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Bushfire Recovery

Netherton landscape post fire Caroline Johnson

Photo credit: Caroline Johnson

The Yumali Bushfire started on the afternoon of 19 November 2020, and burned more than 4,876 hectares with a perimeter of 82 kilometres.

The nature of the fire event, which was extremely fast moving, meant that members from the farming community and local CFS units were integral in helping to prevent the impacts of the fire from spreading further.

The fire impacted 14 farm businesses, livestock, crops, hay, numerous sheds, vehciles, and hundreds of kilometres of fencing. This is a significant blow to many members of our local community.

The following links and information are provided to assist those who have been impacted by this fire event.

Coorong District Council’s Mayor Cr. Paul Simmons was part of the fire-fighting efforts and witnessed the actions of landowners and neighbours first-hand.

“I am impressed and grateful to the community of Yumali and Netherton for dealing with this high-risk situation by lending their support in many ways – whether by fighting the fire either with farm units or as part of local CFS brigades, checking on and helping neighbours to evacuate, shifting animals, or giving support to those at the fire front,” says Mayor Cr. Paul Simmons.

“It is events like this where you truly see our communities come together in support of one another.

“While the community of Netherton and Yumali may be small, this fire event has had a devastating impact; one that will be felt by our residents for years to come.”

Media Release - Mayor thankful for efforts of Yumali-Netherton fire volunteers and community

PIRSA's  Family and Business (FaB) Support Program is a service to help farmers, farming families and regional businesses during difficult situations like drought, bushfire and other adverse events. This program provides a free, informal, confidential, independent and understanding approach available for individuals, families or businesses in South Australia.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, contact FaBS for support.

PIRSA have appointed Robyn Cain to assist the Yumali-Netherton Community during the fire recovery phase.

Robyn’s contact details are   M 0411633085    W FaB web page please click here E

Robyn’s recent experiences include supporting drought impacted businesses and communities, hail storm recovery, & also working on the Kangaroo Island Fires. FaBs work closely with service providers and can help connect you to services, including:

  • financial counselling
  • local health networks
  • emotional wellbeing and counselling services
  • government and non-government assistance
  • community organisations and donations.

Rural Business Support (RBS) is a leading not-for-profit provider of agribusiness services and independent support for farmers and rural-related business owners. RBS offer a range of proactive programs and services that can help to equip farmers and rural-related business owners with financial literacy skills and strategic awareness to make timely decisions and build long term business resilience.

Rural Business Support page 1 Rural Business Support page 1

RBS also delivers a Small Business Financial Counselling program, an extension of the RFCS model of support to eligible small business owners impacted by drought, bushfire or the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding to adverse events such as fire, drought and flood is another key part of what we do and who RBS are. With staff who live and work in the affected areas, we offer experienced and empathic support for those that have been affected by such events, helping eligible rural business owners to work through the decisions and actions needed to recover and to be better prepared for similar challenges in the future.

Our local Rural Financial Counsellor is Lynton Keen who is based in Murray Bridge

E T 1800 836 211                  F (08) 8364 2574              M 0448 092 294

More information about Rural Business Support can be found here


To access a Rural Business Support Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet please click here


The ifarmwell website has been designed by Australian farmers to help other Australian farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day. It does this by sharing practical ways of coping with difficult circumstances, thoughts and feelings (especially worries about things you can’t control) and helping you to work out where it is most useful for you to put your attention and energy.

You can do this from the privacy of your home, tractor or shed. The site will even send you text message reminders to keep you focused, & it’s free!

Click here to visit this web siteifarmwell logo

Managing light sandy soils post bushfire can be particularly challenging where all groundcover has been lost. Particularly where there is a long wait until the break of the season.

A case study titled ‘Post Fire management in broad acre farming’ was developed after the Lameroo Fire in late 2015 where delving and spreading pig manure were used to manage drift of sandy soils. Pig manure was particularly useful where the clay was too deep to delve or the clay had properties that may cause future production constraints i.e. highly alkaline.

