Have Your Say About Election Signs

The Moreton Bay Regional Council are asking for public opinion about changes to local council laws about street signage, specially about signage relating to elections.

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Recently court action was launched against the Moreton Bay Regional Council regarding the laws surrounding election campaign signage.  This in turn has prompted council to seek public review of proposed amendments to these laws.  If people do not significantly oppose these laws it means council will likely enact the proposed changes, and potentially avoid a lengthy and no doubt, expensive court battle, which of course diverts money from funding other projects.

Potential changes to Council’s regulation of election signs would include:

  • election signs which meet prescribed criteria (e.g. if they are supervised) could be displayed on public land year-round (instead of only 42 days before an election date);
  • election signs which meet prescribed criteria (e.g. if they are a certain size) could be displayed on private land up to 3 months before an election date (instead of only 42 days before an election date);
  • there would be an unlimited number of election signs that could be displayed in an electorate (e.g. instead of a limit of up to 300 signs for some candidates); and
  • election signs which did not meet the prescribed criteria (including size criteria) would be subject to an assessment process before they could be displayed. This assessment process would consider impacts on health & safety, visual amenity, the environment and infrastructure (amongst other things). A fee would be payable for this assessment.

This is the second round of public consultation and submissions need to be made by 5pm on the 5th of September 2018.

If you’d like to participate and have your say about these proposed changes, head on over to Moreton Bay Regional Council’s website at the following URL: https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/signs/local-law/

 

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