Should councils continue or reinstate curbside street house numbers?

The Gold Coast City Council is one of the few councils that paint house numbers on the street curbs.

But the council's engineering committee has suggested council could save $150,000 a year by scrapping the hired contractors.

Its been suggested community groups could become involved in the practice that's primarily used by emergency services to identify houses.

The Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service apparently rely on global positioning systems to locate an incident.

Home owners are supposed to have their house number visible on their letterbox, but many visitors have become accustomed to rely of the curbside numbering to get to the homes of friend or relatives.

Its been mooted stencils could be provided for free to groups such as Neighbourhood Watch to carry out the painting where it was wanted or necessary.

The Gold Coast is one of only a few councils in Australia to still have the service.

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Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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