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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 4 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 1165 ..

3. Has Sri Chinmoy been compensated for the removal of the signs.

Department of Urban Services is willing to refund the amount originally paid for the signs and to provide, at no cost, a substitute sign within the new Visitor Information Centre on Northbourne Avenue. The Department will be writing to Sri Chinmoy Peace Foundation about this offer.

4. Are there any signs currently on the approach roads to Canberra

advertising the existence or activities of community groups.

Department of Urban Services wrote to organisations, including the Sri Chinmoy Peace Foundation, who were displaying the signs on the approach routes indicating the intention to relocate these signs in the approach route laybys to the Visitor Information Centre in accordance with the new policy. Responses have been limited and three signs were recently still in place on the Federal Highway. The Department of Urban Services is arranging for these remaining signs to be removed.

5. Does the Government support the erection of signs about
community groups on the approach roads.

In line with the "City Identity" and "Visitor Information" policies, the Government supports temporary event signage but does not support the erection of permanent community group signs as it is considered that the placement of these messages at the visitor centre is more effective communication.

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