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You are invited to provide feedback on the potential sale of waterfront Crown land at Pelican Lagoon, Kangaroo Island.

The South Australian Government can dispose of Crown land to an adjoining owner if it has been declared surplus. Your comments, along with other feedback received from the community, will be provided to the Minister for consideration in making a decision about whether or not to dispose of or lease the land.

You can view a map of the land here.

Have your say by:

  • Joining the online discussion below
  • Sending an email to: Damian.Miley@sa.gov.au
  • Mailing your response to:
    Kangaroo Island Regional Director Damian Miley
    PO Box 39
    Kingscote SA 5223

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Lee Williams

13 Dec 2017

Damian,
Don't we have enough golf courses in SA ?? KI and Nora Creina in the SE SA, both requiring environmental assets to be changed to a business assets?? probably wouldn't get my vote for either.

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John Matheson

13 Dec 2017

Selling this land is ecologically unsound. It is well known scientifically that the greatest threat to marine ecosystems is human presence along the coastal fringe. That's predominantly why the land in question has been zoned coastal conservation, and why it is critical that it not become part of any development.

Selling this land is ethically unsound. The land is clearly not critical to the project's function as a golf course. Evidently the land is being sought to add to the prestige of the facility. The intention is to attract the super-wealthy to the golf 'resort'. It is immoral for publicly owned land to be handed over to a private business who will subsequently disenfranchise that same public who formally enjoyed use of the land.

Kangaroo Island's uniqueness is its relative absence of development (although to put that in perspective more than 70% of the island has already been developed). Further development is killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

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Pip Masters

13 Dec 2017

This piece of coastal reserve is no more surplus to requirements than any other coastal reserve owned by the crown. It provides access to the community and a corridor and habitat for native species. It protects the coast from the impacts of developments in the form of pollution, erosion and habitat destruction.

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David Gillieson

12 Dec 2017

Golf courses are well known globally for their intensive use of water, fertiliser and herbicides to maintain the turf which underpins the sport. It follows that increased pollution will result from greens being located on the edge of the Crown Land Reserve, and it seems likely that the block in question would also have greens located right on top of the coastal cliffs. The porous limestone landscape allows the rapid entry of surface water, sediments and dissolved chemicals into underground channels and caves, eventually emerging as seepages and springs along the coast. These limestone drainage systems are highly susceptible to contamination by runoff and also by the adsorption on sediments of chemicals, micro-organisms and low solubility herbicides. In the light of the overwhelming scientific evidence of the negative impacts of golf courses on groundwater quality in limestone areas, it is important that the coastal strip is maintained to reduce this impact on the nearshore coastal environment.

The Development Plan KI outlines the importance of public access being maintained for the coastal strip. Kangaroo Island residents and visitors have a long history of accessing the coast at many locations for a variety of passive recreational activities – bushwalking, birdwatching and wildlife photography. The quiet enjoyment of nature is a significant attraction for visitors to KI and is highlighted in tourist literature both nationally and internationally. Increasing privatisation of coastal land reduces access for all and results in recreational exclusion. There is thus a significant issue of loss of amenity value for KI residents and visitors if the sale goes ahead.

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Tim Kelly

12 Dec 2017

No Way,
This is a terrible idea opening up this part of the island to badly placed human settlement. Beyond the development will come the clearance for bushfire asset protection zones and bushfire buffer zones up to 1km wide. More and bigger roads open up yet more of the island to roadkill. It is not even safe to get to or go into the water in this region. there are much better and safer places with far less environmental and aesthetic impact where development can occur. This just looks like a new extension on the golf course proposal. Please show how the two are placed and explain any links.

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