Council Plans

Kangaroo Island Council is committed to providing services to the community in the most cost effective manner possible, while at the same time constructing and properly maintaining vital infrastructure for the benefit of existing and future generations.

To ensure that it meets its obligations to the community, Council annually monitors its performance in the four key areas of Governance, Community Satisfaction, Financial and Asset Management, and Quality of Life. Information provided by the community, Government Agencies and other sources allows the Council to assess trends in its own performance, and to compare itself with the average results for similar Councils in the Region and around South Australia.

Being an isolated island direct comparisons with other Councils are difficult and must be treated very cautiously. We therefore do not recommend such comparisons since there are many factors which contribute to and affect a Councils individual performance, and a one-to-one comparison will therefore often produce misleading results.

For further information contact: Kangaroo Island Council on 08 8553 4500 or

The Annual Business Plan links our Strategic Management Plan with the annual budget planning process to ensure that we continue to develop and maintain essential infrastructure services such as roads, transport and open spaces as well as providing important services including libraries, health, planning and waste collection.

Our Strategic Management Plan sets the long-term directions for Kangaroo Island and each year we develop a business plan to fine-tune the detail. The Annual Business Plan outlines Council's priorities for the year and includes the Budget, and Rating Policy.

Considerable effort goes into developing our Budget each year to ensure the mix of services and capital works meets the needs of residents, businesses and visitors to the region. At the same time we also aim to balance the provision of services and facilities with the ability of our communities to pay.

The Annual Business Plan and Budget for 2022-23 was adopted by Council at its meeting on 12 July 2022.

Annual Business Plan

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In 2006, Kangaroo Island Council contracted Shannon Architect to prepare a Camping and Day Visitor Strategy that determine what experience each Council site should offer within the Camping and Day Visitor market on Kangaroo Island.

In response to this strategy, in 2007, Kangaroo Island Council prepared and endorsed a report that sets standards for campground and day visitor facilities and how Council wishes these facilities to be managed and upgraded in the future.

Kangaroo Island Council then reviewed both documents to produce a revised Camping and Day Visitor Strategy in 2008 that accurately reflects Council direction in the future.

Following the receipt of a $2.6 million grant from the Federal Government in 2010 and a number of subsequent grants, Kangaroo Island Council was able to implement a number of upgrades to facilities including:

Council will continue to apply for grants to further implement the recommendations and improve the Camping and Day Visitor facilities on Kangaroo Island.

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The Kangaroo Island Resource Recovery Centre (KIRRC) provides the only integrated waste management facility for Kangaroo Island. This Environmental Management Plan (EMP) has been prepared as the Environmental Protection Act 1993, Schedule 1, Prescribed Activities of Environmental Significance, requires an Environment Protection Authority Licence (EPA Licence) for the operation of a waste disposal facility. The EMP provides the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) with relevant information to allow an assessment of environmental issues associated with the facility to be undertaken for the purpose of granting a renewal to the EP Licence.


The Kangaroo Island Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) Environmental Management Plan (EMP) has been developed to assist the Kangaroo Island Council with ongoing wastewater and recycled water quality management. Wastewater and recycled water quality management is an essential component in ensuring Council’s commitment to safeguarding public and environmental health.

The Plan covers all CWMS managed and operated by the Kangaroo Island Council. This monitoring plan also addresses Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Department of Health (DH) guidelines and requirements of the EPA License(EPA 1516). The implementation of this Plan and the proposed monitoring schedulesis crucial to ensure adherence to any license requirements and to satisfy Council’s general environmental duty under the Environment Protection Act 1993. The results obtained may need to be reported to the EPA and DH where required.

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Asset management planning is a comprehensive process to ensure delivery of services from infrastructure is provided in a financially sustainable manner.

Asset Management Planning commences with defining stakeholder and legal requirements and needs, incorporating these needs into the organisation’s strategic plan, development an asset management policy, strategy, asset management plans and operation plans, linked to a long term financial plan with a funding plan (Australian Infrastructure Financial Management Guidelines, 2009).

