Impacts and experiences vary among individuals and communities, and support needs to consider that memories of past events can resurface after trauma.
The overall aim of recovery is to:
- restore or improve the lives and livelihoods of people within a disaster-affected community
- restore or improve the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets and systems of a disaster-affected community
- align with the principles of sustainable development, and ‘build back better’ to avoid or reduce future risk
- rebuild and sustainably restore the infrastructure, services, housing, facilities and livelihoods required for the functioning of a community over the medium to long term.
The South Australian Bushfire Recovery Interim Report (the Report) tells the story of the Yorketown, Cudlee Creek, Kangaroo Island and other fires and the achievements of the early recovery phase across the four domains of recovery: social, economic, built environment and the natural environment.
The Report identifies the vision for recovery and establishes what must be achieved over the next three to five years, and the activity and assessment needed to monitor and evaluate progress. It reflects, but does not duplicate, the community recovery plans developed by the communities of the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island.