Towong Council has opened its first bushfire recovery grants, taking a staggered approach to ensure people who aren't yet ready don't miss out.
"It's $750,000, from the Commonwealth and state [governments], which is a substantial amount of money," mayor David Wortmann said.
"We're encouraging all local organisations and community groups to look at the funding criteria and apply.
"It could be community infrastructure, getting communities together for events - we have left it open so we can encourage as many groups as possible.
"We know people have done it tough, and the whole shire was impacted, so we encourage people to apply.
"Some people won't be ready to apply for the first round, so there will be others after that."
Applications for the three rounds will close on August 14, February 12 and May 14, with grants of up to $5000 available.
Cr Wortmann said community recovery committees were being established.
"That's a great opportunity for people to come together with ideas ... the hub [at Corryong] is open five days a week," he said.
"Things are going OK, but I can see community members are a bit frustrated, they would like to see things progress more quickly.
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"In saying that, they do understand we are in the middle of a pandemic.
"It's got to be community-led, and hopefully the projects these grants will fund will help with that."
More than six months after the fire, work is continuing to replace fencing.
"BlazeAid has established back in Corryong and they're establishing a camp at Walwa, which is very exciting," Cr Wortmann said.
"There's a lot of fencing that needs to be replaced in that Walwa area.
"I spoke to Kevin Butler, the head of Blaze Aid, and they had 70 farms on their list, but he said they were finding more too."
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