Every year the CFS asks that you have written and practiced a Bushfire Survival Plan for you and your family. Often the hardest part is putting pen to paper. This Bushfire Survival Plan Workshop aims to help you fix that issue.
By the end of this session you will have written your own plan for you to take home to discuss with your loved ones.
12 September 2020
2:00pm – 5:00 pm
Price Community Clubrooms, Parnell Terrace, Price
RSVP By: 10th September 2020
For further information and to RSVP, please contact:
Adrian Parente (Community Engagement) on 0457 102 255 or email@example.com
The Councils of Barunga West, Copper Coast and Yorke Peninsula are collaborating on the creation of a regional Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.
The purpose of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan is to ensure people with disability are included in our community, have access to all information, services and facilities provided by Council. This includes:
- Access to services and events
- Physical access to building and facilities
- Provision of information in accessible formats
- Provision of quality services
- Opportunity to provide feedback
- Opportunity to participate in public consultation
- Awareness on disability and access
The Councils are committed to ensuring accessible and inclusive communities for everyone. As members of our regional community we are seeking your feedback to assist in the development of The Plan. Community surveys are available online at https://bit.ly/2ZcQGic and hard copies are available for collection or completion at all Council customer service counters.
Responses to the survey should be provided by 24 July 2020
The SA Drought Support Program has identified that increasing farm business resilience and aiding recovery allows businesses to better prepare for and withstand future climatic and financial challenges, creating positive long-term outcomes.
The SA Farm Business Management Program is designed to support farm businesses in drought affected areas to increase business acumen and skills, while also building business resilience.
Participants will undertake a strategic review of their business and develop a business plan specific to their needs and situation. The business plan will address business risk management, identify opportunities for improvement and guide on-farm implementation. This will ensure a smooth transition from drought into recovery and back to business as usual, or better.
Starting 13 July, the 12-month program involves one-on-one coaching and group online sessions for drought affected producers across South Australia. Access to resources and online tools underpin the process, as do quarterly follow up sessions, allowing participants to move towards achieving goals within the business.
Online topics include strategic planning, benchmarking, creating and using budgets, practical steps for business resilience and drought recovery, managing risks on farm, making robust decisions and succession and management transition. All are key issues that when addressed, underpin successful farming businesses.
This program is open to all drought affected producers from grain, livestock or mixed businesses across South Australia.
Interested parties are encouraged to register as soon as possible due to limited spaces.
For more information please call 1300 746 466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In January and February, as part of the Yorke Peninsula Council’s new kerbside waste management contract, two new wheelie bins (one red-lidded waste bin and one yellow-lidded recycling bin) were delivered to all eligible properties within the Council area.
These new bins replaced the old bins at each property, which were meant to be surrendered to be collected and taken away to be recycled. It appears that some residents have continued to use their old bins despite communications.
The Yorke Peninsula Council has recently instructed SUEZ, its kerbside waste management contractor, to cease servicing all old bins; therefore, residents must ensure they are only using their new bins from now on, as any old bins placed out for collection will not be serviced.
If your property is eligible to receive the waste and recycling collection service (you can confirm this by checking to see whether or not you pay the service charge on your rates notice or via a tax invoice), but you have not received new bins please contact the Yorke Peninsula Council on 08 8832 0000 or email email@example.com.
A highly invasive prohibited weed, mistakenly sold as a plant at Ardrossan’s True Value Hardware during the past three months, must be urgently recovered to avoid an outbreak of this problem aquatic plant.
Salvinia, regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia and rated a Weed of National Significance (WoNS), was misidentified as the native duckweed until it was recently reported to PIRSA Biosecurity. It had been growing in the local store’s indoor pond and some pieces of the plant were broken off and sold or given away to customers.
This free-floating fern is known to quickly form a thick mass of vegetation in streams and dams that could threaten the state’s primary industries and natural environments. In the right conditions, it can double in size in a couple of days and thrives in nutrient-rich aquatic environments such as agricultural run-off or sewage. Salvinia’s dense matting restricts stock access to watering sites and provides favourable conditions for disease-carrying insects, as well as affecting aquatic habitat for birds and fish.
