Council has been reviewing urban and rural addressing throughout the region to ensure all addresses are correct as per the Australian/New Zealand Standard and meet as far as possible the needs of our community.
The Standard was approved and published in 2003, with an update in 2011, but older addressing was not necessarily updated and newer addressing was not necessarily allocated as per the Standard. Over the last several years Council has been attempting to correct some old errors and resolve addressing issues where anomalies have been discovered.
Addressing needs to be correct. Emergency Services rely on correct street addressing to get them to a property as fast as possible. Precious time can be wasted when an Ambulance driver needs to stop and ask for directions. Australia Post’s automatic mail sorting systems rely on correct street addressing when sorting mail into specific mail runs. A Postie may need to backtrack on their delivery route to ensure that a letter for an incorrect address is delivered, this takes time away from the rest of their deliveries and raises the risk that the mail won't be delivered.
The rules are relatively simple. From a start point streets are numbered with even numbers on the right hand side of the street and odd numbers on the left hand side of the street. Generally street numbering runs north to south and east to west.
A no through road is numbered from the entrance or start point with even numbers on the right and odd on the left regardless which direction the road runs.
A cul-de-sac is numbered from the entrance or start point with even numbers on the right and odd on the left until they meet at the end of the cul-de-sac. Although very small cul-de-sacs can be consecutively numbered from the entrance it is better to be consistent and number all cul-de-sacs the same way which would be with even numbers on the right and odd on the left. Houses should be addressed with the numbering on the street that their entrance faces.
In the past, the task of locating rural properties required a definition such as "just a few miles past the grid", or "after the last letter box". This has caused delays and inconvenience for emergency services and the delivery of goods and services to the community. Rural addressing provides a standardised addressing system throughout Australia that is easy to understand and apply.
Allocation of rural address numbers is carried out in a logical sequence and in accordance with set rules. The number is based on a distance from a starting point (known as the datum point, see A in diagram below), usually a road intersection, to the property entrance (see B below), with odd numbers on the left and even numbers on the right.
To download a Rural Address Application form, please click on the link below.
To enquire on the progress of a Rural Address Application or for further information, please contact Council on 1300 765 002 or (02) 6378 2850.