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Support for Farmers, Growers and Small Business Owners affected by Bushfires

Our office is ready to assist with any enquiries related to business impacts and the bushfires on 1800 072 722. For the latest government financial assistance information please go to business.sa.gov.au

We are saddened that many South Australians have been impacted by the recent bushfires and our condolences go out to those who have lost family members or have been injured. We also thank our CFS and other volunteers who have worked tirelessly to protect all of us.

A number of small business owners, farmers and growers, particularly in the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island have lost their businesses and it will take many years to recover. Many farmers have lost their livestock and feed as well as machinery. People affected by the fire and who need assistance should call the Rural Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787 in the first instance.

We work closely with Rural Business Support (RBS), who delivers the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) that will be able to help eligible growers to develop and implement plans to recover including:

  • Understanding the business financial position
  • Helping to develop and implement plans to return to ‘normal’ operations
  • Preparing cash flow forecasts to meet financial obligations
  • Assistance with preparing for discussions with banks, lenders and insurance companies
  • Assistance with securing income support, regional investment corporation loans and government grants
  • Referrals to other credible providers of assistance

 Any grower, farmer or small business owner affected by the bushfires who are feeling concerned about their financial situation can call 1800 836 211 to discuss their position with a rural financial counsellor and receive support with moving forward.

RBS has also appointed rural financial counsellor Paul Erkelenz to lead the response to the Adelaide Hills fire and Russell Trainor for the Kangaroo Island fires. Paul and Russell will be available to attend any community engagement events focussed on primary industries or small rural business recovery.

  • Paul Erkelenz (0437 321 107) – p.erkelenz@ruralbusinesssupport.org.au
  • Russell Trainor (0418 850 251) – r.trainor@ruralbusinesssupport.org.au

Primary Industries and Regions SA has a 24 hour hotline to assist with agricultural impacts or urgent animal issues that cannot be dealt with through normal veterinary or community services resulting from the bushfires and other emergencies. The Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline is 1800 255 556.

It is important to know that there are a range of health support services to help those affected by the bushfires  through this stressful and uncertain time and further details can be found here.