Thomson & Walhalla-Stoney Creek Fires - Community Update 22 March 2019


The Walhalla-Stoney Creek Fire is still an ongoing incident. Up to date information can be found at or the VicEmergency App.

This page was last updated on 22 March 2019. The information here is valid until 5 April 2019. Click here to download a printable version of this Community Update.(PDF, 179KB)

What is Council doing/What is Council’s Role?

  • Council is continuing to work with the emergency service agencies to prepare long-term Recovery Plans for the region.
  • Council is preparing a recovery community engagement strategy which will be publicly available. 
  • A community meeting focussing on recovery will be scheduled soon – announcements will be made via Council’s website, social media and local newspaper advertisement.
  • Council Officers will be contacting impacted residents in relation to the support that can be made available to assist with cleaning up and removal of waste. 


  • Case support workers are available to work with individuals by helping them navigate the various support services available including:
    • Financial assistance;
    • Mental health services;
    • Family violence supports;
    • Services for repairing and rebuilding damaged properties and re-establishing livelihoods.
  • The program is available now and for the next 12 months.
  • To access the service, contact council or call 1800 560 760.
  • Further Information relating to the case management can be found via
  • Community recovery fact sheets are available from the Council website via
  • A short video on how you can help yourself to recover can be found via
  • The better health channel has bushfire information that can be found via

Community Grants

  • Council has identified the following grants that community groups can apply for to support their recovery. 

Grant Program



Key Dates

Strengthening Rural Communities

Small & Vital

Grants for communities in small rural, regional and remote locations in Australia. This small and vital tier of funding supports projects with grants up to $10,000


Closes 26 March 2019

Community Group Futures

Community Group Futures program is aimed at helping not for profit organisations affected by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires to think beyond day to day operations and look ahead to ensure they can meet ongoing community needs.


Closes 9 April 2019

Grants for Resilience and Wellness

Program with the specific focus of providing assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience building projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires to build strength and capacity for the future.


Closes 9 April 2019

Tackling tough times together

The tackling tough times together program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the drought. Open year round, grants up to $20,000 and $60,000 are available, with EOI’s invited for grants up to $150,000.


Closes 30 April 2019

Baw Baw Shire Council Community Development Grants

Multiple Categories Available including Minor Capital Works, Environmental Projects and Minor Equipment Grants

EOI for Minor Capital Works closes 29 March 2019.


Closes 29 March 2019 & 10 May 2019

FRRR, ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

Grants to help communities tackle the issues concerning young people across rural, regional and remote Australia


Opens April 2019

ANZ Seeds of Renewal

An ANZ funded program that aims to help build thriving communities in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia through the provision of Grants. Seeds of renewal also offers information technology equipment.


Opens July 2019

Caring for Ageing Rural Australians

A targeted program designed to benefit and support older people living in small rural and remote communities in Victoria


Opens August 2019




  • The community are advised that driving or entering beyond a road closure point could void any of your insurances. A full list of closures can be found on the VicRoads website
  • Many of the tracks within the Walhalla Historic area and surrounding State Forest remain closed while safety assessments and works are undertaken. 
  • For information about closures surround and including the Walhalla Historic area please check the VicRoads Vic Traffic website or call 13 11 70 for road closures.

Water (Tank)

  • Department of Health and Human Services recommend that those with tank water check to ensure it is safe for consumption. Information on health and safety of tank water can be found via
  • If contaminated, tanks should be professionally cleaned before you replenish your water supply. Council does not provide cleaning or replenishing services of tanks.

Water (Dam) 

  • Property owners have until 2 May 2019 to apply to Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for replacement of Essential water. 
  • Property owners who have had water taken from dams or other structures for fire-fighting purposes can apply to Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for Essential Water Replacement. Information on essential water replacement can be found via

Clean Up

Keeping safe and avoiding risks

Asbestos Risk

Treated timber ash

  • Ash from burnt timbers that have been treated with copper chrome arsenate (CCA) is a danger to people and animals.
  • Keep children and pets away from the CCA-treated timber ash until it is removed.
  • Ash from CCA-treated timber can be double-bagged, sealed and taken directly to your local landfill. When removing CCA treated timber ash, wear protective gloves, disposable overalls, and a P1 or P2 face mask (P2 masks are sometimes referred to as N95 masks) to minimise exposure to dust. Do not bury CCA treated timber ash.
  • More information is available on the Better Health Channel
  • Council Officers will be contacting impacted residents in relation to the support that can be made available to assist with cleaning up and removal of waste. 


  • Residents considering rebuilding should seek advice from a private building surveyor.
  • State and Local Building Regulations will apply to residents wanting to rebuild. 

Contact Us

  • We’re here to help! For more information please contact Council on 1300 BAW BAW (1300 229 229).
  • For life threatening emergencies, always call triple zero 000.
  • For flood and storm emergencies call VIC SES on 132 500.