As election day approaches, the ACT Government is reminding political campaign teams to adhere to the Public Unleased Land (Moveable Signs) Code of Practice which governs the placement of election signage in public places.
“The ACT Government’s city rangers have been undertaking routine inspections of shopping centres and arterial roads in the lead up to the federal election in order to keep public spaces clear from obstructions,” said Fleur Flanery, Director, City Services.
“There has been an increase in the number of incorrectly placed signs over the last week with issues such as the size of the signage and its proximity too close to roads which then pose a hazard to cyclists and often end up on the road due to windy conditions. Signs must be at least 1.2 metres back from the street kerb.
“It is important signs are free standing and do not pose line of sight, safety or access issues.
Signs cannot be placed at roundabouts, on median strips, on residential nature strips or within 20 metres of either traffic lights or the corner of an intersection. Any signs affixed to government property will be removed.
“Signs which are in breach of the Code will be removed by city rangers. A collection fee may be imposed and a penalty fee applies for signs which do not comply with the Code.
“Since the announcement of the federal election, over 130 signs have been impounded, mostly in designated areas of the National Capital.
“City rangers will continue to patrol Canberra up until the election and additional rangers will be out on Saturday 7 September 2013 to make sure signage complies with the Code. Infringement notices will be issued to any candidate who breaches the Code, having previously received a warning,” said Ms Flanery.
Ms Flanery reminded political campaign teams to ensure all signs are collected within 48 hours of the close of polls.