Post fire management in broad acre farming - Lameroo Case Study

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Piggery manure applied at 5-6 t/ha vs 0 t/ha                       Delved subsoil clay acting to catch drifting sand in the furrows

A PIRSA factsheet titled ‘Emergency measures to curb wind erosion’ was developed after the Pinery fire to advise on emergency erosion control methods after fire. This fact sheet has more of an application on loam and clay soils, but discusses management across the full range of soil types.

Emergency measures to curb wind erosion Fact Sheet

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Post Sherwood Fire pre clay spreading                              Post Sherwood Fire post clay spreading

At the Yumali - Netherton Fire Community Meeting on Tuesday the 1st of December Simon Nott of Coorong Platinum Ag gave the following presentation on Fire Recovery Soil Erosion Control. Please click on the link below to access this presentation.

Coorong Platinum Ag Yumali Netherton Fire Yumali Netherton Fire Recovery Erosion Control  - Simon Nott

Coorong Platinum Ag Yumali Netherton Fire Yumali Netherton Fire Recovery Erosion Control  SNAP SHOT


Click here to see the Cay family’s experience with sowing a cover crop after the Pinery Fire. They received a good summer rainfall event to sow into and then received some follow up rains to keep the crop alive. The Day familiy said was that it was important to be ready to get the seed in the ground so that if you do get the right rainfall event and volume, you can sow the cover crop immediately to maximise the soil moisture and germination.

This link to the GRDC web page contains information about post fire management of soils and the use of  cover crops along with cultivation, clay spreading and delving etc. It speaks about the best crop types to use and the pros and cons, as well as allowing summer weeds such as melons to grow and act as a cover crop and terminating them before seed set. This would require very careful management for particularly noxious weeds like caltrop.

Managing Livestock

At Stock Containment Information Session was held on Friday 18th of December visiting a local stock containment area and learning more about Stock Containment and Management with Daniel Schuppan - Animal Production Specialist with Nutrien Ag Solutions. This day was supported by PIRSA and Coorong District Council.

FINAL Flyer Stock Containment Info Session 18th December 2020

To access Daniel Schuppan's presentation full of useful information please click here

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Murraylands and Riverland Landscapes SA Board have a comprehensive web page including information about stock containment and feed budgeting. Please click here

There is a relatively new section on the Department for Environment and Water web pages titled Clearing and Fire Recovery which can be accessed here

This includes information on including clearing fencelines, tracks and dangerous trees.

Clearing and Fire Recovery web snap shot

Detailed information about roadside vegetation management and regulations can be found in the Guidelines for the Management of Roadside Native Vegetation and Regrowth Vegetation Under Native Vegetation Regulation 11(23) which includes amendments made in September 2020.  This document can be found here

This includes a Section on clearance of fencelines on road reserves on page 24

Section 6 Clearance of fencelines

If there are Heritage Agreements burnt there may be support for re-fencing through a Departmental insurance claim.

For further information please see click here to access this face sheet about

Financial support to replace burnt Heritage Agreement fences - Native Vegetation Council

In this instance please contact Zita Fewster for further information.

Zita Fewster - Significant Environmental Benefit Project Officer

Native Vegetation Branch - Department for Environment and Water
E M 0427 976 904


Please find below four more fact sheets with information around managing native vegetation post bushfire, and around fencelines.

Bushfire Recovery and Biodiversity Fact Sheet

Native Trees in Burnt Areas Fact Sheet

Native Vegetation clearance along Fencelines Frequently Asked Questions

Dead Trees Included in Native Vegetation Fact Sheet

As with other recent bushfires the main funding for recovery is via insurance. The experiences of fellow primary producers recently in the fire recovery phase has given rise to the recommendation that policy guidelines be thoroughly investigated.

Insurance comes in all different shapes and sizes and it can be difficult to know exactly what might be included in your insurance cover.

Here are some tips to consider to maximise your claim;

- Don’t close your claim too quickly, you might think of additional elements in a few months time

- Make sure you ask ‘What does the 'make good' clause cover?’ it could be more than you realise

- Check what is covered under your livestock or cropping cover – some covers include pasture or soil remediation works

- Talk to your neighbours about what they are covered for, it might jog your memory to ask if that is covered under your policy as well

The Insurance Council of Australia 1800 734 621 is available to assist you if you are not happy with the service provided by your policy and to answer specific questions.

