By Jed Lanyon
The federal election is near and political parties are doing their best to vie for your attention and vote.
But some may have overstepped the mark by placing political signs where they are not permitted, forcing council staff to remove them.
The bus terminals and crossing at Lilydale has been a hotspot for sign placement, but according to Director of Social and Economic Development at Yarra Ranges Council James Collins, the signage is illegal.
“Political signage relating to a federal, state or local government election must not be placed on a road, council land or public place.
“The Election Signage Local Law is in place to ensure that council land is not used to advertise political candidates, to ensure we protect local amenity and the safety of pedestrians and motorists.
“Council officers have removed a number of political corflute signs illegally placed on public land and roadsides during the election period, and will continue to do so as we become aware of them.
“Where possible, council has reminded sign-posters of the Election Signage Local Law and their obligations to get appropriate permission before erecting signage.
Yarra Ranges Council encourages anyone with questions about corflute signs, the local law or signs on public property to contact 1300 368 333.