Neighbourhood Safer Places


Bushfire Places of Last Resort

Neighbourhood Safer Places are places of last resort when all other bushfire plans have failed.

Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs) are:

Locations that may provide some protection from direct flame and radiant heat, 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.

    NSPs are identified with a green and white sign that includes the words 'Bushfire Neighbourhood Safer Place — A Place of Last Resort' (as depicted to the left).  

    An NSP may be at a local sports field, foreshore or park, or it may be located within a community facility, such as a hall, community centre or school. It is important to know that NSPs are not always a building or structure — they can simply be a clearing that provides a level of protection from radiant heat.

    Neighbourhood safer places are established by Council. Colac Otway Shire’s Neighbourhood Safer Places are:

    Township Location Address
    Apollo Bay Apollo Bay Foreshore Great Ocean Road (Collingwood Street) between Nelson Street and Moore Street Apollo Bay 3233
    Beeac   Beeac Park Corner of Main Street (Colac-Ballarat Road) and Wallace Street Beeac 3251

    Birregurra Park

    Grassed area at northern corner

    35-39 Main Street (Corner of Strachan Street) Birregurra 3242

     Rex Norman Park

    Corner of Colac-Lavers Hill Road and Old Beech Forest Road Gellibrand 3239

    Cressy Cressy Community Hall  41 Yarima Road (Corner of Lyons Street) Cressy 3322

    The Country Fire Authority provides detailed information on Neighbourhood Safer Places here.

     Please remember

    • Travelling when there is a bushfire can be extremely dangerous. Roads may be busy or blocked by trees, it may be hard to see due to smoke, and there may be embers and spot fires  
    • Going to a Neighbourhood Safer Places — Bushfire Place of Last Resort does not guarantee your survival and should only be used when your bushfire plans have failed or cannot be implemented
    • There is no guarantee that the Country Fire Authority or any other emergency services will be present  
    • Food and drinks or medical services are not provided at NSPs  
    • NSPs have limited capacity  
    • There is no provision for animals  
    • Many houses may provide better protection than an NSP.