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    • Stirling Libraries - Karrinyup will be closed Monday 29 May reopening Monday 12 June 2023 for building maintenance works

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Living Green Program

The City of Stirling recognises that small changes can make a big difference to our environment over time and is encouraging residents and schools to start the journey towards more sustainable lifestyles.

The Living Green Program offers a range of incentives, rebates and workshops to help create sustainable homes and cool, green communities, including:

  • Sustainable Verge Program - support to help residents transform verges into waterwise gardens
  • Free trees and plants - available from autumn 2023
  • Home sustainability advice sessions - free consultation with a sustainability expert to learn how to reduce water and energy bills and save money
  • Free education sessions - learn about reducing water and energy use, renewable energy, composting and increasing biodiversity and our urban forest
  • Support for schools - funding and support for schools to become more sustainable. 

  With new programs becoming available throughout the year check the programs below for current offerings and click here to subscribe to the Living Green Newsletter.


  • Living green funding for schools 

    Thank you for your interest in funding for schools, applications for this program are now closed.

    Grants are now available to the value of $5,000 (per successful applicant) to support local primary and secondary schools achieve their sustainability goals.

    Eligible activities include sustainability focused programs, excursions and incursions, facilitators and teacher-relief to help deliver programs with links to the WA curriculum preferable.


    • Primary and secondary schools located within the City of Stirling 
    • Projects and activities should have clear sustainability outcomes that result in the school community:
      • Reducing water use and/or protecting/improving water health
      • Reducing energy use and/or increase use of renewable energy
      • Reducing carbon emissions associated with travel to and from school
      • Valuing, protecting and increasing habitat for biodiversity (for example plants, animals and trees)
      • Providing education and implementation of waste management initiatives.
      • Including sustainability objectives in key school documents to improve the sustainability culture into the future.
      • Online content should be made available for the City of Stirling to share with the City Community where possible.

    Living Green Schools 2023 timeline

    • Applications open at 8:00am, Friday 5 May 2023
    • Applications close at midnight, Friday 2 June 2023
    • All applicants notified outcomes by 5:00pm, Friday 16 June 2023
    • Funding provided by 5:00pm, Friday 30 June.

    Resources and ideas

    For project ideas, programs, facilitators and materials, take a look at the Living Green Schools Fund Resource List here. More ideas for small and large projects can be found when you start your application through Smarty Grants.   

    Living Green Schools Program fund guidelines

    Before applying for funding, applicants should familiarise themselves with the information about the fund in our Living Green Schools Program Fund Guidelines available on the City's website here.

    Start your application

    Click here to start your application and remember you can save it as you go until you’re ready to submit. 

    Contact us

    If you would like to discuss your funding application, project idea or get some inspiration please contact Fiona Blackham at the City of Stirling Sustainability Team on (08) 9205 8555 or email sustainability@stirling.wa.gov.au

    • Home energy toolkits available from City Libraries

      Our Home Energy Toolkits are now available for loan from each of our six libraries. The toolkits will help you learn about energy use in your home to reduce your electricity use, and save money on your bills.

      To hire a toolkit visit your local library.

      Each Toolkit includes:

      • PowerMate Lite to measure the electricity use of plug-in appliances, their cost to run and greenhouse gas emissions
      • Infra-red Thermometer to measure the temperatures of hard to reach places so you can check heat gains and losses from your home
      • Thermometers to assess outside temperatures and how that impacts your comfort inside.

      To learn how to use the toolkit, check out this short video. Translated instructions will also available in Mandarin, Farsi, Croatian and Italian. Please ask for a copy when you borrow your toolkit.

      Home energy checklist

      To help you complete a self-check of your energy use at home and learn about actions to reduce your energy use, a Home Energy Checklist will also be available in English, Mandarin, Farsi, Croatian and Italian from your local Stirling Library.

    • Sustainable Verge Program (previously ‘Waterwise Verge Program’)

      Applications Closed 

      The annual Sustainable Verge program will be opening for registrations in February 2023 for residents transforming their verges over autumn/winter 2023. Each applicant will receive the following support to create a native, waterwise verge garden and 175 places will be available on a first come, first served basis:

      • $140 mulch voucher (Soils Aint Soils, Balcatta)
      • 20 WA-native waterwise plants
      • Sustainable Verge Makeover Guide.


      • City of Stirling residential property owner, or tenant with approval from owner
      • Have not previously received the Waterwise Verge Program Rebate
      • Strata properties can apply (as one verge) with pre-agreement from body corporate


      • Participants can not apply for free plants in the City’s Plant Giveaway (April/May 2023)
      • 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 2023.

      Sustainable verge guide 

      Read the sustainable verge makeover guide for tips and tricks before you get started.

    • Registrations are now closed for Free Trees and Waterwise Plant Programs

      Thank you for helping to grow our urban forest, this program is now fully subscribed. 

      Did you know empty plastic pots cannot be put into your recycling bin? With over 2,600 trees and 16,000 plants now planted, it is now time to return your pots for next year and keep them out of landfill.

      Pot drop locations

      Click the links below for pot drop locations.

      1. City of Stirling Administration reception desk,  25 Cedric Street, Stirling
      2. Scarborough Library main entry, 173 Gildercliffe Street, Scarborough
      3. Osborne Library main entry, 9 Royal Street, Tuart Hill

      Do you have other pots?

      We can only accept pots from the giveaway, however if you have other pots you can return these to your local nursery or to the Balcatta Recycling Centre, 238 Balcatta Road, Balcatta

      2023 species lists

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    Switch your thinking

    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, click here.

    For more information on the Living Green Program, contact the Sustainability Team on (08) 9205 8555.