Neigbourhood Safer Places - Places of Last Resort in Cardinia Shire

A Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) – Bushfire Place of Last Resort (BPLR) is an identified building or space that offers a place of last resort during a bushfire for the local community.

Cardinia Shire has 3 NSPs for 2018-19 Fire Danger Period. BPLRs are reviewed annually.
Going to a BPLR should not be your primary bushfire survival plan.


A BLPR may be used as a last resort when: 

  • it is too late to leave and no other options are available to ensure your personal safety
  • there is imminent threat of bushfire and you have no plan, or 
  • your plan is not possible to carry out.  

Bushfire PLaces of Last Resport are not meant  to replace a personal bushfire survival plan. Everyone should have one of these. For more information on making a bushfire plan go to the CFA website

A BLPR may offer some protection from radiant heat. However, the degree of safety it offers is dependent on a range of factors including the intensity of the bushfire and whether you can reach the BLPR safely. For these reasons, BLPR's cannot be guaranteed to be completely safe. 
Go tot he CFA website to find out about the risks of using a NSP-BLR 

In the event of a bushfire you are always best to leave early. If you leave early, you should not go to a BLPR. 

On hot, dry and windy days, especially on Code Red Fire Rating declared days or when there is advice to leave early, you should relocate to an area of lower risk either the night before or early in the morning. Go to the CFA website for information on leaving early. 

Suburb Location Address
Cockatoo Cockatoo Sports Complex (indoor sports complex building)     
Mountain Road Recreation Reserve

Mountain Road (opposite Fell Road),  Cockatoo

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Pepi's Land (carpark and netball courts) 

Important note: Worrell Reserve is NOT a designated NSP-BLR for the 2018-19 Fire Danger Period, 

 due to the resurfacing of Worrell Reserve oval and the current construction works for the new

Hills Hub which limit access to the reserve. 


 16 Beaconsfield-Emerald Rd, Emerald

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Gembrook Gembrook Community Centre (carpark)     

Cnr Beenak East Road and Gembrook Road (entry off Gembrook Road), Gembrook

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Emerald community drop-in sessions

Saturday 1 December 2018

2pm to 4pm 

Wednesday 5 December 2018 

First session: 1pm to 3pm

Second session: 6.30pm to 8pm 

All sessions to be held at: 

Emerald RSL Club

3 Memorial Drive, Emerald. 


For more information on Neighbourhood Safer Places go to the Neighbourhood Safer Place - Bushfire Place of Last Resort website

For more information on BLPRs in Cardinia Shire contact the Emergency Management Team on 1300 787 624 or