Canning corflutes for cleaner streets

Reducing waste and keeping our streets clean are the primary aims of proposed legislation that would regulate the use of corflutes this election.

The laws, which have been introduced to State Parliament, would see a limit placed on how many corflutes candidates could have at polling booths and where the posters could be displayed.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said this would minimise the use of the contentious and environmentally damaging signage.

“Every election cycle, thousands of corflutes are printed, many of which end up on the scrapheap,” Attorney-General Chapman said.

“The posters are detrimental to the environment and the cable ties used to fix them to stobie poles often end up harming local wildlife.

“These proposed laws will help cut the waste, while still allowing for sensible corflute use on polling day,” she said.

The laws would prevent the use of corflutes on the bulk of roadsides, with exemptions for when they’re being used in close proximity to polling booths.

Candidates or parties would only be able to display a maximum of four corflutes, within 50 metres of booths.

Further exemptions could be set through regulation.

“Times have changed since corflutes were first adopted as a means of promoting political parties and candidates,” Ms Chapman said.

“This change should have been made months ago, but the Labor Opposition repeatedly blocked the Bill – clearly indicating that they do not care for the impact or damage corflutes have on our environment.

“It’s well and truly time for Peter Malinauskas to listen to the community, and regulate the use of these damaging signs,” she said.