THE NSW Roads and Traffic Authority has defended its decision to direct Lismore City Council to remove a sign advertising Australia Day festivities in Bexhill, saying permission had not been sought to erect the sign.
An RTA spokesman said that under RTA guidelines it was a requirement to apply for permission to install any sign within the boundary of a road reserve on a State road such as Bangalow Road.
“Signposting along State roads is restricted to guide, warning and regulatory signs,” he said.
“Advertising placed along the side of State roads is not supported by the RTA.”
However, he said such signs could be displayed from private property.
“Signs on private land are permitted by the RTA, provided they do not endanger road users,” he said.
Bexhill Australia Day organisers were dismayed when their Australia Day sign, promoting a sausage sizzle, was taken down by Lismore City Council workers at the request of the RTA.
State Member for Lismore Thomas George condemned the RTA’s actions as ‘un-Australian’ when the story broke in The Northern Star earlier this week.
“Our governments encourage people to get involved in Australia Day, and for a government department to then not allow the community to promote what’s happening is disappointing to say the least,” he said.