Neighbourhood Safer Places

A 'Neighbourhood Safer Place' (also known as a 'Bushfire Place of Last Resort' or NSP-BPLR) is a place of last resort when all other bushfire plans have failed.


What are NSP-BPLRs?

  • Locations that may provide some protection from direct flame and heat from a fire, 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. It is important to know that many NSP-BPLRs are simply a clearing that provides separation distance from the bushfire hazard (e.g. forest).
  • Not to be confused with Community Fire Refuges, Relief Centres, Recovery Centres or Assembly Areas, each of which have a different and specific purpose.
  • Not an appropriate destination when leaving the area early.
  • Not a place of shelter from other types of emergencies (e.g. to escape rising floodwaters or severe weather events).

Where are NSP-BPLRs in West Wimmera Shire Council?




Dergholm Recreation Reserve, south west corner of oval

Casterton-Apsley Road (Casterton-Naracoorte Road) near corner of Dergholm-Chetwynd Road, Dergholm




Lake Wallace Reserve

Corner Lake Street and Anzac Avenue, Edenhope 3318



Goroke Recreation Reserve, football oval

85-101 Main Street (between R Walkers Road and Camp Street), Goroke 




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