A petition is a formally drawn up request that can be used to lobby a law-making body such as Council. This generally involves a written request accompanied by a list of at least 10 signatures of people who support the request.
A petition is a mechanism to seek action from Council when all other means or avenues to resolve the issue have been exhausted.
Matters for petitions
Petitions may request:
- the alteration of a general law;
- the reconsideration of some administrative decision;
- redress of local or personal grievances.
Members of the community may lodge a petition regarding a matter in which they have an interest.
Petitions can be used as a form of submission on active development applications during the public notification stage. The “Get Involved with Development” information page from the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning provides more information on the development application process.
The petitioning process
The petition, if received by Council at an Ordinary Meeting of Council, will not be debated at that meeting. It will be referred by the Chief Executive Officer to the relevant Council Department for action and response.
Council will formally notify the lead petitioner within 10 business days of receipt of the petition. In accordance with Council’s Standing Orders, the lead petitioner will be notified of the outcome of the petition within two months of it being presented to an Ordinary Meeting of Council.
Preparing a petition
Petitions should adhere to certain standards that ensure the message is brief and to the point. Petitions must:
- be an original document (photocopies will not be accepted);
- be legibly written or typed without erasures or alterations;
- be worded in acceptable terms, be proper, respectful and moderate in its language;
- refer to a matter on which the council has the power to act;
- contain the reasons for the petition and a request for action by Council at the top of each page;
- contain a name and address of a lead petitioner, who will receive all correspondence regarding the petition. If no lead petitioner is identified, all correspondence regarding the matter will be directed to the relevant divisional councillor;
- contain a minimum of 10 signatories with names and addresses, which must be clearly written or printed and not pasted or fixed or transferred in any other way;
- not exceed 250 words in total.
A person cannot sign the same petition more than once.
A sample petition template is available to assist.
Lodging a petition
Ensure you comply with the above standards and forward your petition to your local divisional councillor, or post to:
The Chief Executive Officer
Gympie Regional Council
PO Box 155
GYMPIE Qld 4570