Donated bushfire funds supporting community recovery
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 their share of more than $820,000 from the State Government’s 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 its Community Strength and Resilience Initiative.
To date, almost $6.4 million in SA Bushfire Appeal funds have already been provided to families and businesses who experiencing loss as a result of the fires. The gift payments are part of the almost $9 million generously donated to the SA Bushfire Appeal following the devastating bushfires, which included a $2 million contribution from the State Government.
Planning for the future
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.
Applications and donations for the SA Bushfire Appeal have closed – with an exception for the second round of the Community Strength and Resilience Initiative. Every dollar raised in the SA Bushfire Appeal will go directly to the fire-affected communities.
A further round of applications
A further round of applications will be sought next month for the second and final round.
Non-profit community groups and organisations can apply for Round 2 of the Community Strength and Resilience Initiative between 17 August and 11 September 2020.
Projects must address local needs and issues in the Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek fire-affected communities.
Community organisations who received major round funding include:
- 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 Showgrounds preparedness and facility upgrades
- Adelaide Hills Council - $150,000 for a new regional scale recreational destination with play experiences
Community organisations who received minor round funding include:
- Lobethal Recreation Ground Sports Club - $20,000 for improvements to toilet facilities
- Stokes Bay Tennis Club - $20,000 to rebuild its tennis courts
- Kangaroo Island Calisthenics Club - $19,220 to fund membership fees for members for one year
- Hills Football League Incorporated - $20,000 for mental and physical wellbeing activities with football
- Apple & Pear Growers Association of South Australia - $15,950 to increase bushfire preparedness and resilience amongst growers
- Bee Keepers Society of South Australia - $12,920 for its Build a Bee Box Project
- Charleston Community Centre - $20,000 to improve its sporting lighting
- Onkaparinga Lutheran Parish - $1,000 for meal deliveries for fire-affected families
- Art Museum of Kangaroo Island - $2,600 for a cultural art event
- Parndana Progress Association - $20,000 for renovation of the Pardana Hall’s kitchen
- Harrogate Soldiers Memorial Hall - $16,490 for repairs and air-conditioning
- 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
- Kangaroo Island Community Bus - $14,500 for a community bus service