Petitions allow the community to bring matters of concern to Brisbane City Council's attention. Council can be petitioned for any matter that comes under its jurisdiction.
What is a petition
Petitions can be written or electronic. Council considers a document to be a petition when it:
- makes a request of Council, or expresses an objection or viewpoint
- is signed by three or more persons
- contains the names and addresses of the individual signatories
Petitions submitted to Council are to be processed in accordance with an established procedure and timeframes. The process includes:
- A petition is created by a head petitioner and supporting signatories are obtained.
- Petitions can be forwarded to Council, or to the Lord Mayor.
- After the petition is forwarded to Council, the Lord Mayor or the nominated Ward Councillor presents the petition to the next Council meeting.
- Petition details are included in Council minutes and an acknowledgement letter is sent to the head petitioner only.
- The relevant work area investigates the petitioners' request and prepares a recommendation submission for Council. This is usually completed within six weeks.
- After investigation, the petition is submitted with recommendations to the appropriate committee, which submits its recommendation in a report to Council in accordance with its delegation.
- Council considers the recommendations and reaches a decision.
- The decision is minuted and the head petitioner is notified of the outcome, and they are requested to advise the other petitioners.
- The petition file is forwarded back to the relevant work area to note or action Council's decision.