Environmental and sustainability projects

Learn about the City’s environmental projects and initiatives.

Sustainability projects and initiatives

We are continually working to reduce energy and carbon emissions, water consumption and adapt to a changing climate.

Sustainable Energy Action Plan

The City is committed to achieving 100 per cent renewable electricity supply by 2030 and a 70 per cent carbon emissions reduction target by 2030. This will ensure we are doing our bit to help Australia reach Paris Climate Agreement goals and limit the impacts of climate change.

Our priority is to reduce the consumption of grid-powered electricity on City infrastructure (I.e. City owned buildings) or replace it with renewable sources to decrease carbon emissions.

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Sustainable Energy Action Plan(PDF)

Hold onto your helium balloons!

When helium balloons are released into the sky they eventually freeze and shatter, falling back to earth as litter.

These leftover pieces often land in the ocean and look like jellyfish or squid - a favourite food of many fish, whales, turtles and seabirds. Even balloons labelled as 'biodegradable' can take between one to four years to degrade, leaving plenty of time for them to be eaten or to entangle wildlife.

The City of Stirling asks people to not release helium balloons at our reserves and facilities. Please help us to keep our City's sky and sea litter-free and safe for all animals.

For more information, view the helium balloon fact sheet here.

Did you know?

There are a variety of community groups that aim to protect the environment through reducing, reusing and recycling waste.

For more information, visit the volunteering page. 

Environmental projects and conservation

Bushland, wetlands and dune restoration

These restoration projects are critical to ensuring the long-term survival of our native flora and fauna and their habitat.

  • Brushfield Way drain restoration project
  • Bushland protection fencing
  • Bushland revegetation projects
  • Lake Gwelup restoration
  • Coastal revegetation projects
  • Watermans Bay dune restoration project
  • Signage upgrade
  • Paths and beach access step upgrades
  • Jackadder Lake wetland margin restoration
  • Basalt Silver Topaz Bushland enhancement project.
Fencing and track upgrades

Fencing and track upgrades

To date the Natural Areas team have upgraded fencing and access tracks in 40 bushland reserves across the city  including Carine Regional Open Space, Dianella Regional Open Space, Richard Guelfi Reserve, Yokine Regional Open Space, Star Swamp, Lake Gwelup, Princess Wallington Reserve, Trigg Regional Open Space and Cottonwood Crescent Reserve.

Lake Gwelup

Lake Gwelup restoration

A long-term project that will see the removal of invasive weeds such as Typha, and replaced with native Baumea sedges. The project will restore wildlife habitat and improve the aesthetics of the lake.

Flora and fauna survey

Natural Areas undertakes flora surveys every two years to monitor the progress of at risk species such as orchids. It is estimated that orchid populations have declined by 75% across the city due to people picking them. 

The City's Natural Areas team undertake annual fauna surveys to track the progress of native wildlife, especially those species that are threatened, endangered or at risk due to human impacts.

Rusty Spider Orchard

Rusty Spider Orchid

Unlike most plants, orchids do not grow back once they are picked.

Quenda survey

The Southern Brown Bandicoot or Quenda is a marsupial in decline and listed as Threatened - Priority 5 by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

They are found in four of the City’s bushland reserves as well some coastal dunes. Quendas are easily stressed and disturbances from people or their pets can death or females ejecting infants from their pouch.


Protecting Quenda's

The City asks your assistance by staying on tracks, avoid walking through the bush, keeping dogs on leash, and not allowing domestic cats to enter bushlands, wetlands or coastal dunes.

Careniup Wetlands Reserve Management Plan

Careniup Wetlands Reserve, within the suburb of Gwelup, consists of a number of parcels of public open space that have been ceded to the City via the Special Control Area identified in the City’s Local Planning Scheme No.3.

With the majority of adjacent land developed and most of the public open space now ceded to the City, this Management Plan has been prepared to guide the future development and management of the reserve to ensure both the community’s future recreational needs are met and the site’s environmental and landscape qualities are preserved and enhanced.

Document nameDownloadable files
Careniup Wetlands Reserve Management Plan(PDF)