600 fire safe havens identified in NSW

600 fire safe havens identified in NSW

11 February 2010

published by news.smh.com.au

Australia — More than 600 safe havens, designed to provide last-resort shelter from bushfires, have been identified in NSW, Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan says.

The NSW government began identifying safe havens, places such as ovals or buildings, after interim recommendations made by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission in August.

They have been called Neighbourhood Safer Places.

“These sites are now listed on the Rural Fire Service website and distinctive green and white signs are being erected to help residents familiarise themselves with their nearest safer place,” Mr Whan said in a statement.

“A Neighbourhood Safer Place is designed to be a place of last resort where people can quickly go at short notice in a major bushfire if they find they cannot implement their bushfire survival plan.”

Mr Whan inspected the 623rd safe haven, at Monaro High School, Cooma, southern NSW, on Thursday.

More safe havens were being identified across the state, Mr Whan said.

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