Murraylands residents offer refuge, food, supplies, transport, agistment to those fleeing Adelaide Hills bushfires

Murraylands residents have offered food, supplies and shelter for people and animals as the Adelaide Hills fires burn on. (File photo.)

Murraylands residents have offered food, supplies and shelter for people and animals as the Adelaide Hills fires burn on. (File photo.)

AS the Adelaide Hills suffer the worst fires in a generation, the Murraylands have reached out with offers of refuge and help.

Horses were evacuated to the Murray Bridge Showground on Saturday and, within minutes of a post on Facebook, enough food was donated to keep them fed for days.

Amy Cockburn said about 18 horses had found refuge there, and more at Monarto.

“Pretty much everyone got down there with their floats and did what they could,” she said.

“The fires were coming, they (residents) needed to get them (horses) out and they didn’t know what to do.

“We got everything organised at this end.”

Families, friends, the Mannum and Tailem Bend football clubs and Tailem Bend Community Centre all threw their doors open for anyone in need of shelter, a feed and a shower.

Coordinator Tammy Shepherd said no-one had yet called on the community centre for help, but that they were ready and willing, whether housing evacuees or providing bottled water for Country Fire Service (CFS) volunteers.

“That’s the nature of us Australians,” she said.

“When the chips are down, we reach out and help each other.”

Dozens of other locals have also offered long-term agistment, transport, food and supplies.

Tomorrow (Monday) morning Office National at Murray Bridge will open its doors as a receiving point for shoeboxes of love, full of useful items for those who lost property in the fires.

The State Government has also offered emergency grants of up to $280 per adult, $140 per child or $700 per family to those directly affected.

- Details: For up-to-date information on the Hills fires, visit the CFS website.

For a current list of road closures, see SA Police.

To contribute to the fire-fighting and recovery effort, whether by donating goods, services or facilities to evacuees or CFS volunteers, visit the State Government website set up for the purpose: www.sa.gov.au/topics/emergencies-and-safety/south-australian-bushfire-recovery.

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