Political Campaign Signage Crack-Down

07 January 2019

Moreton Bay Regional Council has resolved to tighten its electoral signage laws and is calling for community feedback on the plan.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said the Council’s proposed amendments to its Local Laws reflected the overwhelming feedback already received from locals.

“Council regulates the display of certain advertising devices on public and private land, including election signage,” he said.

“We have a responsibility to deliver on community expectations and locals have told us loudly and almost unanimously that they want restrictions on political campaign materials.

“In fact they want to see stricter rules to prevent a proliferation of electoral material any time of the year”.

Moreton Bay Regional Council proposes to strengthen its Local Laws by:

  • Obliging candidates to set back their signs at least 20-metres from key “driver decision areas” (e.g. school zones, roundabouts, intersections etc.). There has previously been no setback for these areas
  • Strictly limiting the use of campaign signage to the six-week period prior to an election
  • Restricting the number of election signs that can be used during a campaign
    • 60 signs per candidate for Divisions 1-10
    • 120 signs per candidate for Divisions 11-12
    • 120 signs per state candidate
    • 200 signs per federal candidate
    • 300 signs per Mayoral candidate
  • Reducing the permissible size of signs on public land from 1.5m2 to 0.6m2 (600mm x 900mm)
  • Reducing the permissible size of signs on private land from 1.5m2 to either 1.08m2 (900mm x 1200mm) or 0.6m2 (600mm x 900mm)
  • Reducing the number of signs allowed at roadside stalls from six to three and they must be contained within a 9m radius of the stall
  • Election signs must be made of recyclable corrugated plastic, which we will encourage candidates to recycle locally.
  • To have your say on the proposal visit Consultations.

    Feedback must be received before 5.00pm 4 February 2019.

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