Cudlee Creek Bushfire Recovery Community Page

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"We recognise that with the COVID-19 pandemic we are all experiencing significant changes to our daily lives. I want to reassure you that while recovery efforts may not be as visible to the community right now, staff from State and Local Governments, as well as not for profit organisations, are still working in dedicated recovery roles."

Miranda Hampton, Community Recovery Officer


What's the purpose of this page?

This page is a digital space for our community to come together since the bushfire which started in Cudlee Creek on 20 December 2019.

This page will grow as we move through the coming months and years together. We’re hoping this site will help us all be better prepared for the future. We want to work with you through this recovery and are here to help. If there is anything else you would like Council to help with, please let us know.


Help for you

  • SA Recovery hotline - phone 1800 302 787 between 8am and 8pm
  • Department of Human Services website contains information about: events, financial assistance, grants, small business support, free assistance and advice, justice of the peace information, opportunities for donations, livestock and public health information.
  • Council website is home to a number of Council recovery related matters such as: rates support, planning and building information, bin replacement, hard rubbish and green waste.


"We recognise that with the COVID-19 pandemic we are all experiencing significant changes to our daily lives. I want to reassure you that while recovery efforts may not be as visible to the community right now, staff from State and Local Governments, as well as not for profit organisations, are still working in dedicated recovery roles."

Miranda Hampton, Community Recovery Officer


What's the purpose of this page?

This page is a digital space for our community to come together since the bushfire which started in Cudlee Creek on 20 December 2019.

This page will grow as we move through the coming months and years together. We’re hoping this site will help us all be better prepared for the future. We want to work with you through this recovery and are here to help. If there is anything else you would like Council to help with, please let us know.


Help for you

  • SA Recovery hotline - phone 1800 302 787 between 8am and 8pm
  • Department of Human Services website contains information about: events, financial assistance, grants, small business support, free assistance and advice, justice of the peace information, opportunities for donations, livestock and public health information.
  • Council website is home to a number of Council recovery related matters such as: rates support, planning and building information, bin replacement, hard rubbish and green waste.


  • Financial Counselling and Grant Assistance Available

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    22 Oct 2020
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    Anyone impacted by the bushfires and experiencing financial hardship is encouraged to access free and confidential financial counselling.

    Karyn is a financial counsellor who will be ay the Recovery Centre assisting anyone that needs help including with grants that may be available at the time.

    You can access a walk-in service or can contact the helpline on 1800 722 363 to book an appointment.

    We encourage all people experiencing financial hardship since the fire to engage with our service and the Recovery Centre.

  • Your Hall Your Hub

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    19 Oct 2020
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    The Cudlee Creek Recovery Community Reference Group and local hall committees, are bringing you a series of local, grass roots events at your local hall!

    Your Hall Your Hub is about bringing the community together to connect and share ideas and information about local community programs, events, groups and sports. It is also an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming bushfire season by talking with CFS engagement officers about bushfire preparation for your property.

    For specific hall event details for each township visit: https://www.recovery.sa.gov.au/.../cudlee-creek-events...

    Picture table tennis, sausage sizzles, picnics, craft, local history, bowls and bands - each hall event is unique, but all will have local people to say hello to and helpful CFS information.

    Town halls are amazing community hubs - come and connect!

    Sunday 25 October the following halls will be opening their doors!

    · Charleston Community Centre - 11-2pm (including a Bushfire Ready course from 11-12:30pm to register click here)

    · Cudlee Creek Soldiers Memorial -12-3pm

    · GumerachaTown Hall -10-2pm

    · LenswoodMemorial Hall -11-2pm

    · Lobethal Centennial Hall -12-3pm

    · Mt Torrens Soldiers Memorial Hall -3-5pm

  • Feedback wanted: Cuddlee Creek Forest Trails Fire Recovery Strategy

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    01 Oct 2020
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    Have your say on the post-fire recreation and tourism opportunities identified for ForestrySA’s Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve and Fox Creek Bike Park.

    More than 700 responses contributed to the development of the fire recovery strategy, which aims to establish how the future forest can contribute to the community, recreational and economic wellbeing of the Adelaide Hills community.

    What do you think about the identified recreational improvements, opportunities, experiences and facilities for the visitor and trail network? Did we get the mix right? Did we miss something?

    Your views are important in developing a sustainable future for recreation in the Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve.

