Early election signs prompt complaint to council
A BUCASIA man has slammed a political party after state election signs started cropping up across the region in recent weeks.
Lance Murray has complained to Mackay Regional Council after an election sign for One Nation's Whitsunday candidate Deb Lawson, appeared in his suburb.
"Right now we've got One Nation signs that have appeared in at least four locations - Bucasia, Farleigh, Mt Ossa and Calen," Mr Murray said.
"I just think it's unfair and immoral that these political parties jump the gun."
The signs feature a photograph of Ms Lawson, her name and the words "One Nation".
The council's community and client services director Angela Hays said election signs were only allowed on land that was not public and were only to be displayed during an election period.
"With regards to the October State Government election, that election period will begin on October 5 when caretaker mode begins 26 days prior to the October 31 polling date,'' she said.
Ms Hays said the council had received one complaint about election signage relating to the state election at this stage.
"We have been in contact with one candidate to discuss requirements relating to election signage and (to) achieve compliance,'' she said.
A One Nation spokesman said candidates were aware of rules that "prohibit the erection of political signage on public land ahead of the 26-day writ period (October 5, 2020)."
"Candidates are informed that all campaign signage must be placed on private property, unless roadside campaigning where they are instructed to take all signage with them when they leave," he said.
The complaint is part of Mr Murray's campaign, launched in August last year, to remove signage or "visual pollution" from the Mackay region.
He said there were thousands of forgotten signs across our city, some even a decade old.
"Every two weeks I alert the council about the location of them," Mr Murray said.
He urged state election candidates to consider digital advertising to cut down on signage pollution.