Individuals and groups can express concern about an issue and ask Council to take action by organising a petition or joint letter. Both petitions and joint letters should be submitted to Council in the same way.
A petition normally has a request (formally called a ‘prayer’) at the top of each page of signatures. The prayer should read "We the undersigned residents and ratepayers of Whittlesea City formally request Council to…", and should be followed by the signatories’ full names, addresses and signatures.
A joint letter is a letter signed by persons residing at more than one address, that attempts to influence the Council’s decision making or actions. The joint letter must contain the signatories’ full names, addresses and signatures.
Your petition or joint letter to Council must:
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All the signatures on a petition or joint letter must:
You should mail your petition or joint letter to:
Chief Executive Officer
Whittlesea City Council
Locked Bag 1
Bundoora MDC 3083
For more information on serving a petition or joint letter to Council, call us on 9217 2223.
If the petition or joint letter meets requirements, the petition will be processed and be tabled at the next available Council Meeting.
We will notify the person who submitted a petition (head petitioner), or signatories to a joint letter, that we have received the petition/joint letter and advise when it will be tabled at a Council Meeting.
We will do our best to table the petition or joint letter at the next Ordinary Council meeting after we receive it. When the petition or joint letter relates to an item on that Council meeting agenda, it will be considered with the matter at the meeting.
We will advise the head petitioner or signatories to a joint letter of the final Council decision once the matter has been investigated and reported back to Council.