The two ferry ports that service Kangaroo Island will be modernised through $22 million in upgrades to strengthen tourism, trade and community links between the mainland and the island.

The Kangaroo Island Ports Refurbishment will involve replacing the ferry berthing and mooring facilities at Cape Jervis and Penneshaw ports with modern, long-lasting and fit-for-purpose infrastructure.

The proposed works include the construction of new berthing and mooring facilities and demolition and removal of existing facilities (following the commissioning of the new ones) at both locations.

Works will also be undertaken to ensure the existing facilities remain operational throughout construction and replacement activities.

Further details of what the upgrade works will deliver have now been released including an aerobridge at the Cape Jervis port, from the terminal deck level to the ferry entry door, to handle transit of passengers to and from the ferry.

The projects will support 45 full time jobs during construction and help secure the long-term future of these critical sea links.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, said the works at Cape Jervis should commence early next year and construction at Penneshaw is set to begin later in 2022.

“The existing facilities are at the end of their useful design life and the refurbishment will extend their use by up to 100 years,” Minister Wingard said.

“Effective, capable and reliable port infrastructure at Cape Jervis and Penneshaw is critical to the welfare and economic success of Kangaroo Island, as a critical sea link between the island and the mainland for cars, freight and passengers.

“Without renewing the infrastructure, there is a high risk the ports will face regular and longer shutdowns.

“This $22 million investment will secure the long term future of the ports, ensuring safe access to Kangaroo Island, providing a community and economic benefit to the island and the state while also facilitating potential future investment and development.”

Works on both projects are expected to be complete by the end of 2023, weather permitting.

The berthing facility replacement works will be undertaken in conjunction with the planned upgrades of the Cape Jervis and Penneshaw jetties worth a combined $1.5 million, which form part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $20 million Marine Stimulus package.

Separate to these projects, a competitive market-based process is being progressed for ferry services to operate between the mainland and Kangaroo Island from 1 July, 2024.

View the media release from the Premier of South Australia's website.