The mental health of fire-displaced families has to be a priority before returning to their properties, according to emergency services.
Speaking at a community meeting at Latchford Barracks in Bonegilla, Tallangatta police Sergeant Mick Savage said there were a lot of aspects to coming home after being away due to fire threat.
"We have to think about the mental health of the people and the supporting services supplied to them when they go back home," he said.
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"We need to ensure they are safe. That includes having water, electricity and gas. We want you to go home but we need to make sure it is safe for you to do so."
NSW RFS and CFA told the meeting the fire threat "isn't over" but they have "high hopes" conditions will continue to ease.
Towong Shire has also appointed a director of relief and recovery.