Second round of payments as outreach recovery centres go live
Families and individuals whose homes and properties were damaged in the Sampson Flat bushfire will soon receive donations as part of the second round of State Emergency Relief Fund distributions.
Acting Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Tony Piccolo said with this round of funding, nearly $400,000 has been donated to those affected by the fires with another $700,000 to be verified and distributed in due course.
"South Australians have been extremely generous in response to the fire with more than 3000 donations totalling $1.8 million received from individuals and businesses across the state," Mr Piccolo said.
"I feel proud to be South Australian knowing that when disaster strikes, we come together to support those affected and help them to rebuild their lives."
Today's announcement comes as new mobile recovery centres open for people who are unable to visit the Sampson Flat Bushfire Recovery Centre at Gumeracha.
Mr Piccolo said the additional mobile recovery centres will provide greater access for people affected by the bushfires to talk to staff and find helpful information.
"It is important to stay connected during times of stress, particularly after a traumatic event and during the rebuilding and healing process," he said.
"Community feedback was provided about increasing access to the recovery centre and we have responded with this new service."
The mobile service will be available at different times at Cudlee Creek, One Tree Hill and Kersbrook, in addition to the recovery centre at Gumeracha which will continue to operate.
A range of services and information is available at all the recovery centres, including emotional support, health services and information about returning home and rebuilding.
Chair of the State Emergency Relief Fund Committee, Barry Grear AO, reminded those affected by the bushfire that it is not too late to apply for a payment from the donated funds.
"I encourage anyone who suffered loss or damage as a result of the bushfire to submit an application, if they have not already done so," Mr Grear said.
"Applications will be received by the Committee until 30 June 2015, and the closing date for donations is 31 May 2015."
Application forms are available online at www.sa.gov.au/recovery, through local council offices, or at the Sampson Flat Recovery Centres.
For more information visit www.sa.gov.au/recovery or call the Bushfire Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787.
Sampson Flat Bushfire Recovery Centre
Torrens Valley Community Centre – 45 Albert Street, Gumeracha. Open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Saturday, 9am to 12noon; closed Sundays and public holidays.
New mobile recovery centre locations:
Cudlee Creek Soldiers Memorial Hall – Gorge Road, Cudlee Creek. Open: first and third Thursday of each month from 1 to 5pm.
One Tree Hill Institute – Blacktop Road, One Tree Hill. Open: first and third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 5pm.
Kersbrook Public Hall – 13 Scott Street, Kersbrook. Open: second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 1 to 5pm.