Towong Shire

Upper Murray Fires 2020

Upper Murray Fires 2020








MONTHLY TOWONG SHIRE RECOVERY NEWSLETTER | A joint initiative by Council and Bushfire Recovery Victoria, this monthly newsletter will help provide Towong Shire residents and businesses with updates and information on bushfire recovery. Find it delivered in your mailbox every month, or online here. Register to receive by email by sending your email, name, address and phone number to with the subject 'Recovery Email Updates'.

WEEKLY UPPER MURRAY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER | A weekly update of the latest Community Recovery information in the Upper Murray. Printed weekly in the Corryong Courier.


Jul 23, Jul 16Jul 09,


Jun 29Jun 22Jun 15Jun 8Jun 1


May 25May 18May 11May 4


Apr 27Apr 20Apr 13Apr 6


Mar 30Mar 23Mar 16Mar 9Mar 2


Feb 24Feb 17Feb 10Feb 3



On Tuesday 7 July, Council established a $750,000 Community Recovery Grants Program to support Towong Shire communities impacted by the bushfires and locally led recovery initiatives. The grant program follows on from the recently delivered rates relief package. The funds for the Community Recovery Grants Program will come from the Commonwealth Government’s Bushfire Recovery Program ($550,000) and the State Government’s Community Recovery and Resilience Grants stream of the Community Recovery Package ($200,000).

The objective of the grant program is to provide funding for projects and activities deemed essential for the recovery and renewal of our communities.

The program is open to not-for-profit organisations and community groups across Towong Shire including service clubs, community recovery committees and action groups.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available.  

PROGRAM GUIDELINES - Including eligibility, application and funding requirements, timings and contacts.



Physical forms are also available to complete at: 

  • Council Offices in Tallangatta and Corryong
  • The Upper Murray Recovery Hub (corner of Donaldson Street and Towong Road, Corryong at the old Primary School)
  • Speak to your Local Area Recovery Officer by calling 1800 518 222 or email

For further information or assistance in preparing an application please contact: 

  • The Upper Murray - Jenny McCoy 0407 293 907
  • Tallangatta, Mitta Valley, the Peninsula – Joe Calvert 0419 856 039

If you were affected by the 2020 bushfires, make sure you visit the Victorian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Financial Support webpage.

Here you can find information about financial support that you may be eligible for as an individual, business or organisation.



When people lose their home during a bushfire, providing access to temporary housing is a vital step towards recovery.

Clause 52.07 of the planning scheme allows people to set up a temporary dwelling on their land without a planning permit. The clause also applies to damaged or destroyed businesses. It allows business owners to set up temporary premises without a planning permit.

There are still some things you will need to do before you can set up a temporary dwelling, including letting Council know of your plans. Start by completing the information form available here.

For more information, visit

Or to talk through your planning and building requirements with Council’s Planner, Elke Cummins, call 1800 518 222 or email


Council has made submissions to both the Inspector General of Emergency Management 2019-2020 Fire Season Inquiry and the Royal Commission into Natural National Disaster Arrangements. View the submissions here.


Establishing Community Recovery Committees

The process of establishing Community Recovery Committees (CRCs) is underway across the Shire with residents driving their own recovery and way forward. 

The Upper Murray Com­munity Recovery Com­mittee will consider the entire region, including cross-border communities, and broader projects like tourism and telecommunications.

Local CRCs in the small towns and valleys will decide on proj­ects to benefit their own areas. CRCs are being established in Cudgewa, Towong, Thow­gla, Walwa and surrounds, Biggara, Tint­aldra and the Peninsula.

If you would still like to register to join a group, contact the Recovery Team on 1800 518 222 or drop into the Recovery Hub.

Why Community Recovery Committees?

The role of a Community Recovery & Resilience Committee is to focus on broader recovery priorities for the Shire.

CRRCs will have representatives from Local Action Groups, as well as key leaders and community representatives from across the region like business leaders, community organization leaders, young people and bushfire affected community members who may not be a member of a Local Action Group.

CRRCs will be asked to:

  • Consult with communities and represent community views regarding recovery.
  • Identify community recovery priorities for input into the Towong Shire Municipal Recovery Plan.
  • Provide input and feedback regarding recovery activities to Towong Shire & Government.
  • Help the community to understand recovery planning, recovery activities and what support is available to them.
  • Advocate on behalf of the community to ensure recovery meets the needs of communities and is not impeded.
  • Review and evaluate recovery activities and the work of the CRRC and other government stakeholders.

