LISMORE Mayor Jenny Dowell has used her Facebook page to remind community organisations such as anti-CSG groups that signs put up on public land should be removed.
Mrs Dowell posted yesterday "There has been a recent proliferation of anti-CSG signage in road reserves, particularly in rural areas. Council compliance staff are in the process of sending letters seeking cooperation from anti-CSG advocate groups for the progressive removal of these signs from within the road reserve, and relocation of such signage onto private land.
"If cooperation is not received, Council may need to consider removing CSG signs from within the road reserve. This action is being taken solely for liability, road safety and consistency reasons."
Lismore City Council's manager of development and compliance, Peter Jeuken, confirmed that a "soft-handed" approach has been taken by Council regarding this issue.
"We would prefer if the owners of the signs removed them themselves.
"Only if the signs are dangerous we would remove them immediately," he explained.
He is asking that community organisations, local businesses and political parties to adhere to regulations that prohibit placing signs on public spaces and roads.
With local elections coming up, Mayor Dowell thought it was timely to remind political parties, independent candidates and the community in general of the need to adhere to this rule regarding the placement of signs, which may be placed on private land, but not public land.