Annual General Meeting of the Tawonga and District Community Association was held at the Tawonga Hall on Friday 20th August, 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Tawonga and District Community Association was held at the Tawonga Hall on Friday 20th August, 2021.

The committee were grateful for the attendance of Councillor Kelli Prime and Ruth Kneebone Executive Project Officer from the Alpine Shire Council.

Councillor Prime shared a personal introduction commenting that her role on the Alpine Shire Council is to work as an advocate for all in the community with her emphasis on sharing with the Council the values and priorities of her younger age cohort. She is passionate about recycling and waste reduction and improving people’s health and well-being. 

Ruth Kneebone introduced the Alpine Shire’s draft Community Vision 2040, formed by Council with extensive community consultation that outlines the aspirations and goals of the broad Alpine Shire community. Ruth continued with the companion document, a draft four-year Council Plan that outlines Council’s role and how it will pursue the aspirations and goals outlined in the Vision, in conjunction with the draft Municipal Public Health and Well-being Plan.

Elections of officer bearers for 2021 -22 was conducted by Councillor Prime and the committee welcome Mark Redmond to the Presidents role and Gina Sauervein to the role of Vice President.  We also welcome Sue Ryder back to the Secretary role and Meryn Deans back in the Treasurer role.

Welcome back also to committee members  Barb Talbot, Marie Lucas-Gear, Bruce Vine, Claire Lucas Gear and Melissa and Bruce Vine and Harold Coad as nominees to the TDCA on behalf of the Tawonga CFA. 

We also welcome Bruce Howie and Glen Woods to the TDCA Tawonga Hall sub-committee. 

Your current membership to the association is valued and new members are always welcomed!




The Victorian Government’s $5 million Private Overhead Electric Line (POEL) Scheme is open and accepting applications across all high-risk bushfire areas of Alpine, Towong and East Gippsland.

The POEL Scheme fully funds the replacement of eligible overhead electric lines on private properties in these areas, which were most impacted by bushfires in the summer of 2019-20.

Removing old uninsulated (‘bare-wire’) powerlines and replacing them with an underground connection helps reduce powerline bushfire ignitions and increases community safety and resilience for regional and rural Victorians.

To date, the Victorian Government has replaced 734 kilometres of bare-wire overhead powerlines across the state to reduce the risk of powerlines starting bushfires.

Applications are now open – subject to available funding.

To find out more or to apply, please visit: or contact the POEL Scheme project team on: (03) 9918 7315 or at


TRAVEL ADVICE: Bridge replacement Mountain Creek Road and Trappers Gap Road

Mountain Creek Bridge and Lords Creek Bridge, which are located along the Mountain Creek Road and Trappers Gap Road, will be replaced in the coming months to benefit heavy firefighter vehicles travelling between Mitta Mitta and Mount Beauty.

Refer to further details here:

Bridgeworks FAQ’s 2021_06_23 FFMVic Media Release – Bridge replacements improve firefighter response




Tawonga Hall receives a welcomed Local Economic Recovery grant

Halls in Tawonga, Harrietville, Tallangatta and Corryong will share in close to $2 million of state and federal grants through the Local Economic Recovery program. 

A $850,000 grant has been approved for improvements to the Tawonga Community Memorial Hall to enable it to be used as an emergency relief centre and to better support community events.

The Tawonga and District Community Association would like to thank the Alpine Shire for their support in getting this project off the ground.

We will keep you updated with progress!


Community sessions for the Alpine Better Places – Tawonga detailed design concepts will be postponed due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Sessions were scheduled to take place in-person on Tuesday, 8 June and Wednesday, 9 June.  Alpine  Shire will schedule new dates for the  community sessions once they have clear information about future restrictions, and will keep communities informed.



Planned burning operations in the Moncrief Gap Track area, north east of Mt Beauty.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) will undertake
planned burning in the next few months.

Please see below information and map relating to planned burning operations in the Moncrief Gap Track area, north east of Mt Beauty. 

This burn is planned to go ahead sometime over the next 6-8 weeks.  If weather conditions are suitable, ignition may begin next week (from Feb 22nd).  The area will be closed to the public during the operation.

Generic Public Info Map_Moncrief Gap Tk Burn

Generic Letter_Mt Beauty – Moncrief Gap Track


Children’s Game Area – Pioneer Park

The TDCA thank the Alpine Shire Council for their support in the 2020/21 Community Grants Program which has enabled a children’s games area to be painted on the old tennis court area of Pioneer Park.

This project was initiated through an existing level of use of the area by local children without an established games area. The new games area will enhance the games experience, promote social interaction and physical exercise. We anticipate future development of the retired tennis court area as part of the Alpine Better Places initiative. Community input is welcomed!

Alpine Better Places – Tawonga Community Information Session Wednesday 10 February 2021

Project consultants MDG Landscape Architecture have prepared draft detailed concept plans for Alpine Better Places Tawonga.

Residents are invited to a community information session to learn more about the project.

Alpine Better Places aims to revitalise and connect central township and recreation spaces – you don’t want to miss these exciting sessions!

Choose from a lunch or evening session to see the draft plans explained by the project architects, ask any questions and provide feedback.


Date: Wednesday, 10 February

Venue: Tawonga Community Hall

Lunch session: 12.30 – 1.30pm

Evening session: 7pm – 8pm

If you can’t make it on the day, the sessions will be recorded and available on the Alpine Shire Council Facebook page and website in the days following, and plans will be available to view on this page.

A two-week public consultation phase will follow the sessions to ensure everyone has the chance to have their say on the draft plans.

Bringing the joy of Christmas to Tawonga

 Tawonga & District Community Association (TDCA) committee member Marie Lucas- Gear and her team have been busy making Christmas wreaths to display in Tawonga. The official display starts on the  6th December 2020.

A big thank you to Marie and her team for the wonderful creations!

Come and have a look and then share some of our Christmas cheer by decorating your front gate, front fence or yard with Christmas lights, a display or even your own ….

The TDCA wish you and yours a Safe and Joyous Christmas!

Click on this link to download the Christmas Wreath Walkabout Spotto sheet and map and have some fun exploring the wreaths!!

For those that can not experience the Christmas Wreaths in person, thanks to committee member Mark Redmond for capturing the images below.













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