CANDIDATES at this month’s federal election have been threatened with fines if they put signs up on council land.
Kingston Council has sent a warning to candidates, telling them that putting signs up on council land is prohibited by local law and punishable by a $200 fine.
Kingston mayor Steve Staikos said that residents have been complaining to council about signs on public land. “Unfortunately, we have a situation where candidates’ signs have been placed on council land right across Kingston. This is simply not on,” he said.
“We have received numerous complaints, and rightly so, and we are taking action to ensure compliance. Candidates and their parties simply must be respectful and adhere to these rules that are crystal clear.”
Permits are not required to erect signs on privately owned land, but the signs must not exceed five square meters. Only one sign can be placed on the land, it must not be internally illuminated, and cannot be up for more than two weeks after the election date.
The federal election takes place on 21 May. The candidates as they will appear on the ballot paper in Isaacs are:
- Boris Sokiranksy – Pauline Hanson’s One Nation
- Mark Dreyfus – Australian Labor Party
- Sarah O’Donnell – Liberal Democratic Party
- Robbie Beaton – Liberal
- Alex Breskin – The Greens
- Alix Livingstone – Animal Justice Party
- Scott Anson McCamish – United Australia Party