Petitions inform the Council, in a public way, of the views of a section of the community and serve as one means of placing community concerns before Council.
Electors of the City of Cockburn, from different properties, may petition the Council to take some form of action over a particular issue. For example, petitions may ask the Council to change an existing policy, local law or recent decision, or for the Council to take action for a certain purpose or for the benefit of particular persons. The subject of a petition however must be a matter on which the Council has the power to act. For instance a petition cannot request the Council to improve hospital services, as this is a State Government responsibility.
The Petition must be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer and
- state the request on each page of the Petition
- contain a summary of the reasons for the request
- contain the names, addresses and signatures of the electors and the date signed
- state the name of the person (initiator), and an address at which, notice of the outcome of the Petition request can be given
- be legible
- not contain any alterations
- not have any letters or other documents attached to it, however a covering letter is permissible.
*The above guidelines are not compulsory*
The City has developed the following form which can be used as a guide for submitting Petitions.
The City accepts Petitions in the following formats:
- Electronically by email firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person delivered at Front Counter at the Main Administration Building
- By post to PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC WA 6965
- Provided to an Elected Member
Petitions are no longer part of the Order of Business at a Council Meeting.
When a Petition is received by an Elected Member, it will be referred to the Chief Executive Officer for appropriate action, in accordance with the Position Statement PSES5 'Petitions - Notification of Reception to Elected Members'.
Every Petition presented will be referred to an officer nominated by the Chief Executive Officer to be responsible for investigating the matter. This officer will inform the Petition initiator of the action proposed in dealing with the Petition. This may involve having to prepare a detailed report for a future meeting of the Council for its consideration.