Pinery bushfire recovery

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

The following is information on how Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges can assist you in recovering from bushfire. 

Local contacts

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
43 High Street, Gawler East 5118; Ph: 08 8115 4600

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke
2/17 Lennon Street, Clare 5453; Ph: 08 8841 3400

District Council of Mallala and Light Regional Council

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

VIDEO: Learn from Greening Australia’s Ann Brown about how to plant a successful shelterbelt. And hear from landholder and farmer Chris Heinjus on how they have revegetated their Adelaide Plains property following the fire with Ann’s advice and support from Natural Resources AMLR.  

VIDEO: The Pinery fire came through mid-harvest in 2015 and burnt crops and stubble across 82,500 ha in ~5 hours. Consequently, one of the biggest land management issues was soil stabilisation. With no groundcover in the area, loss of top soil and sand drift became of significant concern. Natural Resources AMLR addressed this with PIRSA and local agricultural bureaus, by spreading clay onto sandier areas across the landscape. This video shows the soil stabilisation technique applied before seeding in late April/early May 2016.

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.

For landowners and farmers with chemicals and containers not safe to be moved, and affected by the Pinery fire, Green Industries (previously Zero Waste) is working with the four local councils to collect them safely. Please contact Justin Lang for more information: 0419 948 931.

Managing native vegetation after fire

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

The Department for Environment and Water's Native Vegetation Unit has general information on managing native vegetation.

Read about who is helping with landscape recovery in the fire-affected area.

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.

Pinery horses case study – a Horse SA project provided community support for disaster recovery. It was tailored to the needs of horse property managers, following the Pinery fire.

Changing up the way we keep horses – Horse SA’s series of educational events empowered 517 members of the local horse community to more sustainably manage their animals and land.

Related links

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges