Govt announces $11m in SA fire assistance

Govt announces $11m in SA fire assistance


The federal and state government have announced $11 million in fire recovery assistance for SA.


FIRE-affected farmers, landholders and businesses from the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island were given a funding boost this week, with the federal and state government announcing $11 million in recovery assistance.

Primary producers and small businesses on KI and in the Adelaide Hills can now access grants to help them get back on their feet.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is in SA today, said assistance is being provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

"SA, particularly the KI and Adelaide Hills communities, have faced devastating losses," he said.

"The bushfire threat is not over yet, but we will be there, backing the communities every step of the way as they rebuild and recover."

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The funding will provide grants of up to $10,000 to impacted small businesses, and $15,000 to primary producers and farmers.

"This will give businesses and families the immediate assistance they need to begin rebuilding," Mr Morrison said.

"We have also deployed a force of 121 ADF engineers, logistics specialists and personnel to KI to help with immediate relief and clean-up."

Premier Steven Marshall said the state government was committed to rebuilding the communities affected by these devastating bushfires.

"We are acting swiftly, focusing initially on the engine room of these communities, primary production and small business, and this investment will help jump-start the recovery of both KI and Cudlee Creek," he said.

"We want these communities back on their feet and flourishing as soon as possible.

"Despite the tragic circumstances, the people I meet on the ground are determined to recover and rebuild, and we are working with the federal and local governments to provide the support needed."

More than 110 Army Reservists are working with local authorities to provide assistance to community recovery efforts on Kangaroo Island.

More than 110 Army Reservists are working with local authorities to provide assistance to community recovery efforts on Kangaroo Island.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said they were coordinating the largest domestic mobilisation of the Defence Force in the nation's history.

"A military water purification system has been flown to KI from RAAF Base Amberley in Brisbane," she said.

"It can create 25,000 litres of potable water each day, enough for the island's population, and this water will be distributed by the ADF.

"Army veterinarians and personnel are also treating injured and orphaned animals including koalas at the KI Wildlife Park."

Natural Disaster and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said supporting farmers and small businesses was a priority.

"This will help farmers and small business clean-up, repair damaged equipment and fencing, and replace stock," he said.

"Getting back to business is one of the best ways to recover.

"This support will make sure businesses can open and people are back to work sooner.

"When money flows around a community it can help to speed up the whole recovery.

"We will see this through together and further assistance will be made available if it is needed."

Those looking to access these grants should contact the Department of Human Services SA.


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