If the potential NSP is located on Council-owned land, can Council use the land as an NSP if required? Consider whether or not Council allows the land to be used for potentially inconsistent purposes, such as for farmers' markets, fetes, circuses ect.
If the potential NSP is on private land, or public land under the control of a Crown Land Manager (other than Council), can Council enter into arrangements which it allows the land as a potential NSP on reasonably satisfactory terms? Also consider whether Council has the right to: •access the site and surrounding areas for maintenance; and • erect appropriate signage at the NSP.
Do access routes to the potential NSP allow for: • the anticipated potential number of people to move to and from the place ; and • the CFA and other emergency services to attend the place for assets and personnel protection activities?
Are access routes easily navigable, bearing in mind they could be affected by smoke? Consider the condition of the road surface, proximity to population centres and major roads, capacity of access routes to accommodate large numbers of vehicles, the availability ilablity of car parking at the place and any other relevant matters.
Can Council maintain the potential NSP in accordance with the criteria taken into account by the CFA in arriving at its fire rating assessment? If the CFA have not provided sufficient information in relation to the criteria it has taken into account in arriving at its fire rating assessment, it may be necessary for Council to seek further information from the CFA
Will it be possible and practicable to make the potential NSP available for use on a 24 hr basis during the declared fire danger period? This is a particular issue where the potential NSP is a building. Consider the potential for damage to the NSP which could result during times that it is open and available for use, but is not being used as an NSP
What costs could be incurred by Council in making the potential NSP available on a 24hr basis during the declared fire danger period? Are these costs reasonable, and capable of being borne by Council?
Could the potential NSP be used for an unintended purpose which could impact upon its use as an NSP (such as an emergency relief centre)?
Is the potential NSP surrounded by sufficient open space to enable the CFA to conduct assets protection and fire suppression operations? Is that open space reasonably free of obstacles (such as fences, buildings, steep gradients, vegetation and other land formations)? Council should seek CFA advice concerning the defend ability of the potential NSP and the Buffer Zone, including in relation to the fire vehicle access requirements.
Will approval be required under legislation such as the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth), Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (Vic) and the Plannning and Environment Act 1986 (Vic)? Can such approval be obtained before the NSP is established?
If the potential NSP is a building, has Council sought expert advice from CFA to determine whether the NSP is likely to be subject to risk from ember attack? If it is subject to such a risk, can that risk be safely managed?
Can appreciate signage be erected at the entry to the potential NSP, and in its vicinity?
If signage needs to be placed on private land, can Council obtained the consent of the relevant landowner to the erection of the signage?
Is the potential NSP capable of being maintained to ensure continuing compliance with the CFA Fire Rating Criteria and the Council NSPP Criteria? Where relevant, consider whether adjoining land owners and occupiers will provide Council with an assurance that both the potential NSP and Buffer Zone can be maintained to a satisfactory level.
Are there means of access for disabled and mobility-impaired persons to the potential NSP, including vehicle access to drop off people with disabilities?
Can Council manage alternative uses which may be made of the potential NSP so as to ensure that those uses will not compromise the further if the place as a potential NSP? The CFA has advised that where a potential NSP which is used for an operational purpose at many times meets the CFA Fire Rating Criteria, the the CFA considers that those operational activities will be able to continue (to the extent practicable in the circumstances) while the place is being used as an NSP.
Will it be possible to ensure that there will be good community awareness of the location of the potential?
NSP, and the risks associated with using the potential NSP?