Rural Street Numbering Program - Update

The new Rural Street Numbering system will come into force on 1 February 2017

With Christmas and the holiday season fast approaching it has been decided to delay the start date for the new numbering system until 1 February 2017. This will allow government departments including Australia Post plenty of time to update their records.

Most of the new signs have now been erected with only a few more to go which will be completed before the start date.

Rural Street Numbering is being implemented within the Shire of Nannup in accordance with a national model. The aim is to supply a uniform address number to every rural and semi rural property in Australia. Numbered sign posts, clearly visible from the road, will be placed at each property entrance that has a building on the lot.

Rural property numbering is a simple distance based system – numbers are allocated in sequence, based on how far your property entrance is from the nominated start of the road. Odd numbers are on the left and even numbers on the right. If a property’s number is 327, it’s on the left side and 3.27 kilometres from the start of the road. If the number is 1026, it’s on the right and 10.26 kilometres from the start. This distance can then be referred to when giving instructions to delivery services, emergency services or other visitors to your property.

This new address replaces the RSM and RMB address systems but does not replace personal Post Office Box addresses.

Shortly you will notice a sign displaying your new rural number at the entrance to your property. It will take some time for all of the signs to be erected. Therefore we would ask that you DO NOT USE YOUR NEW ADDRESS UNTIL YOU RECEIVE OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION FROM LANDGATE. PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROCESS MAY TAKE UP TO TWO (2) YEARS TO COMPLETE.

As well as putting you on the map, the system has a wide range of benefits for many sections of the community:

  • Emergency services – police, fire brigade, ambulance, doctors and the State Emergency Services – will be able to pinpoint properties without delay;
  • Simplify the Electoral Commission’s task of ensuring that all voters are on the electoral roll;
  • Assist the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct surveys, many of which are vital for primary industry and the rural communities;
  • Enable commercial carriers, delivery organisations and taxi services to locate properties with ease;
  • Help Tourism by making historical sites and other tourist attractions simple to find
  • Greatly assist council with services and administration.

If you notice that your street has been numbered but your lot has not been given one, please contact the Shire for the allocation of a number.

Frequently Asked Questions - Rural Road Numbering Program

Between the time of erecting the new numbers in the field and the time of notifying the resident, the residents of the area will often telephone either Landgate or the Local Government with questions. The following list of questions attempts to provide suitable responses to these questions.

1. When should I start using my new number?

When the Shire has finished erecting the numbers, you will be notified by mail (to your new address) that you should now start using the new address. There may be quite a long delay between the erection of the number sign at your gate and the official notification.

2. Who will be notified?

Obviously both Landgate and the Shire are aware of your new address. In addition Landgate will notify  the Police and Fire Services, the Federal and State Electoral Commissions, Western Power, Water Corporation, Alinta, Australia Post, Telstra, Main Roads WA and St John Ambulance on your behalf. These bodies will be notified at the same time as the owner. They have contributed to the Property Street Address Project because they recognise the benefits of a logical numbering system.

3. My number is not what I think it should be.

If you believe that we have made a mistake in numbering, we need to be told. This may be due to the fact that we could not clearly identify your entrance from the aerial photograph, or that you have two entrances to the same building and we did not know which the preferred address was. Whatever the reason we will examine the problem and change your address if required.

4. Why did I get two addresses? 

If you have two entrances to two separate buildings on the one property then we need to give them each an address. When an ambulance is looking for an injured person, it is most beneficial if the address provided actually matches the entrance to the accident scene (which may well be a shed etc.).

5. I want to change where my address post has been positioned. Is this possible?

You may shift the address post back closer to your letterbox or gate if you wish. We would just ask that you ensure that the number is clearly visible from the road. The address post should not be shifted to a position which might make it hazardous to traffic or pedestrians.

6. I don't like my new number. Can I change it to something else?

Generally “no”, however if you change your entrance point then your number can change in accordance with the rural numbering standard.

7. I don't want a new number. Can I keep my old number?

No, under the Local Government Act, the Shire has an obligation to address all properties within its boundaries. This system for rural numbering is a national system currently being implemented throughout Australia. Your local government is implementing the new system in your Shire to meets its obligations under the Local Government Act and to assist Police, Fire and Rescue Services and Ambulance personnel to find you quickly in times of emergency.

8. I have just had letterheads printed with my old address. What should I do?

You should start to use your new address as soon as possible after the Shire has officially notified you. However, if you are concerned about receiving your mail, goods or services, then you should leave your lot number visible on the letterbox and write the word “Lot” in front of it. When next you need to print stationary, you should then adopt  the new address consistently.

9. Why is Landgate involved?

Landgate has existing resources, including aerial photography and legal boundaries to implement rural number in the office using a computer system. This approach reduces the cost of rural numbering to about one third of the cost of assigning numbers in the field. Landgate also fulfils the coordination role required to ensure high integrity numbering across the whole State ensuring numbers on long roads across Shire boundaries are logical.

10. I haven't been assigned a number. What should I do?

You don’t need to do anything. Your local government will notify Landgate and a new number will be assigned and erected in due course. Then you will receive official notification with everybody else.