Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs)
A Neighbourhood Safer Place is a place of last resort in a bushfire emergency when all other bushfire plans have failed.
It is a building or open space within a community that may provide some protection from radiant heat, which is the biggest killer during a bushfire.
It is important to remember that NSPs are:
- Locations that may provide some protection from direct flame and radiant heat, but they do not guarantee safety;
- Places of last resort that may be designated at a range of different locations, for example recreational reserves, football ovals, streets, car parks, foreshores, tourist centres, and shopping strips. Where a location is approved as an NSP, it is identified with a sign and listed on the CFA website;
- 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;
- Located at an existing site and are not a purpose-built location.
A Q & A brochure that addresses some common questions about NSPs is available for download from the CFA website.
Neighbourhood Safer Places in Corangamite Shire
There are currently five NSPs in Corangamite Shire:
- Timboon - Timboon & District Public Hall, 53 Bailey Street (Map location)
- Port Campbell - Foreshore Reserve, Cairns Street (Map location)
- Derrinallum - Derrinallum Park Recreation Reserve, Car Park and North West area of Oval, Hamilton Highway (Map location)
- Lismore - Lismore Recreation Reserve, Area between two Ovals opposite Heriot Street, Seymour Street, Lismore (Map location)
- Skipton - Skipton Recreation Reserve, Oval, Smythe Street, Skipton (Map location)