South Australians directly affected by the Yorketown fire are being encouraged to apply for one-off emergency government grants to assist with immediate, temporary relief.
The funds – of up to $700 per family – can be used at the discretion of each recipient but are intended to pay for essential items such as food, toiletries, clothing and medication.
The Marshall Liberal Government’s Personal Hardship Emergency Grants are being made available in the wake of the Yorketown fire – in which 11 properties were destroyed.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the grants are designed to be an “important stop-gap measure at a very difficult and trying time” for many in the community.
“South Australian families directly affected by the Yorketown (Stansbury Rd) fire are facing an incredibly stressful time,” said Minister Lensink.
“And, in times like these, families need assistance quickly and efficiently – and we are here to help.
“This afternoon, the Government approved access to emergency relief grants, which will provide immediate funding for essentials, such as toiletries, food, medication and clothing.
“South Australians on the ground near Yorketown can receive up to $700 per family (or $280 per individual adult).
“The immediate, emergency relief will be provided to people who have had to evacuate their homes and for those who cannot yet return home because roads remain blocked.”
People can apply for the grants in person at the Emergency Relief Centre at the Stansbury Bowling Club, 19 Weaver St, Stansbury.
If approved, grant recipients will receive an ATM card so they can access cash funds.
“If you need assistance or any kind of support, I urge the community to head to the Emergency Relief Centre in Stansbury,” said Minister Lensink.
Minister Lensink also thanked the hardworking volunteers working tirelessly on the ground.
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