Ten worthy Kangaroo Island projects funded by SA government Community Strength and Resilience Initiative

RECIPIENTS: The Kangaroo Island Calisthenics Club were recently awarded $19,220 in SA Bushfire Appeal funds. Photo: Archive 2019 supplied
RECIPIENTS: The Kangaroo Island Calisthenics Club were recently awarded $19,220 in SA Bushfire Appeal funds. Photo: Archive 2019 supplied

Deep pockets have helped to provide $150,000 each for Western Districts Community Sports Centre and Stokes Bay Community Hall in an effort to get communities back on their feet after the recent fires.

Both sites make-up the 10 Kangaroos Island projects to recently receive a share in round 1 of state government's Community Strength and Resilience Initiative, funded by the SA Bushfire Appeal.

Collectively, 22 projects across the state's fire-affected communities now share in more than $820,000.

For Kangaroo Island Calisthenics Club, funds to the tune of $19,220 will cover the annual fees for its 60 membership base.

Club president Tracy Mills said the gift means the return of members aged four-15 whose families were impacted by the devastating fires.

"We don't want our members to stop coming because of the financial burden it [the fires] has placed on them," she explained.

"So it's very exciting," she added.

In addition, the club based at the Pandana Town Hall, relies heavily each year on community support to assist its fundraising efforts.

"We felt with local businesses also affected by the fires and our parent committee also battling with their own properties, this money would help out," she added.

Furthermore, Ms Mills said the club's current high membership is the result of social inclusion, saying "everyone is on the same team".

"We go to state championships once a year to compete and we've come home state champs a few times which is awesome."

"It's also great for discipline, for posture and their bodies in general."

To date, almost $6.4 million in appeal funds from generous donors have been provided to SA families and businesses who experienced loss as a result of the summer bushfires.

Pleasingly, "every dollar" raised in this appeal will go directly to the fire-affected communities, SA government stressed.

Human Resources Minister Michelle Lensink said the payments make up the almost $9 million generously donated to the SA Bushfire Appeal.

This included a $2 million contribution from the state government.

"We have been blown away by the generosity for our South Australian communities affected by the fires, with many individuals and businesses digging deep to help in this time of need," Ms Lensink said.

"We know that the fire-affected communities are now starting to look ahead and plan for the future."

"And it has been heartwarming to see such a diverse range of projects put forward for this particular appeal initiative, which will significantly support the two communities in their recovery efforts."

Organisations which received major funds:

  • KI Western Districts Community Sports Centre - $150,000 to replace social and sporting facilities
  • KI Stokes Bay Community Hall - $150,000 for rebuilding the hall and surrounds
  • KI Council/Parndana Sports Club - $35,681 for upgrades to outdoor lighting

Organisations which received minor funds:

  • Stokes Bay Tennis Club - $20,000 to rebuild its tennis courts
  • Kangaroo Island Calisthenics Club - $19,220 to fund membership fees for members for one year
  • Bee Keepers Society of South Australia - $12,920 for its Build a Bee Box Project
  • Art Museum of Kangaroo Island - $2,600 for a cultural art event
  • Parndana Progress Association - $20,000 for renovation of the Pardana Hall's kitchen
  • SA Bushfire Garden Revival - $10,000 for garden therapy and rebuilding residents' gardens and farms
  • Kangaroo Island Community Bus - $14,500 for a community bus service

Applications and donations for the SA Bushfire Appeal have closed - with an exception for the second round of the Community Strength and Resilience Initiative.

Non-profit community groups and organisations keen to apply for round 2 can do so at www.sa.gov.au/bushfireappeal between August 17 and 11 September 11.

Projects must address locals needs and issues on the Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek fire-affected communities.

For more information or to apply visit www.sa.gov.au/bushfireappeal.