Sow­ing seeds of democ­racy

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Laura Pond

THE City of Stir­ling is WA’s first lo­cal gov­ern­ment to of­fer e-pe­ti­tions and these res­i­dents hope it will help them se­cure a spot for a com­mu­nity gar­den.

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

The City of Stir­ling re­cently launched its on­line pe­ti­tion func­tion as part of a web­site re­vamp and the 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. The pe­ti­tion gar­nered more than 150 sig­na­to­ries within a week.

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 hoped the ep­e­ti­tion would let more peo­ple ex­press their views.

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

The re­freshed web­site’s new fea­tures in­clude a map mod­ule to view de­tailed maps, sim­pli­fied build­ing and plan­ning con­tent, a fix­tures and lad­ders com­po­nent, and events cal­en­dar where res­i­dents can sub­mit events.

The City also plans to of­fer an in­ter­ac­tive map where peo­ple can view lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Ken McCal­lum and Roslyn Park with lo­cal res­i­dents who are pe­ti­tion­ing the City of Stir­ling for a com­mu­nity gar­den in In­gle­wood. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487181

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