Community information and Neighbourhood Safer Places
Community Information Guides
Community Information Guides have been developed for the most high risk bushfire locations this fire season. They contain important fire and emergency information to support residents before and during a fire. This includes Neighbourhood Safer Places (if available in the area), where people can shelter from fire as a last resort, and fire safety information for members of the local community.
Community Information Guides help residents identify and reduce their fire risk and should be used when writing your Bushfire Survival Plan. Not all locations have a Community Information Guide.
CFA Community Information Guides are available for the following townships within the City of Melton, please click on the Community Information Guide below to view a copy:
If you would like a hard copy of the Community Information Guide please contact CFA District 14 on (03) 8746 1400.
If you would like to view Community Information Guides for other townships you can visit the Community Information Guides on the CFA website.
Neighbourhood Safer Places - Places of Last Resort
Melton City Council has been working with the CFA to identify Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs) within our municipality that may be used as places of last resort in a bushfire emergency.
The current designated NSP in the City is MacPherson Park, Oval No. 1, Coburns Road, Melton (Melway Ref: Map 330 H8).
Neighbourhood Safer Places - Places of Last Resort may provide some protection from radiant heat. Please be aware that a Neighbourhood Safer Place does not guarantee safety.
The following list details some of the risks associated with Neighbourhood Safer Places - places of last resort that you must consider:
- going to a Neighbourhood Safer Place - place of last resort is an option of last resort when other plans have failed
- Neighbourhood Safer Places - places of last resort are not an alternative to planning to either leaving early or staying and actively defend your property
- they are not inherently "safe" places during a bushfire
- many houses will provide more effective protection than Neighbourhood Safer Places - places of last resort
- travelling to a Neighbourhood Safer Place - places of last resort may be dangerous. Traffic congestion, fire activity, heavy smoke, accidents or fallen trees may block the route
- there is no guarantee that emergency services will be present
- there will be no provision for pets
- there will generally be limited parking. Large numbers of vehicles may further compromise what little protection the area affords
- no amenities (e.g. food, drinks, and toilets) will be provided.
More information about NSPs can be found on the CFA website or by contacting the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.
Municipal Neighbourhood Safer Place Plan(PDF, 805KB)
Municipal Neighbourhood Safer Place Plan(DOC, 232KB)