Petitions to Council
Petitions inform the Council of the views of a section of the community and serve as one way of placing community concerns before Council.
The subject of a petition must be a matter on which the City has the power to act. Care must be taken in the wording of petitions as the City requires certain information and content to be included to be a valid petition.
Petitions are required to conform to a number of requirements relating to the format and the information presented. Electors are encouraged to use the Petition of Electors form to avoid the possibility of the petition being ruled out of order and not being presented to Council.
A petition is to:
- be prepared in the prescribed form (or similar to that form)
- be addressed to the Council and forwarded to the Mayor, a Councillor or the Chief Executive Officer
- be made by at least 25 electors of the district (an “elector” is a person who owns or occupies rateable property within the City of Joondalup and is eligible to vote in local government and state government elections)
- state the request on each page of the petition
- contain a summary of the reasons for the request
- contain the hand written names, addresses and signatures of the electors and the date signed
- 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
- not contain any alterations
- not have any letters or other documents attached to it, however a covering letter is permissible.
The City is unable to accept online petitions as they do not conform to the above requirements.
To prepare a petition, please use the Petition of Electors form.
Presenting the petition
The petition initiator is to forward or deliver 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 an Elected Member is not bound by the views expressed in a petition, it is accepted that he or she will present it on the electors’ behalf.
Once formally received by Council the petition will be referred to the Chief Executive Officer for investigation. The City will inform the petition initiator of the action proposed in dealing with the petition, which may involve having a report prepared for a future meeting of Council for its consideration.