During an Emergency

During an emergency it is important to enact your emergency plan. Visit the following sections for more information about how to stay safe during an emergency. For more information about preparing for an emergency, visit our preparing for an emergency page.



A Neighbourhood Safer Place - Bushfire Place of Last Resort (NSP-BPLR) is not a community fire refuge or emergency relief centre. NSP-BPLRs are places of last resort during the passage of a bushfire, and are intended to be used by persons whose primary bushfire plans have failed.

NSP-BPLRs are places of relative safety only. They do no guarantee the survival of those who assemble there. There may also be serious risks to safety encountered in travelling to NSP-BPLRs during a bushfire.

Depending on the position and direction of a bushfire, a designed NSP-BPLR may not be safer than other locations within the area.

The following are designated places of last resort within the Hindmarsh Municipality:

Location Address
Dimboola Bicentennial Community Park
Between Carpark and High Street
Corner High Street (Dimboola-Rainbow Road) and Lloyd street Dimboola
Jeparit Skate Park and Playground Area Corner of Broadway and Edith Street Jeparit
Nhill Davis Park Recreation Reserve
South East quarter of Oval
Bounded by Davis Avenue, Park Street, King Street and Fraser Street Nhill. Entry off Davis Avenue
Rainbow Federal Street
Footpath area outside MECCA building
Corner of Federal Street and Butter Factory Lane Rainbow

For further information on NSP-BPLRs please visit the CFA Website.

For emergency alert information, visit our warnings and contacts page.


Visit the following links to learn about how to stay safe during a flood.

SES Sandbagging Guide

Flood Victoria - During a flood

Better Health – what to do during a flood 

For emergency alert information, visit our warnings and contacts page.


There are simple things you can do to stay safe in the heat:

  • Drink water - even if you don't feel thriety, drink water. Take a bottle of water with you always.
  • Hot cars kill - never leave kids, adults or pets in hot cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
  • Keep cool - seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
  • Plan ahead - schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
  • Help others - look after those most at risk in the heat - your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition, and don't forget your pets.

For emergency alert information, visit our warnings and contacts page.


During a storm, you will need stay safe and find shelter away from drains and waterways. Be prepared for possible power outages, and avoid any floodwaters.
For more information about preparing for a storm, visit our preparing for an emergency page.

For emergency alert information, visit our warnings and contacts page.



In line with Victorian Government requirements, as of 6pm Friday 29 October 2021, community members will need to show proof of double vaccination to access Councils community facilities including swimming pools, Nhill Memorial Community Centre, community halls and Hindmarsh Shire Libraries in Dimboola, Jeparit, Nhill and Rainbow. You can do this via the Services Victoria app or with a printed Vaccination Certificate and photo ID.
Children under 16, or those with an approved medical exemption, will still be able to access services.
To assist our community who are unable to access library services, in person, click and collect services are available along with e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Telephone your local Hindmarsh Shire Libraries branch to organise click and collect.
At this stage, Council’s Customer Service Centre in Nhill does not require customers to be double vaccinated. Community members needing access to customer services in person, can attend the Nhill Customer Service Centre at 92 Nelson Street, Nhill. Online services are available on our website or telephone 03 5391 4444 for assistance over the telephone.

Updated 3/11/2021