THE recently completed Sandy Point Community Centre has been chosen as a designated Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) – a place of last resort in the event of a bushfire emergency.
Following the announcement, South Gippsland Shire Council is now undertaking works to comply with the CFA’s requirements for an NSP.
“One component of these works is the removal of some vegetation from the nature strips in Church Parade and Ocean View Parade,” explained Community Services Director Jan Martin. “The blocks at 28 Ocean View Parade and 121 Beach Parade will also need to be cleared to reduce radiant heat, and a car park installed to support the community centre’s new role as an NSP.”
“Design plans are currently being assessed and Council will protect and manage an equivalent section of native vegetation to offset what has been affected by this compliance requirement,” she said.
Funding for these works has been provided by the Victorian Government through the offices of the Fire Services Commissioner. The application for planning permits to clear the vegetation will be advertised in local papers next week.
“We reiterate that personal safety cannot be guaranteed at this or any other NSP,” said Ms Martin. “It is still critical that each family has a Fire Plan and that they leave early on Code Red days. The coastal areas are particularly vulnerable because of the limited network of roads in the area.”
Residents are encouraged to visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au to learn and understand how to be better prepared in the event of a fire.
“This website can also assist you to develop your Fire Plan if you have not already done so,” Ms Martin added.
Editor’s note: For local CFA brigade information visit: Foster Fire Brigade