The Kangaroo Island (Kingscote) Airport Upgrade Project has been a work in hand since 2012 and, with the assistance of the Kangaroo Island Futures Authority (KIFA) and subsequently the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, Council have been able to develop the 2012 Business Case further still with a focus on improving this piece of work to result in a robust and business-ready document to support a funding application to the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF)- the competitive Commonwealth Infrastructure Fund. An essential element of this funding program is the need for match funding and Council continued to work with the State Government on this business case to the point where State Government were comfortable enough to commit to co-fund 50% of the airport upgrade costs - some $9M of the total $18M project.
This upgrade is the largest possible upgrade of these facilities and will allow 100-120 seat regional jets; 85 set turbo-prop Citiflyer type aircraft to establish direct flights between Sydney / Melbourne and Kangaroo Island.
In December 2015, Council were notified that they had been successful in their application to the NSRF Program for a total of $9M to match fund the State Government's $9M commitment. With funding agreements in place, the Council has been able to build a team of expertise to commence final design and delivery of the project. This work commenced in early 2016 with the appointment of the design team and design and budget validation work was completed in late 2016 - these final designs are available here. It has been determined to break the project up into five main elements of work to take the project from design to delivery:
As of early January 2017, works have commenced with the first three elements underway and contracts in place to commence. It is anticipated that the Terminal Works Package will go to pricing tender with a pre-selected short-list of five contractors in January with evaluation in February and a March 2017 award for works to commence immediately.
The airport upgrade project is a significant game-changer for the Island and aims to address the time / ease / cost of access challenges that are experienced currently and which limit higher-value visitation to the Island. We expect that there will be 30,000+ domestic passengers per year from east coast capital cities together with significant uplift in international visitation given the abilit to more directly and cost effectively access the Island. We also expect to see a strong uplift in the export of the Island's high value, short shelf-life fresh produce with lucrative east coast markets and export points being able to be accessed directly and regularly.
It is clear that this upgrade will produce the paradigm shift in access that the Island needs, with significant uplift in Gross Regional Product (GRP) and employment opportunities possible.
The project is a perfect example of how public sector infrastructure investment by the three tiers of Government delivers the key enabler for economic and social development.
Also, The Investment Case along with Appendices and Key Documents can be viewed at the Council Office in Dauncey Street and at Service Centres (Penneshaw Business Centre, American River Post Office and Parndana Post Office). Printed copies of the Investment Case are available to purchase at Council’s Kingscote Office for $10.00 Case + Appendices and Reports $150.00.
Additional information is included in the following key documents:
JAC Comrie Pty Ltd was engaged by the Kangaroo Island Council to provide a Prudential Review of the proposed Kangaroo Island Airport upgrade 1. The Local Government Act 1999 (the LG Act) requires that councils undertake a prudential review of a project proposal in various circumstances.
To view the Prudential Report click here.
A summary of responses received during consultation on the airport upgrade is available here.