Election signage irritates residents | Wyndham

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Fatima Halloum

A Wyndham resident is outraged by the ‘irresponsible’ placement of United Australia Party election signage in the borough, calling them ‘negligent’ and ‘shameful’.

Large, bright yellow signs were linked to various road signs at busy intersections and along pedestrian bridges over the freeway.

Wyndham resident Lisa Heinrichs said she first saw the signs while driving on Shaws Road, approaching the roundabout near Tarneit Road.

“I first noticed the 60km road works sign and saw a yellow sign behind it, and my first initial thought was, ‘well, that’s kind of ridiculous to put a road works sign road signs on a road sign’ because you can’t see it, it’s obstructing your view,” Ms Heinrichs said.

“As I got closer, I realized it was election material, and I looked and there was a sign on every pole around there.”

Ms Heinrichs said the roundabout was ‘dangerous’ on a normal day, but the signage added additional hazards.

“There was a poster on the children’s crossing sign, the drivers were distracted, they are [the signs] are bright yellow, people might brake suddenly,” Ms. Heinrichs said.

“They can be so ignorant and so selfish to think that posting campaign materials everywhere is more important than children crossing at a level crossing.

“I don’t care what political party they are… you put people in danger,” she said.

Permission on the signs is UAP’s Craig Kelly, and Ms Heinrichs believes the politician should be ‘held accountable’ for the ‘unlawful’ signage.

“You have to set an example that this is not good behavior, the board has to do something about it,” Ms Heinrichs said.

Wyndham’s board said the obstruction of driver and pedestrian vision was “a major concern” for them.

“The City of Wyndham prohibits the display or placement of any election signage in or on any public place, such as land, including roads and reservations that the council owns, occupies, manages or controls,” said the director of operations Stephen Thorpe.

“Illegal signage can result in a fine of up to $826 per sign.”

The responsible authority may vary depending on whether election signage is posted on council-operated roads or on roads overseen by the state government.

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said it had not received or approved requests for political signage on Sayers, Tarneit or Derrimut roads.

“There is a clear process for political billboards placed in arterial road reserves or on land owned by the Department for Transport – all of which require the Department’s prior written consent,” the spokesperson said.

Under current highway management guidelines, if a sign is illegally placed along a highway or reserved thoroughfare, the DoT may require the candidate/party to remove the sign within a specified time.

UAP has been contacted for comment.

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