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“Get your tanks off our lawn” sayeth TAMS on election signage

By johnboy - 6 August 2013 12

Territory and Municipal Services are making clear what parties can and can’t do with their electoral signage here in Canberra:

The ACT Government has reminded the Australian Electoral Commission, Elections ACT and major political parties about the rules which govern the placement of election signage. The updated Public Unleased Land (Moveable Signs) Code of Practice came into effect on 1 July 2013.

The Code outlines requirements such as design, placement, duration, safety and insurance of signage. Amendments have been made to minimise the disruption that signage can cause. These include:

• a reduction in the period during which electoral advertising signs may be displayed from eight weeks to six weeks
• signage must be removed within 48 hours of the close of polls
• signs cannot obstruct infrastructure owned by ACTEW or the ACT Government, such as streetlights and traffic lights
• signage cannot require support from any other object
• stickers cannot be used.

“The ACT Government’s city rangers will undertake 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.

“It is important signs are free standing and do not pose line of sight, safety or access issues. Any signs attached or affixed to government property will be removed. This includes signs attached to bridges, overpasses, trees, traffic lights, traffic control boxes and light poles.

“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. This is to prevent distractions and line of sight issues for drivers.

“Signs which are in breach of the Code will be removed by city rangers. A collection fee may be imposed. A penalty fee also applies for signs which do not comply with the Code,” said Ms Flanery.

I’ve dug the code of practice out for your edification.

If you see signage which you think shouldn’t be there you can call Canberra Connect and let them know on 13 22 81.

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12 Responses to
“Get your tanks off our lawn” sayeth TAMS on election signage
Brianna 8:41 pm 06 Aug 13

joingler said :

enrique said :

This announcement is due to Simon Sheikh going nuts with his signs yesterday.

Around lunchtime they were plonked all up and down the median strip of Adelaide Ave. and by the afternoon they had been confiscated.

It did make me think “crap, not this $h!t again”, glad to see it get tidied up nice and fast.

Gungahlin Drive coming into Palmerston is pretty bad. I’m tempted to make my own ‘Green proof the senate” sign next to his Abbot proof the senate…..

Give me a heads up joingler and I will come and help! How many more weeks of this crap?

Col_Running 7:18 pm 06 Aug 13

I know where I’m getting my tomato stakes this year!

Grimm 3:58 pm 06 Aug 13

p1 said :

I love the contrast between the people who accuse the Greens of being one issue enviro-facists, and the people who accuse the Greens of being social engineering communists who all have no real care for the environment.

Who does that?
I’m quite confident they cover both areas you have described.

p1 3:45 pm 06 Aug 13

I love the contrast between the people who accuse the Greens of being one issue enviro-facists, and the people who accuse the Greens of being social engineering communists who all have no real care for the environment.

c_c™ 2:47 pm 06 Aug 13

Ben_Dover said :

enrique said :

This announcement is due to Simon Sheikh going nuts with his signs yesterday.

The irony of Sheik Yerbouti, the alleged “Green”candidate littering the place with is signs is delicious.

Greens these days are all what I call Prius Greens. Which is to say brand over substance.

magiccar9 2:15 pm 06 Aug 13

How about getting rid of them all together? Had someone yesterday actually brake and turn their head to read the sign… on a 80km/h road in peak hour!
At best they’re a driver distraction that hold very little value. The plods crack down on mobile phones being distracting, when is consider these political junk piles to be in the same kin.

Grimm 2:15 pm 06 Aug 13

Ben_Dover said :

enrique said :

This announcement is due to Simon Sheikh going nuts with his signs yesterday.

The irony of Sheik Yerbouti, the alleged “Green”candidate littering the place with is signs is delicious.

He is just trying to keep pace with his Victorian counterpart, Scott Campbell-Smith, who was busted deer hunting last week, or our own Lin Hatfield-Dodds getting about in a v8 cruiser…..

The “Do as we say, not as we do” party are full of fail.

joingler 1:32 pm 06 Aug 13

enrique said :

This announcement is due to Simon Sheikh going nuts with his signs yesterday.

Around lunchtime they were plonked all up and down the median strip of Adelaide Ave. and by the afternoon they had been confiscated.

It did make me think “crap, not this $h!t again”, glad to see it get tidied up nice and fast.

Gungahlin Drive coming into Palmerston is pretty bad. I’m tempted to make my own ‘Green proof the senate” sign next to his Abbot proof the senate…..

dkNigs 12:44 pm 06 Aug 13

So there will still be signs staked along coulter drive at Christmas? Felt that way after the local election.

Solidarity 11:37 am 06 Aug 13

I hope the rangers remove the Simon Sheikh signs from Dalrymple St. I found it funny that the guy setting all the signs up was doing it in a Toyota Landcruiser… nice green choice of vehicle there.

Ben_Dover 11:28 am 06 Aug 13

enrique said :

This announcement is due to Simon Sheikh going nuts with his signs yesterday.

The irony of Sheik Yerbouti, the alleged “Green”candidate littering the place with is signs is delicious.

enrique 11:25 am 06 Aug 13

This announcement is due to Simon Sheikh going nuts with his signs yesterday.

Around lunchtime they were plonked all up and down the median strip of Adelaide Ave. and by the afternoon they had been confiscated.

It did make me think “crap, not this $h!t again”, glad to see it get tidied up nice and fast.

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