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Kingscote Wharf Unsolicited Proposal

South Australian beverage company Bickfords Australia Pty Ltd has submitted an unsolicited proposal to the South Australian Government to establish a craft distillery and microbrewery in the Kingscote Wharf precinct on Kangaroo Island.

Bickfords proposes to buy parcels of land in the wharf precinct to develop the microbrewery and distillery and a visitor and function centre. The proposal involves the redevelopment of the former Kingscote Police Station and cells.

Assessment process

Preliminary assessment

The proposal has undergone a preliminary assessment by the Office of the State Coordinator-General. 

The Government has now determined to further assess the proposal against the Guidelines for Assessment of Unsolicited Proposals.

For more information about this process, visit the website of the Office of the State Coordinator-General.

Stage 2

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) is leading this stage of the assessment process in conjunction with other agencies, including the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC), as well as the Kangaroo Island Council.

Stage 2 requires the proposal to be assessed to determine if it offers value for money for taxpayers and is of benefit to South Australians. Any relevant legislative requirements will be considered to determine if the proposal is feasible. The development, and any potential sale of Crown Land, will be considered during the process.  

The land concerned is currently dedicated to the Kangaroo Island Council as community land. This community land dedication would need to be revoked if the State Government approves the proposal to proceed. This revocation would involve significant community consultation.

The proposal will only be allowed to proceed if it delivers value for taxpayers and satisfies all assessment criteria.

For further information regarding Stage 2 of the assessment process please contact or telephone (08) 8303 2082.

Have your say

Bickfords have now developed a proposal, and the community is invited to attend one of the public information sessions and provide feedback to shape the Unsolicited Proposal assessment. Please visit for information on the proposal, the public drop-in days and how you can contribute.

Further information

Download frequently asked questions about the Kingscote Wharf Unsolicited Proposal for more information.

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