Rural numbering won't be changed

A SIGN on the outskirts of Maryborough advising motorists of the start of rural numbering will not be changed, the Fraser Coast Regional Council has told the Chronicle.

Attention was drawn to the rural numbering system last week after Dundathu farmer Alan Lenthall told the Chronicle the ambulance had driven past his house five times.

Mr Lenthall said the Rural Numbering sign on the northern edge of town caused confusion about the distance emergency vehicles had to travel to reach their destination.

A council spokesman said the sign was not intended to be a starting point or zero point for setting a vehicle’s odometer to measure the distance to an address.

“Rural Addressing is a service provided by the council to all properties in the Fraser Coast region,” the spokesman said.

“A unique number is allocated to each property by way of measurement from a datum point (usually at the nearest major intersection) to the property driveway.

“The primary aim of the system is to standardise the rural numbering system that will overcome confusion where rural properties have a variety of numbering types and in some cases no numbers at all.”

Residents have to pay $50 for the service, which covers the cost of the council providing the accurate measurement, the installation of post and numbers and the notification of stakeholders.

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