For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2UhfW4k
Photo caption: The highly invasive aquatic weed Salvinia has been unknowingly sold in Ardrossan’s True Value Hardware store during the past three months.
Landowners can begin to burn off from Monday 17 February until 30 April, subject to permit conditions. Burnoff permits must be firstly obtained from Yorke Peninsula Council on 8832 0000. Once a permit has been obtained, the permit holder must notify their intention to burn and location(s) prior to burn commencement. YPC won an award in 2017 for its innovative and interactive digital burnoff app. This is an easy to use web based tool for landowners to notify burnoffs and the public to check burn locations. Go to www.yorke.sa.gov.au and follow the Fire Safety links.
Burning is only permitted Monday – Friday 9 am to 9 pm (excluding fire ban days and public holidays). Burning may also be banned on very high fire danger days. For full permit conditions please see Information Sheets IS032, IS032A and IS034 on YPC’s website.
Phil Herrmann, YPC Senior Compliance Officer, said that, “as an agribusiness region, Yorke Peninsula has burnoffs each year which results in smoke sightings across the region”. If anyone is concerned about a smoke sighting they should firstly check burnoff locations via YPC’s web based burnoff tool before calling 000.
Commencing Tuesday 4th February, the Point Turton Jetty will be closed from approximately 8am until 5pm for maintenance.
It is anticipated this should take 6 working days and be completed by Wednesday 12th February.
The jetty will reopen each day after 5pm and will not be closed over the weekend.
On Wednesday 20 November 2019, two catastrophic bushfires devastated our region, damaging properties, crops and livestock. Thankfully there have been no serious injuries or loss of human lives.
Our communities are deeply touched by the generosity and support already received and we thank everyone who has contributed for their kindness.
Discussions are currently taking place to ascertain the community’s needs moving forward. For this reason we are not currently seeking donations of goods such as food, clothing, furniture, appliances etc.
Below is some information about the support that is available for those affected by these fires and how those wanting to help are best able to assist.
Council staff will endeavour to update this page as new information becomes available. The Department of Human Services have the most current information available at www.dhs.sa.gov.au/yorketown
SYP Community Hub
33 Stansbury Road
The Relief & Recovery Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and Saturday, 8.00 am to 12.00 noon for anyone affected by the fires to attend. Information and support services are also available from this location.
Those that have been affected by the fire and need information and support can call the hotline on 1800 302 787.
Personal Hardship Emergency Grants
South Australians directly affected by the Yorketown fire can apply for one-off emergency grants to assist with immediate, temporary relief.
The Personal Hardship Emergency Grants of up to $700 per family (or $280 per individual adult ) can be used at the discretion of each recipient, but are intended to pay for essential items such as food, toiletries, clothing and medication.
These immediate, emergency relief grants will be provided to people who have had to evacuate their homes and cannot yet return home, either due to having lost their home or because roads remain blocked.
People can apply for the grants in person at the Emergency Relief & Recovery Centre at the SYP Community Hub. If approved, grant recipients will receive an ATM card so they can access cash funds.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment
Payments of $1000 per adult and $400 per child are now available for those worst-hit by the South Australian bushfires. This grant is available to those whose primary place of residence has been severely damaged or destroyed, or those who have been seriously injured by the Yorketown fire.
For more information and to see how to make a claim visit the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Allowance
The Disaster Recovery Allowance is available to people who have lost their income because of the fires. It will give eligible people up to 13 weeks income support while they are getting back on their feet.
This support package is on top of the grants already announced.
For more information and to see how to make a claim visit the Australian Government Department of Human Services website
Further Grants and Financial Assistance
A list of grants as been compiled that may be relevant to those affected by the current bushfires occurring across Australia. These will be updates as more information becomes available.
