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Rural addressing is a method of identifying and addressing rural properties throughout Australia, which was developed by the Federal Government as an Australian-wide initiative, in consultation with Emergency Services. The guidelines for rural addressing are set out in the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZ 4819:2011. In Queensland, the responsibility for implementing rural addressing lies with local Councils.
Rural addressing is a
Hinchinbrook Shire Council has implemented this system and will assign a new property number to replace your current Lot, Rural Mail Box (RMB) or property number. If you have an alternative address for your postal address, this will remain unchanged. If you receive mail at your property, you should change your postal address to show your allocated rural address number.
Rural residents have in the past been disadvantaged by not having a clearly defined address. This can be costly, inconvenient, and may at times be the difference between life and death. Valuable time may be wasted if emergency services need to search for a person’s property. Rural addressing is most important, as it provides quick identification and location of your rural property and can benefit you by:
Creating a vital database for a wide range of Government agencies.
By contacting Council and filling out an application form. Rural numbers are initially issued to each property owner by Council free of charge and consist of a star picket, plastic module and reflective numbering stickers. Please ensure that you notify Council if you move the location of your property access, as this may affect the number of your address.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain and replace their post, numbers or module from Council as required. If you currently have a rural address that is faded or in disrepair, Council can supply you with replacement parts. Please refer to Council’s 2022/2023 fees and charges below:
|First Rural Number Installation||Free|
|Reflective Numbers||$2.90 each|
|1 Digit Module||$16.15 each|
|2 Digit Module||$17.85 each|
|3 Digit Module||$19.60 each|
|4 Digit Module||$21.30 each|
|5 Digit Module||$23.10 each|
|Star Picket Post||$7.25 each|
|Installation Cost||$37.00 each|
To view Council's Rates, Fees and Charges, please see below.
Hinchinbrook Shire Council
PO Box 366, Ingham Qld 4850
Phone: 4776 4600