We will be establishing three Community Recovery & Resilience Committees with responsibility for particular regions: Upper Murray, Mitta Valley and Tallangatta & surrounds.

What is a Working Group?

We have established five Working Groups to focus on specific areas of recovery:

  • Economic recovery
  • Built environment recovery (both public and private)
  • Agricultural recovery
  • Social recovery
  • Environmental recovery

Working Groups comprise representatives from Towong Shire Council and Bushfire Recovery Victoria who have responsibility for delivering activities across the five areas listed above.

The role of Working Groups is to:

  • Contribute to the Municipal Recovery Plan
  • Coordinate the activities of government departments and agencies at the municipal level
  • Prioritise resources
  • Monitor delivery of actions and escalate issues as required

Recovery Group FAQ’s - For information on how many groups you can join, expertise needed and time commitments.

How can I apply to be on a group or a committee?

All you need to do to register your interest is call Towong Shire recovery staff on 1800 518 222 or send us an email at and we will call you back.

We will ask you some simple questions so we can get an understanding of where you live and what you are interested in.

This also gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Can I join more than one group or committee?

Yes! Although we are seeking the most diverse representation we can get, and we want the numbers in each group to be workable.

If we get too many responses, we will work with applicants to find the best solution for them and the community.

Do I need special expertise or equipment to be on a group or committee?

The only requirement is that you are a resident of Towong Shire (including if you own a holiday home in the shire) and are interested in being involved in community led recovery.

We want to see diverse representation from our community across our Local Action Groups, Working Groups and Community Recovery & Resilience Committees.

How will I contribute to meetings?

Due to COVID-19, many of the meetings may be digital or phone based for the  coming months. If you are concerned about being able  to  contribute in  this way, don’t let that stop you applying, just discuss what might be possible with one of our recovery staff on 1800 518 222 or via email at

How much time will I need to be able to offer to be on a group or committee?

Most groups will meet once or twice a month for about 2 hours per meeting. Additional time may be required outside of the meetings to further understand community priorities.

We are asking community members to commit to joining Working Groups or Community Recovery & Resilience Committees for at least six months. This will ensure we can make good progress in recovery and also allow different people to participate over time.

Local Action Groups are less formal and membership/timing will be often be dependent on availability.

If you feel like you would like to contribute but you are worried about the time you have available, that is fine! Just get in contact with us on 1800 518 222 or email at so we can discuss options.

  • Recovery services have continued to operate virtually throughout COVID-19. With the current restrictions the Hub is now closed for drop-in visits from the public. Local Area Recovery Officers are available by phone or email. If you need one-on-one assistance in relation to a specific issue, please make an appointment so we can schedule the available space. Call 1800 518 222 or email recovery@


  • Part of Council's Bushfire Recovery Team, dedicated Recovery Officers are now working together with communities to help determine local priorities and key recovery initiatives, and to deliver on these activities. Contact your Local Area Recovery Officer (LARO) directly on the following details.
    • Cudgewa, Berringama, Lucyvale Contact Tony Irwin on 0427 869 019
    • Walwa & Cross-Border, Mt Alfred, Burrowye, Guys Forest, Jingellic, Tintaldra, Tooma Contact Kaye Nankervis on 0436 445 187
    • Towong, Thowgla, Biggara Contact Pete Dikschei on 0428 950 739
    • Corryong, Business community Contact: Jai Edwards on 0438 762 442
    • Tallangatta Valley, Mitta Valley, Biggara, The Peninsula Contact: The Recovery Hub on 1800 518 222
    • Nariel Valley Contact: Jenny McCoy 0407 293 907
Agriculture Recovery | Agriculture Victoria (full contacts below) 0428 975 728 Kylie Macreadie
Clean-Up Program | Grocon 1800 560 760 or to register
Counselling Mental Health | Gateway Health 1300 514 811
Counselling Mental Health | Upper Murray Family Care 02 6055 8000
Counselling | Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) 9am–4.30pm daily
DELWP | Fencing replacement on DELWP property 02 6071 5359
Disaster Relief Mental Health Russell 0427 548 419 | Brian 0437 046 489
Financial Assist | Centrelink 10am–3pm Wed–Fri
Financial Assist | Rural Aid 1300 327 624
Financial Assist + Available Grants | Rural Finance 1800 260 425
Financial Counselling + Grant Applications | AgBiz Assist 1300 834 775 or
Financial Counselling | Anglicare 1800 244 323
Financial Counselling | Small Business Mentoring 0409 016 517 Ross Jennings
Foodshare | Corryong Pastor Carol Allen 0427 762 051
Legal | Disaster Relief 1800 113 432
Recovery Planners | Towong Shire Elke 0430 187 016
Social Services | DHHS 1800 560 760
Social Services + Financial Relief | The Red Cross 1800 733 276 or
Social Services + Financial Relief | The Salvation Army 1300 662 217
Water | Potable | Cudgewa and Corryong standpipe | NE Water via Towong Shire Council 1800 518 222 

