Strathbogie Shire Council

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Bushfire Places of Last Resort

Bushfire Places of Last Resort

Bushfire Places of Last Resort (BPLR) 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.
BPLR (formerly known as 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 seven Bushfire Places of Last Resort designated for Strathbogie Shire, as follows:

  • Avenel Recreation, Reserve Pavilion, 33A Anderson Street, Avenel

  • Euroa, Euroa Swimming Pool Car Park, 16A Bury St, Euroa
  • Longwood Community Centre, 2A Down Street, Longwood
  • Mangalore Airport, 331 Aerodome Road, Mangalore VIC
  • Nagambie Regatta Centre, Loddings Lane (Off Vickers Road) Nagambie
  • Ruffy Recreation Reserve, "Maygar Park", 36 Noye Lane, Ruffy
  • Strathbogie Golf Club House, 17 Armstrong Steet, Strathbogie
  • Violet Town Recreation Reserve Pavilion, 2 Tulip Street, Violet Town

For more information on Strathbogie Shire Council plans, policies, strategies and reports relating to Emergency Management click here.

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