Bayside Council calls for crackdown on illegal bill posters

Poster move: Illegal posters like this in Brighton may be a thing of the past if Bayside Council has its way. Picture: Chris Lane
Poster move: Illegal posters like this in Brighton may be a thing of the past if Bayside Council has its way. Picture: Chris Lane

Bayside Council will call on the NSW Government to toughen laws to crackdown illegal bill posters.

Mayor Bill Saravinovski lodged a mayoral minute at the recent council meeting saying the council would take the proposal to this year’s National Local Government Conference seeking a change in legislation regarding the prosecution of bill posters.

He wants the laws changed so that councils can go after the companies advertising via the posters and not just the people they employ to distribute them.

“Currently, limitations to prosecute and issue fines is restricted to councils’ ability to catch the person in the act of placing the bill posters on state and local asset infrastructure,” Cr Saravinovski said.

“The changes sought will assist councils to better protect the environment and will further enable councils to prosecute the commercial entities who orchestrate the use of this advertising via placement of bill posters in local government areas across Sydney.”

Cr Saravinovski said the council would also write to the Minister for the Environment, Local Government and Heritage, the Attorney General and local State Members seeking their support to amend current legislation regarding the prosecution of bill posters.

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