Key elements of the plans are

  • Levels of Service
    Specifies the levels of service based on community needs and available resources and monitors that performance against ‘safety, ‘function’ and ‘quality’.
  • Future Demand
    How this will impact on future service delivery and how that demand will be met.
  • Lifecycle Management
    How Council will manage its existing and future assets to provide the required services.
  • Financial Summary
    What funds are required to provide the services.
  • Asset Management Practices
    what systems, standards and guidelines are utilised to maintain and further develop asset management practices.
  • Plan Improvement and Monitoring
    How the plan will be assessed to ensure it is meeting Council’s objectives.

Infrastructure Asset Management Plans (IAMPs) are reviewed during the annual budget preparation and amended to recognise any changes in service levels and/or resources available to provide those services as a result of the budget decision process.  The plans have a life of four (4) years and are due for revision and updating within 12 months of each Council election.

Council's IAMP is divided into 8 chapters:

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The Kangaroo Island Development Plan (KIDP) was superseded by the PDI Act & Panning & Design Code for South Australia effective from 19 March, 2021. A copy of the PDI can be found online at

All development applications must be submitted electronically through the PlanSA Development Application Portal.
Guidelines for applicants lodging applications and information about the requirements for assessment of applications are available on the PlanSA website.
Applications will be assessed against the South Australia Planning and Design Code.

The Kangaroo Island Plan has been prepared by the South Australian Government, through the Department of Planning and Local Government, as a volume of the South Australian Planning Strategy pursuant to section 22 of the Development Act 1993 and is subject to change.

For further information: visit or phone the Department of Planning and Local Government on 08 8303 0600.

The 2016 Kangaroo Island Council Lands Management Plan incorporating amendments to February 2024,  has been prepared based on the requirements of the Local Government Act 1999 [the Act] for a management plan to be developed for Community Land.

In 2021 the process commenced to systematically update Data Sheets contained within the Plan to ensure specific accord with recent changes to the Act. Data Sheets containing land that is not or is no longer community land (within the definition in Section 4 and Section 193 of the Act) are also being removed, and land which is being considered for disposal or surrender of custodianship (dedicated crown land under the care, control and management of Council)  will be specifically identified. A review of the other Chapters in the Plan is also underway.

All changes to the Plan which are not strictly administrative in nature and could be considered of interest to the Community, eg Proposals for the Management of the Land, are required under the Act to be put out for public consultation. Details of current consultations can be found here.

Public Notices with respect to the Adoption of the Amendments to the Council Lands Management Plan:

Public Notice Government Gazette 14 March 2024

The Local Government Act 1999 requires that a Council must develop and adopt a Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) for a period of at least 10 years and must undertake a review of this as soon as practicable after adopting the Council’s Annual Business Plans for a particular financial year.

The information contained within a LTFP is presented at a high level, it is not a detailed budget and does not ‘commit’ council to the spending or assumptions outlined within the LTFP. Council uses the information within the LTFP to:
* inform future decision making of council;
* understand the level of financial and interest rate risk exposure;
* confirm adequacy of spending on assets and capital renewal;
* allow the ability to track performance against key financial ratios; and
* inform decisions around future service levels and service provision.

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The Kangaroo Island Council formally adopted the Penneshaw Structure Plan on 9 April 2019, following a community engagement and consultation process.

A copy of the Plan can be accessed here.

The Plan will now be tabled with the State Government for their information.

As it thinks fit, Council can then proceed to commence the process of updating its Development Plan in accordance with the requirements of the Development Act and implement other facets of the Structure Plan through its annual business planning priority processes.

There would also be opportunity to consider inputs towards, and amendments to, the State Planning and Design Code (being implemented from 1 July 2020) under the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act.

What is a Structure Plan?

A Structure Plan provides an overarching planning framework for the management and coordination of future growth opportunities, changes within the spatial contexts and infrastructure requirements.

Most importantly, a Structure Plan enables Council and the Community to set a vision that it desires to achieve, not one that will simply happen by natural means.

A Structure Plan highlights the likely demand for development based on trends and population scenarios. It establishes a conceptual blueprint based on principles of good town planning.

For further information please contact the Kangaroo Island Council on (08) 8553 4500.

The Southern & Hills Local Government Association (S&HLGA) is a Regional Association of Councils under Part 4 of the Constitution of the Local Government Association of South Australia and was first formed in 1969.  S&HLGA comprises Kangaroo Island Council, Alexandrina Council. District Council of Mount Barker, City of Victor Harbor and District Council of Yankalilla.

