2015 events

Pinery fire - Nov 2015

The Pinery Bushfire burnt out 82,600 hectares of land in the Balaklava and Roseworthy area in South Australia's mid north. Sadly there were fatalities, and houses and properties were destroyed.

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    Recovery advice and assistance

    The recovery centre at Virginia has closed.

    To speak to recovery staff, call 0484 327 667.

    For general advice about recovering from disasters go to After an Emergency on this site.


    For back issues of the Pinery Fire Recovery Newsletter refer to the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) newsletters.

    Emotional recovery

    It is important to look after your mental health and emotional recovery when dealing with loss of life, and damaged homes or properties.

    The Northern Health Network can provide immediate counselling support. Call 8209 0700 Monday to Friday between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.

    If you or someone you know has experienced domestic or family violence contact the:

    • national 24/7 counselling phone line on 1800RESPECT or visit www.1800respect.org.au.
    • Domestic and Family Violence Gateway in SA on 1800 800 098.

    Legal and conveyancing services

    The Legal Services Commission (LSC) provides a free advisory service to South Australians - phone 1300 366 424 or chat online by visiting the LSC website.

    Fact sheets providing more detailed information to people recovering from loss through bushfires are available on the LSC website.

    Members of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers (SA Division) (AICSA) are offering free conveyancing services for people with properties affected by the Pinery fire who sell their property within two years of the fire. Contact AICSA on 8359 2090 to confirm eligibility and to be put in contact with a member offering this service.


    For advice on livestock call the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) on 8207 7847 or visit the PIRSA website.

    Pinery fire appeal

    The generous donations from the South Australian community, state government and corporate sector raised $2,183,078.  All of the donations have now been distributed to the people and communities affected by the fire.


    Councils in the fire affected area are offering assistance, including fast-tracking and fee reduction for development approvals.

    In addition, the Land Titles Office has waived the fee for the title search that councils undertake for development applications.

    For advice on planning and approvals refer to the building in bushfire prone areas webpage or phone the advisory line - 1800 752 665.

    Small business and farm business support

    Regional Development Australia Barossa’s Pinery Fire Business Recovery Taskforce is offering support and advice to businesses affected by the bushfire. Services include:

    • coordinating with accountants to seek extensions for tax lodgements and payments
    • liaising with insurance companies, banks and creditors
    • endeavouring to reconstruct lost paper records and reconstruct lost electronic records
    • human resources
    • business counselling and consulting, including trade and export services.

    For more information visit www.barossa.org.au or phone 8563 3603.

    A rural financial counselling service is also available from Rural Business Support to assist and support farming businesses as they recover from the Pinery fire - call 1800 836 211.

    Waste disposal

    For advice on disposal of waste from bushfires and the reduced levy for asbestos waste (until 30 June 2017) go to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) website.

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