Native flowers and greenery have begun to bloom on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island after a horror bushfire season.
New growth has been spotted in burnt out regions of the island after the landscape was ravaged by wildfire over the summer period.
Two people were killed during an out-of-control blaze on the island in January, where a third of the island was up in flames, with torched animals found littered through the Flinders Chase National Park.
Local flora has began regenerating after the flames were extinguished, with each growing shrub offering new hope for the island and it’s ecosystems.
Residents on the island are hoping for tourist traffic to return to the island, and generated a much-needed local economic boost for local businesses.
Qantas have announced they will more than double the number of flights between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island after a decision by Regional Express to withdraw from the route.
The airline will now run 12 return flights each week, an increase on the existing five.
‘Now is the time to be supporting Kangaroo Island, not deserting it,’ QantasLink chief executive John Gissing said on Friday.
‘What Kangaroo Island needs over the months and years ahead is for tourists to come back and a reliable air service is vital for that to occur.’
Mr Gissing said everyone at the airline was proud to be helping Kangaroo Island get back on its feet.
‘We continue to work closely with tourism agencies to get the message out to potential visitors from around Australia and the world that Kangaroo Island remains one of Australia’s most idyllic destinations,’ he said.
Premier Steven Marshall said the extra flights by Qantas would give island tourism a major boost while federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said the announcement offered tourists and locals certainty.
‘The Kangaroo Island community can now be confident that regular flights to and from the Island will continue, ensuring visitors continue to access the incredible hospitality and natural beauty that Kangaroo Island has to offer,’ he said.
Qantas plans to revise current timetables to ensure its new flight schedules allow easy connections through Adelaide for both domestic and international tourists.
It also plans to continue its summer services between Melbourne and Kangaroo Island.