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Support for bushfire affected communities in South Australia

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Support for bushfire affected communities in South Australia
The Federal and South Australian Government will provide more support to South Australian businesses devastated by bushfires, as they look to rebuild and recover.

Small businesses and primary producers on Kangaroo Island and in the Adelaide Hills can now access grants to help them get back on their feet.

Grants and services for small businesses

Grants and services for primary producers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said assistance is being provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

“South Australia, particularly the Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills communities, have faced devastating losses. The bushfire threat is not over yet, but we will be there, backing the communities every step of the way as they rebuild and recover,” said the Prime Minister.

“This funding will provide grants of up to $10,000 to impacted small businesses, and $15,000 to primary producers and farmers. This will give businesses and families the immediate assistance they need to begin rebuilding.

Grant amounts have since increased. Small businesses can now apply for up to $50,000 and primary producers and farmers can apply for up to $75,000.

Premier Steven Marshall said the State Government is committed to rebuilding the communities affected by these devastating bushfires.

“We are acting swiftly, focusing initially on the engine room of these communities, primary production and small business, and this investment will help jump-start the recovery of both Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek,” said Premier Steven Marshall.

“We want these communities back on their feet and flourishing as soon as possible.”

“Despite the tragic circumstances, the people I meet on the ground are determined to recover and rebuild, and we are working with the federal and local governments to provide the support needed.”

Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said supporting farmers and small businesses was a priority.

“This will help farmers and small business clean-up, repair damaged equipment and fencing, and replace stock,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Getting back to business is one of the best ways to recover.

“This support will make sure businesses can open and people are back to work sooner.

“When money flows around a community it can help to speed up the whole recovery.

“We will see this through together and further assistance will be made available if it is needed.”

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