Sandy Creek, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, SA

Construction of tourism accommodation (comprising eight accommodation pods, a longhouse, two lookouts, a services building and ancillary water tanks and connecting pathways) in association with the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 3 months ago. It was received by them 15 days earlier.

(Source: South Australia Planning Portal, reference 520/L006/18)

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  1. Patrizia Bronzi commented

    To whom this may concern,
    Sandy Creek and it's surrondings are unique and what makes it special is that its wild, untouched, unspoilt by us. This place and the few that are left like this are worthy of our outmost respect and protection. My insight on this proposed development is that its on a scale that will reduce the effectivess of conservation efforts. I therefore ask that you and all concerned in the decision making of Sandy Creek's fate would please put the land, the natural habitat and the wishes of the local Kangaroo Island people first.
    I look forward to your reply and any updates on this matter.
    Kind regards
    Patrizia Bronzi

  2. Maggie Welz commented

    Ssndy Creek is not on the walking trail. It is a beautiful wild bay you can walk to and experience isolation and wilderness. The proposed development for the benefit of a few, would destroy this. National Parks are there for a reason.Protecting Wilderness is a duty of our elected leaders.For a government to consider going against its own guidelines for monetary gain is worrying and needs reconsidering. Many people with foresight and vision set up Flinders Chase National Park. It was not easy. Save our Wild places for the future.

  3. Prue Coulls commented

    Australian Walking Company and the State Government should stick to the original tender approval. These luxury Eco-tents were originally planned to be on the walking trail, which would mean that no extra roads/tracks would be needed for their completion. Current pans are to build in new areas. New roads, tracks and huge vegetation clearance will result. And this will be for the privileged few. The Government has lost sight of the value of wild places - and the value of large tracks of wilderness conserved in our Parks and Reserves. 2019 should have been a year to celebrate one hundred year since Flinders Chase was dedicated as a Park.

  4. Janine Mackintosh, President, Friends of Dudley Peninsula Parks commented

    The Friends of Dudley Peninsula Parks actively support the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Many members have walked the trail. We welcome its focus on the natural splendour of Flinders Chase, plus the impetus it gives to existing island businesses.

    The original trail concept included provision for discreet cabin or ’glamping-style’ accommodation in close proximity to the trail and making use of existing infrastructure and access tracks. However, the proposal for two ten-building lodges in highly sensitive and visible coastal sites up to three kilometres from the trail is clearly at odds with the original trail concept.

    Our group is concerned about the serious ecological impact of these lodges and associated roads and tracks. No less alarming is the damage inflicted on the wilderness character of these pristine shores. The clifftop lodges would undermine the elemental experience the wilderness trail seeks to provide – as well as spoil the coastline’s visual appeal for other park users.

    On this basis the FDPP opposes this radical proposal.

    Throughout our history we have been a non-political group. However, as the changes proposed for Flinders Chase strike at the heart of what our parks are for, we have no choice but to take this difficult decision to suspend our operations within DEW-managed lands.

    We look forward to resuming our program following a proper review of this accommodation proposal and a return to the original KIWT concept.

    Janine Mackintosh
    President, Friends of Dudley Peninsula Parks

  5. Becky Westbrook commented

    'Mummy, why do they want to build a hotel on that hill? I thought National Parks were for being in the wild?' That is what my 6 year old daughter said to me last time we were at Sandy Creek. How can I answer her? I grew up believing that National Park's were for the protection and conservation of the wilderness too. I am all for getting people out and experiencing our beautiful Flinders Chase National Park, but not like this. Keep it discreet, keep it on the track or the concept of a National Park will be forever changed.

  6. mia vickery commented

    The proposed AWC development BREACHES the Flinders Chase National Park Management Plan - Amended. The Plan states that development should be low key, eco-style and nearby to the Sandy Creek camping area on the Wilderness Trail. The AWC proposed development at Sandy Bay is kilometres away (approx 3 kms.), and in a pristine environment.

  7. Nicky Wells commented

    If this development goes ahead, we are effectively saying: “National Parks aren’t worth keeping wild”.
    What can we tell our children’s children.... that we thought it was OK to deny them the very simplest joys of life - to see Nature alive and untouched - because it would make us a few more dollars?? Since when did Nature have to start paying for itself??

  8. John Matheson commented

    The Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park, Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area and Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area Management Plans Amendment 2017 enables the development of small scale, ecologically sensitive accommodation for trail walkers within minor development zones.

    The current AWC proposal is neither minor nor ‘along’ the trail, nor located in minor development zones specified in the management plan. Therefore the AWC proposal should be rejected, or relocated and redeveloped to comply with the business plan amendment as required by the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.

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