KIPT will be a responsible and involved member of the Kangaroo Island community. Apart from providing stable jobs and sustainable industry, KIPT will continue to support Kangaroo Island through a range of appropriate sponsorships and community engagement.
KIPT has recently signed up to the Kangaroo Island Conservation Landholders Association. The group aims to bring together Island landholders who own land for conservation purposes. KIPT owns more than 25,400 hectares of land, and 7,300 hectares (or 29 per cent) of it is remnant native vegetation. We hope through this group to contribute to the conservation of land and the species it supports.
KIPT has also recently given permission for the newly formed Land for Wildlife group to access its properties to survey for the KI dunnart, which is a flagship species on the island and is one of the 20 mammal species identified for priority action in the Australian Government’s Threatened Species Strategy. Its current distribution and population on Kangaroo Island is unknown and difficult to estimate due to its elusive habits. The KI dunnart is only known from a total of 35 records and six current locations, all of which are within Flinders Chase National Park.
The company and its forestry manager PF Olsen are part of the Kangaroo Island Feral Pig Stakeholder Group, which will meet again in early May. The group is made up of KI Natural Resources Management staff and private landholders. With support from the Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, the group has surveyed West End landholders and is working on a co-ordinated management strategy to counter the effects of feral pigs on farming.
Penneshaw Easter Art Exhibition
The biannual Penneshaw Easter Art Exhibition is the premier event for Kangaroo Island’s thriving arts community. The Company was pleased to be able to sponsor a Major Prize at the 2018 event in March-April. The Photography Prize was won by acclaimed local photographer Quentin Chester, whose dramatic landscapes – often in black and white – present a unique interpretation of the Island’s stunning natural environment.
KI Cup Racing Carnival
Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers was thrilled to be a sponsor of the Island’s premier event – The Kangaroo Island Cup Racing Carnival – for 2018.
Director Shauna Black presented prizes to the owner of “Willochra”, which won the Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers Benchmark 54 Handicap.
Owner Peter Blanch, of Quorn, accepted the prizes and thanked the company for its support for the event. “Willochra” is named for his farming property in the mid-north of South Australia. Jockey Anna Jordsjo rode the winner, making it a clean sweep for female riders at the Thursday meeting, which precedes the big Saturday event.
Kangaroo Island Country Education Fund
The fund provides grants and encouragement to students from Kangaroo Island to help them achieve their study and career goals, particularly on the mainland. KIPT has sponsored an annual $2000 grant, particularly for a student from the West End of the island who plans to study in an environmental or science field.
2016: Emma Boyle – Bachelor in Clinical Exercise Physiology.
2017: Brodie Williams – Bachelor Environmental Science.
2018: Liam O’Donnell – Bachelor of Science.
Glossy Black-Cockatoo Recovery Program
KIPT has become the major sponsor of this important Island program, which has bought this iconic species back from the brink of extinction.
KIPT’s commitment of $72,500 for the 2017-18 financial year has provided the funds for the continuation of this valuable work, in partnership with Natural Resources Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island Field Day
The Kangaroo Island Field Day is a biannual event and an important one in the calendar for Kangaroo Island farmers. KIPT was a Silver Sponsor for the 2016 event and also had a site on the day, to talk to residents about forestry and to display preliminary plans for the Smith Bay wharf.