Department of Human Services

Cudlee Creek Fire Recovery Newsletter Issue 3 - 19 February 2020

Come back to the Recovery Centre

The Recovery Centre remains the ‘go to’ place for information and assistance.

Information is developing constantly so come back as often as you need to have your questions answered and stay up to date with grants and other assistance being provided.

Old Woollen Mill - 1 Lobethal Road, Lobethal.

See you there!

Alex Zimmermann, Local Recovery Coordinator
0418 258 304

Community recovery

I have been appointed as the Community Recovery Officer for the Cudlee Creek fire.

My role is to work closely with the Adelaide Hills Community to develop a recovery plan for the affected townships. I will be reaching out to individuals, community groups and local businesses to ensure the plan addresses the needs of the community.

Prior to taking on this role, I was working as a Community Development Officer with the Adelaide Hills Council.

I look forward to catching up with some of the groups I have already worked with in my previous role, and to meeting many more people in the weeks to come.

If you wish to get in contact you can email Miranda Hampton or phone 0437 123 904.

Waste clean-up

The Federal Government and the South Australian Government are funding a coordinated clean-up of bushfire related waste.

Green Industries SA is coordinating the efficient and safe clean-up and removal of this waste.

The removal of debris will be provided at no cost to those affected by fire.

If you have not already registered your waste needs, fill out the registration form online

Whilst the urgent areas for priority response are the safe management and removal of asbestos, CCA treated timber (permapine) and ash and hazardous chemicals like pesticide, herbicide and fertiliser, the clean-up will also include the removal of household bricks, rubble and demolition waste, e-waste, metals, vehicles as well as poly-pipe and irrigation used by growers and farmers in the fire affected areas.

If you have already paid for waste removal, please retain evidence and documentation and contact the Local Recovery Coordinator for more information on 0418 258 304.

For more information on waste management, visit Green Industries SA.

Reimbursement of costs for clean-up already undertaken

Anyone affected by the bushfires who has incurred costs for clean-up can discuss potential reimbursement with the Local Recovery Coordinator.

For reimbursement of clean-up costs to be considered, property owners will need to:

  • Have sustained damage to physical building structures or vehicles on their property (not green waste)
  • Demonstrate that the materials were bushfire-affected
  • Provide evidence of the costs and payment associated with the clean-up
  • Provide all this information to the Local Recovery Coordinator.

Please read the detailed information at Green Industries SA.

Grants for primary producers

If you’re a primary producer who has been affected by the Cudlee Creek bushfire, you may be eligible for the Emergency Response in Primary Industries Grant. Administered by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), grants of up to $75,000 can be accessed to help with clean-up and recovery activities.

Detailed eligibility requirements can be found in the grant guidelines, but to help you get started, we’ve put together some of our frequently asked questions.

What is the Emergency Response in Primary Industries Grant?

The grant is designed to support primary producers with immediate costs associated with clean-up and reinstatement activities, and assist with the recovery of their primary production enterprise that has been impacted by the fires. This includes clean-up and rebuilding activities or replacing damaged or destroyed on-farm infrastructure.

What is a primary producer?

A primary producer is a person, persons or a company that derives the majority of income from a primary production enterprise such as livestock, agriculture (including aquaculture, horticulture and viticulture), fisheries, hunting or trapping, private forestry or apiary.

The full definition of a primary producer and primary production enterprise, for the purpose of the Emergency Response in Primary Industries Grant, can be found in Section 7 of the grant guidelines, available from PIRSA.

What if I have already applied for this grant but for an amount lower than $75,000?

You can lodge multiple applications for the Emergency Response in Primary Industries Grant, up to the $75,000 limit. All applications must be submitted by 31 July 2020.

Do I have to wait for my insurance claim to be finalised before applying?

No, your insurance claim does not need to be finalised or submitted before applying for the Emergency Response in Primary Industries Grant.

Do I need to provide invoices as part of my application?

No, we do not need invoices to process your application. You can provide quotes or an estimate of costs if you have them.

What is the closing date for applications?

Applications close on 31 July 2020.

I am a primary producer but also run a small business, what other grants are available?

You may also be eligible for a small business grant. Visit the Business SA website for more information.

Find more information about the Emergency Response in Primary Industries Grant at the PIRSA website or call PIRSA’s recovery hotline on 1800 931 314.

Concessional loans now available

Concessional loans of up to $500,000 are now available for eligible small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations impacted by the fires.

There are two categories available: a Bushfire Working Capital loan of up to $50,000 and a Bushfire Recovery Loan of up to $500,000.

