What is a petition?

A petition is a document containing the names, signatures and addresses of a group of people who have a common issue of concern to refer to Council for its consideration.

Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 governs how petitions will be managed once they are received by Council administration. 

How do I prepare a petition?

Please download a petition template here - Petition Template -  complete the details and distribute it to the community for signatures. 

lease be aware that in most cases the entire petition will be placed on a public agenda at the next available Council meeting.

While you are not required to use Council's petition template, please note that each page of your 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 our Nuriootpa office

  • clearly state the name and contact details of the head petitioner

Pages that do not meet this format cannot be counted when the petition is considered.

What happens when the petition is complete? 

Once you consider the petition complete, please provide a covering letter with the petition detailing the name, address and contact details of the head petitioner(s) to whom Council can address correspondence (if that information is not already on the petition).

Submit the covering letter and petition to Council administration at least 2 weeks before a Council meeting by marking it attention to the CEO and sending it to PO Box 867, Nuriootpa SA 5355 or or delivering it to our front counter at the Nuriootpa office (43-51 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa).

The petition will then be attached to a report presented to the next available Council meeting for consideration in accordance with the 
Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 and an officer recommendation will be offered for Council consideration.

Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings but cannot participate in the debate at meetings.

What happens after the Council has considered the petition?

The relevant manager will contact you (or the Head Petitioner) about the status of your petition once a resolution is made by the Council.