Kangaroo Island Council's draft 2020-2024 strategic plan out for comment

Make comment on the Kangaroo Island Council 2020-2024 Strategic Plan now.

Make comment on the Kangaroo Island Council 2020-2024 Strategic Plan now.

The Kangaroo Island Council's draft Strategic Plan 2020-2024 is out for public consultation with comments due by July 22.

Kangaroo Island mayor Michael Pengilly said it was important for all residents and ratepayers to read the plan and make comment if necessary.

"This is a back-to-basics council and $1.5 million has already been cut from the budget and we're cutting a further $1.3 million this year without reducing services," Mr Pengilly said.

Clr Graham Walkom also urged all ratepayers to read the important document that set the agenda for council over the next four years.

He said events such as the bushfires and then COVID-19 had made it hard to keep the draft up to date, but the council at some point needed to release the document.

The plan is available online here and at the council office.

The council will host a series of community sessions at Kingscote, Parndana, American River and Penneshaw.

Find out the session times and details in Council Matters on Page 5 of this week's Islander or on the council's website

Boat ramp discussions

The Baudin Beach Progress Association has written to the council suggesting that repairs to its local boat ramp could be completed by its members up to the value of $10,000.

Chairman Des Lanthois wrote the work required was preventive maintenance, which the association did not believe required an engineer's report. Mr Lanthois also wrote that he holds a current general builders supervisors license. The council did not make a decision on the request but took it on notice.

The new Emu Bay boat ramp was discussed with Clr Ken Liu suggesting the ramp be closed over winter to eliminate the need for maintenance such as seaweed removal. The ramp however will stay open.