Kangaroo Island farmers impacted by last summer’s devastating bushfires have now received more than $10 million under the Emergency Bushfire Response Grant Program for Primary Producers.
In addition to Kangaroo Island, more than $9 million in grants have also been paid to producers affected by the Cudlee Creek, South East and Yorke Peninsula fires.
The program, provided through a joint Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement between the states, territories and the Commonwealth Government, enables eligible primary producers to access grants of up to $75,000 to support clean up and rebuilding activities and other vital measures that assist in reactivating their agricultural operations as quickly as possible.
The Stanton Family were hard hit during January’s fires, with three of their farms located near Stokes Bay devastated, with approximately 1100 hectares, 4000 head of sheep, including their prized Poll Dorset and Merino stud rams, 60 head of cattle and farm infrastructure such as sheds, equipment and fencing all lost to the inferno.
Jenny Stanton said receiving the grant has provided them with a stepping-stone to recovery.
“This was such an unprecedented event. We never anticipated in our wildest dreams that three of our four farms would be destroyed in one instance,” said Ms Stanton.
“Having lost our cash flow so significantly, the funding has certainly helped us to get back on our feet, particularly with our infrastructure. The grants really helped us not to think we were in one big dark hole.”
Funding under the program is available until 31 July 2020.
For information on how to apply for the Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries Grants in South Australia, download the guidelines and application form, phone the PIRSA Recovery Hotline on 1800 931 314 or the local recovery centre.