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This is where you can find information about the Upper Murray Youth Working Group (UMYWG), check out what we're up to, and what's planned for the future.

We'd love for you to hit that + follow button up top, this will keep you up to date & notified about upcoming youth events, activities, groups, or meetings are happening - and it's the quickest way to to become a member!

Explore the site to see what we have to offer in our forever evolving space.

If you're a member of the UMYWG it's great to see you here. This is one of the many places we try to capture everything we do but sometimes that can be quiet difficult due to the multiple elements of what we do, so if you have ideas to improve or add to the page, don't hesitate to get in touch!


Contact CNC Youth Team

Have questions about a project, or want to get involved? Contact us below:

Name Adele - Youth Worker
Phone 02 6076 2176
Email Adele@corryongnc.org
In writing

CNC - 39 Hanson st Corryong, Vic 3707

Name Cherrie - Peer Worker
Phone 02 6076 2176
Email Cherrie@corryongnc.org
In writing

CNC - 39 Hanson st Corryong, Vic 3707

Upper Murray Youth Space

Email youthspace@corryongnc.org
In writing

Youth Space - 42 Hanson st Corryong, Vic 3707

Our story

Origin of the high def chicken

Hand-drawn chicken head which features in the UMYWG logo

You may be wondering why the UMYWG logo is a chicken head... well here's the tale that crept its way into all our hearts.

As the red glow in the sky got brighter, and the hot flames started creeping over Mt Mittamatite, it soon became clear that the bushfire wouldn't be going away. Local residents were forced to decide whether they should stay or go; to help protect their community, or get to safety while there was still the opportunity to do so.

People with animals were also faced with the impossible decision to either take or leave them to fend for themselves. In most cases people managed to bring their cats or dogs with them, however in a rural town there's always more animals than this, and it was people's backyard chooks who pulled the short straw in the end.

Our tale in particular focusses on a small chook shed on the outskirts of town, home to about 5 hens. There were no true witnesses to this next part of the story, yet the miraculousness has no other explaination. By this time the fire had blazed through the paddocks that separate Corryong and the mountain, and soon was licking the sides of the chicken house. It would seem that all was surely lost for the poor girls who were currently trapped inside, yet as the flames raged from every angle, their plastic water barrel suddenly gave way - flooding the pen and extinguishing the blaze! The chickens were discovered shortly after covered in ash, charcoal and smoke, but alive.

Chickens aren't often used as a symbol of resilience or survival, generally because the term has become associated with being scared or unwilling to try things. But after hearing this story at one of the first UMYWG meetings, the group decided to embrace the chicken head logo with full force, as it seemed to represent us more than any traditional symbol of survival ever could.

As for 'high def', well that's another story... (let me give you a hint; it's better than 'low res')


And a big thank you to Hannigan our local artist for designing and refining our logo!

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Youth Funding

  • Future Proof

    Future Proof is a federally funded Victoria-wide initiative which is managed by the YACVic Rural team to provide training, and networking to all the partners. The CNC joined the project in Feb 2023. Future Proof aims to provide place-based, and youth-led upskilling opportunities to young people in bushfire affected areas, so they can be better prepared for the future.

    Learn more about Future Proof! 
  • Engage!

    The CNC youth program has been a recipient of Engage! funding since 2015. The program has supported Corryong Youth to explore new topics and give them a voice in the kinds of activities which were being delivered. If you want help getting an idea off the ground, just gather a small group of friends, and we can help make it happen!

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