Query on hotspot for election signs
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.