Towong Shire

Upper Murray Fires 2020

Upper Murray Fires 2020
CONTENTS

 

BUSHFIRE RECOVERY CONTACTS

COUNCIL BUSHFIRE RECOVERY TEAM

BUSHFIRE RECOVERY VICTORIA

NATIONAL BUSHFIRE RECOVERY AGENCY

 
COMMUNITY RECOVERY GRANTS PROGRAM

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.  

 
ROUND 1 SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS

Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply for the first round of the Community Recovery Grants Program. Councillors were blown away by the response of fantastic initiatives.

The applications were reviewed and confirmed at the September 1 Ordinary Council Meeting, where Council awarded over $240,000 in round one, of a total $750,000.

Fifty-three community applications were successful in receiving the funding - CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL RECIPIENTS!

Over seventy percent of applicants were successful in receiving a grant, with good representation from across the Shire. Around half of these relate to events, with the remainder relating to infrastructure and equipment. 

 

Unsuccessful in Round 1?

Council staff have spoken to applicants who were unsuccessful in this round, as we don’t want to discourage efforts. In most cases organisations chose to deprioritise an application where they had multiple submissions. There were also some applications that we believe will be eligible for other funds, specifically Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities of up to $50,000. Council Officers will be working with these applicants to support them to submit an application. Should they be unsuccessful, the original application in round one will be reconsidered in round two.

An unsuccessful application was based on one of the following four reasons: 

  1. Organisations had multiple grants submitted under the same round. These organisations were asked to prioritise their preferred grant. The remaining grant applications can be reconsidered in future rounds.
  2. Applicants were likely to be eligible for additional bushfire recovery funds, specifically the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities of up to $50,000. Officers will work with these applicants to support them to submit an application. Should they be unsuccessful, the original application in round one will be reconsidered in round two.
  3. Proposed grant application was associated with existing master planning work and as such, it was recommended the grant was delayed until the master planning work is complete.
  4. Proposed grant applications were deemed to require additional work/community consultation to ensure there was community support for the proposal.

Round 2

Applications are now open for round 2 and close on Friday 12 February 2021.

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

APPLICATION FORM - COMPLETE AND SUBMIT ONLINE

APPLICATION FORM - PRINT AND COMPLETE

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 recovery@towong.vic.gov.au

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 
 
LATEST RECOVERY UPDATES

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 recovery@towong.vic.gov.au 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. 

Month
Edition
September 

Sep 3 Sept 10

August

Aug 6, Aug 13, Aug 21 Aug 27

July

Jul 23, Jul 16Jul 09, Jul 30

June

Jun 29Jun 22Jun 15Jun 8Jun 1

May

May 25May 18May 11May 4 

April

Apr 27Apr 20Apr 13Apr 6

March

Mar 30Mar 23Mar 16Mar 9Mar 2

February

Feb 24Feb 17Feb 10Feb 3 


APPLICATION FOR A TEMPORARY DWELLING

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 www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/bushfire-protection/rebuilding-and-recovery.

Or to talk through your planning and building requirements with Council’s Planner, Elke Cummins, call 1800 518 222 or email recovery@towong.vic.gov.au.

 
COUNCIL 2019/20 BUSHFIRE SUBMISSIONS

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.

 
TOWONG SHIRE COMMUNITY RECOVERY COMMITTEES

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 the Upper Murray, Corryong, Cudgewa, Towong, Thow­gla, Walwa and surrounds, Biggara, Tint­aldra, Lucyvale/Berringama, Nariel Valley 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.

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

CRCs 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.

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 recovery@towong.vic.gov.au 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 possible and the number in each group needs to be workable.

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-driven recovery.

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

How will I contribute to meetings?

Due to COVID-19, numbers at meetings are limited to 20 though you may be able to join via Zoom. 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 recovery@towong.vic.gov.au.

How much time will I need 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 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 recovery@towong.vic.gov.au so we can discuss options.

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY HUB
  • 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@ towong.vic.gov.au.

LOCAL AREA RECOVERY OFFICERS

  • As 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, Nariel Valley Contact: Jai Edwards on 0438 762 442
    • Tallangatta Valley, Mitta Valley, Biggara, The Peninsula Contact: The Recovery Hub on 1800 518 222
AGENCY CONTACTS
Agriculture Recovery | Agriculture Victoria  0428 975 728 Kylie Macreadie kylie.macreadie@agriculture.vic.gov.au
Clean-Up Program | Grocon 1800 560 760 or brv.vic.gov.au 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 info@agbizassist.org.au
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 redcross.org.au/grants
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 

RECOVERY RESOURCES

  • 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 connect@brv.vic.gov.au
  • 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.

PLANNING & BUILDING: NEEDING TO REPLACE A FARM SHED?

  • To assist in fast-tracking the rebuild process for farming communities, at the February 2020 Council 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 recovery@towong.vic.gov.au

 Downloads

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

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2 (PDF 638 KB)

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - FEB 24 (PDF 1016 KB)

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - MARCH 9 (PDF 638 KB)

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - MARCH 30 (PDF 565 KB)

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - MARCH 16 (PDF 523 KB)

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - MARCH 23 (PDF 582 KB)

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - FEB 3 (PDF 897 KB)

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - FEB 10 (PDF 798 KB)

UPPER MURRAY COMMUNITY RECOVERY NEWSLETTER - FEB 17 (PDF 644 KB)

Last updated: 10 September 2020