Bushfire Working Capital Loans are intended to provide short-term cash support for businesses that have lost income as a result of the eligible disaster. Bushfire Recovery Loans are intended to provide funding for asset reinstatement and replacement and may also be applied to assist the business with working capital whilst it re-establishes its normal trading operations.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Business SA website.

Grants for sporting clubs

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing recently announced bushfire recovery grants of up to $10,000 for incorporated sporting clubs affected by the bushfire.

Any incorporated sport organisation affected by the fires is welcome to apply. To complete an application visit the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing or phone 1300 714 990 for more information.

State Emergency Relief Fund

The State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) has been established in response to the Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island fires.

The SERF is administered by an independent committee, whose primary function is to ensure that all donated funds are distributed appropriately and fairly to people and communities impacted by the fire.

If you live within the Cudlee Creek fire area and your property was damaged, or you suffered other injury, loss or damage, you should apply as soon as possible as you may be entitled to a monetary gift from the fund.

An application form is available online (click on the ‘Apply for Assistance’ link) or from the Recovery Centre in Lobethal. Alternatively you can request a form via email.

Join our Facebook group

We have a dedicated Facebook group for people impacted by the Cudlee Creek fire. This private group is for those directly impacted by the fires rather than the general public.

It is a place to ask questions, share information and resources, and connect with your local community during the recovery phase. To join the group visit the SA Recovery Facebook page and click on ‘groups’ to the left of the page.

Habitat for Humanity

Need help on your property? Habitat for Humanity is an established South Australian not for profit organisation with staff and volunteers who work alongside people to assist them in times of need.

They bring experience gained from the Sampson Flat and Pinery fires and can assist impacted households with a range of unskilled tasks including:

  • dragging and piling branches and debris
  • clearing debris from houses, sheds and outbuildings
  • stacking scrap metal, bricks and other materials
  • pulling down damaged fences
  • sifting and sorting debris to search for precious items
  • restoring damaged gardens.

Support will be available throughout 2020 and possibly beyond. Volunteers are insured by Habitat for Humanity and work under the direction of a trained supervisor to ensure a safe and productive work site.

If you would like to enquire about receiving practical support, please email Habitat for Humanity SA or phone (08) 8344 6009 (staffed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday).

Alternatively, you can speak to a member of their team at the Lobethal Recovery Centre on Thursdays.

Grants from St Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul’s Bushfire Assistance Grant provides up to $5000 to anybody living or working in a bushfire area who has experienced damage to their property, shed, fence, vehicle or stock.

In addition, St Vincent de Paul can also provide $1000 for people over 18 years of age living or working in the bushfire area with expenses resulting from the fire, who have not received any other emergency funding from Vinnies. This grant is funded by the Commonwealth Government.

For more information phone 131 812 (select option 2) or speak to a St Vincent de Paul team member at the recovery centre in Lobethal between 9:30 am and 4.00 pm  Monday to Friday.

Private woodlot assistance

Some recovery assistance may be available for owners of fire-affected private pine woodlots, windbreaks and small pine plantings.

If you own a fire-affected woodlot greater than three hectares register your interest with ForestrySA who will undertake an assessment of the commercial viability of harvesting logs from the burnt woodlot.

Where woodlots are suitable for commercial harvest, ForestrySA will assist you to sell log products into the local market over the next  12 months.

To register your interest email ForestrySA or call 0429 889 666.

If you own fire-affected small pine plantings (greater than 20 paddock trees) you are encouraged to phone the Cudlee Creek fire recovery hotline on 1800 302 787 to register for assistance.

Recovery options are likely to include seeking services from local arborist businesses and, subject to landowner needs and site access, coordinating a program that uses specialist tree harvesting machinery to safely and efficiently fell trees, service trees into short logs and remove log material.

Support for rural businesses

Rural Business Support (RBS) is encouraging farmers and growers to work with a rural financial counsellor to weigh up their options and find a way forward for their business.

The organisation’s rural financial counsellors offer free, independent and confidential support and can assist eligible rural businesses to develop and implement plans to assist their recovery.

Rural financial counsellors can provide support with:

  • Preparing for talks with insurance companies, banks and lenders
  • Preparing cash flow forecasts to meet financial obligations
  • Accessing other professional services
  • Developing and implementing plans to return to ‘normal’ operations.

RBS also has up to date information on assistance from government and aid organisations around income support and loan options that people may be eligible for.

Any concerns about the tax implications with donated monies or insurance payments should be raised with an accountant or the Australian Taxation Office.

To make a time to talk with a rural financial counsellor please call Rural Business Support on 1800 836 211 or visit Rural Business Support for more information.

CFS community survey

IMPORTANT If you are over 18 you are invited to complete an important five-minute community survey from the Country Fire Service (CFS).

