Neighbourhood Safer Places - Bushfire Places of Last Resort
There are number of Neighbourhood Safer Places - Bushfire Places of Last Resort in the Surf Coast Shire provided for the community as a last resort survival option. These do not replace a well throughout and practised plan, going to a Neighbourhood Safer Places - Bushfire Place of Last Resort (NSP) should be your last resort when your plans have failed. There is no guarantee you will survive at an NSP. The safest option is to leave early.
Neighbourhood Safer Places - Bushfire Places of Last Resort are open spaces such as an oval, that have an adequate buffer zone to fire hazards and have been assessed for potential radiant heat impact. It may provide some limited protection from radiant heat which is the biggest killer in bushfires. It will not protect you from smoke or embers.
Surf Coast Shire currently has the following designated Neighbourhood Safer Places - Bushfire Places of Last Resort:
- Bottom shops car park area
Great Ocean Road (opposite Inlet Crescent)
- Shopping strip car park area
Great Ocean Road (between Camp Road and McDougall Road)
Great Ocean Road (opposite Minifie Avenue)
- Martians Cafe car park
Corner Birregurra-Deans Marsh & Deans Marsh-Lorne Roads
- Bob Pettitt Reserve
Sunset Strip (between Wattle Court and Domain Road)
- Lorne Foreshore
Mountjoy Parade (opposite Williams Street)
- Point Grey picnic area and car park
Great Ocean Road (between Mountjoy Parade and Hird Street)
- Newling Reserve/ Moriac Community Centre, grassed area at rear of building
Hendy Main Road (between Deppeler Avenue and Cooks Lane).
Entry also available from Daniel Drive
- Mount Moriac Recreation Reserve, Western half of No 1 Oval (main)
755 Reservoir Road (between Ervins Rd and Drewry Lane)
- Shopping complex car park
Corner Willis Street & Princess Highway
- Going to a Neighbourhood Safer Places - Bushfire Place of Last Resort does not guarantee your survival and should only be used when your bushfire plans have failed or cannot be implemented.
- Travelling when there is a bushfire can be extremely dangerous. Roads may be busy or blocked by trees. It will be hard to see due to smoke, there will be embers and there may be spot fires - driving your car to a NSP may not be possible.
- There is no guarantee that the CFA or any other emergency services will be present.
- Food, water or medical services are not provided at places of last resort
- NSPs have limited capacity and there are no provisions for animals
- Many houses may provide better protection than a Neighbourhood Safer Places - Bushfire Place of Last Resort.
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