Political posters to steer clear of sacred space

Political posters to steer clear of sacred space

Election posters will be banned within 200 metres of the Cenotaph in Martin Place and the War Memorial in Hyde Park following a review of the City of Sydney’s graffiti management policy.

The policy now also classifies stickers as graffiti while updating the section referring to street art, outlining where it could be exempt from development approval with the owner’s consent in permissible areas.

“As part of the changes, we’ve banned election posters within 200 metres of the Cenotaph in Martin Place and the War Memorial in Hyde Park,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Election posters are a traditional part of the democratic process, but they often stay up for weeks after an election, frustrating our residents and visitors.

“This exclusion zone is about respecting the sacred war memorials in our city, while still leaving plenty of space for political candidates at election time.”

The City’s graffiti removal schedule identifies four different categories:

  • Priority zones – streets or arterial roads with high pedestrian traffic that generally attract frequent graffiti. These are inspected daily and graffiti is removed within 24 hours.
  • Routine zones – suburban streets not subject to high pedestrian traffic or large amounts of graffiti and posters. These are inspected weekly and graffiti removed within 24 hours.
  • Poster zones – created for areas popular with unauthorised commercial bill posters. Graffiti removal is carried out weekly while poster removal is carried out more regularly.
  • Emergency removal – graffiti of an offensive nature removed within four hours

The City has established five character precincts for the extended display of notices and posters in the community interest:

  • Newtown: King Street (eastern side) from Church Street to Union Street
  • Glebe: Glebe Point Road from St Johns Road to Toxteth Road
  • Broadway: Broadway northern side from Wattle Street to Harris Street
  • Surry Hills: Crown Street from William Street to Sir John Young Crescent

The City has also set up nine poster pillars on popular city streets to provide a legal site for community and businesses to place posters.

For media inquiries or images, contact Alex Cauchi. Phone mobile 0467 803 815 or email acauchi@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, please contact Jack Begbie. Phone 0481 759 580 or email jbegbie@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au