Northern Midlands

Petitions

In accordance with the Vision, Mission and Values of Council as identified in the Council’s Strategic Plan 2007-2017 and the Local Government Act 1993, S57 – S60, provision is made for Council to receive petitions tabled at the Council Meeting.

In relation to the receipt of petitions, the following provisions of the Local Government Act 1993, Part 6 - Petitions, polls and public meetings, S57 and S58, should be noted:

Section 57. Petitions  

(1)     A person may lodge a petition with a council by presenting it to a councillor or the general manager.

(2)     A person lodging a petition is to ensure that the petition contains –  

)     a clear and concise statement identifying the subject matter; and
(b)     a heading on each page indicating the subject matter; and
(c)     a brief statement on each page of the subject matter and the action requested; and
(d)     a statement specifying the number of signatories; and
(e)     the full printed name, address and signature of the person lodging the petition at the end of the petition. 

(a)     a clear and concise statement identifying the subject matter; and
(b)     a heading on each page indicating the subject matter; and
(c)     a brief statement on each page of the subject matter and the action requested; and
(d)     a statement specifying the number of signatories; and

(e)     the full printed name, address and signature of the person lodging the petition at the end of the petition. 
 

Section 58. Tabling petition  
 

(1)     A councillor who has been presented with a petition is to –

(a)     table the petition at the next ordinary meeting of the council; or
(b)     forward it to the general manager within 7 days after receiving it.
 

(2)     A general manager who has been presented with a petition or receives a petition under subsection (1)(b) is to table the petition at the next ordinary meeting of the council.


(3)     A petition is not to be tabled if –

(a)     it does not comply with section 57; or
(b)     it is defamatory; or
(c)     any action it proposes is unlawful
.


(4)     The general manager is to advise the lodger of a petition that is not tabled the reason for not tabling it within 21 days after lodgement.  

Also see Council Meetings Information in regard to Petitions.

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