Petitions

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Welcome to our e-petition portal. This portal allows members of the community to start a petition for consideration by Council as well as sign up to support other causes.

How it works:

  1. You create a petition. Only residents can create a petition.
  2. You require 3 people to support your petition. We’ll tell you how to do this when you’ve created your petition.
  3. We check your petition, then publish it. We only reject petitions that don’t meet the standards for petitions.
  4. Only residents can then sign your petition — and can only sign a petition once.
  5. Our internal Petitions Committee reviews all petitions we publish. They select petitions of interest to find out more about the issues raised. They will also independently verify your petition and its signatures.
  6. At 1,000 signatures you get a response from the organisation.
  7. At 10,000 signatures your petition will be considered for a debate Council and further community engagement activities may be initiated.

Our Standards:

All petitions must meet the standards for the petition as outlined below;

  • A petition must call for action from the organisation and Council
  • A petition must relate to an issue which the organisation or Council has direct jurisdiction over
  • The petition must be unique and not already open
  • A petition will be rejected if it breaches the guidelines outlined in the Petition FAQ's.
  • A petition may be recalled at the discretion of the organisation and Petitions Committee.


Welcome to our e-petition portal. This portal allows members of the community to start a petition for consideration by Council as well as sign up to support other causes.

How it works:

  1. You create a petition. Only residents can create a petition.
  2. You require 3 people to support your petition. We’ll tell you how to do this when you’ve created your petition.
  3. We check your petition, then publish it. We only reject petitions that don’t meet the standards for petitions.
  4. Only residents can then sign your petition — and can only sign a petition once.
  5. Our internal Petitions Committee reviews all petitions we publish. They select petitions of interest to find out more about the issues raised. They will also independently verify your petition and its signatures.
  6. At 1,000 signatures you get a response from the organisation.
  7. At 10,000 signatures your petition will be considered for a debate Council and further community engagement activities may be initiated.

Our Standards:

All petitions must meet the standards for the petition as outlined below;

  • A petition must call for action from the organisation and Council
  • A petition must relate to an issue which the organisation or Council has direct jurisdiction over
  • The petition must be unique and not already open
  • A petition will be rejected if it breaches the guidelines outlined in the Petition FAQ's.
  • A petition may be recalled at the discretion of the organisation and Petitions Committee.


  • Anyone can start a petition as long as they are a resident in the community. 

    Later on, you will require 3 email addresses of supporters to get your petition started.

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  • Petition Number: 00001

    Created By: Trevor Schnitzel

    Deadline: 23rd December

    At 10,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate by Council.

    Background:

    The recent redevelopment at Houston Park included the construction of a new sporting shed and stadium as well as children's playground. The costs for this project were estimated to be $1M. In the recent Council budget, costs for this project were reported to have almost doubled during delivery to $2.5M. This project also suffered from major delays and inconveniences to the local community. A council inquiry should ensure ratepayers have sufficient information as to why the costs blew out so significantly.


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  • Petition Number: 00002

    Created By: Helen Sharpe

    Deadline: 15th January

    At 10,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate by Council.

    Background:

    Most Australians celebrate Australia Day as the day Australia was founded. In contrast, Aboriginal people mourn their history and call it 'Invasion Day'.

    January 26, 1788 was the date on which Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and raised the British flag for the first time in Sydney Cove.

    In the early 1880s the day was known as 'First Landing', 'Anniversary Day' or 'Foundation Day'.

    In 1946 the Commonwealth and state governments agreed to unify the celebrations on January 26 and call it 'Australia Day'. The day became a public holiday in 1818 (its 30th anniversary).

    Before 1994 Australia Day was the closest Monday to January 26 to ensure a long weekend. (This tells you a lot about Australians' priorities!)

    As a progressive local government organisation, Council should respect the sensitivities around Australia Day for our First Nations people and find a suitable replacement for Australia Day in the spirit of respect and reconciliation.

    Source: Australia Day - Invasion Day - Creative Spirits, retrieved from https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/australia-day-invasion-day

    Source: Australia Day - Invasion Day - Creative Spirits, retrieved from https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/australia-day-invasion-day


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  • Petition Number: 00003

    Created By: Donald Drivalot

    Deadline: 15th February

    At 10,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate by Council.

    Background:

    City Square used to be a hub of activity for families and friends to meet and enjoy community activity. Since the introduction of paid parking in the Square there has been a hollowing out of this once vibrant community centre and families can no longer afford to visit and spend time at the Square. Day-long parking now costs almost $50 per day and this is creating an unnecessary barrier to utilisation of this public facility.


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