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By Lisa Pahl
The scarred landscape is bouncing
back after the Sampson Flat
Bushfire, but for some survivors of
the Hills’ biggest fire in 30 years the
recovery is just beginning.
Four months after the blaze that
destroyed 28 homes and burnt 13,000ha,
the environment has dramatically
changed as trees and pastures regrow.
But despite the passage of time, health
authorities warn the trauma felt by
those who survived the disaster may
still be very raw – and they may not
even be aware of its ongoing impact.
Summit Health is providing free
support to men, women and children
affected by the fire through its Fire
Recovery Counselling Program.
While there was an initial influx of
clients immediately after the blaze,
mental health nurse Ingrid Puise said
there was now a new wave of clients
looking for support.
“Initially the response was very good,
then it became very quiet but what we
are finding now is that different people
are coming in,” she said.
Affected by blaze
“People who didn’t need to talk to
anyone earlier are finding now is the
time they need to talk to someone.”
Those affected by the blaze both
directly such as by losing property
or staying to defend their homes, or
indirectly such as through evacuation,
are being encouraged to evaluate
themselves and their family members
to see if they may need assistance.
Ms Puise said people could be feeling
fatigued, irritable, sad and may be
overreacting to things that usually
would not concern them.
Some were also likely to be frustrated
at the slow pace of recovery or exhausted
by the demands of decisions that needed
to be made.
“Rebuilding is happening, but it’s not
going at a very quick rate,” she said.
“The ongoing reminders of what
happened are still there regardless
that there’s regrowth and fences and
buildings are going up. Some people are
still having issues with insurance.
“There has been so much that everyone
has had to do following the fire and
that ongoing need to make decisions to
participate in the rebuild – it gets really
A delayed response to the trauma and
shock of a major disaster was quite
common, Ms Puise said.
“It’s quite a normal response to an
abnormal situation and maybe talking
to someone could help,” she said.
Appointments are available for men,
women and children in Gumeracha on
Mondays or in Mt Barker and Nairne
on weekdays and telephone counselling
can also be arranged.
For details contact Summit Health on
Where to find support
Mental health nurse Ingrid Puise says that while the lansdcape is recovering from
the Sampson Flat Bushfire, some survivors may only now be feeling the effects of the
trauma of the State’s biggest bushfire in 30 years.
By Lisa Pahl
A stylised gum blossom
will become the new image
for the Mt Barker district,
replacing a clover leaf,
mountain, factory, windmill
and farm animals.
The Mt Barker Council
formally adopted the new
green and white logo this
week, despite almost 70% of
public feedback respondents
opposing the design.
It will replace the 45-year-old
clover-leaf based design as the
official emblem of the district
in a major marketing and
branding project, but the old
logo will stay for ceremonial
About 51% of people
who responded during the
consultation period backed a
change to the old logo, which
they agreed was outdated.
But many were divided over
the new design, with several
calling for the retention of the
clover leaf, which represents
the discovery of subterranean
clover which revolutionised
the local agricultural industry
over a century ago.
Councillors were also divided
over the design.
Cr Susan Hamilton said Mt
Barker was “more than a clover
leaf ” and part of its identity
was the “sight and smell of our
majestic gum trees”.
She said there was similar
opposition to Mt Barker’s
entrance statement when that
“Now everybody appreciates
the statement and it’s used to
advertise the town,” she said.
But Cr Roger Irvine said
he had heard “a fair bit of
negativity” about the design.
“Nobody seems to be able to
work out what this represents,”
Cr Ian Grosser said it was
“a bit generic and of limited
artistic value” and questioned
whether the council should
consider other options.
“Once we vote this through
we are stuck with this for quite
some period of time,” he said.
Cr Harry Seager said change
often drew opposition, but the
old logo was outdated and
difficult to read.
“I think we will undertake
the marketing of our new logo
and it will be a success,” he
The logo change forms one
part of the council’s branding
and marketing strategy, which
aims to improve the image and
perception of the district as a
place to visit, live, work and
The council also plans to
work with the community
and developers to launch
promotional campaigns and
new events to encourage
visitors, boost civic pride and
change the district’s image.
Gum blossom logo endorsed
The new logo.
Mt Barker Council ratepayers will face a
3% general rate rise from July under the
council’s draft budget.
The proposal has been released for public
comment and also includes an increase in
wastewater service charges of 3.75%, but the
rubbish collection charge will remain the same
as this financial year.
The council plans to use the increased
revenue from rates to cover the cost of services
to existing ratepayers and to pay for a second
stage of undergrounding power lines in Nairne’s
It is also predicting rate revenue from new
housing developments and other growth across
the district will rise by 2.4% over the next
year, with that money to pay for services and
infrastructure for those new residents.
Key capital projects include new lights at
the Adelaide Hills Hockey Club’s Anembo
Park pitch, subject to State Government grant
A further $1.8m could be spent on extending
the Laratinga Trail to Hurling Drive with
crossings on Alexandrina and Wellington roads.
For full details visit www.dcmtbarker.sa.gov.
Council proposes 3% rise in rates
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