Islander editorial - Council discusses slipway, cemeteries, AWC

We completed this week's paper while sitting at Tuesday's August meeting of the KI Council, live streaming the meeting to The Islander Facebook page.

For those not watching, the council spent some time talking about the slipway at Kingscote that will be decommissioned once the cray boat currently ashore goes back. Mayor Michael Pengilly and clr Peter Tiggemann informed the council the reality was that the slipway because of years neglect by State authorities was beyond repair. Clr Rosalie Chirgwin implored the council to fight for the slipway. Clr Sam Mumford said the loss of the slipway meant an environmental disaster could happen if a vessel starting leaking fuel or oil.

We would like to clarify that the slipway closure calls into question the future of the associated waste oil station shed, and not the large blue/green shed. Finding out what the long term future of the big shed and the actual jetty itself is an ongoing mission for The Islander.

Councillors on Tuesday also spent considerable time talking about cemeteries with Clr Chirgwin unsuccessfully lobbying the council to make grave sites perpetual and to remove other restrictions. Mr Pengilly did say fencing needed to be repaired at both Kingscote and American River cemeteries.

Council was informed that the Australian Walking Company's lodge proposal for Flinders Chase would require Development Approval for the buildings but that this would be done on an administrative level without involvement of elected officials. Councillors also queried bushfire safety issues and were told this was dealt with at State level.

In other business, councillors voted to investigate the purchase of 8 Osmond Street for future council use and passed a motion requiring road improvements to be complete before any construction of the proposed golf resort at Pelican Lagoon. - Stan Gorton