Wellington Shire Council is responsible for maintaining a network of sealed and unsealed public roads across the municipality that totals approx. 3,100km.
While Council is responsible for the vast majority of streets and roads, it is not the sole road authority within the Shire.
Highways and declared arterial roads are managed by VicRoads, while roads and tracks located in State Parks are predominantly managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The Register of Public Roads (1MB) includes a complete list of roads for which Wellington Shire Council is responsible.
Road Management Plan
Our Road Management Plan (531KB) sets out a management system and relevant standards for local roads within our shire. It provides information on how we will take care of roads to affordable levels while meeting community needs. The Plan is based on our policy and operational objectives, taking into account the resources available to us. It has also been prepared in accordance with the Road Management Act 2004.
The Plan itself applies to the local roads within the shire that we are responsible for. These roads are listed in our Register of Public Roads (1MB).
Rural Road Numbers
Rural road numbering is a permanent and clear way of identifying and locating properties along a street or road. (By law, we must use the rural address numbering system.)
How Rural Road Numbers Work
A rural address consists of a rural road number, street or road name and the property’s locality or district. Residents are allocated a number determined by the distance of the property entrance in metres from the start of the road, divided by ten. For example, if your property is 870 metres from the beginning of the road, your property number is 87. It is not possible to change your number.
Emergencies and Rural Road Numbers
We use rural road numbers to supply emergency services and 000 operators any updates to our address data in the shire.
Making your property easy to locate is particularly important in emergency situations when time is critical. Police, fire and ambulance services can be delayed if a property address is difficult to find. It is important to use your rural road number when providing your address, and that the number is clearly displayed on the main access point to your residence.
General Benefits of Having a Rural Road Number
- Rural road numbers improve the efficiency of deliveries to, and collections from, your property as well as making it easier for visitors to find your home
- Visible road numbers provide a reference point to locate other numbered properties along the road by indicating the direction, distance and side of the road that the property being sought can be found
- Residents are encouraged to contact their utility and service providers to ensure their address details are updated. Enquiries regarding mail delivery can be made to Australia Post on 131 318
- Any residents unsure of their rural address number should contact us on 1300 366 244
Outdated Numbering Systems
Lot numbers, RMB and older shire numbers should no longer be used in addresses and these numbers should be removed if displayed at the front of the property. Residents should ensure their neighbours display their rural road number to prevent confusion.
Council Approved Road Names Register
The Local Government Act 1989 provides council the power to approve, assign or change the name of a road. In exercising this power council must act in accordance with the guidelines provided under the Geographical Place Names Act 1998.
Council has established the Place Names Committee to act as an advisory body on geographical place names issues.
For further information please see the Council Approved Road Names Register (410KB).