At approximately 4pm on 11 November 2019 a fire broke out in the Duck Ponds area near Woods Road. This page is to keep affected residents informed on the recovery efforts and provide contacts to key information and resources.
Council would like to thank all of the emergency services responders and Council staff who offered assistance both on the ground and through an administrative role during the fire. Thank you to the personal fire units and all neighbours and friends who also provided assistance through the time of the fire and in the following days.
While the fire affected two Council areas, members of the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula and the City of Port Lincoln have formed a team to lead recovery efforts and provide support to affected property owners in a coordinated and collaborative approach.
Initially to assist residents in accessing information from Council, the Councils had a single point of contact, however as the majority of requests have now been made, affected residents are encouraged to contact their respective Council directly with any enquiries. District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula - 8676 0400 or City of Port Lincoln 8621 2300.
While Council can not provide assistance in every situation or instance, below are ways in which the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula is supporting it's fire affected residents:
- Waiving of Development Application Fees - Council have agreed to waive all fees associated with Development Applications for the replacement of a structure lost in the Duck Ponds fire (excluding the State Government CITB Levy), noting that applications are still required to be lodged and assessed.
- Postponement of rates - Upon application from the owner of a property affected in the Duck Ponds fire, Council have resolved to approve the postponement of any rates due between now and December 2020, with all fines and interest applicable to this period to be waived.
- Replacement of burnt mobile bins - The replacement bin fee of $60.50 per unit is being waived for fire affected properties (note this does not include annual fees for secondary bins).
- Rural Property Addressing signs - The replacement sign fee of $25 is being waived for fire affected properties. Please note, while Council will purchase the sign, installation by the property owner is still required.
Please note that the above items are applicable to property owners within the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula Council area and enquiries relating to these matters should be made with the Cummins office of Council on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 8676 0400.
- Council contact: Shane Rigden - 0412 697 011
- Port Lincoln Resource Recovery Centre: 8682 3860
- Native vegetation: Ben Smith - 8688 3243, mobile 0418 713 112
- Native vegetation fact sheets: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/native-vegetation/clearing
- Regional Access: https://saregionalaccess.org.au/ or tel:1300032186
- Mentally Fit EP: https://www.facebook.com/MentallyFitEP
- West Coast Youth and Community Support - 8683 0072
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue: 13 25 85
- CFS: www.cfs.sa.gov.au
- SES: www.ses.sa.gov.au