Beaches bushfire refuges named

Beaches bushfire refuges named

27 November 2009

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Australia– Beaches, schools and ovals on the peninsula have been selected as new Neighbourhood Safer Places, which are bushfire safety refuges chosen as a place of last resort.

The safe places concept was devised after the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in February which left 173 people dead.

In Manly, safe places have been established at South Steyne and Balgowlah Oval.

A total of 12 safe places are in Pittwater, including Narrabeen Sports High School, Mona Vale, Pittwater Rugby Park, Warriewood and Bayview Golf Club.

A full list of Neighbourhood Safer Places are available on the Rural Fire Service website (

The website will be updated as new sites are confirmed, Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan said.

“Neighbourhood Safer Places are community refuges where people can go at short notice if a major fire threatens, or if they had decided to stay and defend their home but then find this is too dangerous in the fire conditions,” Mr Whan said.

“They are a place of last resort.

“Signage will be provided to identify Neighbourhood Safer Places and information will be distributed about their use.”

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