Inglewood community garden gets council nod

Front Anthony Ridolfo and Roslyn Park with Kim Prank and Julian Leslie at the proposed Inglewood-Mt Lawley Community Garden next to the bowling club. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d491079
Front Anthony Ridolfo and Roslyn Park with Kim Prank and Julian Leslie at the proposed Inglewood-Mt Lawley Community Garden next to the bowling club. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d491079

PLANS for a community garden in Inglewood have come to fruition.

Stirling council approved the project for Stancliffe Street on land leased by Inglewood Bowling and Sport Club and will provide $20,000 for its construction.

Inglewood residents have campaigned for a community garden since 2014, initially led by Inglewood on Beaufort chair Damien Giudici, who said he was pleased with the decision.

“This hasn’t occurred without a lot of effort from a dedicated and determined band of local residents to see it come to fruition,” he said.

“But this is only the beginning for what we see is a great opportunity for locals to connect with like-minded people, foster friendships and learn how to grow something that they can ultimately eat.”

Acting chair for Inglewood Mt Lawley Community Garden Paul Stein said community gardens played an important role as an educational, social, nutritional and physical exercise based tool.

“Individuals in the community can connect on many levels and schools, as well as aged care facilities, have the opportunity to use the resource in different but in very meaningful ways.” he said.

Garden e-petition first for Stirling

A City report said it received 189 submissions during public consultation on the proposal, with 98 per cent of respondents supportive and 78 per cent indicating they would like to be involved with the garden.

Three people objected to the garden, with one submission concerned about traffic impacts on Woodsome Street and another opposed to City funds being spent on community gardens.

The report said annual ongoing costs for its other community gardens in the first three years were up to $2000 for water usage, $200 for public liability insurance and $2000 for incidentals.

The $20,000 funding will be considered in the 2019-20 budget.

Residents in Inglewood and Mt Lawley, and community members, are encouraged to be part of a meeting at Inglewood Bowling and Sport Club on June 9 at 3pm to nominate for roles.