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)