Flinders Chase. No to More Visitors? Why?

The campaign against the Australian Walking Company’s proposal to build eco-friendly lodges at two locations on the KI Wilderness Trail is a perfect example of the dog in the manger negativity that hurls itself at every new project on Kangaroo Island. Some of the arguments are beyond ludicrous. One was: A completely different company built …

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Save Smith Bay – The Real Story

The Ballad of Jack and Dianne… Jack and Dianne had lived on Kangaroo Island for a few years, when a shop became available on Dauncey St. They decided to open a coffee shop. Although they had never run a coffee shop before, they had run other successful businesses, and Jack had training and experience as …

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Last Word on the Smith Bay Jetty – Kangaroo Island

If you have to lie to make your case, you don’t have a case. Never has this been more starkly clear than in the determined opposition to KIPT’s proposed new jetty at Smith Bay. This is a project that will bring a massive ongoing income stream to Kangaroo Island, and has the potential to revitalise …

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A Bridge to Kangaroo Island

A bridge to Kangaroo Island.. It would be an amazing project, and an amazing feat of engineering. It could certainly be done. 7 News | KI Bridge A multi-billion dollar proposal to build a bridge to Kangaroo Island has been met with anger from residents. The local Mayor says a bridge could be disastrous to …

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Transformative Development on Kangaroo Island

Proposed Jetty at Smith Bay on Kangaroo Island KI Plantation Timbers (KPT) is planning to build a deep water jetty at Smith Bay on the North coast of Kangaroo Island. This plan has been controversial, mainly because of the possible impact of changes in water quality on the abalone farm which occupies land adjacent to …

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Australia – Local Energy Development

Apart from occasional links to news stories of interest, I haven’t written anything about local oil and gas development for over a year. I am often asked why I would support energy exploration in the Bight. And even more often, it is simply assumed that no one could honestly want such development, and I must …

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KI Accommodation Providers Have a Whinge

I watched the SA ABC’s Stateline programme on Friday night. There was a segment about KI Sealink and some of Kangaroo Island’s accommodation services. The accommodation providers said it was unfair that they weren’t benefitting from a Sealink partnership programme they hadn’t joined and didn’t want to pay for. They had complained to Sealink, then …

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Photos Taken This Morning On Kangaroo Island

This is an old tractor that used to be used for harvesting oysters from one of the oyster leases on Min oil beach. I have been wanting to get a picture of it for a while, but it is usually mostly submerged. Very low tides today, so a perfect opportunity, even though it was raining. …

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KI Doctors Again

I am starting to feel something akin to outrage at the way Kangaroo Island’s doctors continue to hold medical services on the island to ransom. See my earlier post for more details about the background. Briefly, after a long period of negotiation between government and doctors’ organisations, a contract was offered to rural doctors under …

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