Bushfire Recovery Resources
Back to Business: one-on-one farm support for fire-affected producers
Meat and Livestock Australia’s new initiative ‘Back to Business’ allows producers in fire-affected areas, including Keilira, Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island, to access up to three free one-on-one sessions with a local farm management consultant to help put their business back on track.
During the sessions, producers will be given tailored support to assess their current situation, work through key issues and opportunities and prioritise what actions to take. Sheep, cattle and goat producers located in fire-affected areas are eligible to apply and will need to demonstrate that they have been affected by fire.
Livestock SA CEO Andrew Curtis is the SA coordinator for the program. Contact Andrew via the Livestock SA office and he will match you with a qualified and experienced local farm consultant.
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Livestock SA has now closed its emergency fodder depots for both the Cudlee Creek (Oakbank Racecourse) and Kangaroo Island (Cape Jervis) fires. Enquiries regarding access to emergency fodder should be made through the appropriate Bushfire Recovery Centre.
Livestock SA’s last delivery via ferry to Kangaroo Island will be on Tuesday 25 February. PIRSA’s funding for ferry crossings has now been fully committed in the delivery of donated hay.
Livestock SA in partnership with SA government and a mountain of volunteers and donors have managed to deliver 2,200 tonnes of hay to Kangaroo Island, 1,250 tonnes of hay through Oakbank depot and 450 tonnes to those affected by the Keilira fire.
We extend our deepest gratitude to the amazing people who have been so generous with their money, time, fuel, equipment and feed. We’re generally struck by the integrity which has been shown by South Australian farmers to their peers and equals.
Parndana Recovery Centre- 12 Jubilee Ave, Parndana, 1800 302 787
Local Recovery Coordinator – Mike Williams, 0418 818 522. Jennifer Tretheway, 0427 594 220. Mike Williams was appointed Local Recovery Coordinator for the Kangaroo Island fires on 5 January 2020. He will work closely with the affected community to help understand their recovery needs and identify what additional supports are required.
Lobethal Recovery Centre – Fabrik Arts & Heritage Building, 1 Lobethal Road, Lobethal, 1800 302 787
Local Recovery Coordinator – Alex Zimmerman has been appointed Local Recovery Coordinator to lead the recovery effort. He will work closely with the affected community to help understand their recovery needs and identify what additional supports are required.
There is no established recovery centre for the Keilira bushfire, however PIRSA have appointed Justine Drew as the PIRSA recovery coordinator to assist with recovery efforts.
Bushfire Hotline: 1800 255 556
Recovery Hotline: 1800 931 314, email PIRSA.Recovery@sa.org.au
- PIRSA- Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA)
- Eligible primary producers can now access grants of up to $75,000 to help with the cost of clean-up activities, reinstatement activities and emergency measures to assist with immediate recovery of primary production enterprises
- To find out more or to apply for a recovery grant, visit: www.pir.sa.gov.au/emergency_management/bushfire_support/
- Rural Aid www.ruralaid.org.au
- Cudlee Creek Fire Recovery Landscape Grants
Financial Assistance & Donations
- Disaster Assist www.disasterassist.gov.au
- Government of South Australia www.sa.gov.au
- State Emergency Relief Fund and Personal Hardship Emergency Grants – SA Recovery Hotline 1800 302 787 www.dhs.sa.gov.au
- Disaster Recovery Allowance www.humanservices.gov.au
- Red Cross Emergency Grants www.redcross.org.au
- Vinnies SA Bushfire Appeal www.vinnies.org.au
- Salvation Army Disaster Assistance www.salvationarmy.org.au
Your mental health is of prime importance and assistance can be found through the following:
Injured or Stray Wildlife
For assistance with injured and stray wildlife and companion animals, please call SAVEM (South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management) at 0477 055 233
Livestock & Land Management
Information on preparation for bushfires and post-fire livestock and land management: