Safer Places

Lillydale Lake will remain as one of the regions safer places for the bushfire season. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS. 331739_23

Yarra Ranges Council confirmed the status of Neighbourhood Safer Places – Places of Last Resort within the municipality at the council meeting on 28 November.

The report to the council shows that all Neighbourhood Safer Places – Places of Last Resort meet CFA safety guidelines and will be open for the community during the 2023/2024 fire season.

This includes all 18 Neighbourhood Safer Places – Places of Last Resort, and three Community Fire Refuges commissioned by Emergency Management Victoria.

Yarra Ranges Council Deputy Mayor, David Eastham emphasised the importance of maintaining these 18 sites.

“Yarra Ranges Council is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its community through proactive bushfire preparedness measures. The designated Neighbourhood Safer Places – Places of Last Resort play a crucial role in providing a last resort for residents during emergency situations,” Cr Eastham said.

“Confirming the status of these Bushfire Shelter options isn’t just a formality; it’s a message to our community that we’re ready, we’re watching, and we’re keeping our residents safe and giving them an accessible place to turn to when the fire danger is high.”

Updated signage has been installed to improve accessibility and was commended by the CFA as an innovative addition to the Yarra Ranges Neighbourhood Safer Places – Places of Last Resort sites.

Residents and visitors are reminded that Neighbourhood Safer Places – Places of Last Resort are areas of last resort during a bushfire emergency, they can be used when all other options in your bushfire survival plan can’t be put into action safely.

They are areas of open space such as ovals or built-up areas that are away from bushland.

Scroll down for a full list of locations in the Yarra Ranges or click visit the Community Fire Refuge & Neighbourhood Safer Places site for a map view, which can be found here:

Lilydale Recreation Reserve, Lilydale

Lillydale Lake, Lilydale

Yarra Hills Secondary College, Mount Evelyn

Halley Supple Recreation Reserve Oval, Coldstream

Wandin North Recreation Reserve Oval. Wandin North

Yarra Glen Racing Club. Yarra Glen

Monbulk Recreation Reserve Oval, Monbulk

Woori Yallock Recreation Reserve Oval, Woori Yallock

Upwey Recreation Reserve, Upwey

Alexanders Car Park, Belgrave

Belgrave Recreation Oval, Belgrave

Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre Burrinja Car Park, Upwey

RACV Healesville Country Club Underground Car Park, Healesville,

Dixons Creek Recreation Reserve Oval Area, Dixons Creek

Queens Park, Healesville

Yarra Junction Recreation Reserve Oval, Yarra Junction

Millgrove Recreation Reserve, Millgrove

Warburton Recreation Reserve, Warburton

Council works collaboratively with Victoria Police, and the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in ensuring these sites are maintained and suitable for community use.