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Premier’s Message – January 2020

 

Welcome to the January edition of the Veterans SA E-news.

With many people in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island facing extraordinary tragedy right now, I am pleased to see that South Australia is rallying behind them.

In times of need, communities need additional support and help, and I wish to commend South Australia’s veterans and their families who volunteered their time to either fight the fires or support those who were on the ground.

To the RSL sub-branches who have provided the use of their facilities to the many individuals who have made the journey to the affected areas to provide hands on assistance I extend my sincere appreciation to you. I know that the spirit of service that has characterised those who have served continues.

Over the last several weeks, we have witnessed acts of bravery and support from our emergency services and people from all walks of life.  On behalf of all South Australians, thank you to each and every person on the ground at this tough time.

We have all been shocked and saddened by the scale of destruction on Kangaroo Island, coming on top of the devastating losses in the Adelaide Hills. Not only has there been tragic loss of life, families have lost homes and properties, people have lost businesses, vineyards, livestock and – for some – their livelihoods.

The entire South Australian community stands shoulder to shoulder with the community affected by the State’s devastating bushfires.  The outpouring of support for South Australians in their hour of need has been an inspiration, and I am pleased to inform that the State Government has expanded its SA Bushfire Appeal to raise much-needed funds for South Australians directly affected. 

The State Government has pledged an additional $1 million to help the Kangaroo Island community rebuild, on top of the $1 million already committed for those affected by the Cudlee Creek bushfire.

The SA Bushfire Appeal will be the primary appeal for South Australia’s emergency relief effort, raising money for the SA Emergency Relief Fund. For more information, or for those who wish to donate to the SA Bushfire Appeal, please visit; sa.gov.au/bushfireappeal

Furthermore, volunteering your time and skills can make a real difference to communities recovering from disaster, and if you are in a position to offer help during these difficult times, please visit volunteeringsa-nt.org.au  

Thank you once again for all your efforts during this time of need, and I look forward to seeing you throughout 2020.

 


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