Tell us a little about Island Electrics
Island Electrics has been in operation on Kangaroo Island for the past 8 years. My one-man business has grown into a successful broad-ranging electrical services business. Our long list of regular clients includes small and large businesses, primary producers, government, quality builders and homeowners and our team has a reputation for professionalism, quality and reliability.
Before returning to KI with wife Louise to start a family, I had many years of experience working in Adelaide, interstate and overseas, which has expanded my trade knowledge and skills base. My role as a project manager for one of Australia’s leading automation firms - Sage Automation - has helped me develop from an electrician to a contractor with the ability to execute a variety of projects.
I’m excited about what the next few years hold for Kangaroo Island – the long-anticipated growth period and a new wave of transformation.
What is new for Island Electrics?
We are working on some pretty interesting new architectural and high-end residential builds. It’s always good to work on houses that are a bit outside the square. This area of the market will only strengthen as the Island gets more exposure on the world stage. It's great to get involved as a local tradesperson and the results are some of the most quality builds you get. This is to the credit of the builders that we service and the other trades involved.
We will assist Alano Water in coming months with the electrical installation at the new Penneshaw Community Wastewater Management Scheme. As more of a commercial and industrial specification, it makes a good contrast to our domestic projects. It will give my team great exposure to other areas of the trade, helping them to develop and grow their skills.
We are now preparing Island Electrics for the tendering process for major project work (mainly the airport development). I am confident in our ability to deliver any scope of works that is put in front of us.
How does your business contribute to the island's business community?
Island Electrics prides itself on looking after businesses first. It’s hard enough to do business on KI when things are running smoothly, so when breakdown and unforeseen issues arise it’s good to know there are reliable and quality service providers who can deliver quick turnarounds. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of my work.
Why did you join Business Kangaroo Island and how do you see it helping your business?
I have been with BKI from its early stages as a member of the initial working committee. I felt a real need for positive business advocacy as fear and negativity was getting way too much airplay. At the time I remember so much negative sentiment being expressed across the community due mainly to a lack of sound information sharing. This made way for uncertainty and a lack of business confidence. I run a service business that can only be truly a success if the businesses that it serves are prospering and profitable. With a simple, direct and honest charter, Business Kangaroo Island will ensure all KI businesses and sectors have the opportunity to thrive and prosper during KI's new positive direction.
What are some positive opportunities you see for Kangaroo Island businesses in the future?
I am an optimist when it comes to KI and its prospects. Because I have had a great opportunity to travel, work and live elsewhere I have been able gain a much deeper appreciation of what we do have on KI. I do not wish the charm of the place to be spoilt, but I do hope that with smart investment and wise planning, our kids will have more opportunity to stay longer past school and gain quality meaningful career paths.
Many thanks to Ray Wadsworth for sponsoring this month's BKI Newsletter and being part of our Featured Business.