Less than a year ago, devastating fires ravaged many parts of Australia.
South Australia was one area that was badly impacted. At the end of October 2019, strong northerly winds combined with existing dry conditions and high temperatures created dangerous bushfire conditions for the state.
More than 200 bushfires burned across South Australia, including one major fire at Cudlee Creek in Adelaide Hills.
The Adelaide Hills fire destroyed 23,000 hectares of land, 84 homes, more than 400 outbuildings and 292 vehicles, before finally being brought under control.
It also devastated a lot of the area’s natural wildlife, including the koala population and their food supply.
One Adelaide Hills-based organisation determined to turn the tide and help the area recover post fires was Adelaide Hills Koala Rescue (otherwise known as 1300KOALAZ).
The organisation provided eucalyptus trees to the property owners whose land had been ravaged by fires.
As part of our Bushfire Recovery Grant program, Commonwealth Bank provided 1300KOALAZ with $50,000.
With this money, the organisation was able to donate 26,000 trees to Adelaide Hills residents, with a further round of trees to be donated to residents next autumn.
Co-founder of 1300KOALAZ, Dee Hearne-Hellon, said the grant had also allowed the organisation to purchase new equipment for its rescuers in readiness for the upcoming season.
“We are extremely grateful for the generous grant from CommBank,” she said.