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Bushfire Place of Last Resort

A Bushfire Place of Last Resort (also known as a Neighbourhood Safer Place), sits within the high risk bushfire survival options.

It is a building or space within a community that may provide some protection from radiant heat - the biggest killer during a bushfire. It does not provide the same level of protection as a well-constructed defendable home, private or neighbourhood bushfire shelter, or a community fire refuge. They are often open fields or reserves with little or no facilities. Your safety and survival is not guaranteed.

Leaving early is your greatest chance of surviving a bushfire.

Some key things to remember:

  • It is an option only when your Bushfire Survival Plan has failed.
  • It is not an alternative to having a Bushfire Survivial Plan.
  • Many houses provide more effective protection than a designated Place of Last Resort.
  • There will be no provision for pets and no amenities such as food, drinks or toilets.
  • Please consider how you would travel to a Bushfire Place of Last Resort as traffic congestion and road accidents, fire activity and smoke may become a problem.

In many instances there will not be a Bushfire Place of Last Resort identified in your local area or close to your home, so please make sure you have a Bush Fire Survivial Plan.

Bushfire Place of Last Resort Locations in Bass Coast Shire Council

  • Inverloch - Inverloch Community Hub grounds and footpath surrounding the hub at the intersection of A'Beckett Street and Reilly Street
  • Grantville - Memorial Park - 1504-1510 Bass Highway
  • Pioneer Bay - Daisy Road Reserve - 11 Daisy Avenue
  • Cowes/Silverleaves - Cowes Recreation Reserve - 1-15 Church Street
  • Cape Woolamai - Woolamai Park - 11-19 Sunnyside Avenue
  • Cape Paterson - Anchor Parade Road/Park Parade Road Reserve

The Neighbourhood Safer Places Plan has been used as the framework when considering Neighbourhood Safer Places. Answers to common questions can be found on the CFA website.