Petitions to council

What is a petition?

A petition is a formal, written request, signed by a minimum of ten persons, presented to council regarding any matter of community interest or requesting council to take action. Petitioning is one of the traditional ways by which members of the community can make requests directly to council.

Rules for Petitions - A petition should be:

  • The original document prepared on the Petition to Townsville City Council Form. Photocopies will not be accepted;
  • Each page must contain the request, suggestion or grievance and name of the principal petitioner;
  • Clearly written with no alterations;
  • Written in English, or accompanied by an English translation if written in another language and certified by a qualified translator that it is a true and correct translation of the petition details. Contact details of translator to be included;
  • A stand alone petition and not have letters, affidavits or other documents attached;
  • Signed by the same person (principal petitioner) on each page; and
  • Addressed to The Chief Executive Officer, Townsville City Council; and posted to PO Box 1268, Townsville  Qld  4810, emailed to, hand delivered to Townsville City Council’s Customer Service Centres at 103 Walker Street, Townsville or CityLibraries Thuringowa -  86 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa Central or handed to your relevant Councillor.
  • The petition cannot request grants of public money or remission of any duties.

What happens to a Petition

A petition to the Townsville City Council will be presented by the Mayor or relevant Councillor at the Ordinary Meeting of Council;

Upon receipt of the petition, the principal petitioner will be sent an acknowledgement letter within five days;

In accordance with council's standing orders, the Mayor or relevant Councillor may receive the petition and refer it to the Chief Executive Officer for investigation. A report will be developed and presented to council for final decision.

When a decision is made

The Principal Petitioner will be informed in writing of council's decision following the relevant Ordinary Meeting.

Download the Petition to Townsville City Council Form (PDF)

For more information, please contact Corporate Governance on 13 48 10.