Gar­den reaps on­line re­sult

Guardian Express - - NEWS - Laura Pond

INGLEWOOD res­i­dents are us­ing WA’s first lo­cal gov­ern­ment e-pe­ti­tion sys­tem to seek ap­proval for a com­mu­nity gar­den.

The City of Stir­ling re­cently launched its on­line pe­ti­tion func­tion as part of a web­site re­vamp.

Inglewood Com­mu­nity Gar­den group was the first to sub­mit a pe­ti­tion.

The group has been search­ing for an ap­pro­pri­ate site for more than three years and would like to use land at Inglewood Bowl­ing and Sports Club in Mt Law­ley.

Spokesman Damien Gi­u­dici said they had the club’s sup­port and it would pro­vide mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial use of re­sources.

“We have about 133 mem­bers who are like­minded peo­ple and keen to get gar­den­ing with their neigh­bours and other lo­cal res­i­dents,” he said.

“The area is large, flat, with good ac­cess to wa­ter and the gar­den would bring ex­tra mem­bers and ac­tiv­ity to the Inglewood Bowl­ing and Sports Club.”

Mr Gi­u­dici said the gar­den was much wanted by the com­mu­nity and hoped the e-pe­ti­tion would en­able more peo­ple to demon­strate their views.

The pe­ti­tion has gar­nered more than 150 sig­na­to­ries within a week.

Stir­ling Mayor Mark Ir­win said the e-pe­ti­tion mod­ule was the first of its kind in WA and al­lowed peo­ple to start a pe­ti­tion, col­lect sig­na­tures and lodge it on­line, as well as keep up-to-date with its progress.

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