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RESIDENTS with houses in the
Sampson Flat fireground are be-
ing asked to help fire authorities
better understand why the bush-
fire left some houses untouched,
others damaged and some
completely destroyed in the
The CFS has enlisted the support
of NSW Rural Fire Service experts
and five two-person teams, who will
be seeking permission from prop-
erty owners to examine houses and
other structures this week.
The CFS's director of prepared-
ness, Leigh Miller, said the research
was critical to understanding why
many houses survived, despite the
fire often burning to their door-
steps, while others succumbed.
"This research is important local-
ly and has national implications,"
Mr Miller said.
"It's all about better understand-
ing the dynamics of fire on struc-
tures...which may go to better
preparing houses for bushfires, no
matter whether those houses are
in South Australia or in any other
The researchers began working in
the area yesterday and will continue
through to Friday.
RESIDENTS affected by the Sampson Flat
bushfire could be eligible to receive assistance
from SA Water.
Water Minister Ian Hunter said customers in
the fire zone who used mains water to protect
their properties could receive a reduction on their
"Residents in the fire zone can also call SA
Water's Customer Service Centre if their water
meter has been damaged by fire or they are expe-
riencing supply problems," he said.
"SA Water will arrange a meter replacement
free of charge."
Those living in the fire zone have also been
encouraged to check for water leaks on their
properties, in case their internal pipes have been
damaged by the fires.
For more information, visit sawater.com.au or
call 1300 650 950.
PLAYFORD residents who lost property in the
Sampson Flat bushfire will be offered assistance by
their local council's planning department through a
newly appointed case manager, Jamie Hanlon.
Applications for development in fire-affected areas
may require both planning and building consents, which
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty (pictured) said will be
fast-tracked to ensure recovery in the area can occur as
quickly as possible.
"Application fees for the replacement of fire-affected
structures will be waived where individual property own-
ers are uninsured or will incur a personal cost in making
an application," Mr Docherty said.
Property, such as houses, sheds
and water tanks that need repair-
ing, demolishing or replacing,
require council approval to meet
public safety and statutory re-
Mr Hanlon will be available
during office hours to assist and
advise affected property owners
(8256 0327 or jhanlon@playford.
Bush re research starts
THE Local Recovery
Committee, made up of
representatives from lo-
cal and state government,
met on Monday to dis-
cuss recovery for the com-
munities affected by the
Sampson Flat bushfire.
Newly appointed local re-
covery co-ordinator Karlene
Maywald chaired the meet-
"Our first priority is to bring together a
group of community members to advise the
committee on the most pressing issues to be
addressed," Ms Maywald said.
"We anticipate that this community refer-
ence group will include community leaders
from the fire zone, representatives of organi-
sations already working with the community
and other organisations identified by the local
councils in the affected area."
The community reference group will share
information, identify priorities for action and
help keep the Local Recovery Committee in-
formed about work happening on the ground
and any issues that emerge.
The meeting heard from South Australia
Police, Country Fire Service, affected local
councils and relevant State Government agen-
cies, including those responsible for emergency
relief, roads, primary industries, health and the
RESIDENTS who lost
their important documents
in the Sampson Flat fire
will be able to have some
of them replaced free of
Social Inclusion Minister
Zoe Bettison said several
government agencies will
waive the administrative fee
for documents such as driving
licences or birth certificates to
help in the recovery process.
For more information, peo-
ple can visit the Sampson Flat
Bushfire Recovery Centre, in
the Torrens Valley Commu-
nity Centre, 45 Albert Street,
Gumeracha, or contact gov-
ernment agencies directly.
• For licences, permits and
contact Service SA (1300
• For birth, death and mar-
riage certificates, visit Con-
sumer and Business Ser-
vices at 91 Grenfell Street,
Adelaide, or call 131 882.
• To replace destroyed fire-
arms licences contact the
SAPOL Firearms Branch
• To replace Medicare or
Health Care cards, visit
your local service centre or
call 132 011.
For further bushfire recov-
ery information visit sa.gov.
Government to help replace documents
LIVESTOCK losses in the re-
cent bushfires in the Sampson
Flat area have been smaller
than originally feared.
Primary Industries and Regions
SA chief veterinary officer Dr
Roger Paskin said indications to
date were that the livestock im-
pacts of the fire were very light.
"In all, 304 livestock properties
were impacted by the fire and the
cumulative number of livestock
affected was 933 animals de-
stroyed -- 703 of those directly by
the fire," Dr Paskin said.
"The majority of those de-
stroyed were 611 sheep and 74
'other' animals (including meat
rabbits). Only 18 cattle perished
as a result of the bushfire.
"It should, however, be noted
that the data given here represents
only the information that's been
provided to PIRSA and that the
true figures on stock losses may be
Dr Paskin said PIRSA had con-
tacted all 304 affected property
owners and had visited 142 proper-
ties, seven of which had received fol-
staff had to
a further 145
of which were
12 head of
Stock losses smaller
AREAS of the Mount Crawford forest un-
touched by the Sampson Flat bushfire are
open to visitors once again, as ForestrySA
continues to investigate the full impact of
the blaze on the Mount Lofty Ranges.
The fire began on January 2, burning around
4150 hectares of forest land managed by
This figure included 1700 hectares of na-
tive forest reserve and 760 hectares of standing
timber, for which the production impact is still
ForestrySA is pleased to reopen a number of
popular recreational forest areas to visitors.
Among these are the Cudlee Creek Mountain
Bike Trails and Chalks Campground (for day
use) within the Mount Crawford forest and the
Mount Pleasant and Jenkins Nature Trails at
Mount Crawford East.
Unfortunately, fire-affected areas, such as
The Heysen Trail at the Bennett's and Scott's
locations and the Mount Lofty walking trail at
Mount Gawler, Mount Gawler North, Devil's
Gully and Old Kersbrook Native Forest Re-
serves, will remain closed indefinitely.
For more information and maps, visit
SA Water assistance
" DR ROGER PASKIN
PIRSA staff had
to destroy 85 animals, the
majority of them sheep.
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