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War over election campaign signs

Gary Bagnall has moved his signs to remain within the law but he said that many candidates had signs on public land.
Gary Bagnall has moved his signs to remain within the law but he said that many candidates had signs on public land. Blainey Woodham

WITH campaigns in full swing for the Tweed Shire Council elections on September 8, candidate signs are springing up like mushrooms.

Tweed Shire Council has said "enough" and issued warnings about illegal signs, threatening to have them removed.

Tweed Shire Council general manager David Keenan said the council did not permit unauthorised, commercial-based signs on public land, including political and commercial advertising, A-frames and electronic flashing boards.

"We want to protect our shire's visual amenity by ensuring our trees, roadsides, footpaths and public spaces are not cluttered with advertising material," Mr Keenan said.

"Apart from being unsightly, signage on trees, beside our roads and near shopping centres can represent a hazard for motorists," he said.

The council said accessibility of pedestrian movement within the Tweed shopping centre areas was also a major concern.

While the council's rangers will remove unauthorised signs where possible, the council called on businesses and residents to do their bit to ensure this signage did not proliferate.

"Council will redistribute resources to do more to tackle illegal signage to clean up the Tweed but we hope to also draw on community support and cooperation," Mr Keenan said.

Candidate Gary Bagnall said he had noticed signs were being put on public land. Tweed Council director planning and regulation Vince Connell said the council had received a number of complaints about signage in recent days.

"As council is obliged to act under its regulatory role, a number of signs had been removed," Mr Connell said.

"While we do not have the resources to check the whole shire for these signs, we will remove them when a complaint is made or our rangers come across signs in the course of their normal duties."

Topics:  campaign, election, signage, tweed shire council



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