Petitions

How to lodge a petition with Council


There are two ways you can lodge a petition with Council;  informally or formally.  Council has petition forms for both to assist you.

 

1. Informal Petition – For General Issues of Concern

Informal petitions are used to bring an issue of concern to the attention of Council.

A valid informal petition requires a minimum of 10 signatures. The Act states that the title and purpose of the petition must appear on every page. This means you cannot attach blank sheets for signatures. They will not be valid if you do.

Council has provided one below for your assistance.

Informal Petition

 

2. Formal Petition – Calling for a Public Meeting, Elector Poll, Etc.

Formal petitions are required where there is a statutory provision under the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) for a ratepayer or elector of a municipal area to petition either a Council or the Minister for Local Government. 

The Act states that the title and purpose of the petition must appear on every page. This means you cannot attach blank sheets for signatures. They will not be valid if you do.

The four formal petitions which can be lodged and the criteria for a valid petition are detailed below.

Type of Petition

Criteria

Seeking a public meeting on a matter to be treated as an issue of significant interest to the Community

Section 59 (2) of the Act requires that the petition is signed by at least 5% of the electors in the municipal area

Requesting Council to hold an Elector Poll

Section 60C of the Act requires that the petition is signed by at least 5%  of the electors in the municipal area

Ratepayers seeking a public meeting for affected ratepayers to discuss Council’s intention to make a separate rate

Section 103 of the Act requires that the petition is signed by at least 100 affected ratepayers or at least 10% of affected ratepayers, whichever is the lesser

Requiring the Local Government Board to carry out a specific review

Section 214(2)(c) of the Act requires at least 20% of the electors in the municipal area

 

Council has provided one below for your assistance.

Formal Petition

 

An “elector” means a person who is:

(a)    Enrolled on the Electoral Roll for the House of Assembly with respect to a property owned in the municipal area; or

(b)   The owner or occupier of property in the municipal area; and

(c)   Over 18 years of age; and

(d)   Not imprisoned; and

(e)   Not subject to care order under the Mental Health Act 1996 or Guardianship and Administration Act 1995; or

(f)    Eligible to be on the General Manager’s Roll

 

Preparing and Circulating your Petition

Please  check with Council which petition form you need (Informal or Formal), then complete the petition details:

Once you’ve filled out your petition, make copies and circulate them.

Please note:

The Act states that the title and purpose of the petition must appear on every page.  This means you cannot attach blank sheets for signatures.  They will not be valid if you do.

 

Lodging your Petition

Collect all your petitions and attach them together with the “Statutory Petition Lodgement Form”.

Enter the number of signatories on the petition

Your completed petition should then be lodged with a Dorset Councillor or the General Manager.  You can do this by:

Handing the petition to a Councillor (who will table the petition at the next ordinary meeting of the Council, or forward it to the General Manager within 7 days after receiving it); or

Please don’t fax or email petitions.

If you have any questions about your petition, please call Council’s Assistant to the General Manager on 6352 6500.

 

What happens once your petition is lodged with Council

Your petition will be dealt with in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, Section 58  and, if it is a formal petition, further relevant sections of the Act.

Section 58

2)    A general manager, who has been presented with a petition or receives a petition through a councillor,  is to table the petition at the next ordinary meeting of the council.

3)    A petition is not to be tabled if -

       (a)  it does not comply with section 57; or

       (b)  it is defamatory; or

      (c)  any action it proposes is unlawful.

4)    The general manager is to advise the lodger (proposer(s) of a petition that is not tabled the reason for not tabling it within 21 days after lodgement.

You can view the Local Government Act 1993 by clicking here.

 

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