It has emerged that Kangaroo Island Connect (KIC) still requires approval from a number of agencies before it can begin operation.
A spokesperson for the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) confirmed to The Times that although it had granted a licence to operate the new ferry service, “further approvals are required from Yankalilla council and other relevant state government agencies”.
District Council of Yankalilla chief executive Nigel Morris said council had not given any formal approvals.
The original launch date of January 28 was pushed back due to dredging yet to take place at Cape Jervis and new planning needed for berthing arrangements at the Cape Jervis boat ramp.
Mr Morris said KIC would need approval from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and DPTI to undertake dredging before a development application was put forward to the council as the planning authority.
“Council has care and control over the boat ramp and boat way and any use of these will require council approval, however it is our understanding that KIC are looking at an alternate location on the rock wall to perform this function,” he said.
“Council has the planning authority over the area and will need to perform the required approvals for any planning requirements. This includes dredging and the construction of any additional infrastructure if required.”
He said any planning application received by the council would need signing off from the owner of the land and potentially the EPA before consideration.