Australian Taxation Office Deferrals
The ATO understands your area continues to be affected by the devastating bushfires. A number of local government areas have been granted access to the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP), which is likely to include your area. The ATO automatically grants deferrals for activity statement lodgments and payments due for anyone in the identified impacted postcodes. Full details of these deferrals and a list of impacted postcodes are available on the ATO website – anyone affected by the fires should focus on getting their other affairs in order and not worry about their tax obligations at this time.
Donations for the Local Community
A financial donation is the most helpful way that you can contribute to disaster affected communities. It helps those impacted to buy exactly what they need and spend the funds within their local community.
The donation of goods is not encouraged at it can pose challenges to administer, store, distribute and dispose of the goods. It also might not meet the needs of people affected by the disaster.
Yorketown Fire Relief Fund
Police Credit Union Yorketown Branch have set up and account for anyone wanting to make donations towards the recovery efforts. Donations can be made in person at the branch or to the account details below:
Account Name: Yorketown Fire Relief Fund
Account Number: 5260393
For more information about this fund, please contact Wendy Ault, Branch Manager, Police Credit Union Yorketown on 08 8852 7000.
BlazeAid is a volunteer based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters, such as fires, to help rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.
A BlazeAid Camp is now open at Edithburgh, located at the Light Church.
Property owners wishing to register for assistance are asked to contact the Camp Coordinators. Registration is easy and can be done in as little as 10 minutes. More information for property owners on how to seek assistance can be found here.
Anyone wishing to volunteer is also asked to contact the Camp Coordinators.
Detailed information about the Edithburgh Camp, including contact information, is available on the BlazeAid website.
Yorketown Pharmacy Discount
Yorketown Pharmacy are extending their 20% staff discount and offering it to those affected by the fires and to others involved including all the emergency services volunteers who assisted. Ask in store for more information.
NIB Health Fund Offers Relief Package
Under the package, eligible NIB members in bushfire-affected areas will be offered a three month health insurance premium waiver. This means they will waive 100% of their premiums to help them continue to manage their health and wellbeing during this testing time. NIB Relief Package
Rural Financial Counselling Service
Rural Business Support provides a free rural financial counselling service for primary producers or small rural businesses who are more than 75% reliant on primary production for income.
It can assist you to make decisions and work through the implications of the current situation on your business.
Phone 1800 836 211 (freecall).
Banks ready to help those affected by devastating bushfires
Australians affected by the catastrophic bushfires are encouraged to contact their bank to access a wide range of available assistance.
Banks have hardship teams ready to assist you with your financial arrangements, depending on your circumstances.
Contact your bank for more information or https://www.ausbanking.org.au/policy/customers/financial-hardship/
CommBank Emergency Assistance Package
As part of the assistance package, CommBank staff can discuss with customers, a range of options, including:
- Emergency accommodation assistance for CommInsure customers whose homes have been damaged by bushfire, flood or storms.
- Expediting claims to CommInsure for customers seeking help through their home, contents and car insurance.
- Customised assistance for Commonwealth Bank home loan, credit card and personal loan customers who may experience difficulties because of the bushfire, flood or storms.
- Considering requests for additional loans including emergency credit limit increases (subject to credit approval).
- Loan restructuring for business customers with existing loans.
- Waiving prepayment charges for the month following an event, for affected customers wishing to access term deposits and Commonwealth Investment Bonds ahead of the maturity date.
- Waiving other selected fees and charges.
To connect with CommBank visit CommBank Emergency Assistance Package
Financial Counselling Helpline
Financial counsellors can assist South Australians in financial difficulty by providing information, support and advocacy. Their services are free, independent and confidential.
Call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 (free call).
Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources
People may experience grief or stress after a disaster like a bushfire. Sometimes the impact is obvious straight away, but often it is a slow process. Some impacts include shock, anger, depression, tension, irritability, anxiety or difficulty making decisions.
Find out more about mental health support services after a disaster:
Applications are now open for communities and/or community groups within the area serviced by the Yorke Peninsula Council to support local community initiatives and/or activities.
All applications must be completed online. Full details and guidelines available here.
Your opinion is extremely important and the South Australian Government believes valuable community input should be at the heart of creating our new planning system. This is a necessary process towards developing and improving the way we plan and build our communities.