The CFS plans to run workshops in the near future and will use this survey to ensure they provide the information our community needs.

The survey will be open until 7.00 pm, Thursday 27 February 2020.

Complete the survey online.

Resources from SheepConnect

The SheepConnect SA website provides links to a range of helpful resources for livestock producers including:

  • interviews with three producers on their experiences with fire recovery
  • videos with technical tips
  • fact sheets and links on managing livestock after a fire, containment feeding, water quality and soils.

Visit the SheepConnect SA website for more information.

Local Recovery Committee

The Cudlee Creek Local Recovery Committee consists of community representatives, not for profit and volunteer organisations, and representatives from Local and State Government agencies. The group has now met on seven occasions to discuss key issues affecting our community.


How to manage native vegetation after fires and reduce fire risk

A native vegetation information night for fire-affected landholders. Includes expert panel Q&A session and presentations from the CFS, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, and SA Murray-Darling Basin staff, DEW Fire Management Unit and the Native Vegetation Council.

Learn about post-fire recovery of native vegetation and reducing fire risk on your property. Have your questions answered by the panel.

WHEN: Monday 2 March, 7pm – 8.30pm
WHERE: Onkaparinga Senior Citizens Hall,
36 Main St Lobethal
INFORMATION: Phone 8336 0901
RSVP: Please register by email

This event is supported by the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin and Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Boards through funding from the NRM levies.

Family fun and activity day

Enjoy a day out with the family with activities including tube slides, the labyrinth maze and Challenge Hill. A free lunch will be provided.

WHEN: First four Sundays of March, 9am
WHERE: Woodhouse Activity Centre.
37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly
COST: Free
RSVP online for the event
INFORMATION: Phone Elena on 0400 293 908, Andrew on 0408 681 813, Pam on 0431 934 357 or John on 0419 841 040.

Pasture renewal for small horse properties

Join us for a free evening of information, networking and the opportunity to ask questions. The event will cover post-fire evaluation of paddocks, soil testing for nutrients and soil acidity management, establishing pastures for grazing and/or hay production and deciding what pasture varieties to plant. Small landholders from non-fire affected areas or carrying other livestock species welcome.

This project is jointly funded by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board, the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board and Horse SA.

WHEN: Tuesday 17 March, 7pm
WHERE: Adelaide Hills Business Centre
82 Onkaparinga Valley Rd, Woodside.
COST: Free.
RSVP online for the event
INFORMATION: Visit the Horse SA website, email Horse SA or phone 0402 488 306.

Rabbit control information evening

Learn how to implement your own integrated rabbit control program. Suitable for rural landowners and lifestyle properties in and outside of the fire scar area. This event is supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Boards through funding from the NRM levies.

WHEN: Wednesday 26 February, 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: Woodside (location upon registration)
COST: Free
RSVP by email
INFORMATION: Phone 8336 0901

Gardening after fire with Sophie Thomson

Are you a gardener whose property was affected by the Cudlee Creek bushfire?
This free workshop with Gardening Australia’s Sophie Thomson may be just what you need to help rebuild your garden and see it thrive. Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges staff will be there helping to cover topics such as revegetation, weeds and the fire scar, how to restore damaged soil, plant choices, and sustainable garden design.

The Australian Red Cross will also be there to discuss self and community care.

Refreshment and lunch provided.
Please RSVP for catering purposes.

WHEN: Friday 28 February, 11am – 3pm
WHERE: Environmental Services Centre,
Springs Road, Mt Barker
Saturday 21 March, 11am – 3pm
Lobethal Centennial Hall, 36 Main St, Lobethal
COST: Free
RSVP online for the workshop

These events are supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Boards through funding from the NRM levies.

To stay up to date on all upcoming community events as they are announced visit the online events calendar.

Contact information

Recovery details

Local Recovery Coordinator Alex Zimmermann
Phone 0418 258 304

Recovery Hotline: 1800 302 787

Lobethal Fire Recovery Centre: Fabrik Arts and Heritage in the Old Woollen Mill - 1 Lobethal Road, Lobethal

Cudlee Creek Fire Recovery web pages

SA Recovery Facebook page

Local Councils

Adelaide Hills Council
Phone 8408 0400

Mount Barker District Council
Phone 8391 7200

Mid-Murray Council
Phone 8569 0100

Agriculture and livestock

Phone 1800 931 314

Livestock SA
Phone 8297 2299

Natural Resources
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
Phone 8336 0901

SA Murray-Darling Basin
Phone 8391 7500


Volunteering SA&NT
Phone 1300 135 545

Waste management

Green Industries SA
Phone 7071 3723

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