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The Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs) plan has been prepared in response to legislative changes and raised community expectations for Municipal involvement in the provision of bushfire related community safety.                                                  

Benalla Rural City Council confirmed that  the following sites were designated as Neighbourhood Safer Places at the Council meeting of 9 November 2011 pursuant to Section 50G of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958:                                                                                                

  • Thoona Hall
  • Devenish Hall
  • Goorambat Hall
  • Swanpool & District Memorial Hall    
These sites have been listed on the CFA website and the Council webpage and are listed in the Municipal Fire Prevention Strategy.
 
NSPs may afford some protection from radiant heat, the biggest killer during bushfire.

In high-risk bushfire areas, leaving early is your safest option. This is particularly so on Code Red, Extreme and Severe Days. Fires on these days are dangerous. Even people who are extremely well prepared can die fighting fires at home.

However, the degree of safety afforded by the location will depend on a number of factors including the intensity of the bushfire.

Please be aware of the following risks associated with NSPs:

  • Going to a NSP - place of last resort is an option of last resort when other plans have failed;
  • NSPs are not an alternative to planning to either leave early, or stay and actively defend your property;
  • They are not inherently "safe" places during a bushfire;
  • Many houses will provide more effective protection than NSPs;
  • Travelling to a NSP may be dangerous. Traffic congestion, fire activity, heavy smoke, accidents or fallen trees may block the route there;
  • There is no guarantee that you will not be injured or killed by fire or radiant heat when travelling to or sheltering at a NSP;
  • While emergency services will make every effort to protect people sheltering at NSPs, there is no guarantee that emergency services will be present;
  • There will be no provision for pets;
  • There will generally be limited parking. Large numbers of vehicles may further compromise what little protection the area affords; and
  • No amenities (for example, food, drinks and toilets) will be provided.
  • They are NOT a Fire Refuge, Relief Centre, Recovery Centre, Assembly Area, or informal places of shelter, each of which has a different and specific purpose.

NSPs are not designed to replace a personal bushfire survival plan
The CFA advises that everyone should have a written plan.  For further information view the CFA information on Bushfire Survival, or visit their website http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/ 



 


 


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