Agriculture Victoria Contacts

Agriculture Victoria staff can provide technical support to landholders on a range of recovery issues.

Agriculture Recovery Manager

Kylie Macreadie 0428 975 728

Animal health and biosecurity

Dr Jeff Cave 0418 583 654

Dairy industry

Brett Davidson 0407 938 065

Beef Industry

Greg Ferrier 0438 738 634

Animal nutrition and feed budgeting

Nick Linden 0438 369 486

Grazing and pasture management

Ian Gamble 0437 362 620

Farm water planning and management. Stock water reticulation systems

Greg Bekker 0417 340 236

Irrigation systems and management. Stock water reticulation systems

Dennis Watson 0429 304 567

Soil erosion management

Brad Costin 0439 347 488

Back to Business – Vic

Lyndon Kubeil 0418 532 085

* Please note staff are available for contact during office hours Monday to Friday.


  • Bushfire Case Support Program - a single point of contact through Bushfire Recovery Victoria for information, financial support, insurance, counselling and small business advice. Call 1800 560 760 or email
  • Bushfire Recovery Programs and Initiatives -the latest initiatives and factsheets from Bushfire Recovery Victoria covering support for small business, tourism, financial relief, fencing and farming.


  • To assist in fast-tracking the rebuild process for farming communities, at the February 2020Council meeting an exemption was made to the building regulations and fees for unoccupied farm sheds.
  • Under the National Construction Code the exemption applies to ‘Class 10A’ buildings (the only class of building that can be exempted by Council). The building is to be constructed within a fire-affected area on farm land and is to be used for farming purposes.
  • For safety reasons, the building is to be built by a suitably qualified and experienced company using plans, materials and construction methods that are considered appropriate for a building of its type.
  • To be considered, a basic application form needs to be completed together with a site plan. A planning permit and other regulations may still apply.
  • If you are looking to replace a farm shed please contact the Recovery Team prior to the commencement of work. A Council Planner will work with you to confirm what documentation and permits are relevant to your property. Call 1800 518 222 or email


Bushfire Emergency Information


February 1, 2020


The Wodonga Incident Control Centre have published a new Community Newsletter today which provides a comprehensive update on the fire situation in the Upper Murray, including updates on road closures, relief centres, information on welfare for animals and wildlife, information about water quality, and numbers for several key agencies including the Bushfire Clean Up Program. Find it here. Community Newsletter - February 1st 2020


January 24, 2020


The Wodonga Incident Control Centre have published a new Community Newsletter today which provides a comprehensive update on the fire situation in the Upper Murray, including updates on road closures, relief centres, information on welfare for animals and wildlife, information about water quality, and numbers for several key agencies including the Bushfire Clean Up Program. Find it here. Community Newsletter - January 24 2020


January 23, 2020


Victoria Police & VicRoads have confirmed the reopening of the Murray Valley Highway and the Murray River Road between Corryong and the Jingellic Bridge past Walwa from 7am on Friday 24 January, to allow access to the area for the Australia Day long weekend.
Access will be available to:
• Cudgewa (from the Murray Valley Highway)
• Corryong
• Towong
• Tintaldra
• Walwa
Several roads are still fire affected and remain closed to the public. Residents will be allowed access between 7am - 8pm and emergency vehicles only will be permitted outside these hours.
The main roads affected are:
• The Murray River Road from the Jingellic Bridge to Guys Forest Road Burrowye
• Cudgewa Valley Rd between Briggs Gap Rd and the Murray River Rd
• Shelley Road between the Murray Valley Highway and Sandy Creek Rd
• The Benambra Corryong Road will be closed at the Murray Valley Highway.
• Thowgla Road will be closed at the Murray Valley Highway.
The Omeo Highway will remain closed at Mitta for people travelling South.
Several other local roads are also still fire affected and will remain closed. People are advised to follow any directions or signage in the area.
These include:

