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A petition is a formal written request signed by 10 or more people that can be used to lobby Council.

If the matter relates to normal Council operations, you may more easily choose to log a customer service request on Council's website via the mobile application Snap, Send, Solve or by contacting Council's customer service team especially for items like:

  • road and pothole repairs
  • animal nuisances
  • attention to trees on public land

Matters for petitions

Petitions are generally used to show community support for a matter that is under Council's control. A petition may request, for example:

  • the alteration of a local law
  • the reconsideration of an administrative decision
  • consideration of new infrastructure such as pathways, roads, playgrounds etc

Petitions can also be used as a form of submission on active development applications during the public notification stage. Please refer to Have your say on applications to learn more about making a submission on a development application. 

The petitioning process

Under Council's Standing Orders, a petition will not be debated by Councillors at the Ordinary meeting when it is presented. The Chief Executive Officer will generally be requested to refer the petition to the relevant Council Department who will investigate the matter and respond to the principal petitioner.

Rules for preparing petitions

Council will accept petitions in paper form or electronic form (e-petitions).

Paper petitions should:

  • clearly state the issue and action requested of Council
  • clearly state that the petition seeks to be presented to the whole of Council
  • be respectful and not contain any offensive language or content
  • be signed by a minimum of ten (10) people
  • identify the principal petitioner, being the person who is responsible for organising the petition
  • state the purpose of the petition on the top of each page

Electronic (e-petitions) should:

  • clearly state the issue and action requested of Council
  • clearly state that the petition seeks to be presented to the whole of Council
  • be respectful and not contain any offensive language or content
  • be responded to by a minimum of ten (10) people
  • clearly state how support for the petition was obtained (eg via reply email confirmation, or a confirm click in a web interface) and include a paper copy of the email or web interface used to obtain support for the petition
  • contain the signature of a principal petitioner and written confirmation of how many people have agreed to support the petition
  • contain a list that includes the names and suburb location of all people who support the petition

How to lodge a petition

You may choose to either provide the petition to a Councillor  or post to:

The Chief Executive Officer
Noosa Council
PO Box 141
Tewantin Qld 4565

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