Tuesday, 7 January, 2020 - 18:00

Residents in and around Pinnacle Valley and visitors to the Mt Buller area are advised that the Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort is is no longer a designated Neighbourhood Safer Place – Place of Last Resort.

Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr. Marg Attley OAM said “Safety is our highest priority. The closest designated Neighbourhood Safer Place in that area is the Merrijig Public Hall.

Neighbourhood Safer Places are a place of last resort that may provide some refuge in case of a fire when all other bushfire plans have failed. Residents and visitors should enact their bushfire plans following advice distributed by Vic Emergency.

Cr. Attley encouraged all residents and those interacting with visitors to spread the message.

“The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort is no longer a Neighbourhood Safer Place. The site was officially decommissioned on 6 January following notification that the site no longer met the CFA requirements, as the building will not withstand the expected amount of radiant heat generated during a bush fire,” she said.

“We want everyone to be safe in the event of a fire, so they need to be aware of the change. We are contacting residents in the area directly to let them know of the change and ask that all people dealing with visitors, point out that the closest Neighbourhood Safer Place, for Sawmill Settlement area is the Merrijig Public Hall,” she said.

A Neighbourhood Safer Place is a designated building or location that may provide some protection from direct flame and heat from a fire, but they do not guarantee safety. There are currently 12 Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP’s) within Mansfield Shire.

On hot, dry, windy days, especially on Code Red Fire Danger Rating days, leaving the area early before there is any chance of fire activity, including along your travel path, is always the safest option.

A Neighbourhood Safer Place should not to be confused with Community Relief Centres, Recovery Centres or Assembly Areas, each of which have a different and specific purpose.

For more information visit:

Plan & Prepare for Fires http://

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Full list of Mansfield Shire Neighbourhood Safer Places

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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 January, 2020 - 16:33