Axedale Primary School Oval designated a Bushfire Place of Last Resort
The City of Greater Bendigo has designated the Axedale Primary School Oval at 81 High Street, as a Bushfire Place of Last Resort for the upcoming fire danger period. The location has been designated following community feedback that additional survival options were required in the area in the event of a bushfire.
City of Greater Bendigo Director, Health and Wellbeing Vicky Mason said the oval meets the relevant CFA approvals for the 2018/2019 fire danger period and is supported by the school community.
“The community needs to be very aware that designated Bushfire Places of Last Resort should only be used if all other plans have failed. The Axedale site is the school oval only. No buildings are involved and residents cannot expect anyone including emergency services to be present,” Ms Mason said.
“Bushfire Places of Last Resort are a very last option for people to shelter, only if all other plans have failed. They consist of a piece of open ground and should not be considered as places to relocate to when leaving early.
“Safety and survival cannot be guaranteed at these sites as support services will not be provided as these locations offer minimum protection against radiant heat and embers as they are purely a piece of open ground.”
“They are a place of last resort, in bushfire emergencies only, that may assist people when there is imminent threat of bushfire and they have no plan, or their planned options are not possible.
“On hot, dry windy days, leaving the area early before there is any chance of fire activity, including along your travel path, is always the safest option.
“There are no provisions at Bushfire Places of Last Resort for people and their pets or animals so having a well prepared fire plan around a more suitable location is a much better option. These locations are designed for when plans have failed to provide a last resort option to survive a fire that comes with no guarantees.”
Residents should visit the CFA website for information on how to develop a fire and emergency plan and go to https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/neighbourhood-safer-places/ for more information about Bushfire Places of Last Resort.
Other Bushfire Places of Last Resort in Greater Bendigo include:
Centro Lansell - Lansell Plaza shopping Centre car park, Calder Hwy Kangaroo Flat
Queen Elizabeth Oval, View Street Bendigo
Canterbury Park car park and events area, Simpsons Road Eaglehawk
North Bendigo Showgrounds, Holmes Road, Bendigo,
Maiden Gully Primary School, basketball courts, Carolyn Way, Maiden Gully,
Lord's Raceway, McIvor Highway, Junortoun
Strathfieldsaye Primary School playing fields, Uxbridge Street, Strathfieldsaye
Dower Park, Station Street, Kangaroo Flat
Redesdale Recreation Reserve Oval
Heathcote Holy Rosary Primary School Oval