REBUILDING fire-destroyed tennis courts, activities to increase emotional wellbeing, and garden therapy are just a handful of the 22 projects that are set to receive a share of more than $820,000 from the SA Bushfire Appeal.
The Appeal will provide 10 projects on Kangaroo Island and 12 in the Cudlee Creek area with thousands in donated funds under the state government's Community Strength and Resilience Initiative.
To date, almost $6.4 million in Appeal donations have already been provided to families and businesses who experiencing loss as a result of the fires.
Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the gift payments are part of the almost $9m generously donated to the SA Bushfire Appeal following the devastating bushfires, which included a $2m contribution from the state government.
"We have been blown away by the generosity for our South Australian communities affected by the fires, with many individuals and businesses digging deep to help in this time of need," she said.
"We know that the fire-affected communities are now starting to look ahead and plan for the future, and it has been heart-warming to see such a diverse range of projects put forward for this particular Appeal initiative, which will significantly support the two communities in their recovery efforts."
Donations for the SA Bushfire Appeal have closed, but Ms Lensink encouraged non-profit community groups and organisations directly affected by the fires in the Adelaide Hills or on KI to apply next month for the second and final round of the Community Strength and Resilience Initiative.
"If you haven't applied yet, I strongly urge you to do so," she said.
Projects must address local needs and issues in the KI and Cudlee Creek fire-affected communities.
- Details: sa.gov.au/bushfireappeal
MAJOR ROUND FUNDING WENT TO:
- KI Western Districts Community Sports Centre - $150,000 for replacing social and sporting facilities;
- KI Stokes Bay Community Hall - $150,000 for rebuilding the hall and surrounds;
- KI Council/Parndana Sports Club - $35,681 for upgrades to outdoor lighting;
- Mount Barker District Council - $85,000 for the Mount Barker Showground preparedness and facility upgrades; and
- Adelaide Hills Council - $150,000 for a new regional scale recreational destination with play experiences.
MINOR ROUND FUNDING WENT TO:
- Lobethal Recreation Ground Sports Club - $20,000 for improvements to toilet facilities;
- Stokes Bay Tennis Club - $20,000 to rebuild its tennis courts;
- KI Calisthenics Club - $19,220 to fund membership fees for members for one year;
- Hills Football League - $20,000 for mental and physical wellbeing activities with football;
- Apple & Pear Growers Association of SA - $15,590 to increase bushfire preparedness and resilience among growers;
- Bee Keepers Society of SA - $12,920 for its Build a Bee Box Project;
- Charleston Community Centre - $20,000 to improve its sporting lighting;
- Onkaparinga Lutheran Parish - $1000 for meal deliveries for fire-affected families;
- Art Museum of KI - $2600 for a cultural art event;
- Parndana Progress Association - $20,000 for renovation of the Parndana Hall's kitchen;
- Harrogate Soldiers Memorial Hall - $16,490 for repairs and airconditioning;
- Mount Torrens Soldiers Memorial Hall - $12,406 to upgrade kitchen facilities;
- Cudlee Creek Tennis and Basketball Club - $20,000 to resurface courts;
- Lenswood Ranges Cricket Club - $11,410 for a fencing project to boost community morale;
- SA Bushfire Garden Revival - $10,000 for garden therapy and rebuilding residents' gardens and farms;
- Cudlee Creek Soldiers Memorial Hall - $20,000 for roof upgrades; and
- KI Community Bus - $14,500 for a community bus service.
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