Kangaroo Island Mayoral bushfire relief fund wraps up after distributing almost $6 million

FIRST MEETING: The mayoral bushfire relief fund was discussed at the CFS and Kangaroo Island relief centre community meeting at the Parndana Sports Club on January 23, 2020. Photo: Thea Meadows
FIRST MEETING: The mayoral bushfire relief fund was discussed at the CFS and Kangaroo Island relief centre community meeting at the Parndana Sports Club on January 23, 2020. Photo: Thea Meadows

The Kangaroo Island Mayoral Bushfire Relief and Recovery Fund is wrapping up after distributing nearly $6 million to those impacted on by the 2019/2020 disaster.

As of Dec. 2, 2021, the fund had received $5,942,943.14 in donations, in addition to $10,472.23 in interest earned and there were $771.86 bank fees associated with the account.

Outright this means, total distribution amount of $5,952,643.51.

Since commencement of the fund committee, its members have:

  • Held 28 committee meetings;
  • Considered more than 560 applications pursuant to Clause 4.3;
  • Considered more than 23 applications from community groups;
  • Made three additional payments to recipients;
  • Has paid out $5,952,546.16 and this does not include the remaining amount to be paid to Island Care.

Mayor Michael Pengilly on behalf of the committee and the council thanked everyone who donated, as well as the committee members themselves.

"The overwhelming response from here in Australia and around the globe made it achievable to help victims of the fires of 2019/20 in some way to get on and recover from the carnage of the fires and also help community groups reestablish their core facilities," Mr Pengilly said.

"It was quite overwhelming and humbling for the committee of council to be able to assist in the way we did. A huge thank you to all.

"We still have a fair way to go for many but the fund was some help on that journey.

"It was a very successful exercise with grateful thanks to council staff and the committee, who oversaw the divestment of monies."

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