Five day walking trail to be developed on Kangaroo Island

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The South Australian Government has announced today that Kangaroo Island will receive a funding boost which includes $5 million towards development of a five-day walking trail.

In late May a report was released recommending, among other things, the development of several walking trails.

Today’s announcement is a package of $18 million to enhance Kangaroo Island’s reputation as a major tourist destination and premium agricultural producer.

Read the details of the proposed walking trail in the Premier’s media release

Read the KI funding story on the Adelaide Now.

Arkaroola wilderness mining ban

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Premier Mike Rann and ministers have flown to Arkaroola today to announce the SA Government will change the Mining Act as an interim measure, then introduce specific legislation to ban any mining in the area.

Mr Rann says an application also will be made to put Arkaroola on the National Heritage list, with a longer-term aim of gaining World Heritage listing.

“We have decided to give the region unprecedented protection,” Mr Rann said.

“We could have settled for what the Greens wanted, which was simply a ban on mining, but I wasn’t satisfied that that would provide enough protection from all forms of incompatible development,” Mr Rann said.

“The Arkaroola wilderness area is a unique environment and as such we are giving it special, one-off, legislative protection.”

Read the full story on the ABC news website