07 Feb 2020

Parishes rally to aid bushfire recovery

The Southern Cross  |  February 2020

Parishes rally to aid bushfire recovery

A month after bushfires devastated areas of the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island, local parishioners have spoken about picking up the pieces with the support of their local Catholic communities and charities. 

Peter Clark, chair of the Kangaroo Island Parish Council, was one of several parishioners directly impacted by the fires.

Nearly all of the 500 hectares of his home property near Parndana was burnt by the ferocious blaze, along with most of the fencing and hay. About 300 sheep died in the fire with another 300 having to be destroyed later – a task he described as the “worst thing” you can imagine as a farmer.

A neighbouring property leased by Peter and wife Anne-Marie was also burnt but fortunately a smaller farm they own at Birchmore remained unscathed.

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