Towong Shire

Upper Murray Fires (January 2020) information

The Upper Murray fire - also known as the Green Valley or Walwa fire - was ignited by lightning in steep forested terrain in  NSW on December 29 in the Green Valley area.
The current fire area is estimated to be more than 300,000 hectares and remains a dynamic fire situation.

People in affected areas are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at Register.Find.Reunite or by calling 1800 277 077.
Contact VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226) to speak to someone about recovery. They can connect you with people who can help.

If you would like more information on where to get help, how to help those in need, or general bushfire resources the North East Catchment Management Authority has complied several resources. Click here to go to the website.


Latest Information

 

January 17, 2020

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

UPDATE: CORRYONG RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTRE & WASTE REMOVAL

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 IN TALLANGATTA

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.

CORRYONG LANDFILL SHUT

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.

INFORMATION ON FIRE DAMAGED WASTE AT YOUR PROPERTY

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: www.epa.vic.gov.au/emergency#factsheets

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

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

EMERGENCY HAY & FODDER

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 www.vff.org.au/donations

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: UPPER MURRAY BUSHFIRE RECOVERY ROLES

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.

 

UPDATE: CARING FOR WILDLIFE

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.

 

UPDATE: KHANCOBAN ROAD ACCESS

ūüďćVictoria 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.

 

ADVICE: COMPATIBILITY OF ELECTRONIC WASHING MACHINES WITH OLD GENERATORS

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

COMMUNITY MEETING

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:
‚ě°ÔłŹ¬†Tuesday 7 January (today): 2pm-6pm
‚ě°ÔłŹ¬†Thursday 9 January: 2pm-6pm
‚ě°ÔłŹ¬†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

CONVOYS IN and OUT of CORRYONG

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


Livestock

For urgent animal welfare and needs for pets, horses and livestock including food and water contact phone 1800 226 226 or visit agriculture.vic.gov.au 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 fodder@vff.org.au
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


 Downloads

Community Newsletter for Upper Murray - January 17, 2020 (PDF 621 KB)

Media release: Fodder and feed into the Upper Murray (PDF 103 KB)

Information and services contacts guide (PDF 202 KB)

Bushfire case support program 20200111 (PDF 186 KB)

Bushfire Case Support Program FAQs (PDF 141 KB)

Last updated: 17 January 2020