Neighbourhood Safer Places

Neighbourhood Safer Places — Bushfire Place of Last Resort

Neighbourhood Safer Place - Place of Last Resort Sign

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

Your safety or survival at one of these locations is not guaranteed.

It may be that your home or one of your neighbours' offers better protection than a Neighbourhood Safer Place - Bushfire Place of Last Resort. 

NSP-BPLRs are:

  • Locations that may provide some protection from direct flame and heat from a fire, but they do not guarantee safety.
  • 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).

It is always safest to enact your fire plan and leave early. Neighbourhood Safer Places are no substitute for proper fire planning. If your bushfire plans have failed and you decide to travel to a Neighbourhood Safer Place, there are issues to consider.

  • Travelling to a Neighbourhood Safer Place when there is a bushfire can be extremely dangerous if it is more than a few minutes away
  • There are no guarantees of assistance and no facilities available for people with special needs, including those requiring medical attention
  • There will be no staff in attendance to provide assistance at a Neighbourhood Safer Place
  • There are no amenities such as food or drink
  • There is no provision for animals at a Neighbourhood Safer Place

Locations of Neighbourhood Safer Places

These designated locations have limited capacity. They have been assessed by the CFA and meet Neighbourhood Safer Place guidelines.

Greensborough

Diamond Creek

Eltham

Yarrambat

Hurstbridge