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Feedback sought on LGA advocacy for stronger regulation of corflute election signs - Circular 2.9

To Chief Executive Officer
Elected Members
General Inspector
Governance Officers
Date 9 January 2020
Contact Alicia Stewart
Email: alicia.stewart@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required No
Summary Following a decision of members at the LGA’s 2019 Annual General Meeting, the LGA will shortly commence advocacy to the State Government for stronger regulation of corflute election signs, seeking a complete ban or at least additional measures to restrict use. LGA seeks suggestions from councils on possible measures for restricting use of corflute election signs.

Several issues with corflute signs have been identified during recent federal, state and local government elections, including roadside amenity, roadside safety, potential for damage to roadside infrastructure and the council resourcing required to regulate use.

At the LGA’s Annual General Meeting in October 2019, members supported a motion to request the LGA to advocate to the State Government for stronger regulation of corflute election signs, ideally with consideration of their complete ban (except for signage at polling booths), or at least additional measures to restrict use.

As raised in the meeting papers for the AGM, available here (from page 319), there is a potential difficulty in achieving a complete ban on election signs due to previous High Court rulings that there is an Australian Constitutional right to the freedom of political communication. If LGA advocacy for a complete ban is rejected on Constitutional grounds, the LGA will advocate for tighter restrictions to minimise the issues identified with use of corflute election signs.

The LGA seeks feedback from councils on possible measures for restricting the use of corflute election signs. The LGA also seeks feedback on ideas taken from other Australian jurisdictions including:

  • Restricting the number of signs allowed per candidate
  • Requiring the candidate to register the location of each sign with council
  • Negotiating with infrastructure owners for withdrawal of permissions to erect signs or restricting the range of infrastructure that can be used
  • Limiting the types of roads that signs can be erected

Any feedback can be provided to Alicia Stewart, Director Governance and Legislation at alicia.stewart@lga.sa.gov.au

Please provide any feedback by 28 February 2020.

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