What is a petition?
A petition is a formal written request signed by 10 or more people that can be used to lobby Council. This is one of the traditional ways by which people can make requests direct to Council.
Who can submit a Petition?
Anyone can sign or organise a petition. The petition, however, must only be signed once by each person.
Matters for Petitions
Petitions are used to show community support on a particular matter that is under Council’s control. Petitions on the following matters will be considered by Council in accordance with these guidelines:
It is recommended that all matters concerning normal Council Operations, should be lodged via a customer request on Council’s Website or contact Councils Customer Service Team.
Guidelines on submitting a Petition
As per the Council Meeting Standing Orders, any petition submitted to Council should adhere to the following requirements:
Click on the link to use the petition template as a guide.
Petitions that are vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate
Petitions that are vexatious or contain any abusive language or are otherwise inappropriate will not be accepted and therefore deemed invalid. The Principal Petitioner will be contacted and notified of this.
How to lodge a Petition to Council
Ensure your petition complies guidelines and forward your petition onto your local Divisional Councillor, hand it into Whitsunday Regional Council’s customer service team, or post to:
The Chief Executive Officer
Whitsunday Regional Council
PO Box 104
What happens when a petition is received?
The petition will be tabled at an Ordinary Meeting and formally received by Council.
Once tabled there will be no debate on or in relation to the petition and the only motion that may be moved is either that:
The lead petitioner will then be advised of the petition's tabling at Council and any outcomes regarding the subject matter.
Click on the link to view the Council Meeting Standing Orders – Item 6. Petitions