Sampson Flat bushfire recovery

The Sampson Flat bushfire has had a serious impact on landholders and natural resources in the northern area of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region.

The state government has a comprehensive web page on the Sampson Flat bushfire. Some of that information is included here. However, this page also lists additional information to help you manage natural resources on your rural property, after a fire.

We'll continue to update this page with information on how Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges can assist you in recovering from bushfire.

Local contacts

Natural Resources AMLR regional office - Gawler
8 Adelaide Road, Gawler South 5118; Ph: 08 8523 7700

Natural Resources AMLR regional office - Black Hill
115 Maryvale Road, Athelstone 5076; Ph: 08 8336 0901

Download this form for a list of local contacts.

Property recovery

Natural Resources AMLR provides support and advice to property owners impacted by fire to ensure the recovery of natural resources and the ongoing sustainable management of properties. 

Rural properties

PIRSA has additional bushfire information for primary producers.

The EPA provides advice on managing bushfire waste including CCA treated timber, contaminated water in rainwater tanks, chemicals and bushfire-affected animal carcasses.

The State Government has information on fire-damaged asbestos.

Managing native vegetation after fire

The CFS has information on native vegetation management including protecting a building or a structure; reducing fuel strategically; constructing a fuel break or fire access track and more.

DEWNR's Native Vegetation Unit has general information on managing native vegetation.

Gardens and weeds

Some key environmental and agricultural weeds which respond to fire, are listed below. There is potential for these weeds to germinate freely and result in problems for landholders. Information on these weeds, and others, can also be found on the pest plants page.

Useful information on the control and management of these problem weeds:


Livestock assistance

For advice on burnt livestock requiring urgent assistance call PIRSA's Stock Assessment Hotline on 8207 7847. Additional bushfire information for primary producers is also available.

Livestock SA and Primary Producers SA have a register for livestock owners needing fodder or agistment for cattle, sheep and goats. This register relies on offers of assistance, which are matched with needs wherever possible. Phone 8297 2299 (Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm) to be placed on the register.

Feeding kangaroos post bushfire

Following the Sampson Flat Bushfire many kangaroos and other native animals were displaced or injured. Landholders have done a great job caring for wildlife by working with service providers, including South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management, to provide food and veterinary assistance. With some of the most critical hands-on wildlife support behind us, there is now an opportunity for everyone to help the broader landscape recover.

In a natural process, bushfires typically result in the loss of most edible vegetation available to kangaroos and other grazing animals. Individual animals naturally move off burnt ground and make their way to adjacent unburnt vegetation in search for food. This has some very significant advantages for the landscape as it recovers from the fire by reducing disturbance to fragile soils and recovering vegetation.

If you have been feeding kangaroos now is a good time to stop and encourage their natural behaviour. 

Kangaroos are large, mobile animals capable of travelling large distances. Landowners are likely to see many animals move across the landscape and return to the burnt area as the vegetation regrows.

If you are concerned for the welfare of native animals on your property please contact the Gawler Natural Resources Centre on 8523 7700 or South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management on 0477 055 233.

You can find more information on feeding wildlife here.

Echidna feasting on ants in burnt areas - video

Take a look at this video of an adult echidna found feasting on ants in burnt areas of Cudlee Creek Conservation Park by the park ranger. Echidna’s are often seen foraging after bushfires, along with goannas where the undergrowth has been cleared, and it is easier to find food. It’s good to see animals and plants returning so soon after the fire.

Water license holders

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources advises that water used to fight bushfires will not be recorded as additional water use against your water licence. More information and contact details are available here.


The lead agency for volunteering is Volunteering SA/NT. To help people affected by the fires, visit the Volunteering SA website and follow the links.

National Parks

If you have any questions regarding access to walking trails or picnic sites in any of national parks or reserves, please check with National Parks SA or phone Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges' Gawler office on 8523 7700.

Social media

The official Facebook page for SA Bushfire Recovery is coordinated by the SA Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board's Facebook page will also be used to share information.

Other social media links can be found on the state government's emergencies and safety website.

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges