Mer­ri­jig Hall now ‘last re­sort’

Mansfield Courier - - Courier | Opinions/people -

RES­I­DENTS in and around Pin­na­cle Val­ley and vis­i­tors to the Mt Buller area are ad­vised that the Sebel Pin­na­cle Val­ley Re­sort is NOT a safe place to seek refuge in case of a fire.

The site was of­fi­cially de­com­mis­sioned on Jan­uary 6 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 bush­fire.

A Neigh­bour­hood Safer Place should not to be con­fused with Com­mu­nity Fire

Refuges Re­lief Cen­tres, Re­cov­ery Cen­tres or Assem­bly Ar­eas, each of which have a dif­fer­ent and spe­cific pur­pose.

Mans­field Shire Mayor, Cr Marg At­t­ley OAM said safety is the high­est pri­or­ity and that peo­ple in that area should go to the Mer­ri­jig Pub­lic Hall which is a Neigh­bour­hood Safer Place.

Neigh­bour­hood Safer Places are a place of last re­sort when all other bush­fire plans have failed.

Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors should en­act their bush­fire plans fol­low­ing ad­vice from VicEmer­gency.

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

“The Sebel Pin­na­cle Val­ley Re­sort is not safe in case of a fire; it is no longer a Neigh­bour­hood Safer Place,” 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 to point out that the Neigh­bour­hood Safer Place is the Mer­ri­jig Pub­lic Hall.”

A Neigh­bour­hood Safer Place is a lo­ca­tion that may pro­vide some pro­tec­tion from di­rect flame and heat from a fire, but they do not guar­an­tee safety.

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.

GO TO SAFE PLACE: Mer­ri­jig Pub­lic Hall has been de­clared a Neigh­bour­hood Safer Place af­ter the Sebel Pin­na­cle Val­ley was de­com­mis­sioned as a NSP last week.

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