Emergencies can take many forms, including natural disaster such as fire or flood, tragic incidents, or other forms of loss or disruption to people’s lives.
Council works closely with emergency services, particularly Victoria Police, the Country Fire Authority (CFA), and State Emergency Service (SES), and other authorities, such as the Department of Infrastructure and VicRoads to ensure appropriate measures are in place in the event of an emergency. Below are links to download a copy of Council's emergency management plan and accompanying maps.
Municipal Emergency Management Plan
Municipal Emergency Management Plan - Maps
Council works closely with health and welfare agencies and local groups to develop and implement recovery plans, following emergencies affecting local communities.
Pet and animal welfare in an emergency
Victoria is faced with many different types of emergencies and threats that impact on animals, whether they be companion animals, livestock or wildlife in bushland, rural or urban settings. For information on how to care for your animals in an emergency, visit the following links.
Pets in emergencies
Managing animals at emergency relief centres
Horses and livestock emergencies
Fire Danger Ratings
Central Goldfields Shire Council Fire Danger Rating Procedure will be implemented when the Fire Danger rating is severe, extreme or code red.
Neighbourhood Safer Places
Neighbourhood Safer Places in the Central Goldfields Shire are located at:
- TALBOT – Pioneer Reserve (ground only) – Corner of Fyffe and Scandinavian Crescent.
- MARYBOROUGH – Princes Park (oval only) - Park Road
- MARYBOROUGH – Pascoe Reserve (oval only) - Gillies Street
- DUNOLLY – Gordon Garden Reserve (Grounds Only) - Cnr Thompson Street and Barkly Street
- CARISBOOK – Market Reserve (grounds only) – adjacent to Green, Birch, Powlett and Urquhart Streets
Residents are reminded that:
- Neighbourhood Safer Places are not designed to replace a personal bushfire survival plan. CFA advises that everyone should have a written Bushfire Survival Plan.
- Neighbourhood Safer Places are municipal council designated buildings or spaces within the community that may afford some protection from radiant heat, the biggest killer during bushfire.
- They are a place of last resort in bushfire emergencies only. They are a last resort shelter that may assist people when there is imminent threat of bushfire and they have no plan, or their planned options are not possible.
- They are not locations to relocate to when leaving early. On days when there is advice to leave early people should relocate well away to an area of lower risk either the night before or early in the morning.
- The degree of safety afforded by Neighbourhood Safer Places will depend on a number of factors, including the intensity of the bushfire.
Please be aware of the following risks associated with Neighbourhood Safer Places:
- Travelling to a Neighbourhood Safer Place is inherently dangerous with traffic congestion, poor visibility, fire activity, heavy smoke and accidents or fallen trees that may block the route there.
- There is no guarantee that you will not be mentally traumatised, injured or killed when travelling to or sheltering at a Neighbourhood Safer Place.
- You are likely to experience extreme conditions such as; heat, high winds, fire noise, embers, radiant heat, smoke and ash sheltering at a Neighbourhood Safer Place.
- There is no guarantee that emergency services will be present.
- There will be no provision for pets.
- There will generally be limited parking. Large numbers of vehicles may further compromise what little protection the area affords.
- There will be limited capacity. No amenities (eg. food, drinks, toilets) will be provided.
- Neighbourhood Safer Places will not exist in all communities. In some instances there may not be a Neighbourhood Safer Place identified in your local area or close to your home.
Fire Management & Bushfire Information
Community Information Guides
Emergency Phone Numbers
Deaf Emergency Information resource