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Bushfire recovery centre opens in Lobethal

  • Posted on Tuesday 7th, January 2020.

Adelaide Hills communities and businesses devastated by the Cudlee Creek bushfire will be supported by a new Recovery Centre which officially opened in Lobethal, South Australia, this week.

The centre, located at the Fabrik Arts and Heritage building in the Old Woollen Mill at 1 Lobethal Road, will be run by the SA Housing Authority and provides a range of assistance and advice to locals, including how to access government grants, emotional and wellbeing support services as well as emergency accommodation.

Minister for Human Services, Michelle Lensink, said the Recovery Centre – which opens daily from 7am to 7pm – will be a ‘one-stop shop’ for community members seeking practical support and advice as they begin the long process of rebuilding homes and businesses.

“This centre pulls the collective resources of the State Government, as well as community organisations such as the Australian Red Cross, in a one-stop shop where locals can come and seek the answers, advice and support they need at this critical time.

“This will be a place of comfort and information in the days, weeks and months ahead as Hills communities affected by the Cudlee Creek bushfire begin to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses.

“We want them to know we are with them every step of the way.”

As of yesterday, about 2,000 individuals and families have registered for relief at relief centres, while 1,611 government grants have been issued, totalling $932,907.

Police officer, Alex Zimmerman, has been appointed Local Recovery Coordinator to lead the recovery effort, while the State Emergency Relief Fund is receiving donations for the Cudlee Creek Fire Appeal.

The establishment of the new recovery centre means the relief centre operating at Highbury has now closed. The relief centre at Mt Barker will remain open until 7pm on Wednesday 8 January.

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