COVID-19: Read how Council is responding to COVID-19. For relief and assistance call 1800 MSC AID (1800 672 243).

Rolling Out the Welcome Mat

Wednesday, 15 January, 2020 - 14:45

Roll Out the Welcome Mat and Reboot Our Visitor Economy

Council welcome the announcement of the reopening of some key local tourism sites and camping grounds.

Areas to reopen in the High Country near Mansfield include Craig’s Hut, Stirling Circuit Road, Razorback Hut and Howqua Hills Historic Area.

Camping sites along the Howqua, Jamieson and Goulburn River will also reopen, including Running Creek, Skipworth Reserve, Sheepyard Flat, Wrens Flat, Granny’s Flat, Tobacco Flat and Tunnel Bend Flat.

Visitors can also visit nearby Mount Samaria State Park, Strathbogie State Forest, Toombullup State Forest and Delatite Arm Reserve.

While fire authorities are still working to bring fires across the region under control, Mansfield Shire is entering into recovery mode and the reboot of our local visitor economy, so the hard work isn’t over yet.

Our Facebook post announcing the reopening of key locations reached over 67,000 people, demonstrating that visitors are looking to social media for information and are keen to return.

Within the context of the ongoing situation, Tourism North East (TNE) has provided some practical ways for industry to proactively participate in several social media campaigns to help in business recovery:

Tourism Tribe has kindly offered support in constructing bushfire communications and recovery information for tourism businesses:

Note: all communications should still provide a link to the Vic Emergency website

Mansfield Shire Council, in partnership with Mt Buller Mt Stirling Management Board, will be shooting new still and moving imagery next week to capture “business as usual” here in Mansfield Shire.

Mansfield Shire Council, TNE, Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI) are all strongly advocating for direct financial assistance and support to businesses and industry as a key measure for recovery.

Current relief & recovery information can be found at

Support is available to you and your family from Lifeline (13 11 14), Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636 or online chat) or at any of these services.

In the meantime, roll out the welcome mat, acknowledge the amazing efforts of emergency services and tell the world Mansfield Mt Buller is open for business.

For more information, contact one of our Economic Development Officers:

  • Nicole Nye - Economic Development Officer– Tourism & Events - (03) 5775 8520
  • Derek Beautyman - Economic Development Officer – Business & Industry - (03) 5775 8586
  • Danielle Roberts - Economic Development Assistant - (03) 5775 8617


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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 January, 2020 - 15:04