Murray Valley Highway Road Closures

  • Berringama Nichols Rd
  • Price Hill Rd
  • Evans Rd
  • Eddys La
  • McDoalds rd
  • Cudgewa Rd
  • Back Cudgewa Rd
  • Colac Colac Waters La
  • Schintlers La
  • Greenwattle Gap
  • Corryong Sugarloaf Rd
  • Briggs Gap Rd
  • Back Thowgla Rd
  • School La
  • Thowgla Rd
  • Thomas La
  • Keills La
  • Towong Hill Rd
  • Upper Murray Road

Murray River Road Closures

  • Towong Racecourse La
  • Racecourse La
  • Lamberts Rd
  • Ranch Rd
  • Wilsons Rd
  • Tintaldra Cudgewa Tintaldra Rd
  • Settlement Rd
  • Pine Mountain Creek Rd
  • Eightiy Acre Rd
  • Walwa Snake Gully Track

Cudgewa Tintaldra (Cudgewa valley Rd) Closures

  • Cudgewa Whiteheads Rd
  • Ashstead Park Ln
  • Carkeeks Rd
  • Germans Rd
  • Ross Ln
  • Cudgewa North Rd
  • Tintaldra Leakes Rd
Further information is available on the VicTraffic app or website.


Centrelink staff are available in Corroyong on Friday at the Towong Shire office from 11.00 am - 2.30pm.

January 22, 2020


If you’re returning home after a bushfire, it can help to prepare mentally for what you’re going to see. People have all kinds of emotional and physical reactions – they are normal and part of the healing process. Relief, uncertainty, distress, anger, grief are all normal. Resources are available below and on the fact sheet. 

If you or a loved one need support during this difficult time visit your GP or call the Victorian Bushfires Case Support Program for more information about the mental support services available in your area. Call: 1800 560 760 - 8am – 6pm weekdays and 9am – 5pm on weekends Email:

It can be really helpful to talk to someone who’s independent but still understanding. Here are some services that are here for you or others you know.

• LifeLine – phone 131 114 - A 24-hour telephone service that offers confidential support and advice to help you deal with stress and personal challenges.

• Beyondblue information line – phone 1300 224 636 - An information line that offers expert information on depression; how to recognise the signs of depression, how to get help, how to help someone else and how to stay well.

• Mensline – phone 1300 789 978 - A telephone support, information and referral service, helping men deal with their relationship problems.

• Nurse-on-Call – phone 1300 60 60 24 - A 24-hour telephone service that allows people to discuss any health-related issue with a registered nurse for the cost of a local call.

• Parentline Victoria – phone 13 22 89 – Available 8am – midnight, 7 days a week a telephone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old, which offers confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues.

• Kids Help Line - phone 1800 551 800 – A 24-hour telephone service that provides phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.


Centrelink staff are at the Towong Shire Council Corryong Customer Service Centre in the Elyne Mitchell Library tomorrow Wednesday 22 January from 9am - 4.30pm.


A range of workboots in adult sizes have been kindly donated and are now available at the Corryong Junior Campus for fire-affected residents.


Rainfall on fire-affected ground is producing runoff into streams and dams.

Rural Finance has a Transport Support Program available for primary producers in Towong Shire for stock drinking water transport, emergency fodder transport and transport to agistment with subsidies of up to $15,000. Agriculture Victoria has information on protecting water supplies. 


The Corryong Community Ag Recovery Drop-in centre is now open at the Corryong Neighbourhood Centre 42 Hanson Street, Corryong.
The centre will be open all week (including weekend) from 10.30am - 3.30pm. You’ll find a vet and specialist ag recovery staff there with advice relating to land management, erosion control, animal welfare and feed budgeting. Private rooms for confidential one-on-one discussions are also available.
For more information on bushfire recovery, please contact Agriculture Victoria on 136 186 or see

January 21, 2020


Centrelink staff will be at the Towong Shire Council Corryong Customer Service Centre in the Elyne Mitchell Library tomorrow Wednesday 22 January from 9am - 4.30pm.

Feel free to drop in.


Help is at hand for the clean up of fire-affected properties. Federal Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud MP and Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville MP have announced the fast, fully-funded and far-reaching 2020 Clean-up Program.

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments will jointly provide up to $75 million for the program to demolish, remove and safely dispose of all buildings destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Insured and uninsured property owners won’t be required to contribute to the cost of the program.

