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    Current alerts 7 December 2023
    • Please note there is no Justice of the Peace service at our Main Administration Centre today, Thursday 7 December. The service will return on Friday 8 December between 11.00am and 2.00pm.

      All day
    • City services at Scarborough Community Hub, including library and leisure centre will be closed to the public on Saturday 9 December and Sunday 10 December due to Western Power electrical works.

      Until further notice
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Living Green Program

The Living Green Program offers support and education to help the community value and protect our natural environment, create sustainable homes and cool, green neighbourhoods. 

  • Sustainable Verge Program - support to help residents transform verges into waterwise gardens
  • Free trees and plants - next available from autumn 2024
  • Home sustainability support sessions - free consultation with a sustainability expert to learn how to create a biodiverse garden, 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
  • Events - community planting days, WA Tree Festival and Biodiversity Open Day at Henderson Environment Centre.

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.


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

    Get involvedWhat When 
    Check out your local community garden

    The City supports multiple local community gardens which are managed by community volunteers. 

    Year - round 
    Become a conservation volunteer Conservation Volunteers work closely with the City to restore and manage our natural areas and help with planting, weeding, watering, clean ups and conservation surveys.Year - round 
    Become a community sustainability volunteer Transition Towns Stirling is a community group based in the City and Its purpose is to reconnect the community with the common goal of sharing knowledge for living more sustainably.Year - round 
    Become a Turtle Tracker volunteerWe are seeking expressions of interest for on ground volunteers to help with turtle nesting monitoring and conservation. To learn more about this role check out the Turtle Tracker Position Description.July - October  
    Apply for the Sustainable Communities GrantSustainable Communities grants aim to enable the community to take action to enhance and protect the natural environment and foster sustainable practices by encouraging community participation.Year - round for quick response grants  
    • Home sustainability 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:


      • 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


      • 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.


    • Sustainable Verge Awards are now closed, winners will be announced shortly. 

      Award categories

      1. Residential - Waterwise Nature Strip

      Existing verge incorporates elements to reduce water consumption, encourage stormwater infiltration or improve water quality, such as conversion from lawn/hardscaping to waterwise plants and mulch, or utilisation of recycled/harvested water.

      2. Residential - Biodiverse Nature Strip

      Existing verge incorporates elements to improve biodiversity such as a diverse range of local native (endemic) plant species, an increase in habitat and food provision for native wildlife, conversion of hardscaping to native garden.

      How to enter

      •  Comment on the City of Stirling’s Sustainable Verge Awards Facebook post, including the category you are applying for, a description (<50 words), and a photograph.


      • Email sustainability@stirling.wa.gov.au with the subject line ‘Sustainable Verge Awards’, including the category you are applying for, a description (<50 words), and a photograph.


      • Winner (each category): $500 prize pack
      • Runner up (each category): $250 prize pack.

      Please see the terms and conditions below for details of the prize packs. Winners will be notified by phone, email or social media in November 2023. Winners will also be promoted on the City’s Facebook page/website (photograph of verge will be included).

      Terms and Conditions 

      View the Terms and Conditions here.

      Competition dates

      1 August 2023 to 20 October 2023.

    • Did you miss out on free trees this year?  We have a small amount of free trees left for the season!  With a selection of native species available for pre-order, it’s a great time to add a tree to your garden to help stay cool for Birak (first summer).

      Free tree event - new collection date and location

      Our original giveaway event of 17 September had to be rescheduled and we have been busy working behind the scenes to find a new location, thank you for your patience.

      We are excited to announce you will be able to collect your trees from Paw-some Day Out at Dianella Regional Open Space.

      Date Sunday 29 October 2023

      Where Dianella Regional Open Space, entry off Light Street, Dianella  WA.

      Time 8.00am – 10.00am (Humanitix pre-registered pickups), 10.00am – 11.00am (leftover handouts).

      Free tree eligibility criteria and conditions

      • Open to eligible residents and tenants of the City of Stirling who reside at the address where the trees will be planted. Tenants must have approval of the homeowner.
      • Residents can claim up to four trees per individual household.
      • Trees can only be planted within private property, within the City of Stirling.  They are NOT suitable for verges
      • Residents cannot claim trees for investment properties at which they do not live.
      • Trees must be planted in the ground, not in pots or containers.
      • Residents will be asked to show proof of home address to collect trees (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.)

      Order your free trees below.

      Register here

      Where to find us

      Click here Click here
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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, visit the Switch your Thinking website.

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