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• Advice about what to do after an emergency or disaster
• Information about the help available after an emergency or disaster visit the Disaster Recovery pages on SA.gov.au.

CUDLEE CREEK FIRE - DECEMBER 2019

RECOVERY HOTLINE
Phone 1800 302 787 if you have been affected by the fire and need information and support.

RELIEF CENTRES
If you have been affected by the Cudlee Creek fire and need emergency relief information and support, you can attend relief centres at:

Fabrik Arts and Heritage in the Old Woollen Mill building,
1 Lobethal Road
Lobethal

Open 7am - 7pm

The centres can provide a safe haven and other assistance for people unable to return to their home due to the fires.

GRANTS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
South Australians directly affected by the Cudlee Creek fire can apply for financial assistance.

RE-ESTABLISHMENT GRANTS UP TO $10,000 FOR BUSHFIRE RESIDENTS

Eligible South Australians who are uninsured and have had their principal residence damaged by bushfires can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help them re-establish their homes.

The payments can be used to help repair bushfire-damaged homes or replace essential household items.

​The payments are available only to those persons who meet the following criteria:

  • Their primary residence has been damaged
  • They meet an income test
  • Their losses are not being met by insurance, compensation or other assistance measures
  • The structure/dwelling component of the grant can only be paid to owner-occupiers
  • The essential household and personal item component may be paid to owner-occupiers or tenants.

People can apply for these grants at the Emergency Relief Centres at Highbury and Mt Barker.

​Assistance is being provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. The SA Housing Authority will administer the grants under its Emergency Relief arrangements.

For more information on eligibility please visit a relief centre or phone the SA Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787 (8.00 am to 8.00 pm).

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE SA BUSHFIRE APPEAL

If you have been directly affected by the fires in Cudlee Creek or on Kangaroo Island, you may be able to receive financial assistance from the SA Bushfire Appeal. To do this, make an application to the State Emergency Relief Fund.

PERSONAL HARDSHIP EMERGENCY GRANTS
South Australians directly affected by the Cudlee Creek fire are able to apply for one-off emergency grants to assist with immediate, temporary relief.
The Personal Hardship Emergency Grants of up to $700 per family (or $280 per individual adult) can be used at the discretion of each recipient, but are intended to pay for essential items such as food, toiletries, clothing and medication.
This assistance is provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.​
Please visit a relief centre for more information and to apply:

This assistance is provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.​

Please visit the Lobethal Recovery Centre for more information and to apply:

Fabrik Arts and Heritage in the Old Woollen Mill
1 Lobethal Road
Lobethal

Open daily 7.00 am to 7.00 pm.

DISASTER RECOVERY ALLOWANCE

The Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short-term payment to help you if a declared disaster directly affects your income. It is payable for a maximum of 13 weeks from the date you lose your income.

More information on the Disaster Recovery Allowance, including eligibility criteria is available on the Department of Human Services website.

DISASTER RECOVERY PAYMENT
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment to help you if a declared disaster significantly affects you.
If you’re eligible you will get $1,000 per adult and $400 for each child under 16 years of age.
More information on the Disaster Recovery Payment, including eligibility criteria is available on the Department of Human Services website or call 180 22 66.

DISASTER RECOVERY ALLOWANCE

The Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short-term payment to help you if a declared disaster directly affects your income. It is payable for a maximum of 13 weeks from the date you lose your income.

More information on the Disaster Recovery Allowance, including eligibility criteria is available on the Department of Human Services website.

RECOVERY GRANTS FOR SMALL BUSINESS

A grant of up to $10,000 is available for eligible small businesses affected by the Cudlee Creek bushfires for costs associated with clean-up, restoration and rebuilding.

The grant is designed to assist with the immediate costs of beginning to rebuild and recover and is provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

To learn more about eligibility criteria or to apply, visit the Supporting Business in South Australia website.

If you have any questions, contact the SA Department for Innovation and Skills on 1300 142 820 or email

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RECOVERY GRANTS FOR PRIMARY PRODUCERS

A grant of $15,000 is available for eligible primary producers affected by the Cudlee Creek bushfires.

The grant is designed to assist with the immediate costs of beginning to rebuild and recover and is provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

For more information, including eligibility criteria or to apply, phone the PIRSA Recovery Hotline on 1800 931 314 or visit the PIRSA website.

AGRICULTURAL LOSSES
PIRSA is assessing agricultural losses at Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island.
A 24-hour hotline number – 1800 255 556 is available for animal owners seeking urgent assistance and information.
For more information visit the PIRSA website 

REUNITE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
The Red Cross has opened its Register.Find.Reunite service service for the Cudlee Creek fire. People affected by the fire are encouraged to connect with family and friends by registering online.
The service matches registrations from people affected by an emergency to enquiries made by their loved ones searching for news. Where a match is made, the person who made the enquiry will be notified.
Register through the Red Cross website.
People can also register in-person at the relief centre.

RED CROSS EMERGENCY GRANTS

Red Cross launched an emergency grants program on 23 December to support individuals and communities affected by severe bushfires across the country. The grants are available to people across the country whose primary place of residence (owner/occupied or rented) has been destroyed, or made uninhabitable or unfit to live in, as a result of a bushfire since 1 July 2019. Each household can apply for $2,000, with funds provided as a contribution to meet basic recovery needs.

The Emergency Grants Program is one component of a broader Red Cross Recovery Program which provides funds directly to people in communities impacted by a disaster to meet basic needs. The funds are being distributed as part of this program will be drawn from the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund (DRR) donated by the general public and corporate communities.

Please see the Red Cross website for information on how to apply.

DONATIONS FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
A financial donation is the most helpful way that you can contribute to disaster-affected communities. It helps those impacted to buy exactly what they need and spend the funds within their local community.
If you would like to help those affected by the December bushfires in South Australia, financial donations can be made online through St Vincent de Paul Society. All donations are tax deductible, with the money going directly to those affected.
The donation of goods is not encouraged as it can pose challenges to administer, store, distribute and dispose of the goods. It also might not meet the needs of people affected by the disaster.

LOCAL RECOVERY COORDINATOR
Alex Zimmerman was appointed Local Recovery Coordinator for the Cudlee Creek Fire on 22 December 2019. He will work closely with the affected community to help them understand their recovery needs and identify what additional supports are required.

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