A Marshall Liberal Government will extend the Cape Jervis breakwater to maximise the number of days that the Kangaroo Island ferry is able to operate to boost tourism and create more jobs.
“Kangaroo Island is a world renowned tourism destination but isn’t reaching its full potential under Labor,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“The success of the tourism industry is important for Kangaroo Island, contributing around $144 million to the island’s economy and directly employing over 500 people.
“Tourism accounts for over 20 per cent of Kangaroo Island’s economy compared to just 4.5 per cent for regional South Australia’s economy generally.
“Unfortunately due to poor weather conditions the ferry isn’t always able to operate and tourists can be left stranded unable to get to Kangaroo Island.
“In fact, the ferry isn’t able to operate for up to two weeks each year which frustrates tourists and locals who aren’t able to travel.
“This hurts the small businesses and tourism providers that rely on visitors to support the 500 tourism jobs on the island.
“That’s why we are investing $2 million to extend the breakwater 100 metres to reduce the number of days the ferry is unable to operate due to poor weather conditions.
“We need to attract more interstate and overseas visitors to Kangaroo Island and ensure that when they come to visit they have a first class tourism experience.
“The ferry is the most common means of transport for tourists and locals alike to get to and from the island and we want to make this service as reliable as possible.
“We know that under this Labor Government the growth in international visitors is around half that of the national average – it’s another key indicator that South Australia is falling behind the pack.
“The Liberals have a strong plan to grow our tourism sector and jobs in this industry through our $40 million Events Bid Fund, bidding for more international events and developing world class tourism attractions like the Great Southern Bike Trail and the National Gallery for Aboriginal Art and Culture.”