The removal of fencing, trees and vehicles may also be included where it is necessary for the safe clean-up of buildings.

Property owners are encouraged to register for the 2020 Clean-Up Program via the link below or by phoning 1800 560 760.

View the full statement here.…/


You can call Disaster Legal Help Victoria on 1800 113 432 to get free information about your legal issues and options for ongoing assistance. The Get help section contains legal information covering the most common areas of legal concern to those affected by disasters. Legal problems can surface quickly during and after a bushfire. Disaster Legal Help is available to help Victorians affected by the recent bushfire with issues including:

  • dealing with insurance claims
  • replacing lost or destroyed documents, including wills and titles
  • tenancy issues, such as disputes with landlords and outstanding rent
  • debt and other financial problems resulting from loss of employment and the cost of dealing with the aftermath of a disaster.


January 20, 2020


Thanks to a big effort from Council staff over the weekend, the fire-related works have now been completed at Corryong Pool and it is safe for the community to use.

Unfortunately, due to the risk of lightning, the pool could not open today but if weather permits it will be open tomorrow!


We are aware that scammers are targetting bushfire-affected areas. This includes a local receiving a call from someone pretending to be an insurance assessor requesting $500 to be paid upfront. Fortunately, the individual contacted the insurance company regarding the payment and confirmed it was a scam. The ACCC has set up a dedicated phone number for the public to report bushfire related scams.

To report a scam call 📞1300 795 995 

You can also find out more about scams on the Scamwatch website.



  • Recovery related services including DHHS, Red Cross, Salvation Army and Centrelink have now relocated from Corryong College senior campus, to the Towong Shire Office (76 Hanson St, Corryong), open 9am - 4.30pm. Depending on demand, appointments may need to be arranged.
  • For food, water and clothing for those impacted by fires, please visit Corryong FoodShare (Donalson St, Corryong), open 9am-1pm. After hours please call Carol Allen on 0427 762 051.
  • Food/clothing donations following the amazing generosity, FoodShare Corryong are currently unable to accept food and clothing donations directly - please contact Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare if you are wanting to make a donation.
  • Fodder donations please contact VFF directly on 1300 882 833



  • Recovery related services including DHHS have now relocated from Tallangatta Memorial Hall to Tallangatta Library (35 Towong St, Tallangatta), open 9am-4.30pm. Depending on the demand for agencies, appointments may need to be arranged.


January 17, 2020

Today's Community Newsletter: covering the latest updates from Emergency Services and supporting agencies, including further contact details.


Current opening hours

Day Opening hours
Tuesday 12pm - 4pm 
Thursday 2pm - 6pm 
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Please be aware:
- There is no access to landfill, with skip bins on site for general waste only.
- Recycled materials are being accepted.
- No materials from bushfire damage are being accepted at this stage.

Tip fees for general waste will be waived for residents of Towong Shire until further notice.

Large skips have been placed in surrounding towns at the following locations for local residents to utilise:
- Next to Cudgewa Pub
- Entrance to Towong Racecourse
- Near Tintaldra Pub
- Entrance to Walwa, from Corryong

For rubbish bin replacement or further details, please contact the Council office directly on (02) 6071 5100


DHHS will be available at the Tallangatta Shire office today, Friday 17 January until 4.30 pm
Tomorrow, Saturday 18 January, DHHS will be available at at the Tallangatta Library 10 am - 3 pm

Following this, please contact DHHS directly.

January 16, 2020

Today's Community Newsletter: covering the latest updates from Emergency Services and supporting agencies, including further contact details.


Due to a fire-damaged dangerous tree, the Corryong Landfill is currently closed until further notice.

We apologise for the inconvenience and will provide an update on when it will open as soon as possible.


You can call your Bushfire Recovery Victoria case manager on 1800 560 760 for info on how to handle waste from your property or business. At this stage, please do not commence clean-up by taking trailer loads of bushfire waste to local landfill facilities, as only appropriate facilities will be able to receive your bushfire waste. For more info, fact sheets are also available on the EPA website:

Please review the following guidelines provided by the EPA:

  • We recommend you do not inspect burnt building rubble or take any waste to landfill yourself
  • If you decide to inspect, protect yourself by wetting down the area to reduce dust and wear protective clothing including a P2 mask
  • The EPA is working with regional waste groups and others to map and prepare appropriate disposal facilities to receive bushfire waste and will update affected communities soon.
  • Government contractors will be best placed to clean up your bushfire waste, and more information will be confirmed shortly, as bushfire recovery processes commence.
  • Contact Worksafe if your business has been impacted.


