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.

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.

Plant and tree giveaways

Free native verge plants or shade trees are available for your garden from Autumn 2019. To register your interest, click here.

Home sustainability audit

Free home energy and water audits with personalised action plans are available to help you save money, reduce your electricity, gas and water usage. To learn more and register, click here.

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 subscribed.

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 .

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.

Conditions

  • 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 before 15 February 2019. Places are limited, so be quick
  • Preference will be given to irrigated grass verges over irrigated grass in private property.

Useful resources

Sustainability projects

  • The City is working to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy performance through the following projects.

    • Installing solar energy systems
    • Geothermal energy
    • LED lighting replacements
    • Air conditioning upgrades
    • Purchasing more efficient vehicles
    • Using alternative fuels.

    The City was the successful recipient of Australian government funding to deliver energy efficiency education programs and undertake energy efficiency upgrades to the following facilities:

    • Administration Centre, Stirling
    • Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre, Inglewood
    • Leisurepark, Balga
    • Works depot, Balcatta
    • Herb Graham Recreation Centre, Mirrabooka
    • Stirling libraries, Inglewood, Mirrabooka and Scarborough.

    Since implementing the energy efficiency upgrades, there has been a two per cent reduction in total energy usage across the City.

  • The City is taking action to adapt to climate change. Our climate change adaptation plan uses a risk-management approach to identify which climate risks are a priority and what actions are required.

    It focuses on monitoring, implementing and reporting key initiatives within natural and built environments, and through community programs.

  • The City works hard to reduce unnecessary water consumption and is now recognised and endorsed by the Water Corporation as a waterwise council.

    In addition, the City’s water smart parks program is reducing water use by replacing surplus grass with native plants, improving irrigation systems, and using moisture probes so we only water when the soil is dry.

Water consumption in the City of Stirling

  • Each year the City uses around 155 million litres of scheme (drinking) water to operate its buildings and provide services for residents. Scheme water represents just three per cent of the City's total water consumption
  • The City uses 5.3 billion litres of groundwater annually, mainly to irrigate parks and reserves in the community. Groundwater accounts for 97 per cent of the City's total water consumption
  • Stirling residents use a total of over 20 billion litres of scheme (drinking) water each year. Nearly half of all this water is used in the garden to irrigate water-hungry plants and lawn.

Sustainability groups and volunteering

Transition Towns Stirling

Transition Towns Stirling is a community group based in the City of Stirling and surrounds. Its purpose is to reconnect the community with the common goal of sharing knowledge for living more sustainably. They meet regularly and run a variety of free or low-cost community events including movie nights, and workshops for home and garden including sewing, cooking and gardening.

For more information, please visit the Transition Towns Stirling website.

Earth Carers

Earth carers are community volunteers who learn ways to protect the environment through reducing, reusing and recycling waste, and then help to spread the message to others. The Earth Carers program is run by the waste education team at Mindarie Regional Council.

For more information, please visit the Earth Carers website.