Petitions - How to lodge

What is a petition?

Petitioning is one of the traditional ways by which members of the community can have their say on issues affecting them within the Mackay region.

A petition is a formal, written request, signed by a minimum of 25 petitioners.

A completed petition which meets Mackay Regional Council’s petition requirements will be presented to council to persuade them to take a particular action.

Petitions rules

Both paper petitions and e-petitions MUST:

  • Include the principal petitioner’s details;
  • Include the petition topic on each page;
  • Be clearly written and include no alterations;
  • Be 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 must also be included;
  • Be brief and to the point;
  • Be polite and modest in language;
  • Not request a grant or public money or a remission of any duties or debts;
  • Not have letters, affidavits or other documents attached;
  • Include more than 25 petitioner signatures;
  • Relate to a matter which is within council’s jurisdiction; and
  • Contain on each page the request, suggestion or grievance and name of the principal petitioner.

NOTE: Only one petition per topic will be accepted (i.e., you cannot have an e-petition and a paper petition on the same topic). Council reserves the right to review all/any submitted petition to ensure compliance and jurisdiction. Any petition not meeting the above rules will not be accepted.

Starting a petition

Lodging a petition

The principal petitioner may lodge their petition to council in the following ways:

  • In person at the following Client Services Centres:
    • 73 Gordon Street, Mackay
    • 65 Broad Street, Sarina
    • 20 Victoria Street, Mirani
  • Post to: 
    Chief Executive Officer 
    Mackay Regional Council 
    PO Box 41 
    Mackay QLD 4740

Once lodged, the petition will be reviewed to ensure compliance and jurisdiction with an email being provided to the principal petitioner advising that:

a) The petition has met council’s requirements and the date the petition will be presented to council for their consideration; or

b) The petition has not met council’s requirements and will not be presented to council.

Once presented, in accordance with Mackay Regional Council’s Standing Orders, council can either reject or accept the petition.

If accepted, it will be referred to the Chief Executive Officer for investigation following which a report will be developed and presented to council for final decision.

When a decision is made

The principal petitioner will be sent correspondence informing them of council’s determination following the relevant Ordinary Meeting.

e-petition participation

This e-petition website is operated by Mackay Regional Council.


The term principal petitioner shall mean the person that is the owner of the petition or e-petition.

The term petitioner shall mean the person who signs the petition or e-petition.

In the 'terms of use' the words 'we', 'us' and 'our' refer to Mackay Regional Council and the words 'you' and 'your' refer to the person using this website. Those who access or use this website are deemed to have accepted the 'terms of use'.

These 'terms and conditions' apply, in addition to any 'other terms', to a part or page of this website. However, if the 'other terms' are inconsistent with these 'terms and conditions', the former will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

Privacy disclaimer

Mackay Regional Council collects and manages personal information in the course of performing its activities, functions and duties. We respect the privacy of the personal information held by us. The way in which Mackay Regional Council manages personal information is governed by the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld). We are collecting your personal information so that we can register your petition and to correspond with you regarding the process. This petition may be made public as part of council’s agenda and minute process. Generally, we will not disclose your personal information outside of council unless we are required to do so by law, or unless you have given us your consent to such disclosure. For further information about how we manage your personal information please see our Information Privacy Policy.