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Hansen St, the main street of Corryong
|Shire of Towong, Victoria|
|Population||1,440 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||313.5 m (1,029 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Towong|
Corryong is a small town in Victoria, Australia 120 kilometres (75 mi) east of Albury-Wodonga, near the upper reaches of the Murray River and close to the New South Wales border. At the 2011 census, Corryong had a population of 1,440.
Corryong has a highland-influenced oceanic climate (Csb) with hot summers and cold winters, and a high diurnal range throughout the year.
|Climate data for Corryong|
|Record high °C (°F)||41.6
|Average high °C (°F)||30.7
|Average low °C (°F)||13.6
|Record low °C (°F)||4.2
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||51.0
|Average precipitation days||6.0||5.5||6.3||7.2||10.0||12.7||13.6||13.6||11.8||10.8||8.3||7.2||113.0|
|Average relative humidity (%)||35||36||36||48||61||71||69||60||55||50||43||37||50|
It is accessible by road along the Murray Valley Highway, and is indeed the eastern endpoint of this highway. Further eastern travel puts a driver on the Alpine Way, until recently a dirt road, before encountering any major settlements.
Industries in the area involve mainly agriculture and forestry, particularly beef and dairy farming, though some farmers are experimenting with more exotic farming enterprises. The forestry industries include both harvesting native eucalypts and the extensive pine plantations in the area. The town itself exists primarily to service these industries.
Corryong is supported by a variety of service clubs, a hospital and schools. It has a Catholic primary and Corryong College P-12 school. The college has approximately 460 (2006) students. Corryong is also home to the Australian Institute of Flexible Learning (AIFL) which offers 100% online education to all of Australia.
Its location makes it the Victorian gateway to the New South Wales snowfields, including the Thredbo ski village, and the Snowy Mountains Scheme. It is a way station for many travellers, particularly those on motorcycles, travelling across Australia's highest mountains. Other tourists come to fish in the river and other nearby waterways, or to partake in horseriding around the mountain areas surrounding the town.
It is also of note as the home of Jack Riley, a hermit stockman employed by John Pierce of Tom Groggin Station for 23 years to run cattle at "Tom Groggin" 60 kilometres (37 mi) upriver from Khancoban. The local government uses this claim extensively in its tourist promotions and holds a "high country festival" annually.
Corryong is close to the Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park and the massive Alpine National Park. The Kosciuszko National Park is located nearby across the state border. Both of these areas were extensively burnt in the bushfires which raged through the region in January 2003.
Golfers play at the Corryong Golf Club on Donaldson Street, a nine-hole course.
The town is the centre of the Upper Murray Football League, an Australian Rules Football competition which began in 1893. Corryong is home to two of the three foundation clubs: Corryong FC, which has been based in the town from 1893 and Federal FC, formerly the Mount Elliot Miners and renamed in 1901 to celebrate the Federation of Australia and moved to be fully based at Corryong around the same time.
The Corryong Recreation Reserve was the home of the Grandstand, known as "The Grand Old Lady" to some locals in the upper murray community.
In late 1902 the idea was raised for the possible building of a grandstand at the Corryong Recreation Reserve which would be shared between the Corryong Race Club & the A&P Society (today known as the Corryong & Upper Murray A&P Society Inc.). Fundraising started almost immediately thought a range of means including "Bazaars", and by 1905 arrangements were in place to erect the grandstand. On 14 February 1906 an add was placed calling for tenders, and on 22 June 1906 the contract was let for A£393 with work to proceed shortly.
At today's race meeting the new grandstand will receive its initiation. The contractor (Mr. Tom Greenhill) has done his work well, and Corryong may justly claim to have the largest building of the kind outside Albury. The design is elegant and the height of the stand ensures a splendid view over all parts of the course. The Racing Club has completed the fencing of the saddling paddock adjoining, and a new publicans booth and fruit stall have been erected, while the luncheon booth has been removed to a suitable site near the stand. The public will find the new improvements a great advantage and the clubs should benefit accordingly. We trust that the year of 1907 will commence a new era of prosperity for all the local institutions, and that they will continue to work amicably together, for co-operation in these matters lighten the burden on the general public - and that in a small community like ours, is a most important consideration.— The Corryong Courier: 14 February 1907
Many years passed since the Grandstand was opened before the Corryong Racing Club left, leaving the A&P Society with sole ownership of the grandstand. Additional the neighboring Towong Turf Club's "Towong Grandstand" was built by Tom Greenhill around the same time and done in a similar style to the "Corryong Grandstand". It's unclear when the Corryong Recreation Reserve was repurposed for football but sometime after both the Corryong Football Club & the Federal Football Club moved here, with each building their own clubrooms.
However, by early 2014, after many years of neglect the grandstand was deemed unsafe to the public, and was fenced off to stop any public access. On 2 September 2014, it was announced that there were plans to demolish the historic 108-year-old Corryong Grandstand as part of plans to refurbish the Towong Grandstand at the Towong Turf Club. The Corryong Grandstand was not heritage listed on either the Australian National Heritage List or the Victorian Heritage Register. After public backlash from the Upper Murray community the Facebook page "Corryong Grandstand - Stand By Me" was established on 29 September 2014 and a petition started on Change.Org. After gathering submissions from members of the community, the group had a meeting with VCAT scheduled for 10 April 2015 in Melbourne, but was later reschedule for 8 May 2015, in Wodonga. An announcement regarding its fate was scheduled to take place on 1 June 2015. In the 10 September 2015 edition of the Corryong Courier the grandstand made the front page with the headline reading "Last Stand? Death knell sounds for grandstand."
- John M. Hull, a professor of religious education (born in Corryong on 22 April 1935)
- Lee Kernaghan, a country musician (born in Corryong on 15 April 1964)
- Corrine Grant, an actress and comedian (born in Corryong on 12 June 1973)
- Horrie the Wog Dog, a terrier, unofficial mascot of the 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion (died in Corryong 12 March 1945)
- Elyne Mitchell, a kkier, explorer, and author of the Silver Brumby series of children's books
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Corryong.|
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Corryong (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- "Climate statistics for Corryong". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- Golf Select, Corryong, retrieved 2009-05-11
- "Last Stand? Death knell sounds for grandstand". Facebook. 10 September 2015.
- "Horrie the Wog Dog". Australian War Memorial.