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Fingers crossed for cheaper fares to KI!
Lower prices to and from Kangaroo Island are on the cards with three companies shortlisted to bid for the running of ferry services between KI and mainland South Australia.
Late last year, the Marshall Liberal Government called for Expressions of Interest from companies to run the roll-on, roll-off ferry services between Penneshaw on the island and Cape Jervis on the mainland for up to 25 years.
The aim is to promote economic growth, tourism, private investment and trade on KI, increase employment opportunities on the island and ensure the ferry service provides reliability, high levels of customer service and value for money for locals, businesses and visitors.
Three companies, Kangaroo Island SeaLink Pty Ltd, Peninsula Searoad Transport Pty Ltd and Kinetic Holding Company Pty Ltd/Oceanex consortium have progressed to the Invitation to Supply
The contract will be for an initial 15-year period with a further two five-year extensions based on the successful company meeting a strict set of criteria, including high levels of service performance.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, said the process is about ensuring we get the best deal for South Australians and that Kangaroo Islanders and those that visit the island get the best service possible.
“SeaLink currently provide a valued service to the island, but this process is to ensure we get the highest quality service possible for locals and tourists in the future,” he says.
“It will also provide certainty tor the successful tenderer to allow them to plan their business to continue growing and improving this vital service. We will now progress to the next phase of this procurement process which will allow us to continue to drive and improve this vital service.”
This is great news for travelers. In the last year, international travel has become a thing of the past, so it is amazing to see that more of an effort is being made to make domestic travel even more accessible.
By the looks of it, 2024, when the current ferry agreement expires, may be a big year for Kangaroo Island.