LOGAN City’s election has been labelled the “battle of the signs’’.
Former mayor and councillorGraham Able said hundreds of election signs had sprouted up all over Logan, with one roundabout bearing 32 signs.
By the time nominations closed it was likely the roundaboutcould have 40 to 50 signs nailed to residents’ fences.
If a businessman conducted himself in such a manner, he would be fined.
SIGN WARS: Cr Graham Able with some of Logan’s visual pollution.
Signs were spread everywhere across Logan as well as largebillboards, with the mayoral race a major problem.
Cr Able declined to say which candidates were the worst culprits but the mayoral front runners areformer MP Brett Raguse and Cr Luke Smith,each of whom has a high advertising profilein the region, with hundreds of signs.
Cr Lisa Bradley has 50 signs.
Cr Able said the mayoral race had turned silly, with $300,000 to $400,000 being spent on campaigns.
This meant that a poor resident would have little chance of winning the mayoralty, due to high electioneering costs.
His own campaignin 2006 cost him $10,000, most of which was spent on how-to-vote cards and other election paraphenalia.
Cr Darren Power told the Logan City Council meeting that he did not like election signs but they were a necessary evil.
“They are a bit like boats and trophy wives, they aresuch high maintenance,’’ he said.“Once you put them up, you’ve got to maintain them.’’
He said he was not inferring that he hada trophy wife but that elections were expensive to run.
“My wife went to Bali and I’ve used my money on election signs,’’ he said.
Cr TrevinaSchwarzsaid she had been married for 25 years and was a trophy wife and had a trophy husband.
Mayor Pam Parker said the signage issue came up at every election but there was little that could be done about it.
It was up to candidates how many signs were put up.“If we were able to control it, we would,’’ she said.
Cr Able, who is retiring,said the signage was obscene andwas the major talking point of voters.
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