Tallangatta Pool is open today after being closed due to air quality on Tuesday and Wednesday.


All hay and fodder enquiries can now call 1300 882 833.

The VFF is coordinating relief for farmers affected by bushfire in the Upper Murray. You can call the VFF and register if you need fodder, can donate good quaity fodder or transport fodder, need agistment, can take animals on agistment or want to make a tax-deductible donation to the VFF disaster relief fund. The VFF has secured an agreement with the Victorian Government to facilitate fodder in affected regions and includes fuel subsidies for transport or donated fodder. 

For more info, please visit


Towong Shire Council, with the support of the Victorian Government, has established a Bushfire Recovery Directorate (BRD) to oversee bushfire recovery - focusing on rebuilding and planning, economic development, support for the farming and primary production sectors and the ongoing wellbeing of community members. Council is looking to fill a mixture of key support roles on a short-term basis (up to three months) while longer-term recruitment processes get underway. 
All positions will be based in Corryong and will require extensive travel across the Upper Murray region. Each leadership position will be supported by a team dedicated to a community-led recovery model and will report to the Director Relief and Recovery. These roles will be appointed to Upper Murray locals wherever possible. To find out more, visit Current Vacancies.


January 15, 2020

Today's Community Newsletter: covering the latest updates from Emergency Services and supporting agencies, including further contact details.



Fast-moving fire and smoke have impacted wildlife and destroyed habitat. Wildlife will be moving away from fire and burnt areas. Motorists should be extra vigilant for animals along roadsides. If you come across injured, caught or distressed wildlife please call  the Wodonga Incident Control Centre on (02) 6043 4600. 


January 14, 2020

Today's Community Newsletter: covering the latest updates from Emergency Services and supporting agencies, including further contact details.



📍Victoria Police has confirmed Khancoban (NSW) residents are able to return home through the Traffic Management Point north-east of Corryong. For access, residents must provide photo ID and proof of residency at the traffic point which is located at the intersection of Murray Valley Highway and Mongans Lane.



Please be advised there have been a handful of cases where electronic washing machines have been used with older generators, causing the washing machine to malfunction. To overcome, we're advised these can be used together with an inverter. Please contact your local Electrician directly for further advice.


January 13, 2020

Update from Department of Trade: Corryong-Wodonga bus service

Please be advised that the Department of Trade will be resuming the Corryong to Wodonga bus service tomorrow. Due to road closures, the service will operate a modified route from Corryong to Wodonga via Tallangatta, along the Murray Valley Highway. The bus will not service Walwa or stops along the Murray River Road, however the departure times will remain relevant, as displayed on the website. The service will return to its normal route once the restrictions are lifted on the Murray River Rd.


January 12, 2020


3pm at the Corryong Emergency Relief Centre

January 11, 2020

Update on Road Access to the Upper Murray

The Murray Valley Highway will be open between 7.00am to 8.00pm each day. The road will be closed at 8.00pm each day at Bullioh and Corryong. You will not be able to return after this time. It is unsafe to drive on this road at night.

For access past the Traffic Management Points, residents must provide photo ID and proof of residency for access to Corryong. For essential supplies and services, evidence of legitimate reason to travel must be provided in the form of invoice or similar. 

Speed will be limited to 60 km/h. Victoria Police will be enforcing the temporary speed limit.

Access to Corryong is only via the Murray Valley Highway. All other access routes in the area will not be open. Multiple other closures for roads connecting to the Murray Valley Highway remain in place in fire-affected areas. These areas have not been deemed safe.  Residents will not be able to access property that is not accessible directly on the Murray Valley Highway or in the Corryong township. The road between Walwa and Corryong remains closed and there is no access due to active fire in the area.

Regional Roads Victoria continues to replace critical safety infastructure on this road. Once completed, the road will be reassessed for access at all times.


January 10, 2020

Financial Assistance

Information on grants and funding available to impacted community members is available here.

Kerbside Waste Collection

Collections are now mostly continuing as usual except in those areas still impacted by fires or where access is prevented by roadblocks. If there are changes to normal collection schedules we will endeavour to let community members know in a timely fashion.


January 9, 2020

UPDATE for the Murray Valley Highway from Bullioh to Corryong

The Murray Valley Highway from Bullioh to Corryong will be closed at 8.00 pm tonight until further notice. If you are planning to leave the Corryong area via the Murray Valley Highway between Corryong and Bullioh, you must leave before 8 pm tonight as the road will not be safe. The Upper Murray fire tomorrow has the potential to grow rapidly due to the predicted increase in fire weather.

