Mayoral Bushfire Relief & Recovery Media Release

5th December 2021
$5.9 million distributed to people impacted by 2019/2022 KI Bushfire

$5.9 million distributed to people impacted by 2019/2022 KI Bushfire

The Kangaroo Island Mayoral Bushfire Relief and Recovery Fund will wind up its operations on 24 December after raising $5,952,546 for people affected by the 2019/20 Bushfires.

Kangaroo Island Mayor Michael Pengilly said the rapid disbursement of funds and substantial payments hopefully eased some of the financial burden for those who were affected by the devastating bushfire.

“We have been incredibly fortunate to have received the level of support from strangers, friends, neighbours, and the business community – locally, Australia wide and internationally - who all came to our aid when our needs were greatest,” Mayor Pengilly said.

“The resilience and commitment of the local community in rebuilding as part of our recovery effort is inspiring,” he said.

The rebuild of the Stokes Bay Hall and the Western District Football Club are two major community projects supported by the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Bushfire Relief and Recovery Fund.  A total of $1,2306,225 was gifted to sporting and community clubs.

A further $742,000 was gifted to repair and replace fences and tanks with $670,000 donated to replace sheds and $554,000 donated to those who lost income following the fires. Additionally, $428,000 was paid out for families who lost their homes.

“I would like to personally thank our staff who have worked diligently to support our community and to everyone who donated so generously to the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Bushfire and Relief and Recovery Fund,” Mayor Pengilly said.

The Kangaroo Island Mayoral Bushfire and Relief and Recovery Fund is unique as every dollar donated went directly to recipients affected by the fire with all administrative support covered by Council.

“We are delighted to be making one final payment before Christmas,” Mayor Pengilly said.

There is still support available to people affected by bushfires. For more information visit the Kangaroo Island website https://www.kangarooisland.sa.gov.au/community/kangaroo-island-bushfires or the Country SA PHN website: https://www.countrysaphn.com.au/