Petitions enable the community to bring matters of concern to the attention of West Coast Council. Council can be petitioned in accordance with Part 6 Division 1 of the Local Government Act 1993 for any matter that comes under its jurisdiction.
A written petition must contain:
- a clear and concise statement of the subject matter and action requested
- the full name and address of the person lodging the petition
- names and addresses of individual signatories
Processing of petitions
Provided a petition complies with the requirements of the Local Government Act, the General Manager will table the Petition at the next ordinary meeting of Council. The petitioners will be advised if the petition is not to be tabled together with the reason.
It is usual for a petition to be initially received at a meeting without discussion as to its merits or otherwise and referred to a subsequent meeting at which a covering report prepared by staff will be available. Verbal comments or questions from the public in relation to the petition are not permitted at the meeting(s) at which the petition is listed on the agenda.
The petitioners will be advised in writing of Council’s response to the petition.