The S&HLGA 2020 Transport Plan is a strategic level assessment of transport needs and priorities within the S&HLGA region for the period from 2010 to 2020.

The Town Centres Urban Design Frameworks for each of the four major towns were finalised in March 2006.  These frameworks provide the vision and strategic direction to create vibrant, attractive and commercially successful towns.  The project is a result of significant community and stakeholder consultation that you may have already been involved in.

The Framework assists Council, State Government Agencies, the private sector and the local community to focus resources and effort into achieving the long-term vision for the towns rather than haphazard development, which could be detrimental in the long term.

Kangaroo Island Council have received funding from Planning SA to complete a Townships Plan Amendment Report, as well as further funding to implement four projects as a result of the first stage of the Town Centres Project.

Project Background

Parndana Gateway and Signage Plan
Parndana is the most central town on the Island, situated along the Playford Highway but not visible from the highway and there is a lack of legible signage to direct visitors.  This project involves the preparation of iconic landscape features at the gateway points of the town combined with plans for the design and siting of signage to clearly identify the entrance to the town.

The Parndana framework identified the lack of economic vitality within the town was partly due to the failure to attract a greater portion of the many visitors who pass by the town on route to the attractions at the western end of the Island.  Creating a more legible entrance is the first step in enhancing the economic vitality of the town.

Penneshaw Village Square Design
The creation of a 'village square' and focal point is a major opportunity to attract interest from visitors and fulfil the community's desire to establish Penneshaw as the arts and cultural focus of the Island. The 'village square' would provide the opportunity for outdoor art exhibits and stimulus for other initiatives (including an arts and cultural precinct), being strategically situated alongside the town's business transaction centre that is already a focal point for activity in the town.

American River Township Growth Master Plan
The scenic environmental setting of American River is experiencing pressures for development that threatens to erode the attractiveness of the rural and natural backdrop of the town.  The need to guide future growth of the town was identified as a high priority in the Town Centres Urban Design Framework's Implementation Plan.

This project aims to preserve the environmental and visual qualities of the area by protecting visually sensitive areas and areas of biodiversity value, identifying appropriate forms of development, and ensuring integration with existing development.

Kingscote Gateway Precinct Master Plan
The gateway precinct is extremely important to the town because it provides the first impression and main route for all vehicles entering the town of Kingscote. The precinct comprises a mix of residential and light industrial properties that front Kohinoor Road.

The short-term goal of this project is to substantially enhance the area contained within the road reserve with a longer term goal to encourage private property owners to enhance their business and residential properties. This will also be facilitated through a change to the Development Plan zone provisions.

Town Centres Stage 2 - Walking Trails Design

The public consultation for the concept drawings has now closed.

The project also includes the development of Streetscapes for Parndana Cook Street and Penneshaw Nat Thomas street as well as a style guide for Kingscote.

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It is a legislative requirement for SA Councils to have a four year Strategic Management Plan. The Annual Business Plan is derived from this document which provides an update on each area of the plan/organisation tabled monthly at the ordinary meeting of Council.

Kangaroo Island Council prepares strategic management plans to:

  • help set a clear vision and objectives for Kangaroo Island, in consultation with the community, and builds a framework on how it will work towards these
  • address issues of importance for Kangaroo Island
  • manage its resources, people and assets in a sustainable way
  • align its efforts with the vision of South Australian and Australian Governments

Requirements for strategic management plans are explained in Section 122 of the Local Government Act 1999.

The Kangaroo Island Strategic Management Plan for 2020-24 is important because it helps outline Council's vision and objectives for the 4 year period. This includes the legislated requirements of the Council, the core functions of the Council and those additional priority areas that contribute to ensuring our Island’s future for those who live, work, study or visit the Island.

This Strategic Management Plan 2020-24 was reviewed and adopted at the 8 September 2020 Council Meeting.

Kangaroo Island Council recognises that there are many challenges ahead and the most critical issue is the long term financial sustainability of this Council in order to provide the Community and Visitors with roads that are safe and services that are much needed and relevant.

For further information contact: Customer Service on 08 8553 4500 or

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Kangaroo Island Animal Management Plan 2017 - 2022

Kangaroo Island’s unique and isolated environment requires specific measures to protect its ecology such as maintaining the exclusion of rabbits, deer and foxes, the regulated keeping of goats, and management of the Ligurian bee population. Control of these factors has supported healthy environments and populations of many native species which are either not found in other parts of Australia, or are very rare.

