Profiles for each of the three candidates are in the same order as their names appear on the ballot paper. This information has been provided by the candidates and neither the Returning Officer for the Kangaroo Island Council take responsibility or bear liability for the content contained within.

Kangaroo Island Council - Area Councillor - 1 March 2021

Richard Contterill Photo

Richard Cotterill is a resident of American River, and has lived there permanently since retiring four years ago. He has been a property owner on Kangaroo Island for 16 years. Before retirement, he worked in Federal, State and Local Government for more than 30 years, initially with the Australian Customs Service, and then with the NSW Rural Fire Service. He was responsible for the management of budgets, resources and personnel, emergency management and a role with the Professional Standards Unit. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from Curtin University. Since retiring to Kangaroo Island, he has joined the CFS and is active with his brigade. He is currently the President of American River Community and Sports Association (The Shed), and is President of American River Progress Association. He has no affiliations with any political party and no vested commercial interests. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact details: 0497 332 227

Sharon Compton Photo

A sea change to a paradise known as Kangaroo Island in July 2020 has prompted me to nominate for a position on Council. As a visitor to the Island over the past 22 years I have seen the Island grow from an unknown haven to a thriving tourist destination. I am currently enjoying my new challenge as Owner/Operator of the American River Post Office and General Store where I have been sincerely welcomed by locals, seasonal and first- time visitors. Home is now in American River where I have found fabulous people, great food, and magnificent scenery. Although being relatively new to the Island as a resident, I believe I can contribute to the commitment of the council to move forward and make serviceable improvements whilst maintaining the tranquil grandeur of the island. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Contact details: 0418 894 075

David Mepham Photo

I am a semi-retired urban planner and passionate Islander with broad life experience. My professional experience includes two decades working with local government, big and small. That work involves developing and managing policy and projects that add real value to peoples lives. As a local, I've enjoyed the privilege of working with our highly motivated KI community to improve the local place and access experience. I am a CFS volunteer. I've worked closely with the Penneshaw Progress Association to draft the '2040 Vision' document - see website As a Councillor, I will work constructively with Council, business, and the community to build on those things we do well and exploit the opportunities to do better. I will work to add value and resilience to our economy and enhance the highly respected 'KI' brand, while protecting the natural and lifestyle qualities that make KI that place we call home. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Contact details: 0410 629 035