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Living Green Program

If you’d like to learn how to live a greener life, the City has a range of workshops, events and volunteer opportunities to help build knowledge and encourage involvement.  The City is passionate about protecting its natural environment and assists residents to create more sustainable homes and cool, green neighbourhoods.  

Programs are released throughout the year, subscribe to the monthly Living Green Newsletter to stay in the loop. 

Programs and resources

Living Green Education Series

Learn about increasing biodiversity and tree canopy in your garden, water conservation, energy reduction as part of the Living Green Education Series. Presented by industry experts, these sessions provide a fantastic opportunity to explore new and exciting topics and broaden your ‘green living’ knowledge. 

Date Place Time Topic & Link 
Tuesday 13 February Stirling Libraries -Scarborough5.45pm - 6.45pmBackyard Biodiversity - how to be a good nature neighbour and build habitat in your garden. 
19 FebruaryBalga Community Centre 6.00pm - 7.30pmDesigning your garden for all seasons - learn how to create waterwise gardens that are shady in summer and sunny in winter. 
Saturday 24 FebruaryStirling Library - Dianella10.30am-11.30amHow to plant a verge garden with Switch your Thinking.
Saturday 9 MarchStirling Library - Karrinyup10.15am - 11.45pmTransition towards electrification with Switch your Thinking. 

 

Home sustainability and in-home support

Find out how you can save money on your bills and do your bit for the environment with free advice from a sustainability expert.

Residents are eligible for up to $50 of biodiversity enhancing & energy and water saving products through the Home Sustainability Support program. Free products include LED lights, pedestal fans, soil improver, soil wetter, bee and insect attracting houses, nesting boxes and more. Get tips to reduce your bills and create a wildlife friendly garden in a more comfortable home. 

After registration, the sustainability expert will contact you within a month to arrange a suitable time to visit your home. Remote sessions are available if you are unable to meet face to face. See the eligibility and conditions to decide if you can participate in the program:

Eligibility 

  • Households must be located within the City of Stirling to be eligible
  • Homeowners and tenants are both eligible to participate
  • Households that have previously received a Home Sustainability Support Session at the same address are not eligible
  • Households that have low energy and water use may not be eligible for a support session. The City will contact you to discuss your needs and advise you if you are eligible.

Register here

Conditions 

  • If you need to reschedule or cancel your support session you must provide at least 24 hours notice to the sustainability expert. Late notice may make you ineligible to reschedule.
  • Participants are required to provide 12 months billing history (electricity, gas, water) to the sustainability expert prior to the session
  • Free sustainability products will be provided during the session and chosen by your sustainability expert based on the household needs.

The city also offers loans of Home Energy Assessment Toolkits from its libraries. To find out more about the toolkits visit Energy and Emissions.

Free trees and plants coming soon!

Residents will soon be eligible for up to four trees and a native plant pack for their garden, with a variety of species and sizes available. Registrations open 7 March 2024, and plants are proudly co-funded by Water Corporation’s Waterwise Greening Scheme.

Eligibility 

  • Open to eligible residents and tenants of the City of Stirling who reside at the address where the trees and seedlings will be planted.  Tenants must have approval of the homeowner.
  • Residents can claim up to one plant pack (including 10 plants) and four trees per household
  • Trees can only be planted within private property within the City of Stirling
  • Trees must be planted in the ground, not in pots or containers
  • Waterwise plants can be used on the verge (must meet City of Stirling Verge Treatment Guidelines) or private garden
  • Residents cannot claim plant packs or trees for investment properties where they do not live
  • You will be asked to show proof of your home address to collect your trees and plants (driver’s licence, utility bill, etc).

Sustainable Verge Program coming soon!

The wildly popular Sustainable Verge Program will be open for registrations in March 2024 for residents transforming their verges over autumn/winter 2024. Each recipient will receive support to create a native, waterwise verge garden and 175 places will be available on a first come, first served basis:

Support includes:

Eligibility

• City of Stirling residential property owner, or tenant with approval from owner

• Strata properties can apply (as one verge) with pre-agreement from body corporate

Conditions

• Participants can not apply for free plants in the City’s Plant Giveaway (April/May 2024)

• Participants agree to use the mulch and plants only on their City of Stirling residential verge

• Participants with large verges can apply again in following years to receive additional
support

• Residents can not register for more than one City of Stirling address

• Participants agree to complete a program survey in June 2024

Switch your thinking

The City has partnered with Switch your thinking to unlock a variety of discounts on energy efficient, waterwise and sustainable products. Think solar panels, batteries, rain tanks, pool blankets, worm farms and more!

To learn more about Switch your thinking and how you can access the rewards and discounts available, visit the Switch your Thinking website.

Helpful resources

Energy Toolkit – Home energy toolkits, designed to help you reduce your electricity use and save money on your bills are available to hire from all City of Stirling libraries – read more here.

Battery collection - Drop off your old battery's at participating primary schools and shopping centre. 

For a full list of drop off centres, visit the Recycling Near You website.

Containers for Change – Return your containers to earn or donate 10cents per item.  View the complete list of drop off and recycling centres here.

Be Waterwise - for top tips and resources to reduce your water use, visit our water management page.

Reduce energy use - top tips and resources to reduce your energy use, visit our energy and emissions page.

Get involved

Interested in protecting and enhancing our environment? Here are some blooming good ways to get involved!

Check out your local community garden

Check out your local community garden

The City supports a number of local community gardens which are managed by community volunteers. 

They can be food gardens, producing vegetables and/or fruit, or bush gardens, either focused on bush tucker or just on creating a space with local plants for the community to enjoy.

Some of the gardens also run events and workshops for garden members and the local community.

Find out more

Become a volunteer

Become a volunteer

There are a variety of volunteering opportunities for those who would like to restore and manage the City's natural areas, including conservation volunteers, community sustainability volunteers, and becoming a Turtle Tracker volunteer! 

Learn more

Apply for a Sustainable Communities grant

Apply for a Sustainable Communities grant

The City is committed to building a sustainable future for the community. We recognise the valuable role that community groups, organisations and individuals can play in driving sustainability and protecting our natural environment.

We encourage all eligible groups to apply.

Find out more

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