More information: saplanningportal.sa.gov.au/have_your_say
Do you know someone who makes your community a better place? The Citizen of the Year Awards are proudly presented by the Australia Day Council of South Australia, sponsored by Channel 9.
The Awards reward and recognise individuals and organisations that have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, and/or given outstanding service over a number of years, to a local community over and above normal employment duties.
Nominations open on Tuesday 1st October 2019 for the Australia Day Awards which includes:
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Community or Community Event of the Year
Nominate someone who makes a real difference in your community and give them the opportunity to be rewarded and recognised for their important contribution.
Click here for the nomination form. Entries close 15 November 2019.
Proposed prescribed burns on the west-side of Marion Bay
- Friday 11th October 2019
- 5:00-6:30 pm
- Marion Bay Community Hall
Residents and neighbours are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss issues associated with two proposed prescribed burns on the west side of Marion Bay.
Marion Bay has a significant fuel load adjacent to the houses on the west side of the town. Many of these houses would be un-defendable during a bushfire.
The purpose of these burns is to reduced fuel, and limit the spread and impact of bushfire toward Marion Bay from the west. This burn will add to other prescribed burns to make the area safer from bushfire.
Burn 1 is proposed for Autumn (April 2020) subject to suitable weather conditions. It will be conducted by Department for Environment & Water (DEW) and Country Fire Service (CFS) crews.
Please remember that prescribed burns limit the impact of bushfire, however it is your preventive measures that make the biggest difference towards protecting your property and family. For more information on fire safety and fire prevention please visit the CFS website: https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp
For further information on prescribed burn planning and operations please visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY2CftnD5mk
Recycle your old, empty, green organics bin.
To book your bin to be picked up and recycled, contact SUEZ on 1800 411 783 before Friday 26th April.
Bins are due to be taken away on Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May, 2019.
YorKon is back bigger and better in 2019!
After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Yorke Peninsula Council has again partnered with Team AvCon and the Copper Coast Table Top Gamers, as well as welcoming new partner Retrospekt, in hosting the YorKon Gaming Convention. Not only will this year’s event have more games, activities and a very exiting special guest appearance that will be out of this world, the event will also be run over 2 days, 27th and 28th April 2019, at the Minlaton Town Hall. The event will run from 11am until 3pm each day with an ages 15+ session to be held on the Saturday evening from 5pm until 9pm.
This event provides the local community, especially our young people and their families, with the unique opportunity to engage in a fun and free social gaming event, involving tournaments, free play and retro gaming, table top games and more during the April School holidays.
More information is available within the attached poster. Registrations must be received by 5pm Wednesday 24th April 2019. Registration and parental consent is essential for this drug and alcohol free event. Register online here or alternatively click here for a registration form.
Join our Facebook event to keep up to date as we make our special announcements in the lead up to YorKon 2019.
YorKon Gaming Convention
Minlaton Town Hall
57 Main Street Minlaton
Saturday 27th April 2019
11am – 3pm
5pm – 9pm Ages 15+ session
Sunday 28th April 2019
11am – 3pm
The January 2019 meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday 16th January 2019 in lieu of Wednesday 9th January 2019.
The meeting will be held at the Council Chambers, Minlaton Town Hall commencing at 5:30pm
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Voting in the 2018 Council Elections closed 5:00 pm Friday 9th November. The Scrutiny and Count was conducted on Saturday 10th November. The final results will also be published on the Local Government Association website as well as in newspapers across South Australia.
Results can be viewed here:
Local Government Association of SA Election Results
It’s time to make a difference and have your say! If you are enrolled to vote in the 2018 Council Elections, you should receive your voting pack in the post this week. Ensure you complete your vote and return via reply paid post or drop into a ballot box located at one of our Council offices before 5pm Friday 9 November 2018 to make your vote count. If returning your vote via post, ensure you allow enough time for your vote to be received before the close of voting.
The Council Workshop due to be held on 26 September 2018 has been cancelled.