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THE local community has not only
rallied around people affected by the
Adelaide Hills bushfires in the past
week, but also the region's animals that
have been caught up in the terrifying
For hundreds of pets and wildlife, the
fires have left them confused and frightened
and, sadly, some have perished.
But the kindness from numerous people
in the area has certainly saved many of their
One such local is Brooke Pritchard, who,
over the weekend, began saving horses near
Inglewood and took them to her property
"We were up there waiting," Ms Pritchard
"We've picked up three ourselves and the
other 10 have been dropped to us.
"Just being in the horse community and
knowing something is up you've got to head
Ms Pritchard, who has 15 horses herself,
said the three horses she found were unin-
jured and have since been claimed.
Also assisting the community was the
University of Adelaide Veterinary School at
Roseworthy, which has been treating and
caring for dozens of animals.
A spokeswoman was unable to confirm
the number currently held at the campus,
but said there was a significant range.
"Right across from companion animals,
so cats and dogs, rabbits and guinea-pigs,
through to wildlife, through to production
animals and horses as well," she said.
"It has been pretty full on and it's a quiet
time of the year in terms of staffing, but
very, very busy in terms of caring for ani-
The spokeswoman also encouraged peo-
ple to continue taking animals to the cam-
"We had some animals that boarded
across the weekend with us and they have
started to go home, so we've got more ca-
pacity to treat injured animals," she said.
"If people find an animal that's not theirs,
bring it in so we can scan it and check if
it's got a microchip to try and reunite any
animals with owners."
While people opened up their homes
for others to seek refuge, Gawler
East's Chris and Vicky Atkinson welcomed
their friend's dog and birds after they
decided to stay on their Williamstown
Mrs Atkinson said the couple felt they
had to help in anyway they could.
"You really feel for the animals, if our
friends couldn't find a place for their horses
we were even going to take them into our
backyard," she said.
"People are just rallying around and help-
ing each other out.
"It's a very sad time, but if we can help in
any way, that's what we've got to do."
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Over whelming response
THE community has been
quick to respond to the Ad-
elaide Hills bushfire with
local groups, businesses and
countless individuals doing
whatever they can for fire
victims and firefighters.
From people welcoming
friends or strangers who were
fleeing the fires into their homes,
to the endless supply of donated
goods, the community spirit has
shone bright with generosity.
One powerful story of sup-
port is the fantastic efforts made
by members of the Rotary Club
of Gawler Light.
Rotary members worked tire-
lessly over the weekend, sort-
ing through donations at the
Gawler Sport and Community
Centre and supplied food to the
CFS Region Two headquarters
"We cooked a barbecue for 40
CFS crew members on Saturday
night at the CFS region Two
Sarah Rowe said.
"The water bombers couldn't
come in then and had to stay at
the airfield, as they had to keep
doing that until it was dark.
"So what happened is they
had a staff member pick up all
their food and take it out to the
Inundated with donations of
food and water, the sport and
community centre had to call
for a stop to donations on Sun-
Rotary members then con-
tacted the Salvation Army Emer-
gency Services in Adelaide, who
helped redistribute some food
and water to the CFS staging
area at One Tree Hill.
"It was a little bit overwhelm-
ing on Saturday night when
we had to turn people away,"
Mrs Rowe said.
"We made our little convoy
on Sunday to One Tree Hill and
there was about six car loads of
goods collected from the rec
The Sandy Creek emergency
relief centre was relocated to the
Willaston Football Club over
the weekend, which remains set
up and is providing food, finan-
cial assistance and emergency
Local businesses also took to
social media over the weekend
to offer their services, from free
accommodation to becoming a
drop off point for donations.
Mrs Rowe said it was amazing
to see the local community band
together in a time of need.
"Strangers are helping each
other out, asking what people
need and volunteering their
time," she said.
"It was really good to see ev-
eryone get together, helping
each other out."
Bronwyn (left) and Kerry
Clark, who organised the
charity food and provisions
drop at the Dalkeith C.F.S
Station, are helping to unload
a car that has just arrived with
goods on Friday.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
STATE Opposition leader Steven Marshall
was overwhelmed by the community spirit
when he visited Willaston's refuge centre for
bushfire victims on Sunday night.
Mr Marshall, along with the Member for
Schubert Stephan Knoll were aware of how the
fires were affecting the northern electorates and
were keen to venture to Willaston Football Club
to thank the club for helping out in such an im-
"The overwhelming thing that I came away with
was that there was a community who were rallying
for the people that had been affected," he said.
"Everybody said 'what can we do?' because they
knew how devastating it was.
"I was really buoyed by the fact that people
were dropping things off and asking how they can
The Liberal leader said the Gawler Lions Club,
the Red Cross and counsellors among independent
volunteers provided an organised centre where
people affected by the fire could find initial relief.
He added that he has been working with the
State Government, which has kept him in the loop
to avoid diverting efforts away from the fire.
The Bunyip contacted Premier Jay Weatherill, for
comment, but were unsuccessful.
However, in a press release, Mr Weatherill said
the Willaston emergency relief centre was provid-
ing information and services, including food, fi-
nancial assistance and accommodation.
The State Government is also offering emergen-
cy grants of up to $700 per family; $280 per adult
and $140 per child to help fire-affected people with
essential items, such as food and clothing.
Animals helped in hour of need
Brooke Pritchard of Wasleys and Liam Coventry of Lewiston with one of the many horses that
they helped rescue and look after during the recent Sampsons Flat bush re.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
Members of the Rotary Club of Gawler Light joined forces with
the Salvation Army Emergency Services to donate goods to CFS
volunteers at One Tree Hill.
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