Get involved in shaping the future of Kangaroo Island parks

Flinders Chase National Park before and after the fires of January 2020. Photo NPWSSA

Flinders Chase National Park before and after the fires of January 2020. Photo NPWSSA

Kangaroo Island locals, business owners and visitors are invited to now share their ideas to reimagine visitor experiences in some of the Island's national parks.

The Reimagining Kangaroo Island engagement process is now underway until September to seek a broad range of community views about how national parks on the island can be experienced.

This includes rebuilding infrastructure on western KI and proposed new infrastructure on the south coast and the Dudley Peninsula.

The state government meanwhile has announced that Flinders Chase National Park will reopen to the public to this Saturday, July 4.

An interactive map showing the plans for rebuilding of park infrastructure on the western end of Kangaroo Island and new infrastructure proposed for the south coast and Dudley Peninsula. The map details can be viewed at the links below.

An interactive map showing the plans for rebuilding of park infrastructure on the western end of Kangaroo Island and new infrastructure proposed for the south coast and Dudley Peninsula. The map details can be viewed at the links below.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the rebuild of Kangaroo Island after the summer's bushfires would take some time but it's important to include the local community every step of the way.

"Kangaroo island has been devastated by the summer's bushfires and the impacts of coronavirus and we are committed to doing everything we can to support the Island community get back on their feet," Mr Speirs said.

"We want the local community to be involved throughout the rebuild which is why we want people to get involved with the Reimagining Kangaroo Island engagement strategy to support the recovery of the island's tourism economy and balance this with environmental recovery and protection.

"Rebuilding the infrastructure destroyed by the bushfires will provide a timely boost to the local economy and help Kangaroo Island's nature-based tourism industry bounce back.

"By fast tracking some of the rebuild we have been able to bring forward the opening of Flinders Chase National Park to July 4 just in time for school holidays.

"The adversity the bushfires earlier this year has given us an opportunity to reimagine how we build back facilities and offer visitor experiences in some of the island's most loved and visited sites.

"In many ways, it's a once in a generation opportunity to think about how we use, manage and offer experiences to visitors in Kangaroo Island parks.

"We are looking to reimagine the visitor experiences in Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park, including Ravine des Casoars and Cape Bouguer wilderness protection areas and Cape Borda, as well as Seal Bay Conservation Park.

"We know that Island locals, tourism operators and visitors all have great ideas on how the parks could be used and we want to hear them."

Feedback gathered throughout the engagement will be collated into a visioning paper, which will help set a direction for the future delivery of visitor experiences in these parks, as well as inform a new west Kangaroo Island parks management plan.

For more information, to register your interest in attending a focus group, or for opportunities to participate in online engagement visit www.parks.sa.gov.au/reimagine-ki/

Flinders Chase National Park before and after the fires of January 2020. Photo NPWSSA

Flinders Chase National Park before and after the fires of January 2020. Photo NPWSSA

National Parks and Wildlife Service executive director Michael Williams said the Department for Environment and Water had commenced development of a park management plan for the following parks in the west and central region of Kangaroo Island:

  • Flinders Chase National Park.
  • Cape Bouguer, Cape Gantheaume, Cape Torrens, Ravine des Casoars, Western River Wilderness Protection Area.
  • Beyeria, Cape Gantheaume, Kelly Hill, Lathami, Mt Taylor, Parndana, Seal Bay, Seddon and Vivonne Bay Conservation Park.

"Once adopted, the new plan will establish a long term vision and consolidate management directions for each park," Mr Williams said.

"It will also focus future management efforts on the key conservation values, the most critical threats, and the most important strategies to manage these threats.

"The plan will be developed in parallel with the "Reimagine Kangaroo island" project."

For more information about these projects and how you can get involved visit reimagine-ki.parks.sa.gov.au

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