Petitions - How to lodge

What is a petition?

A petition is a formal, written request, signed by a minimum of twenty five persons, presented to council regarding any matter of community interest or requesting council to take action.

Rules for petitions

A petition should be:

  • Clearly written with no alterations;
  • Written in English, or accompanied by an English translation if written in another language and certified by a qualified translator that it is a true and correct translation of the petition details. Contact details of translator to be included;
  • Each page must contain the request, suggestion or grievance and name of the principal petitioner;
  • A petition should  not have letters, affidavits or other documents attached;
  • Addressed to The Chief Executive Officer, Mackay Regional Council; and posted to PO Box 41,Mackay Qld  4740, emailed to or delivered to Mackay Regional Council’s Customer Service Centres at Gordon Street, Mackay.
  • The petition cannot request grants of public money or remission of any duties.

What happens to a petition

Once received a petition to the Mackay Regional Council will be placed on the next agenda for an Ordinary Meeting of Council;

Once the petition has been tabled at an Ordinary Meeting of Council, the principal petitioner will be sent a letter informing them of Councils determination.

In accordance with council's standing orders, the Council will either reject or accept the petition, in which case it will and refer it to the Chief Executive Officer for investigation. A report will be developed and presented to council for final decision.

When a decision is made

The Principal Petitioner will be informed in writing of council's decision following the relevant Ordinary Meeting.

Download the template for a Petition to Council (PDF 65KB)

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