Like many sea-changers, Craig and Jane Gaze came to Kangaroo Island five years ago for a quieterlife.
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Today, the pairare relishing in the range of new business opportunities that have developedfrom the Airport UpgradePilot Project as part of the Transformation Project.

OPPORTUNIST: Kangaroo Island couple Jane and Craig Gaze are making the most of new business opportunities that have arisen from the Airport Upgrade. Photo: Supplied.

Craig’s Plumbing has tendered successfully for part of the Kangaroo Island Council’s new CommunityWastewater Management Scheme (CWMS) in Penneshaw.

The coupleacknowledged thatit would nothave been possible without the Business Support Service Project that ispart of the TransformationProject, sponsored by the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Wendy Campana.

The first stage of the Business Support Services Project was aimed at the construction and buildingindustry with a focus on the Airport Upgrade.

Ten businesses participated in workshops, mentoringand training to help prepare themselves for the large construction projects planned on KangarooIsland.

Funding support was received from the Federal Government’s Industry Skills Fund, theCommissioner’s Office and the Department of State Development.

“It’s really given us the push and the confidence to grow our business, to go from being a sole traderto employing others,” Craig said.

Jane said she was “dead chuffed” about the support she received during the project and it hadhelped her write a financial plan, a business plan and a capability statement.

She had also learnedproject management skills.

“I guess I was always busy with the kids and my own work and now we’ve got this chance to getserious about the business; it’s an exciting opportunity,” she said.

Craig said he hoped local people would support local trades and he planned to offer work experienceopportunities to students on Kangaroo Island with the view to taking on another apprentice aftertheir son Simon completed his apprenticeship this year.

They both urged local businesses to take advantage of the Transformation Project.

“We just saw thead for the information session in The Islander and we were interested in tendering for the CWMSproject so we went along,” Jane said.

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