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Financial Relief for Previously Snubbed Mt Barker Council

Rebekha Sharkie in Parliament supplied

Councils previously 'short-changed' by the Government for fire relief funding have now been included.

The Package includes an initial $4.55 million community recovery and resilience program to be rolled-out across Mt Barker District, Adelaide Hills, Rural City of Murray Bridge, Mid Murray and Kangaroo Island. 

There will also be $1.3 million for community recovery efforts across the state and $250,000 to support Blaze Aid.

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and South Australian Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink have this week announced the initiative.

“Prime Minister Scott Morrison has taken into account the impact of these horrendous fires on South Australian communities and pushed through an initial community recovery package to help communities start the long recovery journey,” Minister Littleproud said.

Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie, who has been advocating for the funding for weeks, has welcomed the announcement 

“This funding will go a long way towards helping my community in its recovery after December’s Cudlee Creek Bushfire and the Ravine Bushfire on Kangaroo Island,” the Centre Alliance member said.

"I particularly welcome the extra $1.4 million for Mount Barker Council which had originally been excluded from the $1 million offered to local government regions under Category D of the Commonwealth's Disaster Recovery Framework.

“Mount Barker Council has clearly demonstrated it will spend more than $1 million to do critical work such as clearing dangerous roadside trees burnt in the fire and replacing road signs."

Photo of Rebekha Sharkie MP in Parliament, supplied