01/08/2020 | Michelle Lensink MLC

Rebuilding fire-destroyed tennis courts, activities to increase emotional wellbeing, and garden therapy are just a handful of the 22 projects that are set to receive their share of more than $820,000 from the State Government’s SA Bushfire Appeal.

The Appeal will provide 10 projects on Kangaroo Island and 12 in the Cudlee Creek area with thousands in donated funds under its Community Strength and Resilience Initiative.

A further round of applications will be sought next month for the second and final round.

To date, almost $6.4 million in SA Bushfire Appeal funds have already been provided to families and businesses who experiencing loss as a result of the fires.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the gift payments are part of the almost $9 million generously donated to the SA Bushfire Appeal following the devastating bushfires, which included a $2 million contribution from the Marshall Liberal Government.

“The Marshall Liberal Government continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills communities following the devastating bushfires last summer, who we are still thinking about,” said Minister Lensink.

“We have been blown away by the generosity for our South Australian communities affected by the fires, with many individuals and businesses digging deep to help in this time of need.

“We know that the fire-affected communities are now starting to look ahead and plan for the future, and it has been heart-warming to see such a diverse range of projects put forward for this particular Appeal initiative, which will significantly support the two communities in their recovery efforts.

“Successful projects include important rebuilding efforts of honey-bee boxes, local community and sports grounds, and catering facilities. There’s also an effort to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of children, teenagers and families in the Hills through organised sport.

“Every dollar raised in this Appeal will go directly to the fire-affected communities.”

Applications and donations for the SA Bushfire Appeal have closed – with an exception for the second round of the Community Strength and Resilience Initiative.

“This is the last chance for people directly affected by the fires in the Adelaide Hills or on Kangaroo Island to apply to receive a payment from this fund. If you haven’t applied yet, I strongly urge you to do so,” said Minister Lensink.

Non-profit community groups and organisations that would like to apply for Round 2 of the Community Strength and Resilience Initiative can do so at www.sa.gov.au/bushfireappeal between 17 August and 11 September 2020.

Projects must address local needs and issues in the Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek fire-affected communities.

For more information or to apply for funding, visit www.sa.gov.au/bushfireappeal

Community organisations who received major round funding include:

* KI Western Districts Community Sports Centre - $150,000 for replacing social and sporting facilities

* KI Stokes Bay Community Hall - $150,000 for rebuilding the hall and surrounds

* KI Council/Parndana Sports Club - $35,681 for upgrades to outdoor lighting

* Mount Barker District Council - $85,000 for the Mount Barker Showgrounds preparedness and facility upgrades

* Adelaide Hills Council - $150,000 for a new regional scale recreational destination with play experiences

Community organisations who received minor round funding include:

* Lobethal Recreation Ground Sports Club - $20,000 for improvements to toilet facilities

* Stokes Bay Tennis Club - $20,000 to rebuild its tennis courts

* Kangaroo Island Calisthenics Club - $19,220 to fund membership fees for members for one year

* Hills Football League Incorporated - $20,000 for mental and physical wellbeing activities with football

* Apple & Pear Growers Association of South Australia - $15,950 to increase bushfire preparedness and resilience amongst growers

* Bee Keepers Society of South Australia - $12,920 for its Build a Bee Box Project

* Charleston Community Centre - $20,000 to improve its sporting lighting

* Onkaparinga Lutheran Parish - $1,000 for meal deliveries for fire-affected families

* Art Museum of Kangaroo Island - $2,600 for a cultural art event

* Parndana Progress Association - $20,000 for renovation of the Pardana Hall’s kitchen

* Harrogate Soldiers Memorial Hall - $16,490 for repairs and air-conditioning

* Mount Torrens Soldiers Memorial Hall - $12,406 to upgrade kitchen facilities

* Cudlee Creek Tennis and Basketball Club - $20,000 to resurface courts

* Lenswood Ranges Cricket Club - $11,410 for a fencing project to boost community morale

* SA Bushfire Garden Revival - $10,000 for garden therapy and rebuilding residents' gardens and farms

* Cudlee Creek Soldiers Memorial Hall - $20,000 for roof upgrades

* Kangaroo Island Community Bus - $14,500 for a community bus service