Town to take down bill­boards

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - New - Lau­ren Pi­lat

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.

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