Telstra update

If you need to make a phone call or get WiFi access and are near a Telstra payphone, all calls and hotspots are currently free.

Click here to download a flyer with further detail regarding the provision and restoration of power services during an emergency situation. 

Damaged rubbish bins

Residents are advised that if they have rubbish bins that have been fire damaged to contact Council on (02) 6071 5100. Council will arrange replacement bins and rubbish collection.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS - Tallangatta and Granya

Tallangatta - 11am at the Tallangatta Memorial Hall

Granya - 2pm at the Granya Hall 


January 8, 2020

COMMUNITY MEETINGS - Tallangatta Valley and Mitta Mitta 

Tallangatta Valley - 10am at the Tallangatta Valley Hall

Mitta Mitta - 3pm at the Mitta Sports and Community Centre

Garbage collection

Council advises following Walwa garbage collection yesterday, Burrowye and Mt Alfred garbage collection will be conducted tomorrow, Thursday 9 January, pending road access. Please stay informed and look out for updates.

Stock removal update

Today and tomorrow, three teams of Council staff are going into the Burrowye, Mt Alfred, Walwa and Pine Mountain areas to speak to farmers regarding stock removal.

Defence Force staff and the Council will do the same in the Corryong, Cudgewa, Nariel, Biggara, Tintaldra areas today.

A contractor has been engaged, and is digging a hole today at Settlement Road, Tintaldra.

Holbrook Earthmoving has already completed a number of burials in the Cudgewa and Walwa areas.


January 7, 2020

Fodder and feed into the Upper Murray

Fodder and other stock feed, as well as fuel and milk collection are a priority need in the burnt out areas of the Upper Murray region.
A convoy of more than 40 trucks including B-doubles, semi-trailers and smaller vehicles went into the Upper Murray this morning (Tuesday) carrying fodder and feed for fire-affected farmers throughout the district.
Much of this fodder has been donated by farmers and feed suppliers across Victoria, southern NSW and South Australia.

Read the full media release here

Change to operations of Emergency Relief Centres

 From tonight, Tuesday, January 7, Towong and Wodonga Emergency Relief Centres will be operating as information centres from 8am to 8pm each day.

The centres will have representatives from key agencies and provide a space during the day offering registration, assistance and services but will not be operating as overnight accommodation.

The sites will be enacted back into full relief centres if and when required.

This applies to the following centres.

  • Tallangatta Relief Centre at the Tallangatta Memorial Hall
  • Corryong Relief Centre at the Corryong High School
  • Wodonga Relief Centre at The Cube Wodonga

Latchford Barracks in Wodonga continues to provide accommodation for those affected by fires.

UPDATE ON Murray Valley Highway from Bullioh to Corryong - Read VicEmergency's full community information notification here

  • The Murray Valley Highway will be open between 7.00am to 8.00pm each day.
  • The road will be closed at 8.00pm each day at Bullioh and Corryong. You will not be able to return after this time. It is unsafe to drive on this road at night.
  • This road is subject to closure at any time based on fire risk or operational activity.
  • For access past the Traffic Management Points, residents must provide photo ID and proof of residency for access to Corryong.
  • Residents will not be able to access property that is not accessible from the Murray Valley Highway.

 Driving conditions

  • Drive to conditions and obey all instructions from emergency service personnel and signs. Visibility due to smoke is poor and animals and wildlife will be moving across the landscape.
  • Speed will be limited to 60 km/h.

 Today's community meeting at Corryong

Transfer station extended hours

Due to the Corryong Landfill being inaccessible, the Tallangatta Transfer Station (Murray Valley Highway, Tallangatta) will open for extended hours.

Opening hours:
➡️ Tuesday 7 January (today): 2pm-6pm
➡️ Thursday 9 January: 2pm-6pm
➡️ Sunday 12 January: 12pm-4pm

All tip fees will be waived for residents of the Towong Shire during this period.


January 6, 2020



January 5, 2020


1.40pm UPDATE: Unfortunately conditions on the road have deteriorated and it is too unsafe to travel. Today's convoys have been cancelled.
Convoys will be organised as conditions allow.

RESIDENTS ONLY: Convoy will depart Tallangatta Showgrounds at 4pm TODAY Sunday, January 5 travelling to the Corryong Relief Centre at Corryong High School.

