Num­ber­ing dis­pute

Alpine Shire Coun­cil to renum­ber Har­g­reaves Road de­spite protests from res­i­dents

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­dia.com.au

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.

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