Call for action on posters

Unsightly: Fairfield Council is calling on the state government to crack down on bill posting like this at Canley Vale station. Picture: Anna Warr

Unsightly: Fairfield Council is calling on the state government to crack down on bill posting like this at Canley Vale station. Picture: Anna Warr

FAIRFIELD Council is calling on the state government to review its policies on bill posting.

Mayor Frank Carbone told councillors at the most recent ordinary council meeting that "unsightly" posters and placards stuck to power poles were seen throughout the city.

"This is illegal and considered a form of vandalism," he said. "These posters make our city look unsightly and they are a blight on the streetscape."

Under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, fines of up to $400 can be imposed on people who are caught illegally mounting promotional material in public spaces and without authorisation.

But Cr Carbone said that unless a person was caught in the act of sticking up a poster, it was "very difficult for the council to prosecute".

"These posters sometimes contain explicit and/or offensive content that cannot be regulated and under the current state law, the council does not have the discretionary power to request their removal from responsible parties," he said.

"It's evident that organisations are producing promotional material designed specifically for advertising on power poles so I believe an initiative that holds those responsible accountable for their actions, and potentially even the cost of clean-up, would quickly put a stop to this mischievous practice."

The council will write to the NSW Environment Minister requesting the department allow for more transparent measures to identify those responsible, issue fines and seek the removal of offensive material.

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