BRIGHTON Deputy Mayor Barbara Curran is urging residents to ensure their homes have a visible street number on their houses.
Cr Curran said the inconsistency with street numbering came home to her when she was recently delivering Meals on Wheels in a new area in the Municipality.
“My previous run was very familiar to me but when I started delivering in a new area, I realised a number of homes either did not have street numbers or the numbers themselves were difficult to see.
“I was particularly concerned when I was looking for number 65. I found numbers 61 and 63 and then there was an easement. I fully expected number 65 to be the next house however it wasn’t.
“My general concern is that residents’ homes are properly identified if residents need essential or emergency services. With houses that are not numbered it could be the difference between getting a sick person to hospital in a timely manner or something more serious. If it is a dark or foggy, ambulances or other emergency service vehicles would have difficulty finding some homes.”
Cr Curran will be putting a motion to Council’s next meeting to look at the costs of illuminative numbering on kerbs and whether developers can be encouraged to help in the process of ensuring all new homes are numbered accordingly.
“Numbering of houses is important and it could be the difference between life and death in an emergency.”