So you want to petition Council but don't know where to start : a parting gift from Pat McGinlay

Hi Beagle Editor

While we are in a transition period between the old, and the refreshingly new councillor body, I understand that some members of the public will still contact former councillors like myself for a wee while with their concerns. This is not a problem.

A recent request from a member of the public was in regard to their inability to find anywhere on Council's web-site any information as to how they could access information on how to appropriately and formally put forward a Petition for councillors' consideration.

Now I know that there has been a considerable amount of money and time and effort expended in revamping council's website over the past year or so to make it more informative and accessible; So, I went in and had a search around too as would any member of the public to find the guidelines for preparing a Petition that I knew existed.


I feel the frustration of this resident. I gave up. However, I happen to know (only because of my councillor experience), where such guidance resides.

The guidance for preparing a petition, is the last of many apprentices, at appendix (i) at pages 62 to 64 of Council's Code of Meeting Practice document, the link to which is here:


https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/138557/Model-Code-of-Meeting-Practice-ESC-Final-Draft-June-19.pdf


Trust this info will assist members of the community and perhaps a few new councillors, as they endeavour to absorb the mass of information coming their way in the coming weeks and months. Not least, of course is the info that they will have the opportunity to review and simplify their Code of Meeting Practice document.


Cheers and good luck, good people. Pat McGinlay




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