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Guidelines for petitions

Some key things to remember when presenting a petition or attending a Council meeting.

Preparing a petition

A petition is a formal written request to Council by a group of people appealing for a particular matter to be dealt with. This request is called the ‘Prayer’ of the petition.

A Petition presented to Council must include a prayer on the top of every page of the petition, consisting of the following words: “We the undersigned hereby petition Bayside City Council" followed by your request.

The Petition must be written (other than pencil), contain the request (prayer) of the petitioners or signatories and be signed by at least 5 people, including their printed name, address and signature.

Petitions are presented to the next ordinary meeting of Council.

The link below provides guidelines for submitting a petition along with a sample:

Joint Letters

A letter received with signatures on it and without the format of the petition is considered a joint letter. The joint letter will be forwarded to the appropriate officer for action and be dealt with as general correspondence.

Attending Council or Committee meetings

The Mayor and Councillors of Bayside City Council welcome all members of the community to attend Council and Committee meetings. Seating is provided in the public gallery at the rear of the Council chamber along with tea, coffee and water.

When attending meetings, visitors are bound by Council’s Governance Local Law No 1 and are not permitted to interrupt the meeting procedures.