Candidates urged to abide by election signage rules

Kempsey Shire Council is reminding candidates and their supporters to comply with regulations regarding election signage in the leadup to the 2019 Federal Election this weekend.

Under the Electoral Act 2017 and State Environmental Planning Policy No 64 – Advertising and Signage, election signs cannot be displayed on property owned or controlled by Council such as road reserves or public land including car parks and sports fields.

All election posters and signage must be no more than 0.8m² in area and cannot be attached to a heritage item or displayed on a trailer parked along a road or within a road area.

While signs can be displayed on private property with the permission of the owner, it is unlawful to attach posters to power poles without consent of the electricity provider.

Council’s Manager of Development and Compliance, Graham Snow, encourages candidates and their supporters to heed the rules.

“Compliance with the regulations ensures that all candidates have equal opportunities to publicise their participation in the election,” he said.

“A reminder that election signage must be taken down within seven days after election day, otherwise Council may take enforcement action.”

A penalty infringement notice of $330 can be issued for signage placed without consent or contravening regulations.

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