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PLCC and DCLEP to Join Forces and Support Fire Affected Locals

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The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula and the City of Port Lincoln will be joining forces to provide assistance to the community and those affected by the Duck Ponds Fire.

4 buildings were completely destroyed during the fire with a further 7 properties receiving significant damage and 37 properties within the fire affected area escaped damage.

Councils say this is evidence of good work from emergency services and the preparedness of those homes. At this stage the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The councils will now be transitioning from response to recovery with local Government playing a lead role in the recovery arrangements, however, the CFS will continue to monitor and patrol the area. If residents see anything of concern, they should ring 000.

The mayors say following councils meeting council staff are visiting all residents that were affected by the fire.

Mental health services will also be available to assist those who need the support and are encouraging locals to contact the council for anything they may need.

The mayors say following councils meeting council staff are visiting all residents that were affected by the fire.

Mayor Brad Flaherty says the recovery time maybe a few weeks for council but for those affected it may be quite some time.

“We’re still looking at the impacts from the Wangary fires in 2005 so it’s not going to be a quick job or recovery” said Flaherty

“We will be providing as much advice as we can to people that have been impacted by the fire, not only the people on the fire ground but on the edges as well, we’ve engaged some of our staff to go put together and make sure we have that personal touch where we can find out how they are dealing with the fire itself, what great concerns that they’ve got and so that we can provide further information to them.”

Quigley said “We want everyone to know that we are here and please do give us a call if there’s something specific we can help you with.”

The councils have also formed a committee to coordinate efforts and will work together with relevant government agencies to assist the community to recover from this terrible event.

To assist affected landowners, the Councils have appointed a joint Bushfire

Liaison Officer who can be contacted on 0412 697 011.

 

 

 

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