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.


  • 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

  • Burning Green Waste - information for bushfire affected residents

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    03 Jun 2020
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    As the 2019/20 bushfire season has come to an end, many rural property owners and bushfire affected residents will have piled up green waste ready for burning. Before doing so, residents are reminded to review the ‘Burning in the open’ information on Council’s website to determine whether or not a Burning Permit is required.

    Note that Council has a Burning Permit Policy which was developed in response to the introduction of the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA Air Quality Policy was developed with the intent of better protecting and improving the health of South Australians and our environment through improved air quality. The Policy regulates air emissions including those from burning in the open. It is noted that burning of uncured green waste would increase the level of smoke pollution in a locality and this needs to be avoided.

    It is noted that there are questions from bushfire affected residents about the burning of uncured green waste from trees felled as a result of the recent Cudlee Creek Bushfire. In this instance, residents have the following options:

    1. Store/pile up the green waste in a safe location on your property away from any houses or other buildings on the site or neighbouring properties to allow it to cure over the winter period ready for burning off prior to the start of the next bushfire season in November/December 2020.
    2. Remove uncured green waste and take it to the next Council Free Green Waste Drop of Day on Saturday 13 June 2020 in Gumeracha, Woodside or Heathfield.
    3. Compost your uncured green waste and use it on your garden at a later date
    4. If you have a green waste kerbside bin, then use this to dispose of as much of the uncured green waste as you can.

    Residents are reminded that no matter where they live - burning in the open must be done in accordance with CFS Codes of Practice for Broad Acre Burning and Vegetation Rubbish Pile Burning. Vegetation to be burnt must be seasoned and dry to prevent it causing a smoke nuisance, and the piles of vegetation cannot contain other household waste.

    If any resident has any queries in this regard, then please contact Council’s Fire Prevention Officers on 8408-0400 or visit Council's ‘Burning in the open’ webpage.

  • Cudlee Creek Fire Recovery June Newsletter

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    29 May 2020
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    Read the June Newsletter via this link.



    In this June issue

    • Dangerous trees on private property
    • Last chance to complete survey
    • Meet the Recovery Centre team
    • Business support
    • New resources from Beyond Blue
    • Other grants and giveaways
    • Foodbank has moved
    • Seasonal jobs for SA workers
    • Dedicated rebuilding support
    • Royal commission update
    • Events
  • SA Bushfire Appeal - Financial Assistance available

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    22 May 2020
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    The South Australian government launched the SA Bushfire Appeal to raise funds for people directly affected by bushfires in Cudlee Creek and on Kangaroo Island.

    Financial assistance is available for individuals, businesses, apiarists and primary producers. Eligibility information is available and applications can be made on the SA Bushfire Appeal website.

    Non-profit community groups and organisations can apply to the Community Strength and Resilience Initiative for funding for projects that address local needs and issues in affected communities.

  • Cudlee Creek Fire Recovery May Newsletter

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    18 May 2020
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    Read the May Newsletter via this link.


    In this May issue