Farmers hit by last year’s Pinery fires are being urged to apply for a $10,000 recovery grant before its too late.
Grants are open for just three more weeks with producers in the Clare and Gilbert valleys, Light, Mallala and Wakefield local government areas who suffered direct damage from the bush fire eligible to apply.
The grants can help reimburse costs associated with re-establishing their primary production business, including the cost of cleaning up, removing debris, repairing damaged farm infrastructure and equipment and making other general repairs that haven’t been covered by insurance.
Stockport farmer, Mark Branson, had received the grant which he said helped to replace around 40 kilometres worth of fencing lost during the devastating fires.
There was a sense of urgency in replacing most of the 48 kilometres of fencing as not all of the station’s sheep perished within the fire.
“We’re still recovering, we lost a lot machinery and we’ve still got more fencing to put up and more sheds to replace,” he said.
“The insurance covered a substantial amount of the cost of the materials but the grant was good in helping to pay for part of the labor component of it.”
Primary Industries and Regions SA’s Pinery recovery facilitator, Mary-Anne Young, said that while farmers were preoccupied in preparing for harvest the time for applying for grants will easily slip away.
“Applying now will avoid the disappointment of missing out. The grants are for reimbursement of clean-up and repair costs and could help ‘free up’ dollars to spend on other recovery activities for the farm, such as business planning with consultants or purchasing fertiliser,” she said,
“The recovery grant is aimed at assisting those affected by the fires to get back on their feet and return to their critical role as a key contributors to the state’s economy.”
Farmers wanting to apply for a recovery grant should contact PIRSA on 1800 182 235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications is Friday, 4 November.