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Smoke from the Sampson Flat fire
could be seen from right across the region.
Photo by Megan Nitschke.
Menglers Hill on Saturday night.
Photo by Michele Carnelly.
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ON HIGH ALERT
Knoll offers fire recovery
Member for Schubert, Mr Stephan
Knoll, is encouraging those affected by
the Sampson Flat bushfire to contact
his office for assistance in accessing
government support and help with
insurance claims during the recovery
The fire burned in parts of the
Schubert electorate, including
Kersbrook and Humbug Scrub.
Mr Knoll attended the community
meeting on Saturday at Golden Grove,
visited the Willaston Evacuation
Centre with State Liberal Leader,
Mr Steven Marshall on Sunday and
has received a briefing from Minister
for Communities and Volunteers Hon.
“It is unfortunate that for the third
time in twelve months, the Schubert
community has been affected by a
major bushfire. Thank you to everyone
involved in fighting this fire and thank
you to the many volunteers. The
community spirit and generosity has
been overwhelming,” Mr Knoll said.
“The SA Bushfire Recovery hotline
is open on 1800 302 787. If you are
affected by the fires, you can call this
number for information about the
“Grants are available for essential
items such as food and clothing.
Grants provide for up to $280 per
adult and up to $140 per child, to a
maximum of $700 per family.”
Willaston Football Club
Red Cross has opened its Register,
Find, Reunite service to assist people
affected by the Mount Lofty Ranges
fires to get in touch with families and
An Emergency Relief Centre is
now located at Willaston Football
Communities and Social Inclusion
Minister, Ms Zoe Bettison said people
in fire affected communities are
encouraged to register either online
or in person at an Emergency Relief
“Register, Find, Reunite plays an
important role in connecting loved
ones in an emergency,” Ms Bettison
People can register with the
Register, Find, Reunite service
on the Red Cross website at
www.redcross.org.au from a computer
or any mobile device.
Five vacation care services and a
children’s centre in the Adelaide Hills
were closed on January 6 and today
(January 7) in light of the ongoing
fire activity in the area.
Vacation and child care services at
the following DECD services closed
on Tuesday and Wednesday were
Birdwood Primary School, Gumeracha
Primary, Lobethal Primary, Tea Tree
Gully Primary, Woodside Primary and
Torrens Valley Children’s Centre.
The Department is continuing to
monitor the situation and will keep
parents and staff informed of any
Vacation care services closed
Smoke from the fire on Friday at
Kersbrook (Sampson Flat). Photo by
Ross Dawkins, Truro.
Michele Carnelly of Angaston took
this photo of the fire front views from
A thick cloud of smoke covering a picturesque Barossa.
Barossa CFS trucks attending the Sampson Flat fire. Photo by Dave Pawson.
Mount Pleasant Hospital and Gumeracha
Hospital are closed for new admissions
until further notice due to the ongoing
Sampson Flat bushfire in the Adelaide
Twenty-four patients and aged care residents
from Mount Pleasant Hospital have been
relocated to other hospitals in the Barossa
Valley region or discharged home to family and
Staff at Gumeracha Hospital are continuing
to care for 31 patients and aged care residents,
while another 21 have been relocated or
Neither hospital is accepting new admissions,
but the sites can provide emergency first aid to
local authorities and people involved in fighting
the fires if required.
While there is currently no risk to
infrastructure at Mount Pleasant or Gumeracha
Hospitals, patients and aged care residents will
only be transferred back to the hospitals when
it is deemed safe.
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