How a community can achieve their vision when they come together

After experiencing the devastating fires of 2019, the Yorke Peninsula community rallied together. The Response Trailer (known as the Boot,) emerged as a positive, practical idea to support the community during future emergencies.

Through funding from the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR) – Strengthening Rural Communities, generous donations of time and skills by local volunteers, and in-kind support from local businesses, this community-owned project took off.

The community vision for the Boot is that it provides an additional resource to support emergency services or communities during any incidents on the Yorke Peninsula.

As such, it is powered by a 3.4 Kva generator and a solar panel with battery, equipped with a 2.4m roll out awning, 2 x 70L portable fridge/freezers, First Aid kits, eye wash stations,  defibrillator, UHF radio,  chairs and tables, blankets and pillows, urn and kettle and other consumables, along with an 84L water tank with a 12v pump. Country Home Services were happy we could contribute with a grant to purchase communications equipment and a water tank.

Volunteers are trained to set the trailer up and distribute prepared food, water, and basic first aid. As well as providing a valuable resource during an emergency, the Boot can be hired by local community groups for market days, sporting events, or community festivals.

The boot can be hired by contacting SYP Community Hub on 8852 1820 or Karen Warren on 0428324508

Are you part of a community group that could do with some extra support? Our small grants program is designed to support community groups to do what they do best – provide a safe and social place for older people to connect and contribute.

If you’re interested in learning more, we would love to chat with you.