SIGN OF TIMES: The new A-frame local laws are about to come into force.
SIGN OF TIMES: The new A-frame local laws are about to come into force.

Council split over Noosa signage shake-up

NOOSA's new signage local law will come into force on Friday meaning the days of real estate agents putting up to six directional signs for open houses or auctions are gone.

Instead there will be only one sign that will have to be placed at the property, while the tear drop signs, which Cr Brian Stockwell refers to as cane toads of advertising, are also about to croak in Noosa.

However, what should have been a straightforward procedural vote to adopt the local law at council was almost a near miss.

Councillors Ingrid Jackson, Joe Jurisevic and Jess Glasgow all voted against the new law adoptions, and it was left to Mayor Tony Wellington to use his casting vote to carry the decision with support from Cr Stockwell and Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie.

Cr Jackson said she was in favour of Noosa's design principles and "protecting the Noosa look and feel by putting limits on signage".

"We certainly don't want Noosa to end up full of signs.

"But I don't do backflips. I voted against endorsing these signage laws in December, and will do so again, as they are exactly the same now as they were then.

"My reason for voting against is that there have been changes which I consider particularly negative for smaller businesses, such as not allowing real estate directional signs and teardrop banners, not allowing subtenants to have A-frames and not allowing the small shops inside a shopping centre to have signs on the outside," Cr Jackson said.

Under the law one A-frame sign is now permitted per tenancy and signs in Noosaville and Cooroy industrial zones can now increase their sign coverage from 4 sqm to 6 sqm except for along Eumundi Noosa Rd and Walter Hay Dr.

Cr Brian Stockwell said this vote was "just a procedural step" of adopting what has already been resolved to "complete the policy process".

Cr Wilkie said these laws were "extensively debated prior going out to public consultation" with this feedback "taken on board".

He said the council in response had relaxed some of the laws to A-frames to be on footpath space rather than the lease area only.

"They are very important laws," Cr Wilkie said.

He said the councillors have "felt very deeply about the impacts it does have on the business community and so have the staff".

Cr Joe Jurisevic said he doesn't oppose the overview of the fundamental elements of the signage laws, "but when this matter was debated there were a number of issues including further restrictions to signage" that he objected to.

"As a consequence of that I'll continue to object in principal against the introduction of these locals laws," he said.

Cr Glasgow said he had not voted for these local laws in the past as they represented "us and them and I don't support it".

Mayor Tony Wellington said this previous decision to approve the laws by council "needs to be followed through".


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