Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs)
Neighbourhood Safer Places are a place of last resort. They should only be used if a resident’s Bushfire Survival Plan fails and residents have no other place for shelter. Welfare facilities will not be made available and the place may not provide shelter from smoke and embers.
Neighbourhood Safer Places have a number of limitations:
- They have limited capacity and provide no guarantee of safety;
- They do not cater for animals;
- There is no expectation that emergency services will be present;
- They do not provide meals, amenity or cater for special needs (eg. Infants, the elderly, the ill or the disabled);
- They may not provide shelter from the elements, particularly flying embers;
- There are risks to people during access, shelter during passage of the fire front and egress from the Neighbourhood Safer Place.
- 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.
To date there are 7 Neighbourhood Safer Places that have been designated for Strathbogie Shire:
- Avenel Recreation Reserve Pavilion, bounded by Swamp Road, Anderson Street and Waston Stree. Entry off Anderson Street.
- Longwood Community Centre, Down Street (Depot Road) Longwood.
- Nagambie Regatta Centre, Loddings Lane (Off Vickers Road) Nagambie.
- Violet Town Recreation Reserve Pavilion, Tulip Street, Violet Town.
- Mangalore Airport.
- Strathbogie Golf Club House.
- Ruffy Recreation Reserve, "Maygar Park", Noye Lane, Ruffy.
- Euroa Service Centre, Hume Freeway, Euroa.
Neighbourhood Safer Places Plan