Somerset Regional Council bans e-petitions
SOMERSET Regional Council has banned e-petitions saying they do not meet legislative requirements.
The decision means that residents can no longer use sites like change.org to submit petitions as occurred last year on funding to complete the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
Instead council now wants residents to download a template from their website that it says meets all the requirements needed to properly make a petition and submit to Council for further consideration.
Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said they had received petitions that did not contain all the information required such as signatories' full name, residential and postal address to prove petitioners were resident or ratepayers in Somerset.
"To ensure signatories and residents who organise these petitions are aware of these requirements, Council has created a document that is an approved format and will be available on our website so everyone has access to it," Cr Lehmann said.
"People go to a lot of effort to organise petitions and we want to ensure that their efforts are not in vain," he said.
Somerset Regional Council accepts petitions for further consideration if they are made in writing and addressed to Council's Chief Executive Officer.
"These requirements are consistent with other local government authorities," Cr Lehmann said.
"Based on the demographics of residents who live in the Somerset region and previous unsuccessful attempts at online community consultation, Council has made the decision to continuing accepting paper petitions in an approved format instead of allowing e-petitions."