Council goes to war on signs
A SQUABBLE has broken out among the councillors and council administration with warnings given about breaking their own local laws.
After some councillors spent hours putting up campaign signs last weekend, they were told by CEO Rod Ferguson they could only have one sign on each property lot.
But Crs Mally McMurtrie, Ross Bartley, Cameron Gow and Vic Pennisi had a number of locations that had all four of their signs on them.
Cr McMurtrie was clearly miffed by the revelation and said to Mr Ferguson at yesterday's planning and environment committee meeting the law was a case of interpretation and the issue wasn't finished.
Mr Ferguson said he had to act as CEO and enforce the local law.
Cr Bartley said he and the others would spend the weekend moving signs but still thought it looked better to have them in close proximity to each other.
"They'll be spread and there will be signage everywhere, we don't want to make the community messy with signage," he said.
He said he wasn't sure if the law had been adopted between the previous election and now.
"I know for a fact there was numerous signs (on the one lot) at the last election," Cr Bartley said.
Cr Bartley said the revelation would create more work for the councillors, but they would get it done.
"It's not a job for a lazy candidate," he said.
Mr Ferguson warned candidates about the guidelines of campaign signs.
"The sign must not have a face area larger than 1sq m. No signs are permitted on road reserves or council-controlled land such as footpaths or parks," he said.
Mr Ferguson said property owners became responsible for the signs and they would face the penalties.
"So if a candidate approaches you to put a sign on your property, it is important you are aware of the local law requirements," Mr Ferguson said.
"The intent of this local law is to protect the amenity of an area."
He said council was aware of several instances where there was more than one sign on a lot and candidates and property owners had until Monday to rectify the situation.
"Council will carry out compliance inspections region-wide on Monday. The release fee for signs which are impounded by council is $100 per sign," he said.