Code red day - check places of last resort details

Given tomorrow’s declaration as a catastrophic or code red day in the north east of Victoria, Alpine Shire Council is reminding residents and visitors of the location of its four Neighbourhood Safer Places, or places of last resort.

Council's Manager Community Services, Trevor Britten said Council's four places of last resort have now been sign-posted and maps detailing their locations have been put on community noticeboards and at Council's Visitor Information Centres in Bright, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty.

"All caravan parks also have the information and the maps are accessible anytime of day or night on Council' website," he said.

"In addition, anyone wanting to collect a map for the place of last resort nearest them can do so at Council's Bright office or any of Council's Visitor Information Centres."

Town Neigbourhood Safer Place Street address
Bright and Wandiligong Pioneer Park, Bright - oval and pavilion Access via Cobden Street or Coronation Avenue
Harrietville Harrietville Hall Great Alpine Road
Porepunkah Porepunkah Hall and oval Martley Street
Dederang Dederang Recreation Reserve and Memorial Hall Kiewa Valley Highway

Mr Britten said places of last resort or Neighbourhood Safer Places cannot be guaranteed as safe in a bushfire and have no amenity or welfare facilities.

"People need to remember that Neighbourhood Safer Places are places of last resort - for use when people's other plans have failed or cannot be followed. A person's prospects of survival at a Neighbourhood Safer Place may be better than other places, but cannot be guaranteed," he said.

Anyone wanting bushfire information can contact the CFA's Bushfire Information line on 1800 240 667.

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