Upper Hunter Shire Council is undertaking a review of road numbering and addresses across the Shire, at the request of NSW Land and Property Information.
Council’s Mayor Wayne Bedggood said a complete formal address is becoming increasingly important and is required for a wide range of applications including licencing, passports, notices of sale, utility connections, and swimming pool registrations.
“Most importantly, having an adequate address assists Emergency Services in locating a property in an emergency.
“This review of property addresses in the Shire may result in amendments to the formal address for some properties,” Mayor Bedggood said.
Council initiated the review in May starting with Ridgelands Road, Bunnan and Hall Road, Merriwa to alleviate safety concerns raised by residents in our community.
One resident welcoming the change is Mrs Heather Studdy who knows firsthand the frightening outcomes that inadequate addressing can bring. In February this year, Mrs Studdy’s son, Sasha had a motorbike accident on their property which required help from emergency services. Due to the inconsistent addressing along Ridgelands Road between Muswellbrook Shire and the Upper Hunter Shire Local Government areas, the response time of the emergency services was affected. As their rural road number was incorrect, and duplicated on the Muswellbrook side of the boundary, it meant that the emergency services took longer than they would have liked to make it to the scene.
Mrs Studdy’s property address was one of the first to be examined and subsequently rectified as part of the review.
Owners will be formally notified in writing where their property necessitates an amendment to their formal address. It is essential for all residents to display their allocated number in a prominent position near the entry to their property as required under Section 124 Local Government Act 1993. This will assist with postal deliveries and your property being located easily in the case of an emergency.
Council has identified that this review can be a complex and extensive process and will take some time to get through, however the results will be beneficial to our community.
Upper Hunter Shire Council
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Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.