A New Year's message from the Mayor
"2019 has closed in the wake of the dreadful Cudlee Creek Fire, which has brought pain but also gratitude into our Adelaide Hills community.
Loss of life, animals, property, and a scorched earth has left deep scars. It will take months, even years for some, to adjust to a new normal.
The efforts of all volunteers has been magnificent, none more so than the Country Fire Service, who has earned the deep gratitude of individuals, families, communities, and government.
As we move into 2020 Council transitions from immediate response and relief to the longer term recovery phase.
Many families in the hills have been affected by the Cudlee Creek Fire and celebrations are muted for those people facing an uncertain start to the year, but our communities are resilient, and I am confident that they will face the coming recovery with courage and compassion.
If you would like to support affected families you can donate to the Vinnies SA Bushfire Appeal and they'll make sure your donations get to the people who need them most.
I wish you all a very happy and safe 2020."
Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom
Adelaide Hills Council
For full information about services available to people affected by the Cudlee Creek Fire, including relief and financial assistance, please see our page dedicated to this emergency.
A recovery centre to provide assistance and support to people affected by recent bushfires will be opened at Lobethal on Monday 6 January 2020.
The centre will be at Fabrik Arts + Heritage in the Old Woollen Mill, 1 Lobethal Road, and it will operate 7:00am to 7:00pm until adjustments are made based on community demand.
The centre will provide a range of assistance to people affected by the fire including providing advice on their recovery, care and support, assistance with accommodation, and administering grants.
The establishment of the recovery centre means that the relief centres currently operating at Highbury and Mt Barker will be closed. The Highbury centre will close at 7:00pm on Sunday 5 January, and Mt Barker centre will close on at 7:00pm on Wednesday 8 January.
Highbury and Mt Barker:
2-5 January: 7am to 7pm
6-8 January: 7am to 7pm Mt Barker only (Highbury closed)
Lobethal Recovery Centre:
From 6 January: 7am to 7pm