Parkes Shire Rural Addressing Frequently Asked Questions Why do we need rural addressing? There has never been a uniform way of determining where rural properties are located. For a long time, rural properties have had things like "Roadside Mail Boxes" or "Lot" numbers as their primary address. Giving directions such as "Just a few miles past the grid" can lead to confusion. They can also get misinterpreted easily. Rural addressing will remove the difficulty in locating your property, especially when emergency services are required. I have had emergency services come out to my place before without getting lost. A large proportion of property locations are known to the emergency services, usually because of local knowledge. However some properties can still be difficult to locate, especially at night. You will be provided with details so that you can provide emergency services with accurate details to your property's main entrance. This will improve response times. How does council collect all the information? Council engineers perform a survey of property entrances by driving along each rural road in the shire and measuring the distance from a specified point of origin. Council uses specialised electronic equipment to measure this distance. The GPS co-ordinates are also recorded. What information does council collect? The information collected is the distance from the specified point of origin, the side of road your property is on heading in the direction of travel, the road name, your property name, the suburb locality and the GPS co-ordinates. What does Council do with this data? After we collect the information, we process it to make sure we have matched all the existing mailing and property addresses with the newly collected data. Council then creates a new rural address for your property, which includes a road or street number. We then send each property owner a letter advising of the proposed rural address for each individual property. If the information we provided to you is incorrect, please complete the attached survey form and return it to council for correction. What happens after we get our new rural address? Council will advise Australia Post of your new rural address. A marker post with reflective numbers showing your new street number will be placed at the property entrance. The road I live on doesn't have a name? This may depend if the road is a public or private road. If it is a public road, it will have a Shire Road number attached to it. A new name will be allocated to that road instead of the old Shire Road Number. Roads will be named where appropriate. For example where a road is split into two parts and do not actually connect. If the road is private, your road name will be the main road name where they intersect. What information will council provide to me about my new address? Once the above proposed address is finalised, a letter will be sent to you indicating your property number, the new mailing address, the new property address, GPS co-ordinates, the nearest cross road, where your address was measured from and which side of the road your property entrance is on (taken from where the address was measured from). A list of emergency contact numbers is also included for your general information. It is recommended you put this sheet in a suitable location such as on your refrigerator or near your telephone. Why do I need GPS co-ordinates? Why don't I just give visitors/service providers the measured distance? You can give visitors to your property the measured distance. They can use the odometer in their vehicle to measure almost to your property entrance. GPS is far more accurate. More and more people today travel with some sort of GPS device in their vehicles. It is useful to be able to give them these co- ordinates which would lead to them straight to your front gate. I have more than one property. I have received a letter advising me of a new rural address for only one of my properties. Parkes Shire is quite a large area and it will take some time to survey all property entrances and check all the data. You will eventually get a letter for each property you own. I have more than one property. There are houses on my other properties but nobody lives on the other properties. Council will still provide a rural address and a marker post for those properties. The marker post will assist people driving along rural roads with their approximate location. I have more than one property. I rent out the house on my other property. Will the tenants need to know the address for that property? Yes. You should provide the tenant with the new rural address details including the GPS co-ordinates, the distance and side of road. This will assist your tenant in case they require emergency assistance or other services. I have a Post Office box number as my mailing address already. Do I have to change it? If you have a Post Office box or another residence as your primary mailing address, it will still be your mailing address. Only your property address details will change. Should I notify anyone of my change of address? You will need to notify all your other contacts, creditors, debitors etc of your change of address details I have two entrances to my property and I have received two letters, one for each entrance? You will need to notify council in the attached form which is your main access. The main access will be used as your new rural address. The other entrance will become your secondary access. Only your main access details will be used for rural addressing. However, Council will still provide a marker post for the secondary access.