Thomson & Walhalla-Stoney Creek Fires - Community Update 3 May 2019

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

This page was last updated on 3 May 2019. The information here is valid until 7 June 2019. Click here to download a printable version of this Community Update.(PDF, 173KB)

  • Council is continuing to work with the emergency service agencies to prepare long-term Recovery Plans for the region.
  • Council Officers have been working directly with impacted residents in relation to the support that can be made available to assist with cleaning up and removal of waste and have connected individuals with the appropriate support services.
  • Council is strongly recommending to all community groups and associations within fire affected communities to apply for a Community Development Grant. This round of Community Development Grants close on 10 May 2019.  


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

Community Support

  • 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
  • Clinical Psychologist Dr Rob Gordon spoke recently in the Cardinia Shire in relation to coping with trauma. The Department of Health and Human Services has a number of short videos featuring Dr Gordon, they can be found via


Clean up

  • A State Government Clean up program has been announced to support all the residents who were impacted by the devastating bushfires. To register, please call 1300 199 048. Registrations for this program will close on Friday 10 May. 

Uninsured property owners

  • Property owners who wish to register interest in participating in the clean-up program are able to call 1300 199 048 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and register their details.

Insured property owners  

  • Impacted property owners with insurance will already have been working with their insurers to identify clean-up needs and engage contractors. If you have not already been in contact with your insurance provider, you should do so now.
  • Insurers of impacted property owners are invited to participate in the clean-up program.

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

Community Events

Community Grants

  • Council has identified the following grants that community groups can apply for to support their recovery. If you identify other grants that are available for communities, please contact Council so we can share the information.

Grant Program



Key Dates

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 10 May 2019

Baw Baw Shire Council Community Sponsorship

Baw Baw Shire Council offers sponsorship to local individuals and community groups requiring financial and in-kind assistance for a variety of events, projects and programs. The Community Funding Assistance Program is part of Council’s commitment to community development, building responsible leadership and creating vibrant communities.

More information


Closes 12 May 2019

FRRR, ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

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


Closes 14 May 2019

Sun Super, Dreams for a better world

Round 2 Brighter Futures

Tell us if you need funding for education initiatives or to create jobs for those in need, or improve financial wellbeing and affordability for Australians. We're also looking for dreams that enhance employment opportunities, or offer training and support to those who need a helping hand to get into or back to work.


Closes 21 June 2019

FRRR, Strengthening Rural Communities – Small and Vital

Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Small & Vital grants (up to $10,000) can be used for a wide range of purposes including; Delivering activities, programs and services; Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials; Community infrastructure projects; Operational and administrative costsassociated with your projectwill be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery.


Current Round Applications are due by 25 June 2019

FRRR, 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.


Applications Close 23 July 2019

Sun Super, Dreams for a better world

Round 3 Active Community

If you're looking for sports grants to help people of all ages and abilities be more active, or to improve the health and fitness of those in your community, apply for our Active Community grant. Or if you have a dream to create more active communities through health initiatives, wellbeing programs or by tackling medical issues faced by the wider community we also want to hear from you.


Closes 13 September 2019

FRRR, 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

FRRR, 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


  • Currently there are no closed Council roads due to the fire in the Walhalla area. A full list of closures can be found on the VicRoads website

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