Recent Events

The Pyrenees Shire is no stranger to emergencies

More detailed information about the most recent local emergencies is included beneath the list of some of the incidents the Pyrenees Shire has experienced.






Dec 1998

Truck incident

Western Highway

June 2000

Gas pipeline rupture


Dec 2001


Snake Valley

Mar 2006

Grass fire


April 2006


Langi Kal Kal

April 2006

Level Crossing Accident


April 2007

Truck incident


April 2007

Vehicle incident


July 2007



Aug 2010



Dec 2010



Jan 2011



Jan 2013



Jan 2014

Wind Storm


Feb 2015


Pyrenees Shire

Sep 2016

Most Recent Local Emergencies

September 2016 - Flooding affecting many parts of the Pyrenees Shire

Council has confirmed flooding to two homes, one business and one shed. The occupants of three residences are unable to use access roads/driveways to their properties because the roads cannot be driven.

Damaged community infrastructure includes grounds and playing facilities at the Avoca Recreation Reserve, Natte Yallock Recreation Reserve and the Avoca Golf Club. Other damage includes to the Lions Park in Avoca (playground and toilets), Avoca Skate Park, Avoca Hall, Lexton Recreation Reserve change room facilities, Amphitheatre Community Centre and the Beaufort Lake Walking Track.

The full impact is still being determined.


February 28, 2015 - Avoca Wind Storm

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A significant wind storm event impacted on the township of Avoca and the surrounding region during the weekend of 28 February and 1 March 2015.

Damaging winds caused:

  • Widespread tree fell across roads fences and impacting on property resulting in
  • Loss of power to Avoca for approximately 24 hours
  • Closure of the Sunraysia Highway for approximately 17hours, and diversion of traffic via Maryborough
  • Numerous local roads with restricted access
  • 17  reported properties with building or structure damage including 5 residences (3 losing their roofs)
  • Significant tree damage at Avoca golf course
  • Farm sheds damaged
  • Approximately 50% of businesses impacted with stock loss, loss of trade and clean-up costs

While the event was in many respects localised, other Victorian Councils also reported significant storm impact on that same weekend.

January 17, 2014 - Moonambel Fire

This 350 hectare grassfire on the Stawell-Avoca Road 4.5 kilometres west of Moonambel started as two separate fires as a result of lightning. The fire took hold in the bush and threatened the township of Barkly and vineyards in the area.

Video courtesy of ApexImagery


January 8, 2013 - Chepstowe/Carngham Fire

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The grassfire started at around 3pm on Tuesday 8th January 2013 and burned 1319 hectares of farmland and bush.

Loss and damage include:

  • Nine houses, including the historic Carngham Station Homestead (seven were primary residences)
  • 17 sheds (garden sheds, hay sheds and workshops)
  • Approximately 700 livestock were lost (643 sheep and 60 cattle)
  • Vineyards and shedding at the Chepstowe Winery were damaged
  • In excess of 1000 burned trees along roadsides required removal

At the height of the fire there were 360 CFA personnel, 42 DSE personnel, six aircraft, three dozers and 10 private plantation fire fighters battling to contain it. Fire fighters did a great job to contain this fire in the difficult windy conditions. Two men were taken to hospital with minor burns. Four other people reported to hospital with varied injuries including smoke inhalation. No lives were lost and numerous houses and a pine plantation were saved. A Community Meeting was held at Snake Valley Hall Wednesday January 9, 2013 at 10.30am which over 250 people attended.


January 12, 2011 - Beaufort and Avoca Floods

The BEAUFORT Lake burst its banks after a night of heavy rain (100ml), forcing the evacuation of residents. More than 100 people were evacuated from their homes in the town about 5am.

An emergency relief centre was established at Beaufort's Goldfields Recreation Reserve, near the caravan park, which was also was evacuated. The floodwaters damaged about 70 properties in the township.

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The AVOCA River broke its banks flooding the recreation reserve and adjoining roadways.

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We acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Djab Wurrung tribes, whose land forms the Pyrenees Shire. We pay our respect to the customs, traditions and stewardship of the land by the elders and people of these tribes.

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