BUSINESS BOOM: Andrew Nichol is just one printer who has run off his feet with orders from council candidates.
BUSINESS BOOM: Andrew Nichol is just one printer who has run off his feet with orders from council candidates. Barclay White

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Printers cash-in on local elections

ANDREW Nichol is already a winner from this year's local government elections and he isn't even running for council.

The Kingaroy-based printer, from Nichol's Printing, has been cashing in as council candidates order large numbers of corflute signs.

"We usually get a bit of business but I've never seen anything like this," Mr Nichol said.

This year there will be five candidates running for mayor, and 19 candidates across the six council divisions, a record for the South Burnett.

With so many candidates he has had extra work to keep up with the demand for corflute signs.

"It's 600 to 700 at a rough guess," he said.

On average a single corflute can take about 10 minutes to make, time that has built up with the large number of orders.

The corflute signs are a way for candidates to get their name out in the run-up to an election.

Once purchasing the sign, candidates need to ask homeowners if they can be put in the front yard.

Although local government elections usually mean good business, Mr Nichol said 2016 was shaping up to be the busiest election for him in more than 20 years.

"It's certainly helped for business that's for sure," he said.

"But I think I will need a holiday after the election."

Corflute facts

Candidates must give a $100 security deposit to the council for the right to display corflute signs

Signs cannot be larger than 1 metre square

They cannot be placed on council-controlled land

All signs must be removed by seven days after the election.

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