Sowing seeds of democracy
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.
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