Town to take down billboards
ANTI-VACCINATION billboards sharing “dangerous and misleading” information that were placed in the Town of Victoria Park without approval will be removed following community outrage.
The two large billboards asking ‘Do you know what’s in a vaccine?’ appeared on a building opposite a day care centre in Cloverdale this month after a similar poster was placed in Perth’s CBD just months ago.
The billboard in the Town of Vincent, funded by members of the Allona Fit to Parent Network, caused uproar within the community and was vandalised before the council and the building owner had it removed.
All three advertisements have shown a woman leaning on a stack of books and provide a link to the US anti-vaccination group Learn The Risk.
The website states that the organisation is “a powerful force for educating people worldwide on the dangers of pharmaceutical products, including vaccines and unnecessary medical treatments – that are literally killing us”.
In a press conference addressing the two new billboards, Australian Medical Association (AMA) WA president Dr Omar Khorshid said it was disappointing another anti-vaccination message had appeared on Perth streets and called on local and State governments to have them removed.
“It’s time the local government and the Health Minister do the right thing and make sure that we can get rid of these dangerous messages that spread lies and misinformation,” he said.
In a Facebook post, the Town of Victoria Park said the “signage” had not received planning approval and the building owner would be instructed to have them removed within 14 days.
The post said such thirdparty signage would be unlikely to be approved even if an application was made.
An anti-vaccine billboard on Oats Street.