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Sherwood Fire Recovery

Sherwood Fire Recovery

The Sherwood Bushfire on Saturday the 6th of January blacked out 12,000ha of farmland during extreme temperatures and strong winds in January 2018. Six houses, 78 head of cattle and around 2,000 sheep were lost in the blaze.
Post fire landscape in April 2018

Please scroll down for information about;

  • Lessons Learned from the Sherwood Fire & preparing for the fire season - information and presentations from this workshop held on Wednesday the 17th of October 2018
  • Sherwood Fire Local Recovery Committee
  • Sherwood Soil Protection Project
  • Assistance with post fire fencing of remnant native vegetation

Click here to access the link to handout and information about the Sherwood Fire Recovery Farm Walk held on 26th June 2019

Lessons Learned from the Sherwood Fire & preparing for the fire season - Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Around 70 people attended this informative workshop covering a range of information on what was learnt during the recovery phase of the Sherwood Fire, and to assist in how to prepare for the upcoming fire season.

1. Lessons Learned from the Sherwood Fire Flyer

Please click the link below for a summary of some of the key 'lessons learned'.

Lessons Learned from the Sherwood Fire Workshop - key points captured

Lessons Learned from the Sherwood Fire Workshop image

Please click on the links below to access further information on the topics that were covered:

How the Sherwood fire event unfolded

Sherwood Fire 13:00 hours January 6th 2018 - John Probert - CFS Regional Commander, Darryl Napper - Tatiara CFS Group Officer

Learning about fire insurance - Chris Matthews - MGA Insurance

Pam Holland, Landmark Marsh Advantage - Insurance Information

Asbestos in buildings & clean up post fire - Andy Watts of Watts Asbestos

Fire Ready Structures - Leah Bertholini, CFS Development Assessment Unit

Private Farm Fire Units - Jason Druwitt – CFS , Regional Operational Planning Officer

How to effectively prepare for a bushfire - Megan Hurrell - CFS - Community Engagement Officer

Expert speakers in attendance included Sherwood landholders, CFS, Asbestos Removal Contractor - Andy Watts, Insurance Industry representatives.

Sherwood Fire Local Recovery Committee

In response to the fire and damage done, the Sherwood Fire Local Recovery Committee was formed.

Consisting of affected landholders, and representatives from Natural Resources South East, Tatiara District Council, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), Coorong sand Tatiara Local Action Plan (CTLAP), Health SA, Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI), Country Fire Service (CFS) and the Mackillop Farm Management Group, the committee has coordinated recovery activities and ensures all affected people are supported.

Landholder and committee member Charlie Crozier said the group has been key in assisting local people rebuild after the disaster.

“The recovery committee has supported a number of local groups with their projects designed to help affected landholders,” Mr Crozier said.

“With the support of the committee, CTLAP was successful in securing funding through the Native Vegetation Management Unit to assist landholders with Heritage Agreement affected boundaries to reconstruct fences.”

Regular community meetings have been held to facilitate sharing of information and resources, and the recovery committee has produced a series of newsletters to keep people update on the recovery process, and informed of any funding labour, support and assistance opportunities available to landholders.

“The recovery committee was also able to help Mackillop Farm Management Group attract a small grant from the Commonwealth Government, to help landholders protect native vegetation, rabbit and wind erosion control, and technical support post-fire,” Mr Crozier said.

As part of the recovery effort, CTLAP and Tatiara District Council provided an in kind contribution coordinating the on ground delivery of a soil protection project, funded by Natural Resources South East. The project aimed to stabilise land actively or at risk of eroding after the bushfire, through clay spreading. Fifteen landholders have completed their clay spreading, stabilising soils covering around 160 hectares of the most at risk areas post fire.

The committee is now winding down its operations as landholders move forward in the recovery process.

Sherwood Soil Protection Project

This project was delivered by Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan (Tatiara District Council) as an in kind support to the Sherwood Bushfire Recovery. Funding for the clay spreading came from Natural Resources South East.

To date 15 out of 16 landholders have completed their clay spreading projects as part of this project.

This represents approximately 160 hectares of the most at risk soils stabilised in the Sherwood Bushfire Recovery area.