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Programs to help ease the burden on fire affected communities


People affected by January's Sampson Flat bushfire are getting back on their feet with the help of community development programs aimed at building connections and community resilience.

Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison said the programs provide an opportunity for people to connect with others affected by the bushfires.

"There are a range of community workshops and events that are helping people rebuild their lives," Ms Bettison said.

"Getting together helps people to support one another and also gives them a much needed break from daily pressures and concerns.

"I encourage anyone affected by the bushfire to attend one of the many events on offer including movies, comedy nights, AFL matches, a family fun day, Coopers Brewery tour and self-esteem workshops."

The State Government has provided funding to the Adelaide Hills Council for a Community Development Officer to coordinate the recovery program.

The officer, Anne Ellis, works closely with Local Recovery Coordinator Karlene Maywald and the community to develop workshops and events.

"Personal wellbeing is extremely important after a traumatic event and connecting with others is often very helpful in this process," Ms Bettison said.

"Other workshops available include monthly events where people can share knowledge and tips about gardening as well as special groups for parents of children who are experiencing anxiety following the bushfires."

She said the recovery program is being well-received by the community.

"A recent make-up and self-esteem workshop for young girls was particularly successful as the girls were able to discuss the impacts of the bushfires with their peers while having fun.

"I would like to thank the South Australian community and local businesses who continue to provide funds and generous in-kind support to help people affected by the fires."

Upcoming workshops and events for May, June and July include:

  • Men's comedy night – Friday, 29 May
  • Cudlee Creek speakers – Friday, 29 May
  • World Environment Day – Friday, 5 June
  • Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs football match – Saturday, 6 June
  • Free family fun day – Sunday, 14 June
  • Volunteer Thank You event – Sunday, 21 June
  • Stormbirds – Wednesdays, 17, 24 June and 1 July
  • Blokes day out – Thursday, 25 June
  • Make-up and self-esteem workshop – Wednesday, 15 July
  • Nature Craft Kids – Friday, 17 July.

For more information, or to register for upcoming events, contact Anne Ellis, Community Development Officer, on 0437 817 358.

For information about bushfire recovery visit, Additional information is available by visiting the SA Bushfire Recovery Facebook page at or DCSI Twitter at

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