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					                                                                   Holroyd City Council Policy


Public Place (Footpath and Road) Occupation
Policy – Local Government, State and Federal
Elections
POLICY

1. Purpose
a) This policy is to allow consideration of applications to permit limited occupation of a public place
    (Footpath and Road) for the purpose of the dissemination of information for election purposes,
b) Permit for a Public Place (Footpath and Road) Occupation will only be issued in accordance with the
    criteria in this policy.
c) This policy only applies to Council land, it does not apply to private land including shopping centres
    such as Stocklands Mall, Greystanes Shopping Centre, Wentworthville Mall, Wentworthville Plaza and
    Pemulwuy Market Place.

2. Who can apply for a permit
a) The establishment of the information booth is restricted to an elected member of Parliament (State and
    Federal) and elected members of Council (Councillors)
b) Following the issuing of election writ (State and Federal Elections) nominated candidates may make
    application to hold information booths
c) Candidates for Local Government elections, who are not elected members of Council, can make
    application for an information booth a period of no more than one month prior to the Election Day
d) The period as specified in 2b) and 2c) above is be known as the election period
e) No applications will be accepted for the election period prior to the election writ being issued or election
    day being nominated by the relevant Electoral Commission, or their nominated person
f) Any permits issued for the election period prior to an election being called will automatically be
    cancelled on the issue of election writ being issued or Election Day being nominated.
g) Application for the election period will be accepted from the first business day of Council after the
    election writ being issued or Election Day being nominated.

3. Permit Criteria
a) Permits can be issued for the following locations;
            i) Merrylands Shopping Centre:
            In the area adjacent to McFarlane Street Carpark between the band stand and Main Lane (the
            Rotary Kiosk cannot be used for this purpose).
            ii) Merrylands Railway Station:
            Near the Western Entry to the Railway Station between the Telstra Telephone booths and the
            Palm Tree closest to the set of lights and parallel to the fence separating the pedestrian area and
            the roadway.
            iii) Toongabbie:
            On the North-Western corner of Portico Park adjacent to the entry structure.
            iv) Pendle Hill:
            On the Southern Corner of Pendle Way and Joyce Street, in the seating area.
            v) Westmead:
            Oakes Shopping Centre opposite shop number 8, in the seating area.




                                          Adopted: 1 May 2007 / Reviewed: N/A                                     Page 1
                                                                           Holroyd City Council Policy

b) Permits can also be issued for other locations as approved by Council.
c) Permits will only be issued for the following occasions; Saturday (between 8am -12pm), Tuesday
       (between 6am – 9am, and 4pm – 7pm) and Thursday (between 6am – 9am, and 4pm – 7pm).
d) Occupation can only occur for a maximum of two hours, inclusive of setting up and packing away.
e) Permits will be limited to one location per week per applicant.
f) Permits will not be issued for the same occasion on consecutive weeks.
g) The booth cannot occupy a space larger than 2m x 2m.
h) The booth shall not be located where it obstructs pedestrian movements.
i) The sale of goods or seeking of donations of any kind is prohibited
j) Permits will not be granted to any person(s), organisation or party which distributes material or
   information which may be offensive, discriminatory or vilify any members of the community.
k) Any person(s), organisation or party found to be distributing material or information which may be
   offensive, discriminatory or vilify any members of the community in breach of this policy will be
   required to cease operation immediately and will be reported to NSW Police and to the appropriate
   Electoral Authority. The approved fee will not be refunded in these circumstances.
l) Council reserves the right to reject any application and withdraw any permit issued, the approved fee
   will be refunded in these circumstances.

4. Applications
a) Applications must be submitted on the approved form.
b) All applications must be submitted with the approved fee.
c) Applications will not be accepted without the payment of the approved fee.
d) A maximum of three occasions are allowed per application.

5. Fee
a) The approved fee is set at $20 for the 2007/2008 financial year.
b) The approved fee may increase in accordance with Council’s adopted Fees and Charges, applicants are
    advised to consult with this to confirm the correct fee.

6. Removal of Material
a) All material must be removed at the end of each occupation.
b) Candidates are reminded of their responsibility to ensure any election material placed in a public place
    is removed promptly, in this regard all election material in a public place should be removed within 1
    week after any election.


This Policy was adopted by Council at its meeting held on 1 May 2007




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