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Strengthening Community Wellbeing After Bushfire Grants

As part of its four year Bushfire Mental Health Project to strengthen community mental health and wellbeing, Wellbeing SA has awarded two rounds of the Strengthening Community After Bushfire Grants.

The grants fund locally driven projects that help communities connect and build resilience through their recovery. A wide variety of projects that seek to support the mental health and wellbeing of bushfire affected communities have been funded.

Recipients - September 2021

Adelaide Hills

Lenswood Primary - Community Wellbeing Hub

The Lenswood Primary community wellbeing hub will increase social connectedness and wellbeing for children and families from Lenswood and across the Adelaide Hills. This outdoor space will include a connectedness circle, picnic space, an integrated bike track, decking, seating, a performance platform and a rockwall for exploring. The space will also be available to local communities for a range of community activities such as playgroup, yoga and family wellbeing events.

Mid Torrens Catchment Group - Cudlee Creek Nature Connection

Gathering spaces will be created through seating and a picnic area, to support healing and connection in the local environment. Signs will be installed educating about the local flora, fauna and ecosystem, along with information about local Aboriginal history and reconciliation, developed with the Peramangk/Kaurna traditional owners of Karrawirra Parri (Torrens River).

Bushfire Kids Connect - My Story

Bushfire Kids Connect will create a range of social media, video and interactive learning opportunities to start conversations with children and young people about preparedness for future disasters. This project focuses on resilience through connection and sharing experiences.

Kangaroo Island

Agriculture Kangaroo Island - KI Rural Women - Building Our Strength

Two workshops will support rural women on Kangaroo Island to share their bushfire recovery experiences, take time for themselves and connect with others in the community. The workshops will provide a mixture of self care and active learning, including developing skills in decision making, communication and bushfire preparedness.

Stokes Bay Community Hall Committee (auspiced by Prince’s Trust Australia) - Playground and outdoor space for the Stokes Bay Community Hall rebuild

This project will provide a playground and outdoor space for the Stokes Bay community and other Kangaroo Island community members. The Stokes Bay Community Hall is central in local community life and is being rebuilt after it was fire damaged. The playground and outdoor space will ensure families can attend activities and be part of the fabric of community life, supporting their mental health and wellbeing recovery.

Penneshaw Progress Association - The Rattle Tree

This project will commission an installation (the Rattle Tree) into the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail through community participation. A local artist will hold eight workshops that bring together local children, older persons parents and community members to weave the organic rattles. A workshop will also be run on the West end of Kangaroo Island to establish a Rattle Tree there. A documentary filmmaker will follow the creation of the Rattle Tree.

Kingston South East

Kingston District Council - Kingston Fringe

Kingston Fringe will create a social connection opportunity through a free arts and culture event. Local mental health and wellbeing service providers will be present to support community. Kingston Council will support a range of other activities during the Kingston Fringe such as market stalls, a colour run or music events.

Yorketown

Day at the Burgh Organising Committee (auspiced by Edithburgh Progress Association) - BMX Connect

To support recovery from trauma related experiences following the 2019 Yorketown fire, a BMX workshop event will engage children and families in a fun day out to learn new skills while increasing social connections.

Yorketown Community Children's Centre - Community Wellbeing Garden

The Community Wellbeing Garden at Yorketown Community Children’s Centre will connect local families and community through a series of working bees. The space will include creative learning displays, new plants and planter boxes to be decorated by local children.

Past recipients - March 2021

Adelaide Hills

  • Adelaide Hills Council, Adelaide Hills Youth Central project
  • Fabrik, Hidden Treasures project in Lobethal
  • SA Country Women’s Association Woodside Branch, Community Wellbeing Awareness and Connection
  • Torrens Valley Little Athletics, Family Wellbeing Day

Kangaroo Island

  • Kangaroo Island Art Feast, Strings Across the Island project
  • Kangaroo Island Football League, From the Ashes project
  • Parndana Golf Club, Golf Extravaganza project
  • Western Districts Memorial Community and Sports Centre, Bushfire Stories Film project

Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island

  • Summit Health, Animal Carers project

Yorketown and surrounding areas

  • St Columbia’s Memorial School, SYP School Kids project

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