RESIDENTS ONLY: Convoy will depart Corryong Relief Centre at Corryong High School at 4pm TODAY Sunday, January 5; travelling to Tallangatta Showgrounds.

ID will be required (or proof that you are a resident).

Register with the SES at Tallangatta Showgrounds and Corryong Relief Centre.

The bushfire continues to burn at west-north-west of Walwa. It is not yet under control, as a result of changed weather conditions the spread of fire has slowed for now. However, the situation can change at any time.

Roadblocks remain in place and access will only be possible under escorted convoy.

Convoys will be organised as conditions allow.

As always, monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.

If you don't feel comfortable, it's probably not safe for you to be there.


January 4, 2020

Situation update

4.30pm update from Deputy Incident Controller Dave Jenson on the Upper Murray fire situation

Community meeting

There will be a community meeting at 5pm tomorrow (Sunday, January 5, 2020) at the Tallangatta Memorial Hall with representatives from from various agencies including DELWP, Victoria Police, Department Health and Human Services, Agriculture Victoria and Towong Shire.

Food donations

We want to thank everyone for their generous outpouring of support whether it is their time or donations.
Please note, we are unable to accept food donations at our relief centres unless they have been commercially prepared.
As much as everyone loves a homemade meal, for everyone's health and safety, only commercially prepared meals and fresh food can be accepted. 
Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare is taking donations this weekend from 9am to 12pm at their warehouse. Please follow their page for updates on taking donations.
The council is in the process of setting up a co-ordinated donation system and further details will be provided once that has been finalised.
We expect that your help and support will be required for some days and weeks to come and we thank you for your continued support.

Cool relief and respite and access to amenities

This weekend there is free entry at the Tallangatta pool which is open from 12pm to 7pm for all those affected by fires. There is a range of swimwear for young children to borrow as well as towels for use by those who may not have any. The kiosk selling snacks, ice creams and drinks.

Akuna Ave is being used for access to the staging area for the firefighting efforts and so appears blocked. Please park next to the church or on the corner of Akuna Ave and Towong St - follow the temporary signage.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with laundering the borrowed items. Please phone Joe Calvert on 0422 932 712 if you are able to assist.

The Corryong Pool is closed. Not only has it been affected by ash from the fires, the pool has been drained by firefighting efforts.

The shower and toilet block next to the Tallangatta pool is open 24 hours for people needing a shower or access to amenities.

January 3, 2020

UPDATE 2.59pm on 3/1/2020 - The Murray Valley Highway has now been closed in both directions to traffic other than emergency personnel.

Please note that Corryong is not subject to the evacuation notifications that apply to the smaller communities in the region.

Leaving today is the safest option. Fire weather on Saturday is predicted to be extreme, causing fire storm conditions which may not be survivable. Do not wait until fire starts near you to move to a safer location.

While it is safe to do so, the Murray Valley Highway will remain open for residents who want to leave the area to stay with family or friends or attend a relief centre at Tallangatta, Wodonga or Wangaratta. However, there is no traffic going into the township.

The Corryong Relief Centre continues to operate at the Corryong High School.

Council staff are based at the relief centre to offer shelter and support.

Emergency services remain based in Corryong including CFA, DELWP, Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria.

Crews are actively involved in securing the township and supporting the community.

The hospital remains open with nursing staff available to assist with medical needs.North East Water has restored water supply to Corryong.

AusNet generators are providing power to the Corryong township. Please manage power usage, particularly with hot water systems, and if you or your neighbours are leaving or have left, please switch off the mains power to save load on the generators, particularly overnight. You are encouraged to use your air-conditioning as required. 

Community meeting

Tallangatta Memorial Hall - at 5 pm


For urgent animal welfare and needs for pets, horses and livestock including food and water contact phone 1800 226 226 or visit for more information.
Landholders needing emergency fodder for livestock should contact the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) on 1300 882 833 between 9am and 5pm or email
For more information including disposal requirements, pit specifications and more go to the Agriculture Victoria website

Health and wellbeing

Corryong Health Services - 02 6076 3290
Nurse-on-Call - 1300 60 60 24
Lifeline - 131 114
Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636
MensLine - 1300 789 978
Kid’s Help Line - 1800 55 1800
Parent Line - 13 22 89

Useful online resources


Towong Shire Community Recovery Newsletter - April 2020 (PDF 2282 KB)










Last updated: 13 August 2020