Fire damage bill climbs to $2.3m

Fire damage bill climbs to $2.3m

15 February 2008

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Australia — About $2.3 million in damages from the December bushfires had been reported to police so far.

Police are responsible for taking all reports of damage and Sergeant Garry Elliott urged anyone who had not yet reported fire damage to do so.

A survey of businesses by Kangaroo Island Development Board had uncovered between $30 million and $40 million in damage to business through fire damage, lost revenue, lost time and cancelled business.

KIDB chief executive Pierre Gregor said about 100 businesses had responded to the short survey and he urged other businesses to respond so a joint Cabinet submission with SA Tourism could be made to the State Government.

Meanwhile, CFS Group Officer Terry May said smoke had reported from fire sites as recently as last week and the Mayor Jayne Bates urged residents and landholders to have their say on the new District Bushfire Plan.

“You know best what you need in your area to help with fire management” she told the Bushfire Recovery meeting at the Western Districts Sports Club.

The Kangaroo Island Health Service reported it was collecting information about frail, elderly and disabled residents who might need help in a future emergency and urging residents to make sure their property had a RAPID number so that it could be easily found by emergency services.

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