Petitions enable the community to bring matters of concern to the attention of Kingborough Council. Council can be petitioned in accordance with Part 6 Division 1 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) for any matter that comes under its jurisdiction.
Petitions can be lodged with Council by either:
- Downloading a form and guidelines for a written petition and delivering the original petition to the Civic Centre, for the attention of the General Manager; or
- Request that Council host a petition on its website by completing an online ePetition form. Please refer to the guidelines below for submitting an ePetition.
A petition must contain:
- a clear and concise statement of the subject matter and action requested
- the full name and address of the person lodging the petition
- names and address of individual signatories
Processing of petitions
Provided a petition complies with the requirements of the Act, the General Manager will table the Petition at the next ordinary meeting of Council. The petitioners will be advised if the petition is not to be tabled together with the reason.
It is usual for a petition to be initially received at a meeting without discussion as to its merits or otherwise, and referred to a subsequent meeting at which a covering report prepared by staff will be available. Verbal comments or questions from the public in relation to the petition are not permitted at the meeting(s) at which the petition is listed on the agenda.
The petitioners will be advised in writing of Council’s response to the petition.
An ePetition is an electronic form of a traditional written petition. Council provides this service to make the process of compiling and presenting a petition to Council more accessible.
Personal details provided by both petitioners and signatories when signing an ePetition forms part of the public record. These details may be checked for accuracy if necessary to determine eligibility.
Before any ePetition is published on the website, the ePetition’s legitimacy is checked through an approval process (for example, checking the ePetition submitter details are correct, that the language is appropriate and that the subject falls within the jurisdiction of Council).
Guidelines for submitting an ePetition
1. Must be temperate, respectful and factual and not contain any language which is offensive or likely to be offensive to any member of the public.
2. Must not promote anything that may constitute spam, such as commercial interests, solicitations, advertisements or endorsements of any non-governmental agency.
3. Must protect your personal privacy and the privacy of others by not including email addresses, phone numbers or home addresses in the discussion or statement of action required.
4. Must not contain external links.
Information relating to petitions requesting that Council hold a public meeting regarding the subject matter of the petition can be found here.
Council reserves the right to amend any ePetition to ensure compliance with the Rules for submitting an ePetition.
By participating in an ePetition, you accept that:
1. You have a genuine interest in the matter being raised.
2. You have not previously recorded your support to this particular ePetition.
3. You are representing personal interests.
4. You have entered your correct details.
5. You accept that it is fraudulent to represent yourself as someone else whether that be a real or imaginary person.
The ePetition and your decision to support the issue will form part of a document that Council receives. You should note:
- The document is likely to become a public record.
- Your ePetition support will be specifically identified in the document.
- On this website, it is not possible to participate in an ePetition as an anonymous person.
For ePetition purposes, your personal details are provided to Council. Council may contact you about the ePetition matter.
For security purposes, when you sign an ePetition you will be sent a confirmation email to verify participation.