SeaLink Travel Group donates to Kangaroo Island bushfire appeal, appoints new CEO, SA GM

Kangaroo Island Odysseys tour guides Mia Bertetto, Sandy Holmes, Trish Dunn and Rosemarie Williams with the SeaLink Travel Group cheque for the bushfire relief effort.
Kangaroo Island Odysseys tour guides Mia Bertetto, Sandy Holmes, Trish Dunn and Rosemarie Williams with the SeaLink Travel Group cheque for the bushfire relief effort.

SeaLink Travel Group in early January committed an initial half-a-million-dollar support package to help Kangaroo Island and its residents recover and rebuild following the devastating bushfires.

This support included a $200,000 donation to the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund.

A SeaLink staff function was held on Thursday, February 20 at the KI Brewery was held to say a big thank-you for all the staff for the hard work over the last eight weeks during the devastating fires.

The event also welcomed SeaLink's new CEO Clint Feuerherdt and new GM for SeaLink SA, Peter Abbott.

It was also a chance to meet the SeaLink board and to farewell outgoing CEO Jeff Ellison.

The Mayor Michael Pengilly was also invited to the function and was presented with the pledged cheque, which was actually to the value of $212,517.

The donation was made up of contributions from the company and its directors, as well as donations raised through staff from SeaLink's businesses all around Australia.

Clint Feuerherdt has been appointed as the new CEO for the SeaLink Travel Group.

Mr Feuerherdt joined SeaLink Travel Group as group CEO in January 2020, taking over from outgoing CEO and managing director Jeff Ellison following the acquisition of the Transit Systems Group.

While CEO of Transit Systems Group for 10 years, Mr Feuerherdt saw Transit entrusted with more franchised bus service contracts than any other company in Australia, growing revenue by over 400 per cent.

In 2012-2013, Mr Feuerherdt led the expansion of Transit Systems Group into the United Kingdom, making Transit the only Australian-owned multinational public transport operator, expanding further into Singapore in 2015.

Born in Port Lincoln South Australia, he graduated from the University of Queensland with an Honours Degree in Commerce and was awarded the University Medal.

Peter Abbott meanwhile has taken over as general manager of SeaLink SA.

Mr Abbott has worked for over 30 years in the tourism, events and attractions management area.

Most recently he was the CEO of Bendigo Heritage Attractions in Victoria, where he led the multi-site operations across Bendigo, successfully developing major projects to enhance the visitor experience as well as winning an Australian Tourism Award.

Over his career, he has also managed a major accommodation property and visitor services operation in Warrnambool on the Great Ocean Road, as well as operating a successful conservation and tourism project that was ultimately turned into the Australian movie called Oddball.

He has also worked for the SA Tourism Commission as the regional tourism manager for the Limestone Coast, based in Mount Gambier.

Mr Abbott has extensive experience working with regional communities and grew up in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.

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