Commissioner Wendy Campana comment:
A fair go for businesses on Kangaroo Island
Approved or proposed projects worth more than $171 million for Kangaroo Island have the potential to create 300 jobs. This has generated discussion about the need to ensure a “fair go” for local Island businesses in tendering for these projects.
I held a workshop on January 20th to update the community on the status of the various projects and to particularly consider opportunities emerging from the airport upgrade involving expenditure of $18 million of State and Federal government funding.
Through a tender process, the Kangaroo Island Industry and Brand Alliance was successful in gaining funding from my office to ensure we have a process for identifying and supporting our local businesses. This support will ensure that businesses, if they take up the opportunities, are able to assess their readiness and gain services to enable them to compete for construction work.
We are working with contractors who have expressed an interest in Federal Government funding for mentoring and training services, including a contribution from their own businesses. An application will go forward shortly and we anticipate a quick response on the support for our project.
Further opportunities will be announced shortly for businesses in the food, wine, tourism and service sectors to assess the opportunities that may emerge for them through the roll-out of these projects.
I am also hearing of some other projects that may result from operators already on the Island looking to expand their businesses.
The other issue emerging is the tendering processes and policies of governments which are engaging businesses for construction or other services. We are working with governments to ensure that their policies enable local investment in businesses without compromising price and quality of services.
For further information on the Transformation Project visit our website at: www.kangarooislandcommissioner.sa.gov.au
Business Kangaroo Island members were invited to respond to the following statement:
If you believe that the KI Golf Course development has positive economic development opportunities for Kangaroo Island businesses, could you please reply, YES or NO to the statement, so we can gauge the level of anticipation amongst our membership.
95% of responses were FOR the development 5% were AGAINST.
Justin Trott, General Manager of Programmed Turnpoint has said; "a lot of the energy will now be directed to sourcing a Joint Venture partner with regard to the Hotel/Clubhouse component of the works and to update all the consultants on the consent conditions prior to going into the detail design stage of the project. I expect the next few weeks to be pretty busy behind the scenes and hope to have some real news to report in the coming months".