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A 'Bushfire Place of Last Resort' also known as a 'Neighbourhood Safer Place' (NSP) 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.
The Barwon Downs Bushfire Place of Last Resort is located at:
Barwon Downs Parkland
1595 Birregurra-Forrest Road
Barwon Downs Place of Last Resort Information(PDF, 2MB)
The Beeac Place of Last Resort is located at:
Corner of Main Street and Wallace Street
Beeac Place of Last Resort Information(PDF, 2MB)
The Beech Forest Place of Last Resort is located at:
Gravel area next to Beechy Hotel
Beech Forest Place of Last Resort Information(PDF, 2MB)
The Birregurra Place of Last Resort is located at:
Grassed area at northern corner, 35-39 Main Street and Strachan Street
Birregurra Place of Last Resort Information(PDF, 2MB)
The Cressy Bushfire Place of Last Resort is located at:
Cressy Community Hall
41 Yarima Road, corner of Lyons Street
Cressy Bushfire Place of Last Resort(PDF, 2MB)
The Gellibrand Place of Last Resort is located at:
Gellibrand Rex Norman Park
Corner of Colac-Lavers Hill Road and Old Beech Forest Road
Gellibrand Place of Last Resort Information(PDF, 2MB)
It does not replace a well thought out and practised plan. Going to a Bushfire Place of Last Resort should be your last resort when your plans have failed.
It may be that your home or one of your neighbours' offers better protection than an NSP.
Travelling to an NSP when there is a bushfire can be extremely dangerous, there is no guarantee that you will be safe doing so.
Sheltering at an NSP may not prevent death or injury from fire, embers or radiant heat.
You should only use an NSP when your primary bushfire plan has failed or cannot be implemented.
There is no guarantee that CFA or other emergency services will be present during a bushfire.
No special facilities will be provided for people with special needs, including those requiring medical attention.
NSPs have limited capacity and may be uncomfortable.
You may be on your own, emergency service agencies may not be able to assist you at an NSP.
Food, drinks and provision for animals will not be provided.
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.