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Department of Human Services

Yorketown fire recovery

On Wednesday 20 November 2019, a fire in the lower Yorke Peninsula of the state damaged properties, crops and livestock.

Recovery centre

For information and support, you can phone the recovery centre on 8852 1820 or attend at:

SYP Community Hub
33 Stansbury Road,
Yorketown

9.00 am to 2.00 pm, Monday to Friday

Yorketown Recovery Centre is CLOSED on the public holiday for Australia Day, Monday 27 January 2020. The Centre re-opens on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 9.00 am.

Local Recovery Coordinator and Committee

Local Recovery Coordinator and Committee

Local Recovery Coordinator

Ms Deb Richardson was appointed to the role of Local Recovery Coordinator for the Yorketown fires on 25 November 2019.

The coordinator works with the community and the Local Recovery Committee to provide support, offer advice and link people to the information and services they require.

Deb is based in the local community working from the Recovery Centre:

SYP Hub
33 Stansbury Rd
Yorketown

Phone Deb Richardson on 0402 207 945.

Local Recovery Committee

A Local Recovery Committee has been formed to raise issues, provide feedback and share advice from the local community to guide the recovery efforts.

The committee is made up of community members and staff from agencies including:

  • Department of Human Services
  • Yorke Peninsula Council
  • Primary Industries and Regions SA
  • Natural Resources SA
  • SA Police
  • Department for Health and Wellbeing
  • Salvation Army

The community members are:

  • Kay Barlow
  • Marty Collins
  • Peter “Soxy” Stockings
  • Karen Warren
  • Ben “Wundy” Wundersitz.

Grants and financial assistance

Grants and financial assistance

Re-establishment Grants up to $10,000 for Bushfire Residents

Eligible South Australians who:

  • are uninsured, and
  • have had their principal residence (their home) damaged by bushfire

can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help them re-establish their homes.

The payments can be used to help repair bushfire-damaged homes or replace essential household items.

The payments are available only to those persons who meet the following criteria:

  • Their primary residence has been damaged
  • They meet an income test
  • Their losses are not being met by insurance, compensation or other assistance measures
  • They are owner-occupiers (for the structure/dwelling component of the grant)
  • They are owner-occupiers or tenants (for the essential household and personal item component of the grant).

Assistance is being provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. The SA Housing Authority will administer the grants under its Emergency Relief arrangements.

Phone the SA Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787 (8.00 am to 8.00 pm).

Financial assistance from the SA Bushfire Appeal

If you have been directly affected by the fires in:

  • Cudlee Creek
  • Kangaroo Island

you may be able to receive financial assistance from the SA Bushfire Appeal.

Make an application to the State Emergency Relief Fund.

Recovery grants for small business

A grant of up to $50,000 is available for eligible small businesses affected by bushfires for costs associated with clean-up, restoration and rebuilding.

The grant is designed to assist with the immediate costs of beginning to rebuild and recover and is provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth–State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Visit the Supporting Business in South Australia website to learn more about eligibility criteria and to apply.

Phone the SA Department for Innovation and Skills on 1300 142 820
Email DIS.SmallBusiness@sa.gov.au

Recovery grants for primary producers

A grant of $75,000 is available for eligible primary producers affected by the bushfires.

The grant is designed to assist with the immediate costs of beginning to rebuild and recover and is provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth–State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Visit the PIRSA website for eligibility criteria and to apply

Phone the PIRSA Recovery Hotline on 1800 931 314

Disaster Recovery Allowance

The Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short-term payment to help you if a declared disaster directly affects your income. It is payable for a maximum of 13 weeks from the date you lose your income.

The Department of Human Services website has more information on the Disaster Recovery Allowance, including eligibility criteria.

Disaster Recovery Payment

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment to help you if a declared disaster significantly affects you.

If you’re eligible you will get $1,000 per adult and $400 for each child under 16 years of age.

The Department of Human Services website has more information on the Disaster Recovery Payment, including eligibility criteria.
Phone 180 22 66

Red Cross Emergency Grants

If your primary place of residence (your home) has been destroyed in a bushfire, you can apply for a Red Cross Emergency Grant.

Grants will be open until 30 April 2020.

Please see the Red Cross website for more information and steps on how to apply.

Distribution of Yorketown Community Fundraising

Over $60,000 has been raised by the Yorke Peninsula community to support the Yorketown bushfire recovery effort. If you have been impacted by the Yorketown bushfire you may be able to apply for funding.

Applications for categories 1–3 (individual or family) are now open and close on 5 February 2020.

Applications for category 4 (community group) are now open and close on 14 February 2020.

Resources and application forms:

Yorketown Fire Funding FAQ

Yorketown Fire Recovery Funding Eligibility

Application Form Yorketown Fire Funding – Category 1-3 (Individual or Family) (DOCX 50.3 KB)

Application Form Yorketown Fire Funding – Category 4 (Community Group) (DOCX 54.4 KB)

Yorketown Fire Tzu Chi Flyer (PDF 230.1 KB)

Yorketown Fire Tzu Chi Application Form (PDF 73.5 KB)

Tax implications

For income tax implications related to receiving grants, contact the Australian Taxation Office.

Rural financial counselling service

Rural financial counselling service

Rural Business Support provides a free rural financial counselling service for primary producers or small rural businesses who are more than 75% reliant on primary production for income.

It can help you to make decisions and work through the implications of the current situation on your business.

Phone 1800 836 211 (freecall).

Financial counselling helpline

Financial counsellors can help South Australians in financial difficulty by providing information, support and advocacy.

This service is free, independent and confidential.

Call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 (free call).

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