Knoll urges community to stay in SA and support bushfire regions

Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll has urged locals to consider holidaying in South Australia’s regions this year, as Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills look to rebuild in the wake of the summer bushfires.

“The bushfire recovery is going to take some time yet, and these tourism regions need all the support we can give them,” he said.

“That’s why the State Government has launched the #BookThemOut campaign.

“We’re encouraging South Australians and interstate visitors to ‘book out’ Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills.

“South Australia is open for business and this campaign is about helping these local communities and businesses get back on their feet.”

Mr Knoll commended the efforts of local business Beam Barossa, which has recently decked out its vehicle fleet with #BookThemOut stickers.

“It’s great to see one of our own helping to encourage people to stay here locally and to visit regions in South Australia, especially Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills.

“Not only has Beam lended its support to this tourism campaign, they have also provided crucial on-ground support on Kangaroo Island.

“Despite suffering their own losses of important infrastructure, Beam worked with Tonsley-based Specialised Solutions to deploy free WiFi and Smart Benches to CFS staging sites at Kingscote and Parndana.

“These Smart Benches were equipped with USB and wireless charging facilities, making it possible for volunteers to contact family and friends.

“Additionally, Beam deployed multiple desk phones to the BlazeAid headquarters, which was overwhelmed with incoming calls, allowing residents and volunteers to make free calls.

“It’s gratifying to see a local business so keen to help others, highlighting the incredible community spirit we have here in the Barossa.”