South Australians affected by the summer’s devastating Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills bushfires are being urged to apply for their share of more than $8.8 million in gift payments from the SA Bushfire Appeal.
To date, almost $5.8 million has been paid to 827 impacted families and businesses, but it is believed some eligible South Australians may be missing out.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink encouraged people within affected communities to apply for the financial assistance before applications close on 31 July 2020.
“The Marshall Liberal Government continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills communities following the devastating bushfires last summer – we certainly haven’t forgotten you,” said Minister Lensink.
“People directly affected by the fires in the Adelaide Hills or on Kangaroo Island can still apply to receive financial assistance from this fund – and I really urge people who haven’t come forward to do so.
“Many South Australians suffered significant loss as a result of the fires, including damage to homes, vehicles, businesses, stock and infrastructure. To address this, there are several categories of payments under the SA Bushfire Appeal that people can access if eligible.”
Funds raised through the SA Bushfire Appeal are paid into the State Emergency Relief Fund, which is then administered by an independent committee to ensure the fair distribution of money.
Each application is assessed against all categories, including any future categories, to ensure the payments go to those who need it most.
Minister Lensink said if no further eligible applications are received, the funds will be distributed among current recipients who will receive additional funds based on the categories they’re eligible for.
“Every dollar that has been raised by the SA Bushfire Appeal, including a $2 million pledge from the Marshall Liberal Government, will be distributed to those affected by the fires,” said Minister Lensink.
“I’d like to thank the individuals and businesses in the community who have dug deep and given generously.”
Donations are still being accepted but will also close on 31 July 2020.
“These donations have already gone a long way to helping our communities get back on their feet, and full distribution of the funds will further bolster recovery efforts,” said Minister Lensink.
Applications for Round 1 of the SA Bushfire Appeal’s non-profit community groups and organisations for the Community Strength and Resilience Initiative close on 3 July 2020.