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Press Release re Barossa response to Pinery Fire

Following the recent Pinery Fire, The Barossa Council Mayor, Bob Sloane, on behalf of the entire Barossa community, offered his sincerest condolences to the people affected by the fire.

“I’d like to acknowledge the incredible effort of CFS volunteers and staff, SAPOL, local government staff and most importantly our community, in rallying together to support the relief efforts,” he commented.

“Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by this fire, which has devastated our nearby rural communities. We understand the impact of this fire will be felt across the greater region for some time,” he said.

Despite the fire threat to the north and western borders of the Barossa area on the afternoon of Wednesday 25 November, there is currently no fire threat to the region.

Mayor Sloane wished to reassure concerned visitors that there was no danger posed with any travel plans. “If you have a visit to the Barossa scheduled, rest assured it is safe and we encourage you to visit and experience everything our region has to offer.”

There are a small number of properties in the north-west area of the Barossa Valley still affected by power outages and internet and mobile phone coverage is also limited in this location. Work is underway to restore normal services as soon as possible.

If you have any further enquiries regarding your visit to the Barossa, please contact the Barossa Visitor Centre on 1300 852 982.

While the CFS has downgraded the message to a ‘watch and act’ residents and visitors are urged to visit the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au and SAPOL www.police.sa.gov.au for the latest information on the Pinery Fire and associated road closures, and to follow their bushfire survival plan should it be necessary.

Contact

Barossa Council: 8563 8444

Barossa Visitor Centre: 1300 852 982

Barossa Grape & Wine Association: 8563 0650

Tourism Barossa: 8563 0662

Barossa Food: 0439 240 381

Regional Development Australia Barossa: 8563 3603

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