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By ELIZABETH ANDERSON
COMMUNITY support follow-
ing the Adelaide Hills bushfire
has left coordinators "over-
whelmed" and "heartened".
Donations and offers of help for
food, fodder, clothing, kitchen
supplies and cash have come from
throughout SA and interstate.
John Mundy worked with Livestock
SA to distribute livestock feed to
farmers in need from the Kersbrook
He said that before the site closed,
volunteers distributed 15 semi-trailer
loads of hay containing 4000 large
bales and 1000 small bales, chaff and
horse feed that were donated from
"virtually everywhere in SA".
Livestock SA had been contacted by
about 60 to 70 people in need of feed
after the Sampson Flat fires.
"We're helping people holding land
from four hectares to 200ha, from 20
sheep up to 1500 sheep and five cattle
to 150 cattle," Mr Mundy said.
"They've all lost most of their pas-
tures but livestock losses have been
Mr Mundy said given the tough
season and scarcity of hay, it was
surprising and heartening to get such
a strong response.
Help has even come from interstate
and across the Bass Strait.
Elle Woolnough, Circular Head,
Tas, began a fundraising drive that
resulted in two semi-trailer loads of
hay transported from the island.
She worked with the National
Animal Rescue Groups of Australia on
the ground, with goods delivered to
Mannum and distributed from there.
All up there were 86 large bales
of hay and 50 small bales, donated
clothes, toys and more than $7000 in
Truck drivers also donated their
time and vehicles while BP donated
fuel vouchers and Toll Shipping cov-
ered the cost of two berths on the boat
across the Strait.
Adelaide's Rachel Thistleton, work-
ing from the Adelaide Showground
base to coordinate donations, was also
surprised by community support.
The list included clothing, school
supplies, kitchenware and non-
Ms Thistleton is working for a new
charity, the Adelaide Fires 2015,
which links in with the Country Fire
"We work directly with the families
involved and see what they require for
the short term," she said.
She said the needs of families would
change over time, so the group had
also been donated storage so goods
such as kitchenwares and other
necessities would be available when
Ms Thistleton said monetary dona-
tions were preferred as they were
easier to distribute but goods could
still make a difference in helping them
get their lives back together.
"I have been completely over-
whelmed with some of the donations
coming in," she said.
"There are some people who are not
in a position to donate, so they are
donating their time."
Tas truck drivers Brad Arnold, Rodger Schmidt, Sam Arnold, Damien
'Spud' McLaren and Brent Rogers delivered two loads of donated hay to
the Adelaide Hills, where it was accepted by NARGA volunteer Robyn
Trevor Scott, Kersbrook, picking up a
trailer load of fodder for his sheep and
cattle, with coordinator John Mundy.
Volunteer Marie Gilbert with part of the
huge collection of donated items at the
Support 'overwhelms' coordinators
Truck drivers help with transport
New charity works with families
No reason for complacency
THE Country Fire Service has issued a
warning about the potential dangers
of using machinery during the bush-
fire season, after it contained fires at
Willunga and Yankallilla recently.
The two fires were discovered to
have been ignited from machinery
use -- an angle grinder and lawn
State coordinator Yvette Dowling
said recent mild weather was no
reason for complacency with months
of the fire danger season still ahead,
especially as temperatures rise again.
"We want the community to
be mindful of their behaviour and
aware of ignition sources and the
risks machine operation may have in
starting a blaze," she said.
"(These) fire events could have
been much worse had conditions
been less favourable."
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