The Kangaroo Island Council Animal Management Plan 2017-2022 coincides with the revision of the South Australia Government revision of its Dog & Cat Management Act and with Council’s review of its Local Government By-laws, and maintains the direction and momentum set by its previous 2005 and 2010 versions – enhancing the provisions of animal management direction in accordance with relevant state legislation including the SA Dog & Cat Management Act, the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 and the Local Government Act 1999.

This plan seeks to ensure that dogs and cats are managed in a responsible manner, and that other domestic animals on Kangaroo Island are kept responsibly and ethically, ensuring minimal impact to residents, communities, the environment, biosecurity and the Island’s economy.

There are further specific animal management By-laws relevant to dogs, cats and keeping of livestock, fowl and bees.

The plan compliments the operation of other legislation and the interface with the operations and strategic directions of Landscape South Australia - Kangaroo Island, the South Australia Dog & Cat Management Board and the Department for Primary Industries and Regions South Australia.

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Animal Management Plan

KI Council By-law No. 5 – Dogs

KI Council By-law No. 6 – Cats

KI Council By-law No. 7 – Keeping of Livestock, Fowl & Bees

Kangaroo Island Disability Access & Inclusion Plan 2021-2024

The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) (the Act) provides a legal framework to support equal access and inclusion for people living with disability in community activities and services including recreation, education, health and public transport. The Act is aligned with the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and with the Australian National Disability Strategy 2010-2020. It also required the creation of the South Australian Disability Inclusion Plan (the Plan) and the first South Australian Plan came into effect on 30 October 2019.

Kangaroo Island Council recognises that local government plays an important role in enabling equitable access and as such our Disability and Inclusion Plan has been prepared to comply with the Act and is also recognised in Council’s Strategic Plan 2020-2024 which identifies access and inclusion as fundamental to enriching community culture, health and well-being.

Additionally, Council will proactively consider the risks that relate to priority groups living with a disability, including women, children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Council’s role in delivering improved outcomes for people with a disability ranges from ‘monitor’ to ‘intervention’ and may vary within action areas of the plan.

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Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2021-2024

Southern & Hills Local Government Association – Regional Health and Wellbeing Plan 2022 – 2027

This Plan is the second Regional Public Health Plan (RPHP) for the Southern and Hills region and is a collaboration of the six constituent councils of the Southern and Hills Local Government Association (the S&HLGA):


This Plan is for the period 2022 to 2027 and builds on the first Regional Public Health Plan for the S&HLGA (2015-2020). It will provide the basis for the next Regional Public Health Plan (2028-2033).

This Plan responds to a fresh assessment of the population health and risks in our local communities and the regions as a whole.

This Plan aligns with the South Australian State Public Health Plan 2019-2024 (the State Plan). The State Plan's vision is for a "healthy, liveable and connected community for all South Australians". To achieve this vision, the State Plan calls for coordinated action across four priorities:


Resilient Hills & Coasts is a collaborative project formed to develop a regional climate change Adaptation Plan for the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island region of South Australia.

A copy of the final plan is available here.

Preparing KI: A Whole-of-Island Disaster Risk Reducation and Mitigation Action Plan

The Preparing KI Action Plan is Kangaroo Island Council’s roadmap to delivering on and implementing its locally-identified priorities, and broader opportunities, to mitigate disaster risk, pursue enhanced climate adaptation and improve overall resilience.

This Action Plan is directly informed by and aligned with the priorities of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (NDRRF) which highlights the ongoing need to understand risks, deliver accountable decisions, enhance investment and focus on governance, ownership and responsibility. This Action Plan articulates Kangaroo Island’s Council’s priority needs and activities across these national priorities for disaster risk reduction and mitigation. This Action Plan therefore provides a clear line of sight between local need and the resilience, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation policy environment at regional, state and federal levels.

The Preparing KI Action Plan also serves a role in terms of recovery. The strategic and technical methodologies applied to inform this Action Plan may offer benefit in times of recovery and in informing recovery action options.

The Preparing KI Action Plan is intended to be championed across all areas of Council to better integrate and embed disaster risk reduction activities and opportunities as part of day-to-day decision making, through standard processes, and to inform decision-making of Council.

The Preparing KI Action Plan can be accessed here.