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Neighbourhood Safe Place (Place of Last Resort)

A Neighbourhood Safe Place, also know as a Bushfire Place of Last Resort (NSP-BPLR), is a place of last resort when all other bushfire plans have failed.

What are Neighbourhood Safe Places?

  • Locations that provide some protection from direct flame and heat from a fire, but they do not guarantee safety. 
  • They are not an alternative to planning to leave early or to stay and defend your property; they are a place of last resort if all other fire plans have failed.
  • An existing location and not a purpose-built, fire-proof structure. It is important to know that many NSP-BPLRs are simply a clearing that provides separation distance from the bushfire hazard (e.g.) forest).
  • Not to be confused with Community Fire Refuges, Relief Centres, Recovery Centres, or Assembly Areas, each of which have a different and specific purpose.
  • Not an appropriate destination when leaving the area early.
  • Not a place of shelter from other types of emergencies (e.g. to escape rising floodwaters or severe weather events).

The City of Whittlesea's Bushfire Place of Last Resort is:

  • AF Walker Reserve, Corner Laurel Street and Forest Street in Whittlesea

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