Flinders Chase National Park visitor centre will be rebuilt at a new location with the State Government purchasing land which was the former Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat.
The Government has committed $10 million to the rebuild after significant community consultation through the Reimagine KI process.
Following the Reimagine KI engagement process, two community framework documents have also been released, that summarise the community vision, guiding principles, opportunities and ideas for future-focused, quality visitor experiences within Kangaroo Island parks (available to view and download at the top of this page).
The Flinders Chase National Park visitor centre was completely destroyed during the devastating bushfires in 2020. A recommendation from the Reimagine KI community engagement process proposed the opportunity for a visitor centre located at the entrance to the park and this new location aligns with this vision.
The new visitor hub will create a world-class visitor experience for these western Kangaroo Island parks, which includes Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park, the Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area and Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area.
The hub will provide visitor orientation and information about the island’s landscape and history and education on conservation, offering an authentic, interactive and immersive experience for visitors. It will also provide the opportunity for potential co-location with universities, conservation or research partners, as well as providing a multifunctional event space and a focus on locally made produce for sale.
A tender for the design of the visitor hub has now been awarded to Troppo Architects, who have commenced their design process.
The rest of the recommendations from the community reference documents, along with ecological considerations and feasibility studies, will help inform future upgrades in Parks.
We look forward to providing more updates as this project progresses. To stay up to date with the latest information, register for email updates by clicking 'Register for Updates' at the top of this page.
To fully explore the potential for a range of visitor services to be delivered at the new visitor hub, Registrations of Interest are invited from commercial, community, research and education sector organisations who have an interest in delivering engaging and innovative visitor experiences and services.
The initial focus is the range of possibilities that may be offered within and via the Western KI Parks Visitor Hub, however proposals and ideas that explore the potential for experience and service delivery in key locations across the network of KI parks are also invited, for example Kelly Hill Caves Conservation Park or Cape Willoughby.
Outcomes of the Registration of Interest will help to inform the design of the Western KI Parks Visitor Hub visitor precinct, and potentially additional infrastructure at other locations across KI.
Find out more about the Registration of Interest process. If you any questions, or need further assistance, please email ParksSAFeedback@sa.gov.au
Or to express your interest, please follow the link below. The Registration of Interest process will stay open until October 29, 2021.
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