Query on hotspot for elec­tion signs

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

ONE of the hottest spots in New Nor­folk for the dis­play of coun­cil elec­tion cam­paign signs may not com­ply with state leg­is­la­tion.

The cor­ner of Pi­o­neer Ave and the Lyell High­way has be­come a spot for can­di­dates to dis­play their signs ahead of lo­cal, state and fed­eral elec­tions.

But bound­ary guide­lines on the State Gov­ern­ment’s land in­for­ma­tion web­site TheList shows the patch of grass out­side the Junc­tion Mo­tel is listed as pub­lic land, where elec­tion signs may not be dis­played.

Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager Greg Win­ton de­clined to speak with the Gazette but said in a state­ment “coun­cil of­fi­cers un­der­stand that the land in ques­tion is a state road re­serve”.

Mr Win­ton also said can­di­dates had been in­formed of the town plan­ning pro­vi­sions as they re­late to elec­toral signs.

A Tas­ma­nian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion book­let dis­trib­uted to all can­di­dates states: “The erec­tion or dis­play of elec­toral ad­ver­tis­ing signs within state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment roads is pro­hib­ited.”

It also says “signs should not be placed in po­si­tions that could jeop­ar­dise pub­lic safety, for ex­am­ple near traf­fic lights or in­ter­sec­tions or any other po­si­tion where road users could be dis­tracted or have their sight ob­structed”.

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans said coun­cil can­di­dates needed to be aware of where they could dis­play elec­tion signs.

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