Section 36 of Local Law 3 outlines how Council will receive petitions. 

Petitions may be formally submitted to Council’s office at any time by providing one electronic copy (in PDF format) emailed to or paper copy via post (PO Box 28, Beechworth  VIC  3747), or in person (at a Council office). 

To be included in a Council Meeting the petition must be received at Council’s main (Beechworth) office at least one week prior to the meeting (please allow time for transit). 

A compliant petition (see criteria below) will be included in the next available Ordinary Council meeting. 

For any additional advice contact Council on 1300 365 003.

To be accepted by Council, a petition must:

☐    Be legible, and;

☐    Be addressed to Indigo Shire Council, and;

☐    Be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation, and;

☐     Be respectful and temperate in language, and;

☐     State the action or remedy sought from Council on every page, and;

☐     Have at least one signature, and;

☐     Contain the signatures, names and addresses of each petitioner (a person incapable of signing may have someone else sign on his or her behalf), and;

☐     Not contain signatures that have been pasted or in any other way transferred or attached to it, and;

☐     If from a corporation, be made under its common seal.

In acknowledging a compliant petition at a Council Meeting:

  • The Chairperson will state the action being requested by the petition, and;
  • The Chairperson will confirm the total number of signatures to the petition, and;
  • Council may pass a resolution to;
    1. Require the CEO to provide a response to the petition in accordance with Council’s protocols for written communication, or;
    2. Require the CEO to provide a response to the petition at a future Council meeting, or;
    3. Note the petition, or;
    4. Require any other action that is appropriate to the petition, and within the powers of Council. 

  • A response to the petition will be made in writing and addressed to the person who appears as the first signatory.
  • A copy of the response to a tabled petition will be sent to all Councillors and may be included in a future agenda as a separate report or as business arising from the meeting at which the petition was acknowledged.