Message from the Mayor
Statement of 20 January 2020
A minutes silence was observed at the 20 January 2020 Council Meeting and Mayor Keith Parkes provided the following statement.
‘As Mayor of Alexandrina Council, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the devastating bushfires around Australia, South Australia and within our region including Adelaide Hills, Mount Barker and Kangaroo Island. As a Council and as a community, we stand with those affected in solidarity at this time of need. We are contributing resources to the firefighting effort on Kangaroo Island and will offer what support we can in recovery. I know many in the Alexandrina community are contributing through donations and other support. Also, I understand local emergency service volunteers are providing assistance and I thank them for that. On behalf of Alexandrina Council and its community, I convey our condolences to those communities hurting from the losses of life, property, stock and wildlife and extend our heartfelt wishes for a swift and thorough recovery.’
Statement of 6 January 2020
On behalf of Alexandrina Council, we acknowledge the devastating impact of the Kangaroo Island fires as well as fires in the Adelaide Hills, Mount Barker, and other parts of Australia. The thoughts of our community are with all those affected at this most difficult and challenging time.
We continue to be on standby to provide support to emergency services as required, and have infrastructure and personnel on stand-by to deliver resources and plant that may assist in firefighting efforts or community safety and wellbeing.
We are currently engaging with Kangaroo Island Council, Southern and Hills Local Government Association and the South Australian State Government to offer support; including for recovery in the coming months.
We continue to encourage residents and visitors of Alexandrina to remain vigilant regarding the threat of fires as we experience the hottest and driest months of the year; and to keep a close eye on weather and CFS reports and advice.
Statement of 24 December 2019
On behalf of Alexandrina Council, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those communities affected by the devastating bushfires across the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island. We wish them well in the recovery process.
Alexandrina Council stands ready this fire season, to assist our emergency services with equipment such as water trucks and graders, as they request it.
Alexandrina is a district where fire danger is an ever-present possibility. Please remain vigilant through our fire season, be prepared, ensure you have a bushfire survival plan in place and understand where to find bushfire safer places and last resort refuges in our region.
On behalf of the broader community, Council inspects more than 15,000 properties each year for fire preparedness. We are encouraged by, and thank the many landowners who have taken steps earlier in the season to minimise the risk.