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Vacation care services to reopen following bushfire

Friday, January 9, 2015

Five vacation care services and a children’s centre in the Adelaide Hills will reopen from Monday after they were closed this week due to fire activity in the area.

Vacation and childcare services at the following DECD sites will re‐open on 12 January:

  • Birdwood Primary School
  • Gumeracha Primary School
  • Lobethal Primary School
  • Tea Tree Gully Primary School
  • Woodside Primary School
  • Torrens Valley Children’s Centre

DECD Deputy Chief Executive Julieann Riedstra said the decision was taken after the fire threat was downgraded.

“The downgrading of the fire threat means it is safe for children and staff to return to the sites and we will be contacting parents over the weekend to let them know that the services will be reopening,” she said.

“I would like to thank the affected families for their understanding and patience this week.”

Ms Riedstra said an inspection of schools and preschools in the fire affected area has revealed that Kersbrook Primary School suffered damage to two sheds, tennis court fencing, trees and a shelter.

“While firebreaks prevented damage to the main buildings, unfortunately a shelter and a shed containing sports and play equipment were destroyed,” she said.

“There was also less serious damage to a second shed, fencing and trees at the perimeter of the school.

“Arborists will assess the trees next week and ensure they are safe before pupils return at the start of the school year.

“We will also be providing the school with funding to replace or repair damaged equipment and facilities.”