Locals are being asked to prepare for this year's bushifre season
Locals are being asked to prepare for this year's bushifre season Clive Lowe

$1000 one-off payment for fire affected

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has used his visit to the bushfire ravaged Adelaide Hills to announce increased assistance for those affected in the state's worst natural disasters in more than a decade.

At least 27 homes and more than 100 outbuildings were destroyed when three fire fronts tore through the region this week, injuring 29 people, mostly firefighters.

Mr Abbott said the Disaster Recovery Payment and the Disaster Recovery Allowance would be provided to eligible residents affected in the Sampson Flat bushfire, one of the worst affected regions.

He said a one-off Centrelink payment of $1000 an adult and $400 a child would be made available to people who were injured or whose houses had been destroyed or badly damaged in the disaster.

"This is a difficult time for those affected by the bushfire which has had a devastating impact on local communities," Mr Abbott said.

"We also thank our remarkable firefighters and rescue crews who, through their dedication and selflessness, have ensured that there has been no loss of life."

Mr Abbott said people eligible for the Disaster Recovery Allowance can access income assistance for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance.

"This assistance is designed to help employees, primary producers and sole traders recovering from the Sampson Flat bushfire to get back on their feet."


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