Co-ordinator appointed to help Yorketown community recover

26 Nov 2019 media release

The State Government has appointed a Local Recovery Coordinator to assist South Australians affected by the Yorketown fire.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the newly appointed coordinator – Ms Deb Richardson – is tasked working with the Yorketown community to understand its recovery needs and identify what other additional assistance may be needed.
“In times of need, we recognise communities need additional support and help and that’s why we appointed a Local Recovery Coordinator to help facilitate their recovery,” said Minister Lensink.
“Ms Richardson has more than 24 years’ experience in community development, including significant involvement with the Adelaide Hills community following the 2015 Sampson Flat fire.
“Ms Richardson will be a valuable asset for the Yorke Peninsula community during this time.
“I encourage the community to drop into the relief centre, which will move to the Yorketown Town Hall tomorrow, where they can chat to staff between 8am and 6pm about immediate supports and assistance that they can access.”
So far, a total of $13,440 has been granted through 18 Personal Hardship Emergency Grants to the community, jointly funded through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
The grants of up to $700 per family are for immediate, temporary relief for South Australians directly affected by the Yorketown fire and intended to pay for essential items such as food, toiletries and clothing.
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