Home' The Bunyip : January 14th 2015 Contents Page 26 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, January 14, 2015
WALKING through the charred
areas of his community on
Tuesday, Playford Mayor Glenn
Docherty was shocked by the
ferocity of the Sampson Flat
While the extent of the damage
in One Tree Hill is still being de-
termined, Mr Docherty confirmed
that at least one house had been
completely destroyed and that a few
more are expected following further
Meanwhile, many other residents
have lost sheds, stock and cars, he
"It is really remarkable to see
some houses are perfectly standing
and then others that have been com-
pletely burnt down," he said.
"I have been meeting as many
residents as possible and, of course,
they are upset, but they are just so
thankful that they are okay, and
their family is okay.
"Others are just so thankful for
the work that volunteers and paid
staff have been able to do in protect-
ing lives and property during the
To date, approximately 17 per
cent of the bushfire's overall area is
within the City of Playford's bound-
aries, with 93 dwellings located in
the affected part.
Accordingly, the local coun-
cil has assisted by supplying an
Incident Management Team at
the CFS Command Centre and
McGilp Oval and providing operat-
ing equipment, such as water trucks,
graders and loaders, to cut a fire
containment line and to clear roads
of debris and fallen trees.
Additionally, Ramsay Oval was
transformed into a pet-friendly ref-
uge site, while a customer care team
was established at the One Tree Hill
Institute for enquiries and support.
Council continues to provide fire
updates online and has deployed
both tree and recovery teams to
assess public risks of fallen trees,
damaged council property and in-
frastructure, dead livestock disposal
and water supply.
According to Mr Docherty, the
community's needs are at the fore-
front of their recovery process as
they consult with a state-led recov-
ery committee, the CFS, local resi-
dents and business owners.
"As a council, we will do whatever
we can to assist those affected by the
blaze, be it local residents and busi-
nesses or members of the authorities
who battle the bushfire to protect
properties and keep us safe," he said.
"It really is wonderful to see
the overall community support
across Playford to assist in this bush-
Assessing the damage
Playford mayor Glenn Docherty inspects the re damage within his council area.
Playford's lapsed re plan
A LOCAL councillor has criti-
cised Playford Council for be-
ing unprepared in the lead-up
to the Sampson Flat bushfire.
Councillor Joe Federico said
while neighbouring areas, such as
Sandy Creek and Tea Tree Gully,
had established animal refuge ar-
eas on Saturday morning, Playford
Council "had nothing planned".
"We should have been pre-
pared for this...people should have
known where you take their ani-
mals," he said.
According to Cr Federico, who
it also a One Tree Hill resident and
horse owner, council's response to
the bushfire threat was undertaken
without preparation, resulting in
delayed responses to the commu-
nity they represent.
"We shouldn't have to make
policy as we go, we should have
Council opened a pet-friendly
site at Ramsay Park in Edinburgh
North for those affected by the
fire late Saturday afternoon, but
Cr Federico said it was not soon
"By that time people were so
confused and unless they were
on social media there was no way
of getting the information out to
them," he said.
"I think the bushfire prevention
committee's got to become an ac-
tion committee as well, they've got
to be in charge of developing an
action plan and some information
that we can give to all the people
so they know, should that hap-
pen again, go to Ramsay Park, go
to the Institute Hall or the Civic
Last year council staff recom-
mended scrapping the District
Bushfire Committee because it
was no longer a state legislative
requirement under the Fires and
Emergency Services Act 2005.
However, elected members vot-
ed to continue the committee, but
it is yet to be determined how it
will be managed.
Playford Mayor Glenn
Docherty said South Australia has
a relevant state act with their own
regional bushfire committees.
"We have looked at having our
own (district bushfire) committee
as well as what already exists by
the state," he said.
"That has been adopted and a
draft charter will come to council
in the near future about how we
can continue to add some value
and assist the state, where we can."
Emergency Services Minister
Tony Piccolo said district bush-
fire committees were replaced by
bushfire management committees
after the Eyre Peninsula fires of
"Bushfire management com-
mittees are state committees com-
prised of membership from local
councils, government agencies and
Emergency Services," he said.
"Bushfire management is a
shared responsibility for all levels
of government and the commu-
"Local government is respon-
sible for managing bushfire risk
on their land, for issuing hazard
reduction notices on private land,
and permits to burn during a fire
danger season, where they have
authorised permit officers."
Power out in Playford
FIRE destroyed a power line,
which distributes electricity from
One Tree Hill to Humbug Scrub
and Sampson Flat, resulting in
complete power outages in those
areas until last Thursday.
SA Power Networks spokesperson
Paul Roberts said that although cus-
tomers had no supply of electricity,
they were, of course, not there to use
it.He added that SA Power was not
given access to repair the damage in
the area until Wednesday and even
then it was limited to assisting CFS
open up roads and to make the area
"We made significant progress in
the fire ground over Wednesday and
Thursday and restored power to the
area on Thursday," he said.
"There are still issues for custom-
ers, if their electrical wiring isn't safe,
but the feeder is alive and feeding to
"So customers will need to con-
tact us and their electrician to
confirm the safety of their electrical
Smith eld Plains to develop
A REDEVELOPMENT in
Smithfield Plains has been giv-
en the go-ahead after Playford
Council revoked the community
The portion of land at Featherstone
Street and Tudor Crescent fronting
Smith Creek will be the site for a pro-
posed 53-allotment development to
be built over two stages this year.
According to Renewal SA, which is
planning the redevelopment as part
of the Playford Alive urban renewal
project, the land parcels were previ-
ously not considered viable for de-
velopment on their own as they were
irregular in shape and would require a
range of infrastructure.
Renewal SA chief executive
John Hanlon said the proposed
transfer of land would enable them
to implement a better urban design
for the area, connecting with the re-
"Some of the new homes will look
out over the reserve, instead of back-
ing onto the land as the old homes
did," he said.
"As part of the redevelopment of
this area, Renewal SA also plans to
build a new path along Smith Creek,
linking Featherstone Street with
"These improvements will make
the reserve safer for residents to use
and improve the overall amenity of
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