Additional recovery assistance for communities worst hit by the Pinery fire
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, represented by the Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, and South Australian Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Zoe Bettison today announced additional recovery assistance for communities hardest hit by the Pinery fire on 25 November 2015.
Mr Ramsey said the Australian and South Australian Governments are jointly funding the additional recovery assistance under Category C of the Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
"Under this arrangement, eligible primary producers in the local government areas of Clare and Gilbert Valleys, Light, Mallala and Wakefield will now have access to grants of up to $10,000 to help them get back on their feet," Mr Ramsey said.
Ms Bettison said this assistance will make a real difference to help get life back to normal again − cleaning up, removing debris, repairing damaged equipment and making other general repairs.
"The Pinery fire had a devastating impact on the region - with two lives lost, and houses, outbuildings and local businesses razed by the fire," Ms Bettison said.
"I encourage all farmers in the eligible areas who have suffered direct damage from the fire to talk to Primary Industries and Regions South Australia about how they can access these grants."
The grants will support farmers who are doing it tough, and are in addition to emergency grants for fire-affected individuals and families to assist with essential items such as food and clothing, which were announced on 27 November 2015.
Additional assistance is also now available to these local government areas, under the Community Recovery Fund announced on 24 December 2015.
The Community Recovery Fund assists severely affected communities with their medium to long term recovery, providing funding for community-led initiatives and programs aimed at restoring social networks and building community resilience.
The Australian and South Australian Governments will continue to work together to ensure fire-affected communities receive the support and assistance they need to recover.
Primary producers wanting to apply for a clean-up and recovery grant should contact Primary Industries and Regions South Australia on 1800 182 235 or online at pir.sa.gov.au.
Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au and the South Australian Government's website on sa.gov.au.