Visual Amenity - Signage and Advertising
Community Consultative Committee
The Visual Amenity – Signage and Advertising committee (VASA) was established in February 2013 to provide advice and recommendations to Council to assist in improving the visual amenity of Mosman, specifically in relation to rationalisation and improvement of signage and advertising within the area. View minutes from previous meetings.
Key outcomes as a result of committee consultation with Council include the removal of unnecessary signs in Mosman, replacing No Stopping signs with yellow lines, simplifying parking signs using a bold “time block” model, and creating a branding and signage style guide.
Mosman Council has tackled the abundance of signs in urban areas by removing more than 754 signs.
The war on signage started in 2013 with a review of all signs along roads and in public areas initiated by VASA.
Surplus road signs have been removed from several streets, car parks and public reserves.
The types of signs that have been removed include:
- No Stopping
- Neighbourhood Watch
- Parking Limit Signs
- Bush Regeneration
- Directional Signs
- Magpies Swooping
- No Through Road
- General Prohibitions
- Mosman Rider
- Motor Cycle Parking Permitted
- Reserved Parking
- No Access
- Smoke Free Zone
- Don’t Feed The Birds
- No Entry
- No Standing
- Roundabout Ahead
- Shared Path
- No Alcohol
- No Smoking
- No Vehicles on Grass
Mosman is one of the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC) member councils, which also include Manly, Pittwater and Warringah councils which are rolling out yellow no stopping lines across the region and replacing No Stopping signs in some areas to help reduce the number of signs and clutter in streets.
These continuous or unbroken yellow lines along the kerb mean no stopping, even if there isn’t a No Stopping sign.
Under the Australian Road Rules, a driver must not stop on a length of road that has a No Stopping sign or a continuous yellow edge line. Penalties are $311 and two demerit points in a school zone and $242 in a standard no stopping zone.
Mosman Council’s proposal to simplify parking signs using a bold “time block” model has been put to Roads and Maritime Services for consideration after Local Government NSW (LGNSW) passed the Council’s submission.
The idea aims to improve visual amenity and reduce confusion for motorists using simple visuals with red blocks of colour indicating restricted periods and green for non-restricted times.
The Council’s submission to the Local Government NSW annual conference has since been discussed at the association’s state board meeting where it was met with approval.
A sign style guide is being developed for Mosman’s information signs such as those in playgrounds, car parks and reserves. Consultation between staff, consultants and VASA is currently underway.
- 6 February 2015, Mosman Mayor claims some wins in war on signs
- 11 November 2014, Mosman Council’s parking sign plan gets first green light
- 26 February 2015 – Mosman Daily,
Sydney council’s war on ‘unattaractive and useless’ street signs
- 8 February 2015 – Sydney Morning Herald,
Mosman Council getting rid of road signs pollution
- 12 April 2014 – Mosman Daily,
Mosman Council removes 50 signs in its war on signage
- 14 February 2014 – Mosman Daily,
Mosman Council to rip down pointless road signs