    ForestrySA would like your feedback on the draft Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve Fire Recovery Strategy, incorporating Fox Creek Bike Park. The consultation is open to everyone.

    To provide your feedback on the draft plan, please email Forestry SA.

    DOWNLOAD THE DRAFT PLAN

    Read more about the Plan here.

  • Latest Cudlee Creek fire recovery newsletter

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    Check out the latest information from your recovery newsletter.
    Issue #14, 4 September 2020.
    Click here to subscribe and receive the newsletter direct to your inbox.



    In this issue

    • From the Recovery Coordinator
    • New home for recovery information
    • Growers prepare for bushfire season
    • Community supporting community
    • Country SA PHN Community Grants
    • Upcoming grant deadlines
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Events
    • Contact information


    Click here to read the full newsletter.

  • New youth education and workplace grant

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    Young people aged between 15 and 25 living in bushfire-affected communities are encouraged to apply for the Youth Education and Workplace Pathways Grants.

    The grant, co-funded by the Bendigo Bank and Salvation Army offers $3,000 to support young people’s educational development and further their workplace aspirations.

    The grant can help with:

    • Out of pocket expenses for Government Courses, TAFE Programs, transition courses or other identified educational programs

    • The purchase of study related or employment related materials such as laptops, books or tools

    • Transport costs to and from employment, the purchase of safety equipment for courses, or personal needs for improving employment interview presentation.

    For more information visit the Salvation Army website.

    Alternatively phone the Salvation Army bushfire disaster team on 1300 662 217 or email sal.disasters@salvationarmy.org.au

  • Native Gardening Guide for low-flammability gardens

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    12 Aug 2020
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    Our Biodiversity Team has put together a new edition of their popular Native Gardening Guide, focusing on plants with a low-flammability. You can find the guide in the document library to the right of screen, or on our website.

  • Free workshop and Q&A for bushfire recovery

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    10 Aug 2020
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    Created and driven by the Community Reference Group for the Cudlee Creek bushfire recovery process.

    • Date: Saturday 15 August
    • Time: 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
    • Location: Lobethal Centennial Hall
    • Cost: Free

    Aimed at anyone who is in the process of rebuilding or planning to in the future. A group of professionals including architects, council planners, CFS assessment officers and landscape designers will be providing presentations and form a panel for a Q and A session for the community.

    Bookings are essential in order to maintain social distancing. Secure your place on Eventbrite

    This event will be filmed and posted online.

  • Bushfire Grant for Primary Industries extended to 31 December

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    27 Jul 2020
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    Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) have extended the application deadline for their bushfire emergency response grant until 31 December 2020.

    If you were a primary producer affected by the Cudlee Creek or Kangaroo Island bushfires in December 2019 you may be eligible to receive funding.

    View the grant information and apply the the PIRSA Bushfire Financial Support page.

  • Tip vouchers will be honoured to 31 December 2020

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    17 Jun 2020
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    Residents affected by the Cudlee Creek Bush Fire who have collected a tip voucher for the free disposal of waste will have those vouchers accepted through to 31 December 2020. No new vouchers will be required.

    Vouchers are still available upon request for all properties within the fire scar, regardless of damage.

    See full details here.

  • Cudlee Creek Forest Trails Fire Recovery Strategy

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    11 Jun 2020
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    Help identify post-fire recreation and tourism opportunities for the Forestry SA Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve and Fox Creek Mountain Bike trails.

    What’s being decided?

    Forestry SA is preparing a fire recovery strategy for the Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve to guide the redevelopment of the affected areas and the re-establishment of the Fox Creek Mountain Bike Park.

    This project focuses on the Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve and additional land proposed to be included in a future trails network.

    The strategy will aim to establish how the future forest can contribute to the community, recreational and economic wellbeing of the Adelaide Hills community.

    Your help is needed to identify recreational improvements, opportunities, experiences and facilities for the visitor and trail network.

    Your views are important in developing a sustainable future for recreation in the Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve.

    Get involved

    Resources to help inform your feedback:

    To have your say:

    How can your input influence the decision?

    Your input will inform the development of the Cudlee Creek Forest Trails Fire Recovery Strategy - including the Fox Creek Mountain Bike Park - and the types of recreation, tourism and business opportunities within it.

    What are the next steps?

    A summary of the feedback received will be provided on this page and the project website at the end of the consultation period.

    Contact details

    E: recreation@forestrysa.com.au or enquiries@trctourism.com

    Closing date: 5pm, Friday 10 July 2020