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Warrnambool City Council has designated a number of locations as Neighbourhood Safer Places. In case of emergency the recommended sites are located to enable public access for Warrnambool and Moyne residents as well as travellers.

Neighbourhood Safer Places are a place of last resort to be during the passage of the fire front, if a person’s personal Bushfire Survival Plan cannot be implemented or has failed. Neighbourhood safer places do not have Emergency Services in attendance.

The designated places are as follows:

  • East Warrnambool Football Club carpark.
  • Mack Oval.
  • Reid Oval.
  • Walter Oval.
  • EJ King Reserve.
  • Merrivale Recreation Reserve.
  • Davidson Oval.
  • Lake Pertobe Reserve.

These locations have been assessed by CFA and Council for their ability to provide some protection against radiant heat, one of the biggest killers in bushfires.

Despite the intense conditions likely to be experienced at a Neighbourhood Safer Place, including strong winds, heat, noise, smoke and embers, they may provide some limited protection to those under direct fire threat.

Council has erected signs alerting people to the Neighbourhood Safer Places and will review locations annually.

A full list of Neighbourhood Safer Places across the state is available from the CFA or by calling the Victorian Emergency Hotline on 1800 226 226

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, you can contact VicEmergency Hotline through National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.

If you don't speak English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.

The VicEmergency Hotline provides information during and after major bushfire incidents. It also offers information to help householders, landowners and small businesses reduce bushfire risk.

In a situation where you can see or smell smoke, VicEmergency Hotline can advise whether or not a planned burn is in progress.

To report a fire or emergency, phone Triple Zero (000).


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