Home' Moorabool Matters : Moorabool Shire Community Directory Contents RESPITE CENTRES
Respite Centres were established after the 2009 bushfires
as an internal Moorabool Shire Council process.
These Centres relate to specific CFA declared fire ratings
of Extreme and Code Red and are established so that
community members living in High Fire Risk areas have
somewhere to go when they leave early.
The priority for opening one of these centres is primarily
in the western half of the Shire as people living in the high
risk areas of Blackwood, Dales Creek, Greendale, Blakeville,
Korweinguboora, Mt Wallace etc do not have a large
shopping centre in close proximity and Ballan is detailed in
Community Information Guides as a place to relocate when
leaving early. In the Bacchus Marsh area there are large
shopping centres, libraries etc that people can relocate to
if they leave early.
Respite Centres are activated by the Municipal Emergency
Resource Officer (MERO) or Municipal Recovery Manager
(MRM) after reference is made to the CFA Website and an
Extreme or Code Red Day is declared for the Central District.
Cooling Centres are detailed in Council's Heatwave Strategy
and the trigger comes from the State Health Department by
way of a Heat Health Alert. These are usually activated after
a lengthy period of heat in excess of 30 degrees.
Cooling Centres are activated by the Aged and Disability
Coordinator in conjunction with the Municipal Emergency
Resource Officer (MERO) after receiving a State Heat
NEIGHBOURHOOD SAFER PLACES --
PLACES OF LAST RESORT
The purpose of a Neighbourhood Safer Place - Place of
Last Resort is to provide some protection from the effects of
radiant heat during a bushfire.
A Place of Last Resort is only intended for use when all
other plans have failed and should not be considered as
a place to relocate to when leaving early as it will not
guarantee safety or survival from fire, embers or radiant
heat. Travelling to a Place of Last Resort when there is a
bushfire may be extremely dangerous due to dense smoke,
radiant heat, flying embers, fallen trees and power lines,
traffic congestion and accidents.
A Neighbourhood Safer Place - Place of Last Resort may
not have the capacity to cater for special needs; and there
will be no support services (food or drink, material aid) or
provision for pets. There is no guarantee that emergency
services will be present during a bushfire.
A Neighbourhood Safer Place -- Place of Last Resort should
not replace a personal bushfire survival plan.
In accordance with Council's legislative requirements,
Council has adopted a Municipal Council Neighbourhood
Safer Places -- Place of Last Resort Plan.
This plan and further information in relation to the
Neighbourhood Safer Places can be found by visiting
Council's website at www.moorabool.vic.gov.au
BALLAN: 15 STEAD STREET | BACCHUS MARSH: 215 MAIN STREET | DARLEY: 182 HALLETTS WAY
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