Petitions to Council

A petition to be presented to Council must –

  • be on paper;
  • be addressed to Western Downs Regional Council;
  • refer to a matter on which the Council has the power to act;
  • state the reasons for petitioning the Council;
  • contain a request for action by Council.


How a petition should be prepared

  1. Petitions must show the terms (the facts or reasons for the petition and the specific action requested) at the top of the first page of the petition and the request must be at the top of every subsequent page.
  2. The terms of the petition must not contain any alterations and must not exceed two hundred words (ie reasons and request together).
  3. The petition must not have any letters, affidavits or other documents attached to it.


Rules about signatures

  1. Every petition must contain the signature and address of the principal petitioner on the first page.
  2. Each signature on the petition must be made by the person signing in his or her own handwriting. A petitioner who is not able to sign may ask another person to sign on his or her behalf.
  3. Every signature must be written on a page bearing the request part of the terms of the petition.
  4. Signatures must not be copied, pasted or transferred on to the petition. They must not be placed on a blank page or on the reverse of a sheet containing the terms of the petition.


Getting a petition presented to Council

Petitions can be mailed to the Western Downs Regional Council, PO Box 551, DALBY QLD 4405. Alternatively, petitioners may request a Councillor to present a petition in person.


The following is an extract from Western Downs Regional Council’s Meetings Policy which details how a petition will be dealt with by Council.

Clause 16 – Petitions

  1. Any petition presented to a meeting of the Council must be in legible writing or typewritten and contain a minimum of 10 signatories.
  2. A petition may be presented to a meeting by a Councillor who, before presenting the petition, must, as far as practicable, become acquainted with the subject matter of the petition.
  3. On presenting a petition to a meeting, a Councillor must –
    1. state the nature of the petition; and
    2. read the petition.
  4. Where a Councillor presents a petition to a meeting, no debate on or in relation to the petition shall be allowed, and the only motion which may be moved is that –
    1. The petition be referred to a Committee or CEO for consideration and a report to the Council; or
    2. The petition be received and no further action be taken.