Transport, freight and fair access for Kangaroo Island businesses remain the number one concerns for Business Kangaroo Island members.
The BKI Committee has advocated and lobbied on behalf of KI businesses all year on this issue and is determined to make our voice heard as negotiations continue on the upcoming new contract and lease for port facilities at Penneshaw and Cape Jervis.
Our objective is to ensure the needs of business are considered in any new contract, that there is fair pricing, security of services and the opportunity for competition.
This letter to Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan, outlines the concerns of business on Kangaroo Island, and seeking action and response on his part. This is his response.
This week, we have also written to Premier Jay Weatherall, Deputy Premier John Rau, Opposition Leader Steven Marshall, the Essential Services Commission of SA and Shadow Transport Minister David Pisoni.
Also recently, BKI has:
Asked both Minister Mullighan and Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Wendy Campana, in writing, for access to the Parson Brinckerhoff report prepared a few years ago about the cost of transport to Kangaroo Island. Unfortunately, we have been informed the document is Cabinet Confidential and we can’t see it.
• Copied the following community leaders into the correspondence:
Minister for Tourism, Minister for Agriculture, Food & Fisheries, Mr Leon Bignell
Mayor of Kangaroo Island, Mr Peter Clements
Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, Ms Wendy Campana
Minister for Finniss, Mr Michael Pengilly
Mr Andy Gilfillan
- Sharon Kauppila, Chairperson