Minderoo Foundation has joined forces with the South Australian government to expand the rollout of the innovative Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund “recovery pods” to people affected by last summer’s bushfires.
A $2.4 million collaboration between the SA government and Minderoo Foundation will see 48 Minderoo Foundation recovery pods delivered to South Australians in need.
Most Minderoo Foundation recovery pods have already been delivered to fire-affected communities on Kangaroo Island and in the Adelaide Hills.
Minderoo Foundation CEO Andrew Hagger said the Foundation was humbled to have played a role in rebuilding South Australian communities devasted by bushfire.
“When our Fire Fund team visited Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek shortly after the fires, people on the ground told us their number one priority was to be able to stay on their land while they rebuilt. This message drove the innovative thinking that led us to the design of the Minderoo Foundation recovery pods,” Mr Hagger said.
“One of the great things about the Minderoo Foundation recovery pods is that once a family has been able to rebuild their home, the pod can be redeployed to another family to assist with recovery.
“Minderoo Foundation exists to help Australians in their time of need. Our promise to the people of South Australia is that we are here for the long haul. This rebuild and recovery will take years, not months, and we will not leave until the job is done.
“We will never ever give up on the South Australian community.”
In total, 40 pods will be located on Kangaroo Island and eight in the Adelaide Hills.
The 7.2m x 2.4m insulated pods are fully self-contained with beds, toilets, showers, washing machines and cooking facilities. The pods are being provided for an initial 12 months, with the potential for longer agreements to be negotiated.
The recovery pods are not designed for long-term accommodation, they are intended to provide a solution in rural settings where alternative accommodation near the property is not available.
SA Minister for Human Services, Michelle Lensink, said the collaboration with Minderoo Foundation was “welcome news for the many South Australians who tragically lost everything this summer and it’s really welcome news for local jobs and our economy.”
Minderoo Foundation’s Fire Fund commissioned the pods from South Australian manufacturer Australian Portable Camps, based at Monarto.