Department of Human Services

Yorketown Recovery Newsletter - Issue 1 - 6 March 2020

St Vincent de Paul’s Bushfire Assistance

Vinnies can provide up to $5000 to anybody living or working in a bushfire area who has experienced damage to their:

  • property
  • shed
  • fence
  • vehicle
  • stock.

In addition, Vinnies 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.

Phone Vinnies on 131 812 and select option 2.

CFS Survey

The Country Fire Service (CFS) is surveying people over 18 to collect information about preparing for future bushfires. The information you provide will help shape which programs and resources are offered in the local area in the next couple of months.

Deadline for survey: Friday 20 March 2020

Fill in the 2020 Yorketown Post-Fire Community Safety Engagement Survey or pick up a copy at the SYP Community Hub or Council Office.

Free Home Battery

A free home battery will be offered to South Australian households rebuilding after the 2019–20 bushfires, under an arrangement offered by the South Australian Government and local battery manufacturer, sonnen. Bushfire-affected households can receive a 10kWh sonnen battery as part of the rebuilding of their property.

Initially this offer is for the 188 South Australian households who lost their homes; however, the Government is continuing to look at opportunities to extend this initiative to other households impacted by the 2019–20 bushfires.

Home batteries for bushfire rebuilding

To register, phone the State Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787.

Newsletter Sign Up

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Local Recovery Committee

The fabulous people above are part of your Local Recovery Committee (LRC). The Committee is made up representatives from:

  • Council
  • State Government Agencies
  • Salvation Army
  • Local Recovery Coordinator, Deb Richardson
  • local community reps:
    • Karen Warren
    • Kay Barlow
    • Peter “Soxy” Stockings
    • Marty Collins
    • Ben “Wundy” Wundersitz.

The LRC will continue to meet throughout the year to ensure the voice of the local community is heard and needs are met. Feel free to have a chat with any of us!

Photo by Jenny Oldland.

Grants for Local Groups

If you are part of a not-for-profit group that:

  • hosts events to bring the community together
  • provides education on disaster prevention, preparedness, response or recovery
  • supports local wellbeing and resilience, or
  • is offering direct support for households re-establishing after the fire

you might be eligible for $150 funding.

Visit grants and assistance then ‘Yorketown Community Fundraising’ or contact the SYP Community Hub.

Looking After Yourself and Others

After a disaster or major incident such as a bushfire its common to feel stress and grief.

Some people will recovery without formal assistance and others may need extra support to help get life back on track.

You can get support through:


On 12 February 2020, the Federal and State governments announced they are covering the costs of cleaning up material affected by South Australian bushfires in the 2019–20 summer.

If you were impacted by the Yorketown fire, make sure you have registered with Green Industries SA, so they know you need help with bushfire waste. To register and for up to date information on next steps, visit the Green Industries SA website.

Re-establishing Your Garden

If you’d like some help to re-establish your garden, the Warooka and Minlaton Garden Clubs can lend a hand. They’re happy to propagate plants ready for when you need them. There is no rush, you can contact them when you’re ready.  If you need a more urgent hit of greenery, they can bring you some potted plants or herbs to brighten up your patch.

Phone Beth Butler on 0427 677 926 (Warooka GC)

Phone Pat Barrand on 0429 676 117 (Minlaton GC)

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
  • 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 Business SA bushfire recovery.

Support for Rural Business

Rural Business Support (RBS) provides free, independent and confidential support from a rural financial counsellor and can assist eligible businesses to develop and implement plans to assist 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.

Phone Judy Goedecke in Ardrossan on 0418 856 267

Rural Business Support website

A message from the Edithburgh Museum and History Group

It’s important to recognise and record significant events in our community, after all what happens today is tomorrow’s history. We’re aiming to collate our community’s memories of the Yorketown Fire so future generations can hear our stories directly from us.

  • if you were a member of the CFS or other emergency service
  • if you were evacuated, lost property, livelihood or home
  • perhaps you weren’t physically impacted but have been involved in recovery or have a deep connection with the area…

you are part of this story. We are all part of this story.

We would like to hear from you now, or whenever you are ready to share your thoughts.

On Saturday, 14 November 2020 at The Day at the Burgh weekend, we will commemorate the upcoming anniversary and celebrate the resilience of our community.

To share your thoughts:

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.

SheepConnect South Australia website

PIRSA Family and Business Mentor (FaB)

PIRSA has recruited Kay Barlow to work as a Family and Business Support Mentor (FaB) for the Yorketown fire community. Her role is to chat with people affected by the fire, help work out what’s needed and point you in the direction of the various sources of support available.

If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, tired, frustrated, or just don’t know what form to fill in, phone Kay. She’ll lend a friendly ear and might be able to make a few suggestions to help you out.

She can visit you for a cuppa and a confidential conversation or catch up on the phone.

Phone Kay on 0417 807 993

Natural Resource Fire Recovery

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke provides support and advice to property owners impacted by fire to ensure the recovery of natural resources and the ongoing sustainable management of properties.

To organise a visit, phone the Minlaton office on 8853 3880

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke website

Recovery Support and Farewell Deb

Our Local Recovery Coordinator, Deb Richardson will be on leave for the next 6 weeks. She’ll be back for several visits in April and May so no need for goodbyes yet!

For ongoing support and information, you can still visit the SYP Community Hub weekdays 9.00 am to 2.00 pm, 33 Stansbury Road, Yorketown.

Phone 8852 1820

Yorketown fire recovery main page

Farewell BlazeAid

I know many of you have enjoyed the hard work, support and good humour of the BlazeAid Team. I'd like to acknowledge the amazing contribution of Karen and Graham — without their commitment and care this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you!

Local Events

Free Bouncy Castle Fun

Saturday 21 March 2020 from 11.00 am at Weaner Flat Reserve

Community Fun Night

Saturday 21 March 2020

A free event for everyone, listen to some music, laugh along to a comedy show and catch up with friends.

Keep an eye out around town and in the Country Times for these two events supported by Interchurch Council

Contact information

Recovery Information

Drop into the SYP Community Hub, 33 Stansbury Road, Yorketown. Phone 8852 1820

Recovery Hotline: 1800 302 787

Local Council

Phone 8832 0000

Yorke Peninsula Council

Natural Resource Management

Minlaton office. Phone 8853 3880

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

Waste management

Green Industries SA (GISA).

Phone 7071 3723

Green Industries SA (GISA) - bushfire waste management

Page last updated : 11 Mar 2020

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