A frustrated homeowner was left baffled after a massive campaign sign for his local MP fixed to his fence without his permission.
The resident in Brighton, south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, saw red after noticing the huge promotional sign reading “Vote 1, James Newbury, Liberal Victoria”.
A photo of the sign was shared to social media by a friend of the homeowner on Friday.
“My friend is the homeowner and absolutely did not give permission for this sign to be put up. They already asked the campaign to take it down. They also volunteer for independent in the area so they are absolutely smoking,” they wrote.
The costly mistake made by the MP’s team comes just two months before Victoria will elect it’s new parliament on November 26.
The homeowner’s tech-savvy friend later confirmed the sign would be taken down, writing: “James has visited them (the homeowner) and apologised about the incident. He said it would go down first thing on Monday.”
This was confirmed by Mr Newbury on Saturday.
“Unfortunately, a sign was mistakenly installed next door to a property, than had been intended,” the MP told news.com.au in a statement.
“As soon as I became aware, I personally visited the home and apologised. It was gracious of the homeowner to accept the apology.
“The local small business who installs the signs, was immediately organized to move it to the neighboring fence, as soon as possible.”
The Member for Brighton was first held to the Victorian parliament in November 2018, with the electorate being the only Liberal Party seat to remain since 1856.
Mr Newbury is the Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Equality, Bay Protection and Special Minister of State.
A similar incident occurred in May after a homeowner took revenge on Liberal candidate for Holt Ranj Perera, after a large sign was drilled to a paling fence without permission.
City of Casey council planning and building manager Duncan Turner said at the time, political candidates were required to seek permission from landowners before attaching political signage on private property.
“Where permission is given by a landowner, election signs erected on a private property do not require a planning permit from council, provided there is only one sign displayed, the sign is no bigger than 5 square meters, it is not lit and it must not be displayed longer than 14 days after the election date,” he said.
It is understood this is the same for all councils.
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Originally published as MP aggravates electorate with crucial error ahead of election