Living Green Program

Sustainable Verge Program Sustainable Verge 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.


  • Applications are now closed, more support for schools will be announced soon

    Don't miss your chance to make sustainability a priority this year! As part of the Living Green Program, primary and secondary schools within the City are eligible to apply for up to two vouchers to help reduce waste, energy and water use, and create biodiversity and habitat. Vouchers are limited and applications will be assessed in order of receipt. Applications close 31 August 2022.

    What support is available?                      

    • $500 vouchers from Natural Area Holdings for supply and delivery of South West Australian waterwise plants to increase biodiversity and habitat on school grounds
    • $500 vouchers from The Green Life Soil Company for supply and delivery of garden soil, mulch and consumables. These include water saving native and vegetable garden soil, mulch, soil amendments, seedlings, seeds, fertilizers, worms for existing worm farms and kelp solutions
    • $730 vouchers from The Worm Shed to supply, deliver and install a recycled fridge worm farm with worms and accessories to assist schools with diverting organic waste away from landfill
    • $500 vouchers from Bunnings for gardening tools and equipment, consumables, energy saving devices or waste and recycling. (Vouchers can't be used to purchase environmentally harmful products i.e. chemical sprays, synthetic fertilisers)
    • All vouchers are to be used for projects and activities as outlined in the eligibility criteria below.


    Eligible Not Eligible 
    Primary and secondary schools located within the CityApplicants that have not met the terms and conditions of previous grants, or have outstanding debts to the City

    Projects and activities which meet at least one sustainability outcome below

    Organisations aligned to a political cause

    Reduce water use and/or protect/improve water health; reduce energy use; value or increase habitat for biodiversity; implement waste management initiatives

    Faith-based activities of religious organisations, however community-based activities and events of faith- based groups may be supported
    Minimum of 10 students to be involved in the delivery of the projectProjects that do not align with the City’s values and strategic priorities
    Voucher to be expended prior to 1 December 2022Activities or projects that have been started and completed prior to the award of the grant




    27 July 2022

    Applications Open

    31 August 2022

    Applications Close

    14 September 2022

    Successful and unsuccessful applicants notified via email 

    15 September 2022

    Vouchers available for collection for successful applicants 

    1 December 2022

    Acquittal deadline

    Project ideas 

    For ideas and inspiration, there are lots of free resources available online:

    Contact us 

    For more information or to discuss your funding application, contact the City of Stirling Sustainability Team on (08) 9205 8555 or email

      Document nameDownloadable files
      Living Green Schools Quick Grant Guidelines 2022(PDF)
    • 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’)

      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.


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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.