A petition is a formal request used to lobby a law-making body such as local government. It may request an amendment to general law or the review of an administrative decision.
The petition is placed before the law-making body with the object of implementing the particular action or amendment. Petitioning is one of the traditional forms by which people can make requests direct to Council.
What are the rules for petitions?
A petition should adhere to certain standards that ensure the message is conveyed in a clear and succinct manner, including:
- It is an original document, with no letters or other documents attached to it
- It must state the name of the person forwarding the petition and an address to which notice of Council's response may be forwarded
- Each page must clearly state the request or describe the action that Council is asked to do, and name of the principal petitioner
- Each page must be numbered (e.g. 1 of 5, 2 of 5)
- The petition is clearly written or printed and be free from erasures or alterations
- The petition must contain the name, address and signature of each person signing the petition
- The document does not contain offensive, defamatory, disrespectful, indecent, or abusive language or substance.
What are the procedures for signing the petition?
The petition must be signed by at least ten persons, each only signing once directly onto the petition form and not pasted or otherwise affixed or transferred to the petition. The signatory pages must also contain the wording of the petition on each page.
Who do I address the petition to?
The petition should be addressed to either the relevant Councillor or the Chief Executive Officer and posted to Loddon Shire Council or physically handed to customer service staff.
How is the petition actioned?
Once received, the relevant Ward Councillor will present the petition to an Ordinary Council Meeting. In accordance with the Council's Governance Rules, the relevant Councillor may move that the petition be received and referred to the relevant area of Council for investigation. A report is then presented to a subsequent Council Meeting for a decision.
How do I know a decision has been made?
The principal petitioner will be advised in writing of Council's decision, following the relevant Council Meeting.