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New rural property numbering to start in January

New rural property numbers will start to be distributed on Latrobe City’s rural roads

By Latrobe City Council - 7th January 2002 - Back to News

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New rural property numbers will start to be distributed on Latrobe City’s rural roads from Monday 7 January 2002. The new system of property numbering follows a logical sequence of numbers which also identifies the distance a property is from the start of a road.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, said that the new system was being introduced throughout rural Victoria and in many municipalities the new rural property numbers already existed. "For some time, Councils have been concerned at the inconvenience to rural residents and visitors caused by difficulties in easily locating rural properties, and the new system overcomes these difficulties," Cr Jenkins said.

"Emergency service organisations are also concerned at how difficult it can be to find rural properties and respond quickly in emergency situations.

"While houses in cities and townships have an effective system of house numbers which makes it easy to find a particular property, people in rural areas often rely on the display of a name at the entrance to their property, a Lot number, RMB or even just local knowledge," Cr Jenkins said.

"The new rural road property numbers are a permanent and easy to follow way of identifying and locating properties in a sequence along any street or road.

"The number is determined by the distance of each property entrance from the start of the road. The number is equal to the number of metres along the road the property is located, divided by ten. This simply means that if your property is 870 metres (0.87 km) from the beginning of the road then your property number will be 87. Numbers are rounded down so that odd numbers are on the left side of the road and even numbers on the right," Cr Jenkins explained.

"Rural road numbers will help emergency service organisations, mail and delivery companies, gas, electricity and water authorities and visitors find your property easily," Cr Jenkins added.

Rural residents will receive information kits in the mail explaining the changes on or a little after Monday 7 January. The kits explain the new numbering system and identify what action residents need to take. Council will adjust rate notices and notify authorities such as Australia Post, Telstra, the State and Federal Electoral Commissions, gas and water authorities, and emergency service organisations.

Residents will need to advise their family and friends, and businesses they deal with. This includes banks, medical funds, home and vehicle insurance companies, motor registration and licensing authorities and any organisation they receive correspondence from or have a subscription with.

Contractors employed by Council will begin to install the new numbers at the entrances to properties from Monday 7 January. Further information is available from Latrobe City Council, telephone 1300 367 700.


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