Petitions to Council
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Clause 3.4 of the City’s Standing Orders Local Law sets out a number of requirements governing the format and presentation of petitions. These are designed to ensure the authenticity of petitions and protect the intentions of petitioners and Council.
The Standing Orders do not impose any particular style of expression but certain other requirements must be met. It is important that those involved in creating petitions familiarise themselves with these requirements before taking steps to collect signatures. This will avoid the possibility of the petition being ruled out of order and not being presented to Council.
To be presented to Council, a petition is to:
- as far as practicable be prepared in the form prescribed;
- be made by electors of the district;
- be addressed to the Council and forwarded to the Mayor or a Councillor;
- state the request on each page of the petition;
- contain at least six (6) signatures;
- state the name of the person upon whom (initiator), and an address at which, notice of the outcome of the petition request can be given;
- be respectful and temperate in its language and not contain language disrespectful to Council;
- be legible, being either clearly written, typed or printed;
- not contain any alterations
- not have any letters or other documents attached to it, however a covering letter is permissible; and
- be an original document.
If a Petition does not comply with the specified requirements, is defamatory or any action it proposes is unlawful then it will not be accepted and will be returned to the person who submitted the petition.
Although a petition only needs to have at least (6) elector’s signatures to be accepted it will appear more representative of public feeling if it is signed by as many electors as possible. Although anyone can sign a petition, only those City of Armadale electors will be recorded in the official signature count.
An elector is a person who owns or occupies rateable property within the City of Armadale and is eligible to vote in Local Government and State Government Elections.
All the signatures on a petition must meet the following requirements:
- Every signature must be written on a page bearing the terms of the petition, or the action requested by the petition. Please view the Petition Form.
- Signatures must not be copied, pasted or transferred on to the petition nor should they be placed on a blank page on the reverse of a sheet containing the terms of the petition
- Each signature must be made by the person signing in his or her own handwriting.
A petition can only be presented to Council at an Ordinary Council Meeting by the Mayor or a Councillor. This can be any Councillor and does not have to be a Councillor from a particular Ward.
The person initiating the petition is to forward the petition to the Chief Executive Officer, Mayor or a Councillor prior to the commencement of the Ordinary Council Meeting at which they would like the petition presented. Although the Elected Member is not bound to present a petition, it is traditionally accepted that he or she will present it, irrespective of personal views. Presentation of a petition by an Elected Member does not mean that the Member necessarily agrees or disagrees with its content.
For details of dates, times and location of Council Meetings contact the City on (08) 9394 5000.
All Petitions will be recorded and an acknowledgement letter will be sent to the person who lodged the Petition. An acknowledgement will not be sent to all signatories of the Petition.
One of the items of business at a Council Meeting is for the Council to receive any petitions that have been presented. The Mayor or Elected Member presenting the petition will read out a summary of the reasons for the petition being submitted and the amount of signatures within it (if possible).
When the petition is received, no discussion on the matter will take place however the petition will be referred to the relevant Committee for appropriate action.
Every petition presented will be referred to a representative of the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the matter. The Chief Executive Officer’s representative will inform the petition initiator of the action proposed in dealing with the petition. This may involve having to prepare a detailed report for a future meeting of the Council for its consideration.