Additional disaster assistance for bushfire affected communities in South Australia
The Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan, and South Australian Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion the Hon Tony Piccolo, today announced additional assistance is being made available to communities affected by the recent bushfires.
Mr Keenan said the assistance was being provided to local councils under the jointly-funded Commonwealth-South Australian Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
"As the full impacts of these bushfires become evident, we continue to activate support for these local councils to assist with the costs incurred as a result of fighting the fires and defending communities," Mr Keenan said.
This assistance will be made available in the bushfire affected local government areas of Barossa, Berri Barmera, Ceduna, Coorong, Gawler Ranges, Karoonda East Murray, Loxton Waikerie, Mid-Murray, Mt Remarkable, Murray Bridge, Renmark Paringa, Southern Mallee and Tatiara.
Mr Piccolo said this assistance was in addition to the personal hardship and distress assistance announced by the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Senator Brandis and South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill on 18 January.
"We have been working with those affected communities, to ensure those South Australians who have suffered loss or damage as a result of these fires get the support they need," Mr Piccolo said.
Under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) assistance is available to eligible affected individuals and families through emergency relief and accommodation grants, to assist with emergency accommodation, food and clothing, and through emergency-reestablishment grants, to assist in the rebuilding and replacement of essential household contents. Assistance is now also available to local councils to help with the costs associated with counter-disaster operations carried out to protect communities and ensure public health and safety.
"With another extreme heat warning issued for South Australia yesterday, it remains important that anyone who lives or works in a bushfire prone area remains vigilant and ensures that they have a bushfire plan in place," Mr Piccolo said.
"Those families that have lost their homes, suffered trauma or other loss – or for people looking to donate funds to support those affected by the fires – can contact the SA Bushfire Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787."
South Australian Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements are jointly funded by the Federal and South Australian Governments and administered through the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.