In 2013, the Cooloola Coast Local Ambulance Committee funded an initiative to have house numbers stencilled on driveways in Rainbow Beach since mailboxes are not used in the town.
This project was undertaken as Ambulance Officers were reporting difficulties in responding to emergency callouts due to a lack of signage on houses. The numbering has worked well but time and the elements have meant that a lot of the numbers are now illegible.
When an emergency call is made to triple zero (000), it is vital that the paramedics are able to respond in the shortest possible time. That means being able to identify the relevant address. It is in everyone’s best interest to have their house number clearly visible.
The Gympie Regional Council will supply house numbers free of charge to residents. The numbers can be collected from the Planning Department at 29 Channon Street, Gympie opposite the police station. It would be preferable to take your rates notice with you so that your house number (not lot number) can be correctly identified.
An alternative would be to purchase the numbers from a hardware store ensuring that they are reflective (for night time visibility) or can be covered in reflective tape.
As an emergency can occur at any time, it is most important that you are able to get medical assistance as quickly as possible.
The committee would like to thank all those people who have supported us during the year and we wish everyone a joyful Christmas and a happy and safe new year.
Cheryl Zunic, Treasurer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org