Cudlee Creek bushfire recovery
Was your property impacted by the 2019 Cudlee Creek fire?
Through our Bushfire Recovery Project, you can access free workshops, field days, rabbit baits, plant giveaways and funded on-ground works.
This project is funded through the Local Economic Recovery Program, a partnership between the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions. The Program is co-funded by the Commonwealth and South Australian governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
These opportunities are designed to help you reconnect with your land and with like-minded landholders, sort through your land management priorities, and come back even better than before.
Our project will support rabbit and fox control, target fire-active weeds, fix up damaged creek-line habitats, and address post-fire soil and pasture management issues.
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What’s coming up
Please note: these activities are provided for landholders impacted by the 2019 Cudlee Creek fire.
Pasture paramedic to the rescue
Learn to quickly and easily assess your paddocks in this free two-hour training session in the field. Registrations close Oct 29. To register email Billy-Jo Brewer.
Watercourse management - a course on bringing your creek or waterhole back to life.
This course will be run twice, in two separate locations:
From 14 Nov 2021 in Woodside/Lobethal
From 20 Feb 2022 in Mt Torrens
Click on whichever course suits you best to book and to find out more.
Bushfire Resilience Agriculture and Land Management Course – Round 2
Held over 4 sessions starting November 2021 through to June 2022.
Course topics include:
• developing and prioritising your property recovery goals
• building your resilience – managing bushfire impacts and associated risks including insurance and understanding future climate scenarios
• identifying land management priorities (soils and pasture, water resources, biodiversity, pest plants and animals)
• developing and implementing your recovery action plan.
Register your interest by Friday Nov 5 - please email Tarsha McGregor – Recovery Facilitator or phone 0428 105 396.
Free property visits
If you’d like a free property visit, a Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board Landscape Officer can come and help you work through your land management issues, including pasture regeneration, watercourse management, soil rehabilitation, revegetation, weed management and habitat restoration.
Please email or phone us to arrange a visit.
On this page
The State Government has comprehensive information on the Cudlee Creek recovery hub webpage.
In addition, below is some information to help you plan and manage your rural property, after a fire.
Property recovery - soil, water, plants
Pest plants and animals
Keep in touch
Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board - Mt Barker office - email the Bushfire Fire Recovery Team
Adelaide Hills Council
63 Mt Barker Road Stirling; Ph: 8408 0400
Mount Barker District Council
6 Dutton Road Mount Barker; Ph: 8391 7200
Land, livestock and pasture care after fire - information on erosion, weeds, livestock, water quality, soil and more.
Soils, erosion, water and infrastructure
The nutrient content of ash, organic matter and soil can wash into dams and waterways after rain. Temporary sediment fences can be used to filter this runoff.
Information on why setting up a containment feeding area is a good idea, how to prevent dam contamination and manage soils after a fire, along with learnings from others, is available here.
Cutting red tape on water affecting activities
Find out what activities WILL NOT require a water affecting activity permit for sediment control within a watercourse in a bushfire-affected area. Current Recommended Practice for sediment control within a watercourse in a bushfire-affected area June 2021.
For more information on water affecting activities go to https://www.landscape.sa.gov.au/hf/water/managing-water/water-affecting-activities
There are a number of issues that may cause you concern regarding water quality and your livestock health after a bushfire. This information sheet, 'Post-bushfire water quality in farm dams and creeks', can help you identify them and steer you towards some management strategies.
How to identify a harmful algal bloom - California Water Board
Read more on what we're doing with fire impacts on farm water quality, and how it can be managed.
Blue-green and other algal outbreaks
If you are concerned about any algae outbreaks, you can find some simple control methods here. Aeration is the recommended method to manage algae. If you would like to speak to someone about the quality of water in your dam or waterways, please contact staff at Mount Barker (Ph: 08 8391 7500).
Water licence holders are being offered support for water used for firefighting or pumps damaged by fires. The Department for Environment and Water will adjust usage totals and charges. Anyone concerned that water taken for firefighting may be included in their licensed water use should get in touch with DEW so adjustments can be made.
Managing native vegetation after fire
The benefits of keeping burnt trees
Many tree species are adapted to fire and will regenerate. Although they may appear dead, they may still be alive. Find out more here.
Even dead trees are important habitat for many wildlife species, especially those old enough to have hollows. Threatened species like the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, need them to shelter and nest in. Hollows also provide habitat for insectivorous species like microbats which help keep insect populations in balance. This is important for agricultural production and the natural environment. Trees in agricultural landscapes can also help reduce soil erosion, which becomes a greater threat after fire.
Discover great resources on how to restore your home garden.
For information on immediate steps to take, to manage livestock, head here.
For information on the next steps to take, in managing your land, livestock and pasture after fire, head here.
Managing your land and stock during tough times – it is important to make risk management decisions early. Our web page has links, tools and resources that will help.
The best way for most people to contribute, is to donate to the Wildlife Recovery Fund, which will re-establish native animal habitat – especially threatened species. Find out what to do if you find an injured animal, the dos and don’ts around supplying fresh water or food; and biosecurity impacts in this article.
If you’re wanting to build a nest box to help birds and animals that have lost their habitat, this fact sheet will give you tips to help you work out which species to focus on for a particular site, and what kind of nest box best suits.
Pest plants and animals
Pest animals post fire
The European wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is one animal that might not be too adversely impacted from the recent bushfires. As burrowers, rabbits will have avoided much of the direct fire damage and might now find themselves, at least temporarily, free from many of their predators. This fact sheet can help you manage rabbits after a bushfire.
More information on rabbits, and other pest animals, can be found on our pest animal page.
Problem weeds post fire
Fire can significantly reduce the time required for an effective control program of some weeds. Key environmental and agricultural weeds which respond to fire, are listed on this page.
Information on these weeds, and others, can also be found on our pest plants page.
This video describes methods for controlling woody weeds after fire.
If you’re interested in volunteering, Conservation Volunteers Australia is coordinating the national environmental volunteering response to the bushfire crisis. You can register to volunteer, as an individual or as a corporate body. And if your environmental organisation needs help, let CVA know and they will work with you to help you recruit and manage volunteers.
Keep in touch
Follow us on Facebook. The Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board's Facebook page has news of workshops, grants, courses and other information on fire recovery.
Subscribe to BudBurst, the e-newsletter for Cudlee Creek fire recovery. Simply email us and ask to be added to the mailing list.