Sign of frustration: City looks like a shanty town
HOMEMADE advertising placards hanging from streetlights and traffic signs are making the city of Ipswich look like a "shanty town", Ipswich councillor Cheryl Bromage said yesterday.
Cr Bromage, chair of the city infrastructure committee, expressed her frustration at the number of signboards being posted in places where they shouldn't be.
"Whether it's to sell a car, or promote a garage sale, people are fixing signs on any street pole they can find to get their message across," she said.
"In some instances their advertisements are even draped over traffic signs, covering vital information that motorists need to see... that creates a real danger."
Cr Bromage said she was also fed up with people who didn't bother to collect their signs, sometimes months after the advertised offer had expired.
"People need to take more responsibility when it comes to this sort of advertising," she said.
"We are really proud of our city and when people start to litter it with these cheap signs it makes it look like a shanty town."
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said he was astounded when he saw a 'houses for sale' notice covering a traffic sign at a busy intersection in North Ipswich.
"Traffic signs are there for safety," he said. "It's just crazy to do something like that.
"If there is an accident as a result, these people could be up for manslaughter.
"And it's these people who are the first to complain when we issue them a fine for doing the wrong thing."
Fines for improper placement of a sign can range up to $550.
Cr Pisasale also pointed out that many of the signs ended up on the ground and would sometimes blow into storm drains.
"We invest a lot of money in keeping Ipswich tidy so people need to stop littering our city with these awful, rubbish signs," he said.
Cr Bromage said there were other avenues for people to get their announcements across the community. "Newspapers have their community notices section which is free to advertise, there are also noticeboards at shopping centres and even public blackboards where people can write messages," she said.