Neighbourhood Safer Places

Neighbourhood Safer Places ‑ Places of Last Resort are identified buildings or spaces within the community that may afford some protection from radiant heat, which is the biggest killer during a bushfire. They are a place of last resort and should be used if your Bushfire Survival Plan fails and you have nowhere else to go.

They are not designed for all day relocation. There will be few comforts and services available and they will offer only limited protection from smoke and embers.

The following Neighbourhood Safer Places ‑ Places of Last Resort, located within the Ararat Rural City have been identified and assessed by the CFA and comply with CFA guidelines:

Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac Information Centre carpark & footpath area. 2116 Glenelg Highway,  Lake Bolac 3351.


Moyston Recreation Reserve, Corner Moyston-Great western Road and Ararat-Halls Gap Road Moyston 3377.


Ararat Town Hall carpark surrounds, Corner Barkly Street and Vincent Street Ararat 3377


Willaura Memorial Hall (footpath & carpark in front) Main Street (opposite Commercial Street) Willaura 3379


Streatham Memorial Hall (footpath and forecourt in front) 30 Campbell Street (Glenelg Hwy) Streatham 3351


Elmhurst Mechanics Institute (footpath and forecourt in front), 34 High Street (Pyrenees Hwy) between Elmhurst –Glenpatrick Road and Degraves Street Elmhurst 3469.

To find out more, visit the CFA website