We’re here to give a voice to the views and recovery goals of all Corryong community members
Carol Allen – Corryong FoodShare, Ambassadors of Jesus Church, Community Health Advisory Group
Mark Collins – Communications; Corryong Courier Newspaper, Upper Murray Business Inc., Corryong Sporting Complex, Corryong Golf Club
Maurie Foun – Corryong Men’s Shed, Community Health Alliance Group, The Man from Snowy River Tourist Association, Playle’s Hill Project, Upper Murray Poets, The Athenaeum Art Project
Alison (Chic) Hewatt – Corryong Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, Corryong Show Society. The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival Committee
Ros McKenzie – The Man from Snowy River Tourist Association, Corryong Lions Club, Youth Club Hall, Corryong Visitor Information Centre
Amanda Meagher – Deputy Chair; Corryong FoodShare
Thea Newton – Corryong Neighbourhood Centre, Corryong Craft Shop, Corryong Red Cross, Hospital Auxiliary, Community Health Alliance Group, Upper Murray Farmers & Craft Market, Corryong Indoor Bowls, Playle’s Hill Project, Corryong Garden Group
Karen Paton – Corryong Lions Club, Corryong Tennis Club, Youth Club Hall
Cathy Ross – Chair; The Man from Snowy River Tourist Association, Upper Murray Economic Working Group, Corryong Wetlands Project, Playle’s Hill Project, Corryong Visitor Information Centre, Corryong Garden Group, Upper Murray Farm Tree Group, Friends of Murray Mountain Parks, The Athenaeum Art Project
Warwick Ross – Corryong CFA, Playle’s Hill Project, Upper Murray Farm Tree group, Friends of Murray Mountain Parks
Sheril Wilson – Treasurer; Corryong Memorial Hall, The Man from Snowy River Tourist Association, Corryong Red Cross, Corryong Badminton, The Athenaeum Art Project
• We initiated our Recovery Committee in October with 11 initial members
• We have adopted our Terms of Reference
• We have participated in workshops to refine our vision and mission. These will assist in further defining and planning our priority focus areas
• We have formed a communications group, started a Facebook page, adopted a logo and produce our first community newsletter
• Our Chair has met with other CRC chairs to share ideas, challenges and support of one another
• We have completed a significant community survey to assist us in ascertaining community priorities for recovery
• We have actively supported the development of a local fire prevention program based on the Fire Foxes model. A number of CRC members attended these fire preparedness sessions
• We have received presentations regarding fire preparedness issues and Council responsibilities from Towong Shire Council’s Director of Community and Planning and Emergency Management Coordinator. We have discussed the community concerns regarding fire preparedness issues with these representatives
• Our Chair has participated in a fire debrief pre-planning session to ensure the concerns of our community are embedded in the upcoming community sessions
• We have worked closely with Towong Shire Council and Bushfire Recovery Victoria to identify resources and other supports necessary to enable the implementation of priority projects
• We have met with Major General Andrew Hocking, Deputy Coordinator Engagement and Operations, National Bushfire Recovery Agency
• We have communicated with community organisations regarding the process of applying for grants. We have written a number of letters of support for grant applications, including some applications for the Bushfire Recovery Victoria Local Economic Recovery Fund
• We have publicised and supported a number of recovery activities which address mental health such as fire prevention workshops, the Corryong Christmas Market, “Are you Bogged Mate?” and a community variety concert/Sikh dinner
Corryong is a welcoming, friendly, and caring community. Our residents feel safe, secure, supported and ready to meet the challenges that living in a fire prone environment brings. We feel connected to one another. We all (young and not-so-young) feel included, empowered and valued and hence contribute to our community. We feel confident that the support and services we need are reliable and accessible. Our businesses (including agriculture) are stronger than ever and are joined by new enterprises and innovative ideas. We are comfortable sharing conversations about our local Aboriginal history and culture. Our landscape is recovering, and we are proud that we live in the beautiful Upper Murray.
To ensure Corryong community members, groups and organisations have access to the information and resources they need to implement local recovery activities and programs that will create a safe, healthy and resilient community.
Our recovery priorities
Our top 5 priorities for the recovery of the Corryong Community are:
- Support community groups to organise and present events and gatherings– including the development, Implementation and distribution of a community calendar.
- Advocate for the community recovery needs with relevant agencies – including improvements to emergency / relief Infrastructure and providing input and feedback on the Municipal bushfire plan.
- Advocate for the development of the primary school site – represent and inform the community on the Primary School Site Project Steering Group.
- Advocate for the development of industry and business opportunities (in accordance with the Upper Murray Economic Development Plan) including the setting up of a Corryong Chamber of Commerce.
- Advocate for the development of tourism opportunities and attractions.