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2015 OPEN DAY
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21 January 2015
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BUSHFIRE CRISIS AFTERMATH
JOURNALIST NATALIE VIKHROV SHARES ONE OF HER EXPERIENCES
COVERING THE SAMPSON FLAT FIRE.
In my opinion...
THERE is a couple sitting
outside the One Tree Hill
It's a warm January evening and the
pair might have been talking about how
lovely the weather has been, if it hadn't
been behind the reason they were sitting
in front of the community hall in the
That evening marked day four of
the Sampson Flat bushfire that burned
through more than 12,000 hectares of
the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Mere hours after the CFS advised
local residents to evacuate, the institute
was transformed into an unofficial
emergency relief centre.
Inside, tables are lined with essentials:
clothing, shoes, food and water.
Almost everything in sight has been
A local resident who helps run the
centre, but has asked not to be named,
points to a box of painkillers in the
You never think of things like
painkillers, she says.
The contributions from locals,
residents from the other side of town,
businesses and organisations, have been
There is a handful of locals; some
watching news snippets of the bushfire
on a borrowed television set, others
quietly nursing a cup of tea.
Humbug Scrub resident Janette
Llewellyn tells me the fire has really
brought out the community spirit.
She says she feels clean for the first
time since evacuating her home on
Friday because another local took
her home for a shower.
Across the road, a group of locals
converged at the deli.
Enjoying a chat and a drink, it
looks like a casual evening spent with
Except these guys are ready to jump
up at any minute to assist the firefighters
and emergency service workers who have
been working tirelessly for days now to
contain the blaze.
One Tree Hill resident Andrew
Zamparelli was up until 3am the night
before pumping fuel for dozens of CFS
and emergency service trucks getting
back to the fireground.
Whether it has been a few dollars,
a few hours, or a few loaves of bread
-- these small acts of kindness together
have built the foundation which has
carried many locals through this difficult
At a time when the losses are stacking
up to millions of dollars, and then some,
a hot cup of tea with a friendly face or
a shower may sound like a drop in the
But to some it's priceless.
FORMER South Australian government
minister Karlene Maywald has been the local
recovery co-ordinator for the Sampson Flat
Working with local communities, as well as
the government and non-government sectors,
Ms Maywald will be based at the Golden Grove
Recreation Centre before a permanent base is
created near the fire-affected area.
To ensure local needs are met a Local Recovery
Committee will also be established soon.
For more information about bushfire recovery
THE Willaston Football Club was home to over
50 people last week, as residents of the Adelaide
Hills took refuge at the Willaston Relief Centre
In addition to those utilising the centre's services,
the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Gawler Lions Club
and Emergency Housing SA were there, helping to
distribute donations and help those in need.
The centre also served as a drop-off point for the
public to donate, and the support was overwhelm-
The centre was flooded with donations, to the
point that the centre had to start turning donations
Willaston Football Club president Wayne Smith
said he was proud of the efforts of all involved.
"The community came together really well, we
were overwhelmed with donations, we actually had
to stop accepting them," he said.
The Willaston Relief Centre closed on Thursday
Relief at Willaston
Premier Jay Weatherill met with locals and re ghters after touring re-a ected parts of
the Mount Lofty Ranges last week.
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