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. With new programs becoming available throughout the year, click here to subscribe to the Living Green Newsletter and stay in the loop.

Programs

  • Waterwise verge rebates 

    Thinking of creating a native, waterwise verge full of wildlife? The City is now offering rebates up to $500, plus a workshop with experts, and waterwise plants to help residents replace their grass with native plants.

    What support is available?

    • $500 and 40 plants for irrigated grass verges, or hardscaped verges larger than 80m2
    • $250 and 20 plants for irrigated grass verges, or hardscaped verges smaller than 80m2

    Please note, Grass irrigation will be verified via aerial imagery. Hardscaped verges are paved, concreted or similar, with no or very few existing plants.

    • $250 and 40 plants for non-irrigated verges larger than 80m2
    • $125 and 20 plants for non-irrigated verges smaller than 80m2 .

    Please note, non-irrigated verges must have no, or very few existing plants.

    How to apply

    Please check your eligibility, timeline and conditions below before applying and register here 

    Eligibility

    Eligible

    Not eligible

    Residents of the City of Stirling

    Businesses

    Tenants of the City (with approval from property owner)

    Previous verge rebate recipients

    Strata properties (as one verge, via body corporate)

    Verges already transformed or where makeover has begun

    Participants from the previous year that did not complete makeover on time or claim their rebate

     

    Timeline

    DateProgram

    29 November to 19 December 2021

    Applications open

    January 2022

    Successful applicants notified

    February 2022

    Makeover workshop with gardening experts

    Begin makeover

    April 2022

    Free waterwise plant giveaway to participants

    May 2022

    Deadline to complete makeover

    Submit claim

    June/July 2022

    Monetary rebates paid out

    Conditions

    Participants must agree to the following conditions:

    • Grass must be killed or removed prior to installation
    • Sprinkler reticulation systems must be capped or removed. Plants can be hand-watered during establishment or water efficient irrigation (drip or similar) can be installed and used only on rostered watering days
    • Landscaping must include 5-10cm mulch on all new garden bed areas
    • At least three quarters of new plants must be Waterwise  - such as Western Australian natives or those listed here
    • Installation of waterwise garden (plants and mulch) must cover a minimum of 20m2 or two-thirds of the available area, whichever is the greatest. Small verges (less than 20m2) must transform all of the available area into waterwise garden (plants and mulch)
    • ‘Before’ photos must be supplied with application forms and ‘after’ photos with claim forms. Before and after photos must be taken from the same angle (approximately). Participants agree photos may be used for promotional purposes
    • Verge modifications must follow the City’s Verge Treatment Guidelines and Policy (for example, plant height restrictions and acceptable materials)
    • Successful participants without a street tree will be automatically listed to receive one
    • Body corporate (or group of owners where body corporate doesn’t exist) must apply for strata properties with pre-agreement from all owners. A strata property cannot submit partial verge applications, or multiple verge applications over time. The verge space of a strata property is classified as one entity under this program and so can only be applied for once. This is subject to the same tiers, monetary rebate and conditions as above.
  • Living green funding for schools 

    Is your local school interested in reducing the impacts of climate change and making sustainability a priority?

    The City is now offering up to $5,000 (per successful applicant) to help local primary and secondary schools achieve their sustainability goals.

    Eligible activities include sustainability focused incursions, activities, programs and teacher-relief to help deliver programs linked to the WA curriculum. Funding can also cover the delivery of improvements to overall sustainability planning and culture in the school environment.

    Eligibility

    • 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)
      •    Increasing the use of recycled or re-used materials, reduce use of raw materials, single-use items
      •    Including sustainability objectives in key school documents to improve the sustainability culture into the future.
    • Online content should be made available for the City to share where possible.
    Living Green Schools Fund
    Apply here
  • Home sustainability advice

    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 now eligible for up to $50 of energy and water saving products including LED lights, pedestal fans, soil wetter and more. Get tips to reduce your bills and create a more comfortable home. 

    After registration, the sustainability expert will contact you within a month to arrange a suitable time for your session. Both face-to-face and remote sessions are available, please see the Eligibility and Conditions below:

    Eligibility 

    • Advice Sessions must be located within the City of Stirling
    • Home sustainability sessions are suitable for both homeowners and tenants
    • You must not have previously received a Home Sustainability Advice Session at your current address
    • Households that have low energy and water use may not be eligible for an advice session.

    Conditions 

    • A concerted effort must be made to provide a minimum of 24 hours notice if the advice session is to be rescheduled or cancelled. 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
    • The energy and water saving products will be provided during the session and chosen based on the household needs. 
      Home Sustainability Advice
      Register now
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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.