Council warns byelection candidates about campaign posters

ORANGE City Council staff have removed campaign posters nailed trees and penned a letter to candidates in the Orange byelection warning them to refrain from the practice in the lead up to the November 12 poll.

TREE CHANGE NEEDED: Election posters on Forest Road. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

TREE CHANGE NEEDED: Election posters on Forest Road. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

The Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act of 1912 prohibits posters from being placed on any crown or community-owned land, which includes trees on road verges, alongside highways, in parks or on footpaths.

It is also illegal to attach them to telephone and light poles without the permission of the phone or electricity authority.

In the letter council’s manager of administration and governance Michelle Catlin claimed council had received a number of complaints regarding campaign posters on trees and reminded all candidates of their legal obligations for displaying posters at election time.

The letter said any election material removed by council staff can be collected from the council works depot in McLachlan Street.

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