Oceanic Victor proposes Granite Island observatory

Victor Harbor & Districts Business Association's Nick Gormley (president) and Rob Heaslip at the start of the causeway leading to Granite Island that will be the focus of a luncheon organised by the association on May 22.
Victor Harbor & Districts Business Association's Nick Gormley (president) and Rob Heaslip at the start of the causeway leading to Granite Island that will be the focus of a luncheon organised by the association on May 22.

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The possibility of the rebirth of Granite Island has the people of the Fleurieu talking and on Friday, May 22, there will be a question and answer lunch which many of the key stakeholders will attend.

Oceanic Victor is proposing to establish and transform Granite Island into the state’s premier marine discovery centre and take over the kiosk and the penguin centre. It has the support of the City of Victor Harbor and the Victor Harbor & Districts Business Association (VH&DBA).

The proposal is in the hands of the state government and Oceanic Victor is seeking the support of the local community.

Directors of Oceanic Victor Mike Dyer and Tony Santic, along with adviser Emma Forster, Member of Finniss Michael Pengilly, and City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp and economic and tourism development manager Vivienne Holloway, will be guest speakers.

The lunch will be held at the Hotel Grosvenor and is co-ordinated by the business association. Proceeds from a raffle and auction items on the day will go to the South Coast District Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.

President of the VH&DBA Nick Gormley said the lunch will give people a clearer understanding of what is being proposed for Granite Island.

“Key stakeholders will be represented with the exception of the state government, but it will be the ideal opportunity for local business to ask what impact the proposal will have on the business community of the Fleurieu,” Mr Gormley said.

“We should embrace what is happening, as the project looks exciting and will give Granite Island the injection it needs and deserves.”

Member for Finniss Michael Pengilly said he looked forward to the business lunch with Victor Oceanic.

“It will give plenty of opportunity for Victor people to listen and ask questions on what may well be a great attraction for the region and a kick start for Granite Island,” Mr Pengilly said.

“I welcome the project and the transparency of the proponents (Oceanic Victor).”

There will be limited seating for the lunch so contact Rob Heaslip on 0439 995 760 or email rob.heaslip@screalty.com.au

Besides for the luncheon, Oceanic Victor will be at the Visitor Information Centre at the causeway from 9am to 12 noon and 2pm to 5pm on Friday, May 22.