Petitions to Council
Petitions are one of the traditional processes by which an individual or group can directly place matters before Council.
Petitions serve to inform Council, in a public manner, of the views of a section of the community. For example, petitions may ask the Council to change an existing policy, local law or recent decision, or to take action for a certain purpose or for the benefit of particular persons. It is important for prospective petitioners to bear in mind that a petition should only address a matter that Council has the power to act upon.
A Petition for Electors Form may be downloaded (link below). Instructions are provided below to ensure your petition complies with the required format.
Petitions must comply with the requirements of the Shire’s Meeting Procedures Local Law 2014 in order to be considered valid. Invalid petitions will not be accepted for presentation to Council.
The Local Law specifies that, in order to be considered by Council, a petition must:
a) be addressed to the Shire President;
b) be made by electors of the district;
c) state the request on each page;
d) contain the names, addresses and signatures of the electors making the request, and the date each elector signed;
e) contain a summary of the reasons for the request;
f) state the name of the person upon whom, and an address at which, notice to the petitions can be given;
g) be respectful and temperate in its language;
h) not be defamatory or scandalous, or propose any action that is unlawful; and
i) comply with any form prescribed by the Local Government Act 1995 or any other written law.
A petition can only be presented to Council by a Councillor or the Chief Executive Officer.
The Principal Petitioner should forward the petition to the Chief Executive Officer or a Councillor prior to the commencement of the Council meeting at which they would like the petition to be presented.
Presentation of a petition by a Councillor does not mean that the Councillor necessarily agrees or disagrees with its content.
Petitions at Council Meetings
One of the first items of business at a Council meeting is for Council to receive any petitions that have been submitted. The Chief Executive Officer or Councillor presenting the petition will read out a summary of the reasons for the petition's submission and the number of signatures contained within it (if possible).
The petition will be received by Council and, if necessary, forwarded to Administration for appropriate action which will usually entail the preparation of a report for Council’s consideration at a future meeting.
The Principal Petitioner will be advised of the petition’s progress.