Kangaroo Island Bushfire Support and Information

Kangaroo Island welcomes visitors

The CFS has advised that emergency travel restrictions have been lifted. Visitors and travellers are welcome and encouraged to visit Kangaroo Island.

We are also pleased to advise Kangaroo Island Tours have resumed. Find out more.

Visitors should be aware that access to the Western side of the Island remains restricted including Flinders Chase National Park. Other attractions such as Seal Bay have now re-opened.

Most tourism destinations on the Eastern side of the Island remain open and we encourage visitors to support these local businesses.

Take a look at 30 great things that are ready and waiting for you to do on Kangaroo Island:

30 reasons to visit kangaroo island

 

See our latest media statement in regards to support for the KI community: http://bit.ly/media-statement-08-january-20 

Key safety messages for visitors


Where can I get the most up to date information?

Country Fire Service
https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/warnings_and_incidents.jsp
Daily/going incidents across South Australia. Also follow the CFS on Facebook or Twitter.

National Parks & Wildlife Services
https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/know-before-you-go/closures-and-alerts
A comprehensive list of National Park closures.

Bushfire Information Hotline
1800 362 361 (TTY 133 677)

The Islander
https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/
Kangaroo Island’s local newspaper with up to date coverage of the bushfires on their website and Facebook page

Radio
On local ABC radio 891AM, FIVEaa or 5KIx FM 90.7

AlertSA App
https://www.alert.sa.gov.au/
The Alert SA Mobile App provides timely, relevant bushfire information to the South Australian community for the 2019-2020 bushfire season.

Kangaroo Island Council
https://www.kangarooisland.sa.gov.au/
Local council with up to date information regarding community meetings, road closures and relief centres


How do I check road closures?

For updates on road closures see https://www.traffic.sa.gov.au 


What if I come across injured wildlife?

If you find a sick or injured wild animal, contact the local veterinarian or a wildlife carer organisation as soon as possible so that it may receive appropriate treatment.

Kangaroo Island Veterinary Clinic - Call 8553 2485

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park - Call 8559 6050

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network - Call 0477 334 898


How can I help?

Official Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund
https://www.kangarooisland.sa.gov.au/notice-board/latest-news/ki-mayoral-relief-and-recovery-bushfire-fund
To assist those in need specifically on Kangaroo Island 

Foodbank SA
http://bit.ly/KI-food-donations
Foodbank SA has activated as the primary food donation drop off point for those who want to donate food to the people affected by the KI bushfires. Please see their website for items needed and to find the four drop off locations around Adelaide.

Island Care
https://www.gofundme.com/f/kangaroo-island-bushfire-essentials
​Help purchase essentials for the victims that have been devastated by the fires. All proceeds will go towards the supply of water, non-perishable items and any other items that will help at this time.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network
https://kiwildlifenetwork.wixsite.com/kiwn/donations
A not-for-profit organisation made up of a dedicated group of volunteers who rescue and rehabilitate injured, sick and orphaned wildlife on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-save-kangaroo-islands-koalas-and-wildlife
Donation of funds to help with veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, extra holding/rehabilitation enclosures, as well as setting up a building to hold supplies to treat these animals.

Save the Ligurian Bees
https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-the-ligurian-bee
About a quarter of Kangaroo Island's Ligurian Bees have been lost in bushfires, Island Beehive has personally lost 400 of their hives and 90% of their bee sites. 

BlazeAid
https://blazeaid.com.au/
Ph: Ann or Greg on 0427 616 323, 0429 349 980 or email [email protected]
A volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, our volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.

Australian Red Cross
https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-bushfires
Red Cross teams are supporting people at evacuation centres and recovery hubs and making wellbeing phone calls.

The Salvation Army
https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/donate/make-a-donation/donate-online/?appeal=disasterappeal
Salvation Army teams have been activated at multiple locations, with a number of teams on standby ready to activate should they be required at other evacuation centres.

Kangaroo Island Community Centre
Maree Baldwin – call 8553 2809 / 1800 302 787

State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF)
https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/emergencies-and-safety/recovery/donating
The State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) has been set up by the South Australian Government to help people directly affected by the devastating natural disasters in Australia.

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
https://www.gofundme.com/f/1uykisdumo?satcMcId=19079392783380431150630308570770774892
Raising funds to rebuild the grounds and regenerate the vegetation for the wildlife that survived. 

CFS Foundation
https://cfsfoundation.org.au/donate
Supporting volunteer firefighters in South Australia


Volunteering

BlazeAid
https://blazeaid.com.au/
Ph: Ann or Greg on 0427 616 323, 0429 349 980 or email [email protected]
A volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, our volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.

Volunteering SA / NT
Contact Volunteering SA/NT to assist with relief efforts on Kangaroo Island. Register your interest here


Donations

Hay and Fodder donations

If you would like to donate hay or fodder, please contact LivestockSA who have a register and are coordinating the transport of these items to the island in conjunction with PIRSA and SeaLink. Please call 08 8297 2299 or email [email protected] 

General goods, clothing, medical supplies and other donations

A donation drop off point was set up at Yankalilla with the help of the Lions Club of Yankalilla. PLEASE NOTE AS OF TUESDAY 14 JANUARY, the Lions Club drop off location WILL BE CLOSED. It may reopen at a later date which will be advised via our website and social media.

Through everyone’s generosity, the Yankalilla Lions Club and Island Care have been overwhelmed with the donation of goods and time is now needed to sort through donations and make sure that what is really needed most is getting to the island. Thank you to everyone who has donated.

SeaLink has partnered with The Lions Club of Yankalilla to arrange the transportation and delivery of donated goods in a coordinated approach, working with Island Care and other relief coordinators on the Island.


HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
Second-hand clothing, toys, sheets, blankets, wildlife bedding and pouches. 

 

Food donations

Please direct all non-perishable food items and toiletries to Foodbank SA at their 4 drop off locations - http://bit.ly/KI-food-donations

With your donations please keep in mind that honey products and unwashed potatoes are prohibited from being taken to the island. See further details on the Natural Resources website.


For information on SeaLink ferry services and Kangaroo Island tours call 13 13 01 or email [email protected]