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Preparing your petition

A petition is a formal written request, typically signed by many people, appealing to a law-making authority such as the Council of the City of Gold Coast (Council), with respect to a particular cause.

Requirements for preparing a petition for Council’s consideration

Subordinate Local Law 1.1 (Meetings) specifies the criteria that petitions must meet and how the Council must deal with them.

Find Subordinate Local Law No. 1.1 (Meetings) 2008 below.

Essential requirements for preparing a petition

  1. The central message should be brief and concise.
  2. Only hard copy or electronically scanned documents that meet the criteria specified in 3 below will be accepted. Electronic/online petitions that do not contain handwritten signatures, or do not meet the other criteria specified in 3 below, will not be accepted.
  3. A petition is not to be presented by a Councillor or received by the Council unless it:
    1. is worded in respectful language
    2. is typewritten or otherwise legible
    3. contains a minimum of 10 signatures
    4. contains the names and addresses of signatories.
  4. Petitions should be directed to either the CEO or the respective Divisional Councillor.

Consideration by Council

Each petition is to be presented by a Councillor, who as far as possible, is to make themselves acquainted with the subject matter of that petition.

The nature of each petition is to be stated to the Council by the Councillor presenting it and, if required, is to be read.

On the presentation of a petition to the Council the only question to be entertained is:

  1. that the petition not be received; or
  2. that the petition be received and referred to a committee for consideration and report.

The petition will not be debated at the meeting. If formally received, it will be referred to the relevant Council Directorate for investigation and preparation of the necessary report to committee.

Council may publish any petition it receives.

The lead petitioner will receive all correspondence regarding the petition.

The sample petition listed under Forms & Applications below may be used as a guide.

Lodging your petition

Ensure all the above rules are complied with and forward your petition to your local Councillor or post to:

Chief Executive Officer
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
GCMC QLD 9726

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