SA bushfire recovery leader appointed

A South Australian backed by a 38-year military and defence industries career has been appointed to coordinate the rebuild of the state's bushfire-affected communities.

Margot Foster will develop a strategy to restore the economic and social infrastructure of Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills.

Premier Steven Marshall said the role would help ensure the regions get the support they need to "come back stronger than ever before".

"There will be many ideas as to how best to assist the economic and social rebuild of the affected communities and Margot Foster will have an important role in assessing the viability of those suggestions," he said on Thursday.

"Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills communities are dealing with extraordinary tragedy and loss right now, but South Australia is rallying behind them and we will be with them every step of the way.

"You only need to drive through some of our Adelaide Hills towns or look at an aerial view of Kangaroo Island too see the immense impact to our communities - the rebuild task ahead is huge."

Ms Foster will take on the role immediately and work closely with Mr Marshall, senior government officials, local recovery coordinators and key industry stakeholders.

She will also oversee the distribution of government funds and liaise with non-government donors to best support rebuilding.

The Adelaide Hills fire destroyed more than 85 homes, while 65 were destroyed on Kangaroo Island.