NAILED DOWN: Electoral signage is everywhere.
NAILED DOWN: Electoral signage is everywhere.

Candidates told to rethink signs

THE signs are unmistakable – some of the electoral advertising that has blighted the Gladstone regional landscape are just not right.

The Labor and LNP candidates in particular are out of order in some instances, and may even be breaking the law in others.

Member for Flynn Chris Trevor’s shiny pate and slogan “hardworking local” adorns many a roadside position along with LNP candidate Ken O’Dowd’s grin, sans slogan.

Greens candidate Anne Goddard reckons they both need to rethink their signage with regards to the law and the environment.

“I doubt the trees would be endorsing either candidate ... they should be mindful of the environment ... they are disturbing, with excessive visual pollution,” Ms Goddard said.

“Candidates are sailing close to the wind as far as council regulations go – if not exceeding them.”

Main Roads requirements are that signs are no more than 0.6sq m in size and some far exceed the guidelines.

A local law states that no advertising material should be placed on “any cliff, pole, post, rock, shrub or tree located in any land under the control of the council”.

Another local law does not permit “unsightly” signage.

Gladstone Regional Council director of environment and regulation Ron Doherty said council worked on a common-sense basis with regards to electoral signage – but would remove any that could endanger motorists where displayed poorly – and certainly took a dim view of signs nailed or screwed to trees.

“It’s not good for the trees and doesn’t look good,” Mr Doherty said.

“If necessary we will remove signs that are not taken down after the election and send a bill to those who put them there."



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