Merrijig Hall now ‘last resort’
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.