Emergency Services Minister Peter Malinauskas acknowledged the level of community support for this initiative last year.
“In 2015, the grant scheme delivered 88 mobile firefighting units, 28 bulk water storage tanks and high volume water pumps across the State,” Mr Malinauskas said.
“Funds were also provided for a range of other safety equipment enabling landholders to better protect themselves, their families and their livelihoods.
“The overwhelming response last year clearly demonstrates the community willingness to build capability and collectively become more resilient to emergencies.”
While the overwhelming level of interest last year meant that some people were disappointed not to receive a grant, this year’s round presents another opportunity for rural landholders to better equip themselves to safely respond to emergencies.
In 2016, the fund will reimburse up to half the price of approved purchases to a maximum of $2500.
Assessment of applications will take into account value for money, geographic location, existing capability and risk factors unique to the individual property.
All successful applicants will be required to demonstrate they have completed appropriate training before receiving grant funds.
It is anticipated that approvals will be announced in June 2016 to enable purchases to be made prior to the onset of the fire danger season.
- Guidelines and forms at www.safecom.sa.gov.au. Applications open March 15-31.