Board goes west
Gaining a better understanding of how natural resources are managed on public lands was the purpose for the recent visit to Kangaroo Island National Parks by six Kangaroo Island NRM Board members.
Board members visited Seal Bay, Hanson Bay and Flinders Chase National Park and were introduced to various activities delivered by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
The visit provided the opportunity for Board members to meet with staff and hear from them about their major projects and day to day activities. Natural Resources KI staff delivered presentations covering issues including managing fire, law enforcement, and commercial business, reserve, visitor and asset management.
‘These presentations demonstrated the enthusiasm that staff have for their work and this was the major impression that I gained from the visit’ said Board member Kathie Stove. She also enjoyed walking with staff on the redeveloped Platypus Waterholes walk that is nearing completion. ‘It was indescribably wonderful and it will be a great experience for visitors when it is open. The attention to detail in the design of the variety of viewing options is very impressive.’
Board members also inspected the Baudin Research Centre and experienced firsthand the accommodation facilities of the heritage Cape du Couedic cottages.
Presiding Member Richard Trethewey assessed the value of the visit as, ‘providing a great opportunity to look inside the Parks and see the broad range of programs and activities that are being undertaken.’