Warren Lynam

Council impound PUP signs erected illegally in Noosa

NOOSA Council has impounded 20 Palmer United Party election signs after receiving complaints.

PUP signage had been erected in road reserves across the Noosa shire.

Noosa's local laws restrict election signage to campaign offices and a candidate's home and business premises, with no election signage permitted on road reserves or public land.

A council spokesman said council officers advised the political party's representative on Tuesday that any signs not removed within 24 hours would be impounded.

"As of Wednesday morning, council had impounded 20 signs that had not been removed," the spokesman said.

Besides raising the ire of local residents, erection of the signs also had people wondering about the identity of the mystery candidate.

The official announcement of the PUP candidate, Ian Woods, the owner of the Elvis Cafe in Gympie Tce, Noosaville, was not made public until late on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Woods said that early signage had been made possible because of the forethought of PUP leader Mr Clive Palmer.

"He had pre-empted the date of the election and had generic signs (without candidate's names or faces on them) made up and ready to go," Mr Woods said.

"Clive said go forth and put them up. And a well-meaning person did just that."

Mr Woods said his customers had mentioned the number of signs to him.

He said he had apologised to council and found it to be fair and reasonable in its attitude.


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