A Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) is not a community fire refuge or emergency relief centre. NSPs are places of last resort during the passage of a bushfire, and are intended to be used only when your primary bushfire survival plan has failed.
NSPs do not guarantee the survival of those who assemble there. There may also be serious risks to safety encountered in travelling to NSPs during a bushfire and there may be no services or facilities and some sites offer minimum protection from radiant heat and embers.
Depending on the position and direction of a bushfire, a designated NSP may not be safer than other locations within the area.
We have designated several sites across the shire as NSPs, but not all our towns have one.
We encourage every resident to have a Bushfire Survival Plan and to practice it. If you live in a high-risk area, plan to leave the night before on days of code red fire danger. On days of severe or extreme fire danger, plan to leave early in the morning and plan ahead about where you can go.
Do not go to an NSP if you are leaving the area early during a bushfire emergency. More information on NSPs can be found on the CFA website or our Municipal Neighbourhood Safer Places Plan.
- Beechworth: Memorial Hall, Ford Street
- Beechworth: Police Paddocks, High Street
- Yackandandah: Senior Citizens, Wellsford Street
- Yackandandah: Memorial Gardens, High Street
- Chiltern: Memorial Hall, Conness Street
- Tangambalanga: Community Centre, 29 Kiewa East Road
- Stanley: Recreation Reserve Pavilion, Pioneer Road
- Rutherglen: Showgrounds Reserve Open Space, High Street
- Barnawartha: Recreation Reserve Pavilion, Havelock Street
- Sandy Creek: Recreation Reserve Pavilion, Lockharts Gap Road
See VicEmergency's interactive NSPs map.
Indigo Shire's Municipal Neighbourhood Safer Places Plan(PDF, 135KB)