The Australian Government has provided funding to local community projects in Barker under the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Horse Federation of South Australia Incorporated received $725,642 for their Equine Emergency Safer Refuge project.

This project will develop an equine emergency safer refuge consisting of 100 yards in five local LGAs, which is supported by a mobile application to collect identification information and assist in fire planning, volunteer training and the development of biosecurity and safety processes.

“The yards will be suitable for horses evacuating from their usual property where that property is at risk of bushfire and the location will have float parking and basic facilities for families who have evacuated with their horses.” Mr Pasin said.

The overall Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program funding was boosted to $390 million to further support communities around Australia to recover from the 2019-20 bushfires.

“As part of the $2.1 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund, the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program is backing projects which the affected communities have said will best support their ongoing recovery,” Mr Pasin said.

“The grants will fund a broad range of recovery and resilience projects, from social and community wellbeing right through to projects that support local jobs, small businesses and infrastructure.

“It was important that we funded projects based on need and merit and which offered a lasting and tangible impact, tailored to local needs and conditions. The quality of the projects funded shows that our ‘locally led’ approach works.

“We understand that recovery from bushfires takes time, and we will continue to support impacted communities through their recovery from the devastating Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020.” Mr Pasin said.

Details of the funded projects are available on the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website at: