Cherry Gardens Bushfire Community Information

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What's the purpose of this page?

This page is a digital space for our community to receive information about services available to those residents impacted by the Cherry Gardens Bushfire (24 January 2021).

This page will grow as we move through the coming months together. Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the Newsfeed below for important information. If there is anything else you would like to get in touch with Council about please let us know by clicking the Questions tab below.

We have included some important links including recovery support resources in the Important Links section, on right of this page.


What's the purpose of this page?

This page is a digital space for our community to receive information about services available to those residents impacted by the Cherry Gardens Bushfire (24 January 2021).

This page will grow as we move through the coming months together. Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the Newsfeed below for important information. If there is anything else you would like to get in touch with Council about please let us know by clicking the Questions tab below.

We have included some important links including recovery support resources in the Important Links section, on right of this page.


  • Tree Guards and Native Plants on offer for fire-affected landholders

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    Tree Guard Offers:

    Arborgreen Landscape Supplies are offering fire-affected landholders a discounted price on guards and stakes. Just supply your property address and let them know how your property was affected and they can apply the discount. Phone 1300 760 642

    Regarding the tree guard recycling scheme, Arborgreen have an area behind their warehouse where they collect and store used corflute guards. If you have many, please advise and they can clear out a space ready for a trailer to back in.

    Native Plant Giveaways:

    Trees For Life are offering a discount for the current planting season (May-Sept 2021) to fire-affected landholders on bulk purchases of 10 bundles of tree guards and stakes which can be purchased for the price of 9 ($190 discount).

    Planning ahead, Tree For Life is also offering a 50% discount on the price on tree guards and stakes up to 5 bundles (500) per property for bundles ordered through the 2021 Tree Scheme to receive April 2022. This discount also applies to seedlings. This subsidy is possible with funding support from the Wildlife Recovery Fund.

    Tree Scheme ORDERS CLOSE 31 August 2021. For more information go to: Tree Scheme orders now open (treesforlife.org.au) or contact Trees For Life directly on (08) 8406 0500 or info@treesforlife.org.au.

    Kersbrook Landcare Group upcoming plant sales 2021
    Saturday 7th August 10am to 2pm
    Sunday 5th September 10am to 2pm (dependent on stock availability)
    NOTE: The Covid online shop is not taking orders however can be used as a tool for plant selection. The site has photos and descriptions of most of the local and South Australian native plant species which we will have in 2021. Click here for our Online Catalogue
    Contact Heidi for details. 0431 989 397
    More information: KLG (landcaregroup.org.au)

    The plant giveaway is part of the Local Economic Recovery Program, a partnership with the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia. It is jointly funded by the South Australian and Commonwealth Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

  • Support Services and Contacts Available

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    Additional support services and contact details are now available. If you require support related to your or children's mental health and wellbeing, financial and rural business support / counselling or horse related support please click on the link below or view the list under Support Services and Contacts on the right.

    Cherry Gardens Bushfire Community Information | Hills Voice: your say (ahc.sa.gov.au)

  • Free tip passes for affected residents

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    Community members affected by the Cherry Gardens Fire are entitled to free tip vouchers that allow for waste removal to the Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre. Vouchers will be valid until 1 February 2022. Please call our team on 8408 0400 to request this service.

    Items that cannot be accepted: tyres, asbestos, mattresses, large blocks of concrete, large logs, and permapine posts.
    These passes are for general waste and organics and not for insurance claim waste, e.g. damaged/destroyed dwellings, structures and other large assets.

  • Mental Health First Aid Training from CADL

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    Are you helping someone affected by a fire incident? Or would you like to and aren't sure the best way how? This event might be relevant to you.

    Mental Health First Aid Training
    hosted by Carers and Disability Link
    Thursday 4 and Friday 5 February 2021
    9am - 5pm both days
    Free, BYO lunch
    Open to all community members, priority given to family carers (15yrs+), volunteers, students/unemployed.

    Enquiries and bookings: 8389 7383

    A COVID Community Support Grant Project supported by the SA Department of Human Services, Mental Health First Aid Australia, Young Carers, and Carers and Disability Link.

  • Community update: 1 February 2021

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    The Cherry Gardens Fire, although relatively small at 2,500ha of burned land, spanned three Council areas: ours, Onkaparinga, and Mount Barker District Council. Most of the affected land is State Conservation Park and reservoir, but several private properties were impacted.

    We are currently working with government agencies to better understand the impact of the fire, and will help with the identification of recovery needs for those members of the community who are affected.

    We will continue to update this page as details are finalised.

  • Monday 25/1 - Stirling and Heathfield offices closed

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    With the Cherry Gardens Fire still uncontrolled, and the CFS Watch & Act message in place close to our offices, Council has closed its sites in Stirling and Heathfield. This includes:

    • Stirling offices
    • Coventry Library / Stirling customer service
    • Heathfield Depot
    • Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre.

    These sites will reopen when safe to do so.

Page last updated: 01 February 2021, 12:51