More than 50 representatives of Kangaroo Island business gathered at the Kangaroo Island Brewery last week to hear from the new Chairman of the KI Business and Brand Alliance (KIBBA) about the association and its plans and projects for 2019/20.

It was the first networking opportunity for the new amalgamated association and many members took advantage of the opportunity to meet colleagues and make new connections.

The group also heard from Craig Markey (Bedford Industries) about opportunities to assist KI businesses with packaging, labelling, mailout and distribution. Helen Smith from SAFECOM spoke about how businesses could support emergency services volunteers.

“What a fabulous group of keen business leaders,” Ms Smith said. “I really appreciated the opportunity to present to the group and the volunteers were very pleased to be involved as they don’t often get the opportunity.  In fact as a result of our presentation two people were interested in joining the SES.”

KIBBA chairman Brett Miller spoke about the new association and its plans and valuable partnerships and collaboration opportunities.

“As the chief body for business on Kangaroo Island we represent 160 businesses – a broad cross-section of trades, services, tourism, food and wine and agriculture – and we are keen to make as many connections as possible with the business community here and with the mainland. We are united to promote the prosperity of Kangaroo Island and our members and committed to the Values that embody the Kangaroo Island Brand,” Mr Miller said.

He invited all Kangaroo Island businesses to joint the association. More information is available at

There was also a sneak preview of the new KI Community Directory – a joint project of KIBBA and Junction Australia (KI Community Centre), which will be launched early in 2020. Members of the association will have premium listings in the new directory and the opportunity to advertise.

Mr Miller also represented KIBBA at the “Towards Developing the Economic Agenda for KI” seminar last week, attended by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway, Federal trade representatives and leading Kangaroo Island business representatives.

Stan Gorton of The Islander and Dennis Jamieson of KI Pure Grain
Shauna Black of KIBBA, Ikora Rey and Alice Teasdale.
Sharon Kauppila of Kauppila Builders, Lee-Anne Helyar of Expression in Colour Painters
Sarah Kemp of Smart Future Creative and KIBBA Board member Phillipa Holden.
Phillipa Holden of Natural Resources KI and Steve Morgan of Kangaroo Island Oats.
CFS volunteer Michael Swayne, Helen Smith of SAFECOM and Bevan Garmeister, SES volunteer.
Mary-Lou Corcoran of Aurora Ozone Hotel and Ian Solomon of Mercure Kangaroo island Lodge
Maria Morgan of ATEC and Yale Norris of Islander Estate Vineyards
Herb Stichel of Searenity Holiday Accommodation and Ben Childs of KI Brewery.
Helen Smith of SAFECOM, KIBBA chair Brett Miller, Craig Markey of Bedford Industries.