A petition is a document containing the names, signatures and addresses of a group of people who have a common cause to bring to us.

Our local government system is designed to give the community the opportunity to raise concerns about issues such as traffic control in their area.

If you or a group of people would like to raise an issue with the Council you can contact your Elected Members or the Chief Executive Officer:

  • by letter
  • by telephone
  • in person.


Submitting a petition

Step one

View the Code of Practice - Procedures at Meetings to find out how to format your petition and how it will be handled by Council. The Code specifies that each page of the petition must:

  • be legibly written, typed or printed
  • clearly set out the whole of the request or submission of the petitioners (at the top of each page)
  • clearly show the name of each person printed with their signature and address
  • be addressed to the Council and delivered to the Civic Centre
  • clearly state the name and contact details of the head petitioner

Pages or names that don’t meet this format cannot be counted when we consider the petition. 

The legislation which underpins the Code is the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013.


Step two

Prepare your petition using our petition proforma pdf (48KB) and distribute it to the community.


Step three

Provide a covering letter with the petition detailing the name, address and contact details of the Head Petitioner(s) to whom we can address correspondence.


Step four

Submit the petition to Council.


A summary of the first page only will be provided to Council as an attachment to an initial report which sets out the request or submission of the petitioners. When the report on the petition is subsequently considered by Council, the entire petition will be attached to the Agenda report except any page or pages not complying with the Code.

All petitions should be presented to the Chief Executive Officer no later than one week before a Council meeting.


After your petition is received

  1. Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings but cannot participate in the debate at meetings.
  2. The report including a summary of the first page of the petition including names and addresses is presented to Council for consideration in accordance with the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 (SA). The report will be placed on the agenda for the next ordinary meeting of Council and will be made available as a public document
  3. The Council makes a recommendation(s).


Notification of the outcome

The relevant manager will contact you about the status of your petition once a recommendation is made by the Council.


More information

 Email the Team Leader Governance or call 8416 6333.

Related content