Petitions to Council

Isaac Regional Council encourages engagement of our communities.

A petition is a formal written 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.

Petitions should not be used to request completion of operational works such as:

  • having a water meter repaired
  • requesting road repairs

Guidelines for Petitions

All petitions must meet the following requirements to be determined to be a property made petition for consideration by Council:

  • Contain a clear and concise statement identifying the subject matter of the petition and the action sought from Council.
  • Include a statement specifying the range of numbered of pages to the petition and the total number of signatories.
  • Record a brief statement on each page of the subject matter and the action requested.
  • Contain the full printed name, address, phone number and signature of the person lodging the petition, or if acting on behalf of organisation/group, name of organisation/group.
  • List the names, addresses and signatures of those people who support the petition.
  • Be in the English language or accompanied by a translation certified to be a true and correct translation (including contact details of the translator)
  • Be a standalone document with no letters, affidavits, or other documents attached.
  • Be respectful and not contain any offensive, defamatory, indecent or abusive language or substance or otherwise offend any rule or practice of Council.
  • Be clearly written or printed and be free from erasures or alterations.
  • Meet all stipulations
  • Not be requests for grants of public money or remission of any duties.

Petitions that do not meet the criteria listed above will be deemed invalid and will not be received by Council.

This sample petition may be used as a guide


Signing a Petition

A petition must be signed by a minimum of ten persons aged 18 years or older, clearly stating their name and address. Each person may not sign more than once and each signature must be an original written upon the petition itself and not pasted upon it or otherwise affixed or transferred to it (e.g. scanned, pasted, photocopied, etc.).

Persons signing the petition must only be signing on behalf of themselves and not acting as proxy for another person.

Addressing and Lodging the Petition

A person may lodge a petition with the Council by submitting the petition to an Isaac Regional Council Customer Service Centre in person, or by mail addressed to:

Chief Executive Officer
Isaac Regional Council
PO Box 97

Actioning a Petition

Once registered the petition will be forwarded to the CEO and the following process will apply.

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If the petition lodged is not to be tabled, the Council will notify the person lodging the petition within twenty-one (21) days of lodgement the reasons for it not being tabled.

If the petition is to be tabled, Council will advise the person lodging the petition, the date the petition is to be tabled.

Deciding a Petition

Council will decide what action, if any, it will take on the petition after the petition is tabled at its ordinary meeting.

In the minutes of the deciding meeting, Council will record the subject matter of the petition, the number of signatories to the petition, and what action, if any, it will take.

The Council will inform the person who has lodged the petition of Council's decision within twenty-one (21) days of the petition being tabled.

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