Could the police, ambulance or fire brigade find your house in an emergency?
In an emergency minutes matter and making your property number visible from the street could be the difference between life and death. Local police report that they have great difficulty locating addresses in some areas of the Tweed because property street numbers are either missing or obscured.
Property owners are responsible for displaying the correct house number on their building or fence fronting the street. In fact, they have a legal obligation to do so (Section 124 Para 8 of the Local Government Act 1993).
House number tips
- To help residents access house numbers and reduce waste, Council has a limited number of second-hand metal number plates to give away. These are old rural roadside mailbox stock of variable quality, but they are large (100mm high) and legible. House numbers can be fixed to a suitable surface using glue, nails or metal screws. Present your rate or water notice confirming your street address to secure your house number at Council front counters at both Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah (numbers are limited) .
- Street number plates and number stencils are also available at many commercial outlets. Make sure to select numbers that can be easily seen and read from the street.
- You can also paint your street number on the vertical or front sloping face of the kerb in front of your home. Please note if the kerb is damaged or removed and replaced at any time, you may need to paint the number on again.