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Sustainability initiatives

The City of Stirling strives to build a sustainable future for the community, protecting and improving the environment by using natural resources wisely, reducing the impact of our activities on the environment and protecting wildlife and natural habitats.

For more information on the City's sustainability projects, please see the environmental projects page.

Balloons - don't release them

Balloons - don't let them go

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

These leftover peices 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.

Living Green Program 2018/19

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 green the City, use less water and energy and reduce waste.

Living Green Schools

Whether your school is beginning the journey towards sustainability or already on the path, the City’s tiered pilot program for schools offers a wide range of incentives, support and sponsorship to keep you moving forward. To learn more about the program, click here.

Free trees

Get trees to plant in your garden to add shade, colour and to help make your home cool.

What you can get

Two free trees to plant in private property

Eligibility criteria and conditions

  • Available to homeowners and tenants of the City of Stirling who reside at the address at which the trees will be planted
  • Only two trees can be claimed per address per year
  • Trees can only be planted within private property, not on the verge
  • Residents cannot claim trees for investment properties at which they do not reside
  • Tenants require landlord's permission to claim trees
  • Collect your trees at one of our Free Tree Events.

How to apply

  • Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria
  • Complete your application using the following link
  • You will find information about the trees available within the registration process to assist you in making your selections.

Home sustainability audit

Free home energy and water audits with personalised action plans can help you save money, reduce your electricity, gas and water usage.  To register for an audit, please click here.

Plant Giveaway Day

Save water by creating a waterwise garden on your verge. Free plants are available to help you on your way to a more sustainable garden.

What you can get

A plant pack with 20 waterwise plants of 4 different species

Eligibility criteria and conditions

  • Be a homeowner or tennant of the City of Stirling (not available to businesses)
  • Reside at the address at which the plants will be planted (not available for investment properties)
  • Only one plant pack can be claimed per address per year
  • Collect your plants on Saturday 18 May 2019 from Jim Satchell Community Centre in Dianella.

Apply for 2020

This program is now fully booked for this year. You can submit an expression of interest for 2020 by registering using this link.

Useful resources

Grass replacement rebate

Thinking of converting an irrigated grass verge or an irrigated grass area within your property into a Waterwise garden? We can help you on your transformation journey.

What support is available

  • $250 rebate and 20 Waterwise native verge plants for verges up to 80m2
  • $500 rebate and 40 Waterwise native verge plants for verges over 80m2
  • $250 rebate and 20 Waterwise native plants for areas in private property over 50m2.

Please note that free plants are being provided as part of the Plant Giveaway Day and will be unavailable once it is fully booked.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the rebate you must:

  • Be a resident of the City of Stirling (not available for businesses)
  • Not participated and claimed the rebate in previous years
  • Currently have irrigated grass on the area to be transformed (irrigated grass refers to lawn that is watered during summer using sprinklers or a hose)
  • Be willing to agree and abide by the conditions of the rebate.


  • Sprinkler reticulation systems have to 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
  • Grass needs to be killed or removed prior to installation (this can take longer than you think)
  • Landscaping must include 5-10 cm mulch and Waterwise plants (such as Western Australian natives)
  • You must supply ‘before’ photos with your application form and ‘after’ photos with your claim form. Photos may be used for promotional purposes
  • The Water Corporation may monitor water use and take photos of the garden once established.

How to apply and claim your rebate

  • Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria
  • Submit your application for Grass replacement rebate. Places are limited, so be quick
  • Preference will be given to irrigated grass verges over irrigated grass in private property.

Useful resources

Free workshops

Learn more about saving water and reducing energy use and waste in your home and garden and growing our urban forest. Workshops will be available throughout the year, please register for upcoming workshops below. Applications for the above programs close in May 2019 or when fully booked.

Waterwise Council

Gold Waterwise Council

The City was recently awarded gold waterwise status at the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Awards.

This award recognises our innovative water efficiency initiatives and successful delivery of our Central Irrigation Management System (CIMS).

Read more about our efforts here.

For information on volunteering with sustainability groups, please visit the volunteering page.