Cudlee Creek bushfire recovery

The state government has a comprehensive web page on the emergency relief for those affected by the Cudlee Creek 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 and and Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB) can assist you in recovering from bushfire.

Over the coming days and weeks, the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges and SAMDB NRM boards and Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board staff will be present in the community and available to landholders seeking advice or assistance on land management issues such as pasture regeneration, watercourse management, soil rehabilitation, revegetation, weed management and habitat restoration.

Here are the first steps you can take towards helping your land and livestock recover.

Cudlee Creek Fire Appeal

The SA Government has activated the State Emergency Relief Fund to collect donations for people directly affected by the fire. Financial donations are the best way to help disaster-affected communities recover, as this lets people buy exactly what they need and spend locally. Every contribution, no matter how big or small, can make a difference. The fund is administered by an independent committee to ensure fair distribution of funds to those most in need. You can make a tax-deductible donation online, via cheque, or in person at any Commonwealth Bank branch.

Local contacts

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

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin regional office – Mount Barker
Upper level, corner of Mann and Walker Streets, Mount Barker; Ph: 08 8391 7500

Adelaide Hills Council
63 Mt Barker Road, Stirling (main office); Ph: 8408 0400

Mount Barker District Council
6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker; Ph: 8391 7200

State Government’s Cudlee Creek fire recovery web page for a recovery hotline and details on relief and recovery centres.

Livestock assistance

PIRSA is assessing agricultural losses at Cudlee Creek. A 24 hour hotline – 1800 255 556 – is available for animal owners seeking urgent assistance and information.

Wildlife assistance

Wildlife Health Australia suggests that it is better to let wildlife forage for their own food and water. In a burnt landscape if you’re unsure how to support our wildlife, it’s better not to offer food, and concentrate only on fresh water. For more details you can find great advice here.

Property recovery

Natural Resources AMLR and SAMDB provide support and advice to property owners impacted by fire to ensure the recovery of natural resources and the ongoing sustainable management of properties. Staff will be available to come to your property and talk with you about the challenges you are facing, or will face, in the recovery of your property. We intend to be here for the long term as your property recovers.

In the first instance, it’s important to remove stock from burnt paddocks to let them recover, and to get advice before felling burnt trees. Contact the Natural Resources AMLR Black Hill office on 8336 0901 0901 or Natural Resources SAMDB Mount Barker office on 8391 7500 for more information. 

Find out what more you can do for land, livestock and pasture care after fire.

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

Viticulture and horticulture

Information for viticulturists and horticulturists affected by the Cudlee Creek fire - PIRSA

This webinar outlines the immediate responses to be taken to maximise vine recovery post a fire event. Information includes the impacts of fire on the long-term viability of grapevines. An example of fire damage from the 2014 Victorian fires is shown including the change in vine status over time. Recommendations for short- and medium-term management of fire-affected vines is provided. The webinar was hosted by Dr Mardi Longbottom, Senior Viticulturist at the Australian Wine Research Institute.

Rural properties

 Managing native vegetation after fire

Gardens and weeds

Problem weeds post fire and how to control them

Fire can significantly reduce the length required for an effective control program of the following fire active weeds.

Some key environmental and agricultural weeds which respond to fire, are listed below.

There are also a number of techniques used to manage weeds, this fact sheet helps you take into account the species, the landscape it is in and how much is present.

If you would like specialist advice, please contact your nearest Natural Resources Centre.

Information on these weeds, and others, can also be found on our pest plants page.

Physical and emotional health

There are a number of support agencies that specialise in counselling and general health advice for people affected by disasters. More information is available here.

Social media

The official Facebook page for SA Bushfire Recovery is coordinated by the SA Department of Human Services.

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


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