creek wearing black body paint.

“There is a tribe of warriors far and wide who will stand tall and speak for Mother Nature when she cannot speak for herself,” she said.

“We are part of that tribe. We will stand and defend her. The National Park's of Australia and of the world are for conserving the wilderness and for everyone to enjoy. We believe that with all our hearts.”

The video on her own Facebook page has been shared 133 times already. Her post reads as follows:

“Our small tribe is calling on our wider tribe to rise up and help stop private development being built on our precious wild headlands in Flinders Chase National Park. National Park's are for our children's children and if you believe this then please share our story.

“I want to thank Mr Heath Garratt of the Australian Walking Company for giving me the opportunity to show my kids how important it is to fight for what you believe in.

“May they grow up knowing they can make a difference in our world for the better. Mr Garratt why don't you show us that you really do love the wild places and join us to preserve and protect the wilderness instead of building on it, you would be so welcome.”

She also quotes anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never think that a small group of committed people can't change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.