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Take them down and don’t put them up

18 September 2017

The LGA has advised councils that the posting of bills or posters (including corflutes) on public infrastructure – including streetlighting and stobie poles – outside of election periods is illegal, and they can direct the responsible parties to take these signs down.

LGA President Lorraine Rosenberg said the campaigns associated with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey had already resulted in posters being erected on infrastructure owned by councils, SA Power Networks (SAPN), and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

“This campaign material does not have the same protections afforded to Commonwealth, State and Local Government elections material under the Local Government Act,” Mayor Rosenberg said.

“The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act – which councils are responsible for enforcing – includes provisions that prohibit the posting of bills on property without permission.”

“The LGA has confirmed with SAPN and DPTI that they have not provided consent for the display of signage on their infrastructure.”

Under the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act, substantial penalties apply to the posting of bills on property without consent. This includes an expiation fee of $315, and maximum penalty of $10,000.

A person must also remove a bill or poster if asked to do so, or potentially face an expiation fee of $210, and maximum penalty of $5,000.

“I would urge anyone who has placed corflutes, bills or posters regarding the postal vote on council, DPTI or SAPN infrastructure to take them down before councils fine them, and don’t put any more up,” Mayor Rosenberg said.

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