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The Mornington Peninsula Shire has joined with local emergency services including Ambulance Victoria to promote house numbering launching clips on YouTube and offering free house numbers to local residents.
Victoria Police, the fire brigades and Ambulance Victoria all report that hidden or nonexistent house numbers can waste time, and in an emergency situation every second counts.
Owners and occupiers of all properties are required by law to have a street number properly affixed and displayed at the front of their property.
The numbers displayed should be reflective both day and night and the numbers should be attached to a letterbox, a post, a dedicated board or the boundary fence.
Shire Mayor Frank Martin said that alll properties – whether households or commercial buildings - need to be clearly numbered. It’s important that numbers are clear so your property can be easily located – especially in case of emergency.
Ambulance Victoria Rosebud Team Manager Dave Elson asks that you ensure house and business numbers are visible – day and night. 'We also encourage people to unlock a door and lock up pets and if possible have someone wait outside for the ambulance,' he said.
'This will help us get to you as quickly as possible.'
The Shire’s Local Law No. 5 (2005) requires house numbers to be clear and easy to read from the street. This means ensuring that your house number is located at the front of your property and is not obscured from view.
The best place to position a house number is on your front fence or letterbox. If this is not possible, consider installing a post on your boundary alignment, allowing the house number to be mounted on the post. The Mornington Peninsula Shires’ Local Law No. 5 (2005) Part 3, Section 17 states:“The owner of each property that has been allotted a property number under this law must mark the property with the number allotted. This property number must be:(a) At least 90mm in height;(b) Located on the front boundary alignment;(c) In a contrasting colour to their background;(d) Located as near as practical to the driveway and letterbox;(e) Visible from both directions.”The Shire has reflective numbers available to all residents for free – please drop in to a Shire Customer Service Centre located at:
• Hastings Shire Office, 21 Marine Parade, Hastings• Mornington Shire Office,2 Queen Street, Mornington • Rosebud Shire Office, 90 Besgrove Street, Rosebud • Somerville Shire Office, 14 Edward Street, Somerville