KI groups start new crowdfunding campaign for Flinders Chase fight

INFORMATION STALL: Friends of Parks KI Western Districts members Bev Maxwell and Colin Wilson and KI Eco-Action's John Hodgson at the Flinders Chase information stall in Kingscote last Thursday.
INFORMATION STALL: Friends of Parks KI Western Districts members Bev Maxwell and Colin Wilson and KI Eco-Action's John Hodgson at the Flinders Chase information stall in Kingscote last Thursday.

Groups in the Public Parks, NOT Private Playgrounds coalition are starting a new round of crowdfunding to fight against development in Flinders Chase National Park.

The coalition consists of Kangaroo Island Friends of Parks and KI Eco-Action groups, who held information stalls in Kingscote last week.

Eco-Action meanwhile has conducted a survey of KI residents on the topic of Flinders Chase development, taking in it says about 8.5 per cent of the adult population with 96 per cent answering they were opposed to the development.

The crowdfunding campaign meanwhile will run for 41 days, starting on Thursday, September 5.

It takes in two significant dates: Threatened Species Day on September 7, and the centenary of Flinders Chase being declared as a flora and fauna reserve on October 16, 2019. The centenary is the campaign's closing day.

"The value of Flinders Chase National Park extends beyond mere dollars and cents," KI Eco-Action spokesperson Fraser Vickery said.

"It is wild, it protects a multitude of plant, animal and fungal species, and it renews the spirit and soul on every visit.

"Yet, these days value seems to be measured only in money - the money the chase brings into the island economy, and what it costs to keep the tourists coming. There is also a cost in protecting the chase while welcoming visitors.

"The Kangaroo Island Friends of Parks and Eco-Action coalition is having to ask for your support in cold hard cash to ensure the value of the Chase is preserved.

"Our efforts to get the SA government and Australian Walking Company to compromise and move their luxury developments away from the fragile coast and 'back on the track' have come to nought.

"We have thus lodged papers in SA Supreme Court for judicial review of the planning and vegetation clearance decisions that have allowed this project to be approved.

"And we are running another crowdfunding campaign through the chuffed.org platform to help pay for our legal costs.

"Please dig deep to support the future of Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island and public land in South Australia.

"Whether you can spare some small change or a small fortune, every single donation is of value to the cause."

Mr Vickery encouraged people to visit https://ppnotpp.org to find out more about the Public Parks campaign and join the email list.

Donation can be made through https://chuffed.org/project/fight-for-flinders-chase or by direct deposit (details through publicparksflch@gmail.com).

Comments