Deputations, Petitions and Public Question Time

There are three ways in which you can discuss issues and concerns with Council and Committees.

Find out what is involved with each method below.

Deputations

Deputations provide an opportunity for an individual or group in the community, to present their opinions at the meeting.

Members of the public may, during the deputations segment of the order of business and with the consent of the Presiding Member, make a public statement on any matter that appears on the agenda for that meeting, provided that:

  • The deputation is limited to a maximum of 3 minutes, unless otherwise determined by the Presiding member
  • The deputation is not offensive or defamatory in nature, providing that the Presiding Member has taken all reasonable steps to assist the member of the public to phrase the statement in a manner that is not offensive or defamatory
  • No discussion or questions relating to the deputation are permitted, unless otherwise determined by the Presiding Member. 

15 minutes is to be allocated for deputations. 

Once all statements have been made, nothing prevents the unused part of the deputation time period from being used for other matters. 

If the 15 minute period set aside for deputations is reached, Council may resolve by resolution that statement time be extended for no more than two 15 minute extensions.

Petitions

A petition is a request for action from the community. It informs Council in a public way of the views of a section of the community and serves as a means of placing community concerns before Council.

The subject of a petition must be a matter on which Council has the power to act, i.e. a matter that can be dealt with by the local government. For example a petition requesting improvements to the power supply cannot be presented to Council, as this is a State Government responsibility.

The Shire will only accept petitions from electors of the district. An elector is a person who owns or occupies rateable property within the Shire of Mundaring and is eligible to vote in local and State elections.

To find out more, please refer to the information sheet  below. The petition template is also provided.

Information on Petitions (PDF)

Petition Template (PDF)

Public Question Time

15 minutes (with a possible extension of 2 extra 15 minute periods) are set aside at the beginning of each Council or Committee meeting to allow members of the public to ask questions of Council or the Committee.

Any member of the public can ask questions, not just electors or people who live in the district.

To find out more, including the process and what type of questions can be asked, please refer to the procedures below.

Procedure for Public Question Time (PDF)

More information and contacts

For more information about petitions, deputations or public question time please contact us.