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What is a Bushfire Place of Last Resort?

Monday, 11 November, 2019

Council reminds residents that Bushfire Places of Last Resort are available across the Strathbogie Shire in times of fire emergency.

A Bushfire Place of Last Resort (BPLR), or formally referred to as a Neighbourhood Safer Place, is a place where you can go when your personal bushfire plans have failed.

A BPLR is a predetermined location which is considered relatively safe from bushfire.

The following locations in the Strathbogie Shire are Bushfire Places of Last Resort:

  • Kirkland Avenue, between Clifton Street and Bury Street, Euroa
  • Avenel Recreation Reserve Pavilion, 33A Anderson Street and Watson Street, Avenel
  • Longwood Recreation Reserve Pavilion, 2A Down Street, Longwood
  • Mangalore Airport Main Building, 331 Aerodrome Road, Mangalore
  • Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre, 66 Loddings Lane, Nagambie
  • Ruffy Recreation Reserve Oval, 36 Noye Lane, Ruffy
  • Strathbogie Golf Club House, 17 Armstrong Avenue, Strathbogie
  • Violet Town Recreation Reserve Pavilion, 2 Tulip Street, Violet Town

Country Fire Authority (CFA) provides the following advice about Bushfire Places of Last Resort on their website:

  • Locations may 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
  • They are 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).
  • They are not to be confused with Community Fire Refuges, Relief Centres, Recovery Centres or Assembly Areas, each of which have a different and specific purpose.
  • They are not an appropriate destination when leaving the area early
  • They are not a place of shelter from other types of emergencies (e.g. to escape rising floodwaters or severe weather events)

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