At the Yumali - Netherton Fire Community Meeting on Tuesday the 1st of December Matt Howell of Coorong Platinum Ag gave the following presentation on Managing Insurance Post Fire. Please click on the link below to access this well received presentation.

Coorong Platinum Ag Property Insurance QA Presentation - Matt Howell

Coorong Platinum Ag Property Insurance QA Presentation SNAP SHOT

A Hydraulic Wire Spinner has been loaned to the Yumali - Netherton Bushfire Recovery Area by the Mid North Ag Bureaus. The wire spinner is attached to hay forks and can be used to roll up old fence lines. The wire spinner works more effectively on cyclone and rabbit netting fences rather than plain wire. Limestone Coast Landscapes Board Officer dropped the wire spinner into the Stock Containment Information Session and provided some information to the group assembled.

Tony Richman showing the group the Hydraulic Wire Spinner

Please click here to see a short movie below to seek a hydraulic wire spinner in operation

The Pickering Family have the hydraulic wire spinner currently on their property.

Those of you who wish to make use of this spinner please work together to move it around your local area to optimise its use.


General Information and Support

Tracey Strugnell

Community Engagement and Grants Officer

Coorong and Tatiara District Council


M: 0427 750050


General Information and Support

Tarsha McGregor

Recovery Facilitator



M: 0428 105396

Country Fire Service

Yvette Rathjen

Regional Community Engagement Officer


M: 85 326 800

Business Support

Lynton Keen

Rural Financial Counsellor

Rural Business Support


T 1800 836 211

M 0448 092 294


Health and Wellbeing Support

Robyn Cain

Farm and Business Support - FaB



M: 0411 287 261


Soils and Land Management

Brian Hughes

Principal Land Management Consultant



M: 0429 691468


Livestock and Animal Production

Daniel Shupann

Animal Production Specialist

Nutrien Ag Solutions

M: 0477 315 931


Livestock and Animal Production

Jeremy Rogers

Animal Health


P: 87 629100


Native Vegetation Management and Advice

Jacqui Owen

Bush Management Advisor, Habitat Conservation

Limestone Coast Landscapes Board


P: 8735 1177

M: 0428 155989

- Interpreting legislation/regulations around Native Veg, clearing for fences etc

- Technical advice with regards to native veg protection/rehabilitation etc

- Assistance in applying for government grants etc. should they become available

Pest and Weed Management

Steve Baltussen

Riverlands and Murraylands Landscapes Board


M: 0427 808205


Pest and Weed Management

Kym Haebich

Limestone Coast Landscapes Board


P: 8735 1177

M: 0408 811 392

- Technical support and advice on declared Plant and Pest (rabbit) control to affected landowners, with supply of baitlayers, and ripper.

- Roadside inspections in fire affected areas now and in March

- Work with Coorong District Council to conduct targeted pest control works

Please click here for the latest fact sheet information on African Lovegrass Control

African Lovegrass fact sheet image

Discussion at the Stock Containment Information Session on the 18th of December included;

- the need for tools to assist with measuring fencelines for insurance purposes

- and planning new fenceline layout post fire


Murraylands Riverland Landscapes Board have kindly offered to print and laminate aerial photos of properties to assist with post fire property and fence line planning.

If this is of interest please provide your property location details including Hundred, Section, Lot numbers etc to

Please note these will not be produced until after the 18th of January


SAPPA - South Australian Property and Planning Atlas

SAPPA - The South Australian Property and Planning Atlas, formerly known as the Property Location Browser, is a free map-based application.

Daft Logic aerial photo based simple distance and aerial measurement tools

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ABOVE: Images from the Daft Logic distance measurement tool

NRM Farm

nrmFarm is a web based farm management tool which allows you to create and save a map of your farm including property boundaries, paddocks and infrastructure via secure login. It also allows you to record information like chemical applications, sowing dates, yield data, livestock movements, soil test results, weed sightings and much more.

This free and easy to use program was developed by the South East and SA Murray Darling Basin NRM Boards to assist landholders with farm management and records keeping.


Taking a shot of what is on your computer screen can be a quick way to capture information such as measuring distance on aerial photos to provide to your insurer

Here is a quick link explaining how to capture a screen shot using pictures