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Court Battle for Kangaroo Island Luxury Hotel Commences


A Supreme Court battle has been launched against the construction of a luxury hotel on Kangaroo Island.

Environmental group, Kangaroo Island Eco-Action, have lodged a bid to prevent the development of high-end accommodation on the island’s biggest national park.

The group argues they have grounds for the case, calling national parks “sacrosanct” and saying that islanders should have been given a chance to have their say on the proposals.

In July, the State Government gave the Australian Walking Company (AWC)  final approval for its proposed accommodation along the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail in Flinders Chase National Park.

Acting Minister for Environment and Water Stephan Knoll insisted at the time that the project would balance the needs of environment while delivering multiple benefits to the Kangaroo Island and South Australian economy.

“The AWC has diligently worked through a stringent independent development approval process, and I am delighted that they now have approval to proceed with plans to build eco-sensitive accommodation and refurbish the lighthouse keepers’ cottages on the Kangaroo IslandWilderness Trail,” said Minister Knoll.

Image: The Australian Walking Company's plans to build sleeping pods on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.