Granite Island Unsolicited Proposal

Date posted: 02 July 2015

In 2015 Oceanic Victor Pty Ltd submitted an unsolicited proposal to the South Australian Government to provide a tourism experience at Granite Island, Victor Harbor.  The proposal includes an opportunity for people to swim with a range of native fish species including Southern Bluefin Tuna, hand-feed fish from a viewing platform, view them from an underwater observatory and learn more about South Australia’s marine life.  

For more information about the proposal, visit the Oceanic Victor website.

Assessment process

Preliminary assessment

The proposal underwent a preliminary assessment by the Office of the State Coordinator-General. It is now being assessed in accordance with the Guidelines for the 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 Stage 2 of the assessment process in conjunction with a number of other government agencies, including Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). Stage 2 requires the proposal to be assessed in line with relevant legislation.

As part of the proposal an aquaculture marine pilot lease and corresponding licence is required. PIRSA is assessing the aquaculture application from Oceanic Victor Pty Ltd in accordance with the Aquaculture Act 2001. For more information about this process, visit the PIRSA website.

For further information regarding Stage 2 of the assessment process please contact DEWNRengagement@sa.gov.au or telephone (08) 8204 9307.

Community Information Session

A Community Information Session was hosted by DEWNR on Thursday 23 July 2015 at the Victor Harbor Recreation Centre. Representatives from PIRSA and DPTI presented information about the State Government’s assessment processes, and Oceanic Victor Pty Ltd provided further information about the proposed tourism venture. Following the presentations, a question-and-answer session was facilitated.

A “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) sheet, including key questions raised on the night as well as some additional questions and input from Government Agencies is available to download, as well as PIRSA and DPTI’s presentations: