Inglewood: Group seeks garden with WA’s first e-petition

Ken McCallum (Inglewood Bowling Club) and Roslyn Park (Inglewood Community Garden) with local community residents. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Ken McCallum (Inglewood Bowling Club) and Roslyn Park (Inglewood Community Garden) with local community residents. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

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 is seeking 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 like-minded 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.

It had 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.

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 has been working hard to develop a new website that is user and customer friendly so that it is easier for everyone to interact with and get information from the City,” he said.

“A new events hub showcases ‘What’s On’ across the City, while a new search function makes it easier to find Council minutes and agendas and City documents.”

The City is continuing work on the website and plans to offer an interactive map where people can view libraries, leisure centres, community centres and free wi-fi locations near them.