BKI's Position Statement and Action Plan
Business Kangaroo Island's Position Statement:
That there be transparency throughout the contract negotiations regarding the provision of ferry services to and from Kangaroo Island.
Business Kangaroo Island would like to see an independent economic impact statement (EIS) commissioned and reported, highlighting the social and economic implications (short and long term) of the existing and future contractual arrangements.
We expect that the contract negotiations should be based on strong benchmark data, and adoption of best commercial practices as demonstrated for other ferry services around the world.
An open competitive tender process for the service should be undertaken, for a nominated contract period of 7-10 years and that competitive rates and conditions be negotiated to ensure that access for all stakeholders (businesses/residents/tourists) is fair and equitable.
Initial Plan of Action:
• Request a meeting with DPTI and the CKI to understand the negotiation process/time frames, consideration and next steps.
• Request a copy of the KIFA commissioned Transport Services Report by Parsons Brinckerhoff, from DPTI via the Commissioner for KI to inform BKI’s requests.