Alpine Shire Council to renumber Hargreaves Road despite protests from residents
PROPERTIES in Hargreaves Road, Bright will be renumbered as of July 1 and residents aren’t happy about it.
Early this year Alpine Shire Council identified the street as having some anomalies in the way it was numbered after consulting with Ambulance Victoria over the potential for it to delay response time.
Number one is at the top of the road on the right hand side and number two is more than half a kilometre away on the left hand side at the bottom of the street, while 25 is in the middle.
On April 23, all residents received a letter informing them that council was applying an Australian Standard for road numbering.
Although not mandatory, council said they felt obligated to change the street num- bers due to several instances in the Alpine Shire where emergency vehicles had had difficulty locating properties.
A second letter was sent to residents on May 22, informing them that after reviewing a number of submissions from residents, council would be proceeding with the renum- bering of Hargreaves Road.
Last Tuesday night at council’s monthly meeting, residents vented their disapproval of the decision and the communication process.
Tony Unsworth said he and other residents understand why council is doing it but he didn’t quite understand why it was happening now.
“I don’t know why we’re being inconvenienced over this issue, I believe it’s an issue, I’m not discounting the fact that it’s a standard which is desirable; however it’s not mandatory and not necessarily important in my opinion,” he said.
“I would suggest to all of you (councillors) there are a serious number of other issues which have serious and higher priority than renumbering which is not mandatory.”
Mr Unsworth’s neighbour, Bob Adams, whose property - number 25 - was the cause if the anomalies when it was the first house built in Hargreaves Road in 1974, said he totally disagreed with the way in which the proposal was communicated.
“We got a dictatorial letter from a Shire employee telling us it would be done by the 30th of June,” he said.
“There was no discussion and then when we tried to ask questions they said that was our discussion.
“If you’re going to change something that’s official then do it with the law don’t try and do it by bullying people into decisions they don’t want to make.”
Despite protests from residents, council will still enforce the changes.
“Council has a responsibility as the authority for road naming and numbering to ensure that we have clear logical and unambiguous system of property addressing,” Alpine Shire Council director corporate Nathalie Cooke said.
“Council is providing details of the changed addresses to a number of service authorities and emergency services to take effect on July 1.”
They will notify Ausnet Services, Australia Post, the Australian and Victorian Electoral Commissions, Telstra, Landata and Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority of the changes.
Residents will have to inform all other organisations of their new address details.