09/01/2020 | Corey Wingard MP

The Marshall Government is providing further recovery assistance to SA communities ravaged by the recent devastating bushfires with grants of up to $10,000 for all affected sporting clubs to kickstart the rebuild process.

The payments can be accessed immediately and can be used for various initiatives such as drawing up plans or replacing damaged equipment.

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, Corey Wingard said the grants provide a helping hand to organisations faced with the daunting task of cleaning up and rebuilding.

“These fires have been devastating for so many communities with lives, homes and livestock tragically lost,” the Minister said.

“Community facilities have also been affected with damage feared at up to 20 sporting clubs following both the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island fires.

“In many communities across the State, these clubs play a much larger role than simply facilitating sporting events.

“They also hold wedding receptions, children’s parties and other non-sport related celebrations.

“We know both the Stokes Bay Community Hall and tennis courts and the Western Memorial Community and Sports Centre on Kangaroo Island have been destroyed.

“There is also a very strong possibility other clubs in the affected areas of both Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek have suffered significant smoke damage.

“As a Government we want to do everything we can to support these communities to help with the rebuilding process.

“It will take time but we are committed to ensuring the process is as smooth and pain-free as possible and we are focused on making sure these sporting clubs can get back on their feet and continue to serve their broader communities.”

Any sport organisation affected by the recent fires can apply for the grant at https://ORSR.smartygrants.com.au/Bushfire from today or call 1300 714 990.