Pinery Fire - Support and assistance

Pinery Fires

RDA Barossa extends its warmest sympathies to those affected by the Pinery Fires.  Below is a list of resources to help all involved. If you have any questions, please call 8563 3603.

Pinery Fires Business Recovery Taskforce

MEDIA RELEASE – 30 November 2015 

To assist businesses impacted in the Pinery Fires in South Australia, Regional Development Australia Barossa has put together a Business Taskforce under its Business to Business program.

RDA Barossa set up Business to Business Barossa (B2B Barossa) in 2014 to supplement the RDA resources. B2B Barossa is a free business support program that connects skilled service providers with local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) looking for help within their business.

SMEs benefit from a local network of marketers, web designers, HR and IT consultants, accountants, tourism advisors, food specialists, business planners, branding, trade and export professionals. The Pinery Fires Business Recovery Taskforce housed under the Barossa B2B program is offering support services and advice to not just businesses effected directly by the fires, but those in their value chains whose businesses will suffer as a result.  

Anne Moroney, CEO of RDA Barossa notes that having the B2B Barossa support services network in place means that the local response is immediate and continuing. “We know from previous experience, bushfires not only affect the business directly hit but there is also a knock on impact– the whole value chain suffers and this flows through to all aspects of the local economy.  The B2B network is available to help everyone in the Barossa, Light, Gawler and Mallala areas.  We are ready to pro-actively support business and complement the financial counselling of the Rural Business Support Service (formerly Rural Financial Counselling), industry associations and agribursiness advisors”

One of the advantages of this task force framework is that it is an ongoing framework and can continue to support business in the medium term as a supplement to short term relief/support. 

Services available under the Pinery Fire Business Recovery Taskforce include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating with accountants to seek extensions for tax lodgements and payments
  • Liaising with insurance companies, banks and creditors
  • Endeavouring to reconstruct lost paper records and reconstruct lost electronic records
  • Providing HR advice should it be determined that staff have to be retrenched either temporarily or permanently
  • Business counselling, marketing, lean manufacturing, food consultancy, trade and export services

“Members of the B2B network were on the phone to me within hours of the fire, wanting to offer assistance to get the businesses back up and running.  PIRSA and local government have been wonderful with the front line support as has community support in the way of food, shelter, animal agistment.  It’s heartening to see forward thinking small business providers who understand the economic loss of business can create to the region and are happy to offer their time and services to assist where possible” added Anne. 

Those wanting to make use of the Pinery Fire Business Recovery Services, please contact Sue Merry at RDA Barossa on 85633603 or email sue@barossa.org.au.

Media Enquiries:

Tania Shirgwin, bizeez communications

M: 0457 592 736 E: tania@bizeez.com

Pinery Fire - updated information

Cash Donations 
Foundation Barossa has established a Regional Donation Account to assist those affected by the recent bushfire through the Barossa region. The funds raised will be utilised to support local people and organisations in the short, medium and long term recovery of the region.

Ensure to select Foundation Barossa - Bushfire Recovery from the drop down box under "FRRR hosted donation accounts (for community groups)"

Foundation Barossa has more information here.
Good Donations
Although cash is the preferred donation, St Vincent de Paul has been appointed to manage any goods donated during this disaster. Contact the St Vincent de Paul donations hotline on (08) 8112 8700

Recovery Information Hotline 1800 302 787
Get Involved
  • Volunteering: Volunteering SA is the official volunteering agency phone: 08 8221 7177 or look up www.volunteeringsa.org.au 

More information?

CFS Website - Pinery Fires

SA Government website - Pinery Fires

Need Help?

  • Rural financial counselling service: Rural Business Support offer a free, independent and confidential support. Staff are available to assist and support businesses as they recover from bushfire. RBS are also actively involved with the Pinery bushfire recovery assistance and if any members from the bushfire area are needing assistance they are urged to call. Freecall 1800 836 211 or Deb Purvis 0427 430 244.
  • Legal Advice: SA lawyers offer free legal assistance to bushfire victims
  • Financial Support: Australian Government Support - SA – Lower Mid North (Pinery) Bushfire: Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) & Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA)
  • Livestock Assistance: Producers needing assistance with dead or injured livestock due to the Pinery fire should immediately phone PIRSA on (08) 8207 7847
  • ATO Business Team: a coordinated ATO approach to support staff, people, business, communities and tax agents affected by the disaster. More infomation
For advice, help or assistance with livestock, pets or native animals affected by the Pinery fire:
  • Contact your local veterinarian for advice or assistance with treating injured livestock;
  • Phone PIRSA on (08) 8207 7847 for assistance with livestock assessments or advice on livestock management;
  • Visit PIRSA website here for more information, including fact sheets on land and livestock management after a bushfire;
  • Phone Livestock SA on (08) 8297 2299 for assistance with emergency fodder for livestock or to offer donations of emergency fodder;
  • Phone South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) on 0477 055 233 or email info@savem.org.au for advice or assistance with wildlife and companion animals.

Australian Government Support - Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP)

The DRP provides one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the South Australia Pinery Bushfire in the local government areas of Light and Mallala in the Barossa Region, as well as the local government areas of Clare and Gilbert Valleys and Wakefield, in the Yorke and Mid North Region of South Australia.

The DRP rate is $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) for a period up to six months.

The DRP is available for people who have been seriously injured, who have lost their homes or whose homes have been directly damaged or the immediate family members of a person who has been killed by the South Australia Pinery Bushfire.

You have until 30 May 2016 to lodge a claim for DRP in the Barossa and Yorke and Mid North Regions.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) website or contact the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 2266 for claims for assistance.

Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA)

The DRA provides income support payments to employees, primary producers and sole traders who can demonstrate they have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the South Australia Pinery Bushfire. The DRA has been made available to individuals in the local government areas of Light and Mallala in the Barossa Region, as well as the local government areas of Clare and Gilbert Valleys and Wakefield, in the Yorke and Mid North Region of South Australia.

The DRA provides fortnightly payments for up to 13 weeks equivalent to the applicable rate of Newstart or Youth Allowance, depending on the person's circumstances.

The DRA is available to Australian residents who are older than 16.

The DRA is not available to those already receiving another income support payment or pension such as the Age Pension, Newstart Allowance or Service Pension.

You have until 30 May 2016 to lodge a claim for the DRA in the Barossa and Yorke and Mid North Regions.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) website or contact the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 2266 for claims for assistance.

 

This information was taken from: http://www.disasterassist.gov.au/Currentdisasters/Pages/SA/SA-Lower-Mid-North-Bushfire-25-November-2015.aspx