As the Federal election campaign moves into full swing, candidates and their supporters are reminded they must comply with State and Council regulations when erecting political signage.

Council has issued a stern warning to all political candidates they must follow the regulations in regards to political signage. Fines of up to $330 per sign, may apply if election signage is on a public road or Council land. Council will also impound the signs.

Council officers will undertake a program of compliance and monitoring to ensure all posters and signage containing electoral material comply with the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 Division 2, Subdivision 13 - Election signs.

As part of these regulations, election signs must be no more than 0.8 square metres in area.

No signs are allowed to be displayed on Council's road reserves, either free-standing pole signs or those affixed to trees or street furniture. Signage is also not allowed to be displayed on a trailer parked on a road or road-related areas.

Council officers will remove signs from public property if they are not standard-sized corflute with appropriate content, or if they are in a dangerous location. All signage connected to power poles will be reported to Essential Energy for their attention and action.

Signs can be attached to the walls of houses or commercial buildings as long as they have the permission of the property owner and adhere to size limitations in State regulations

Candidates are responsible for complying with their electoral material obligations under the 
Commonwealth Electoral Act. Additional information on electoral material can be found in the Candidates Handbook: February 2022 Federal elections and By-elections published by the Australian Electoral Commission.

General Manager, Chris Thompson
0476 789 051

26 April 2022

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