Billboards have to comply with conditions.
Billboards have to comply with conditions. Shannon Newley

Clearing air on billboards

NEW highway billboards are a rarity in Warwick but have to comply with council development conditions, a Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said yesterday.

Council's comments follow our story yesterday on eyesores on the highway through the Rose City, which referred to ugly billboards on the roadside.

The council spokeswoman said new applications for billboards were few and far between but had to meet strict conditions and in some cases councillors would make the final call.

"Highway signage on private property is regulated by council's local law on outdoor advertising devices and applications are required to be publicly advertised," she said.

"Billboards which pre-date the current council, such as those approved back in the old Glengallan Shire days, do not require development approval."

She said under the local law the council could take action over signage which was of poor appearance or did not meet the relevant rules, but said billboard owners were "generally compliant".

The Daily News wishes to clarify some points in yesterday's article.

It implied that real estate agent Rob Finlay referred specifically in his comments to the sand and gravel business at the corner of Oxenham St, when in fact he was referring to a separate location well to the north where the council stores road materials.

The story could also have been taken to imply that real estate agent Helen Harm was being overly negative about the visual appeal of Warwick and wishes to re-state her view that overall the town is an attractive locality.

Finally, we wish to clarify that the billboard containing an old advertisement for Metalcorp has not been rented by that company for some time.

We attempted to contact the owner of the sign yesterday but were unsuccessful by time of print.


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