It has been a tragic start to the summer of 2019-2020 with bushfires in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island. There have been terrible losses to life, homes, property and livelihoods. Local tourism businesses have been devastated and there has been a flow-on effect of the bushfires to other parts of the state.
It is essential that we understand the impacts of these fires and the priorities for recovery by getting first-hand information from South Australian tourism operators – both those directly, and indirectly, affected by the fires.
So far, initial industry meetings have been held in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island. The outcomes from these meetings, in summary form, are available below.
If you would like to provide further input about the impact of the fires to tourism, and the priorities for the tourism industry in terms of recovery, please complete this survey.
Let’s all continue to work together to help these communities get back on their feet and ensure that tourism in South Australia recovers as quickly as possible from these devastating fires.
The South Australian Government has partnered with the Commonwealth to offer financial assistance under Disaster Recovery Arrangements to those impacted by bushfires in South Australia.
Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grant
Financial assistance of up to $50,000 is available to impacted small businesses for costs associated with clean-up, restoration and rebuilding. For further information, see the business.sa.gov.au website here.
Concessional Bushfire Loans
Eligible South Australian small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations impacted by the recent bushfires on Kangaroo Island and at Cudlee Creek, as well as other SA regions, including Keilira in the state’s South-East and at Yorketown on the Yorke Peninsula, can now apply to the State Government for concessional loans to assist them rebuild or continue operating while the regions recover.
The loans, of up to $500,000, will be available to support eligible businesses restore and replace assets and property that have been significantly damaged in the fires.
For more information about eligibility, please read Concessional Bushfire Loans Guidelines. Concessional loan assessments will be undertaken by the South Australian Government Financing Authority.
To apply, go to the Business SA website here.
Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants - Regional Events
On 11 February 2020, the Government announced the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program, a $10 million grants program which has been drawn from the Bushfire Recovery Fund. The grants program is part of the Government’s $76 million tourism recovery package to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping get tourists travelling into bushfire affected regions.
Austrade will administer the program, which has been developed in consultation with the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.
The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program includes two funding streams which together will support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire-affected regions to assist with recovery efforts and encourage international and domestic visitors back to the regions.
Stream 1: will support smaller-scale events. Applicants may apply for more than one grant in this stream, up to a total value of $30,000 per applicant. Applications for Stream 1 close 5pm (AEDT) Friday, 20 November 2020.
Stream 2: will support larger events and/or other visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks. Funding will take account of bushfire and tourism impacts for different regions. Applications for Stream 2 close 5pm (AEDT) Friday, 20 March 2020.
For more details, see the Austrade website here.
If you have been directly impacted by the fires, information about the support available can be accessed at the South Australian Department of Human Services website.
For information about the national response to the bushfires, refer to the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.
SATC has information about the offerings available to visitors via the southaustralia.com website.
Tourism Australia's 'one-stop shop' for bushfire information at a national level is available via the Tourism Australia website.