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.

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).

Learn more about the Waterwise Council Program here.

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

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

Free trees for residents

Register for a free tree for your home garden and help grow our urban forest

Eligibility criteria and conditions

  • Only one tree per address may be claimed
  • Trees can only be claimed for your home, not for investment properties you own
  • Home owners and tenants may apply – if you are applying for a rental property please seek permission from your landlord first
  • Trees can only be planted within private property, not on the verge
  • Trees must be planted in the ground, not in pots or containers
  • To find out which trees are available to choose, click here.
Ready to order your free trees?
Click here

Free climate clever homes app

The City is now offering free 12 month subscriptions to the Climate Clever Homes App for the first 100 residents. Learn some easy tips to reduce your overall energy consumption to save money, and track your emissions annually. You'll also learn some longer-term actions to start planning for the future. 

To learm more about the offer, click here.

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. 

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 home sustainability audits

Thank you for your interest in home sustainability audits, the program is now fully subscribed for 2020.

This program provides expert advice tailored to individuals' homes. Learn how to save money and increase comfort levels in your home. Make simple changes to care for the environment by reducing your energy, gas and water usage.

Details of the Home Sustainability Audit:

  • Homeowners and tenants are encouraged to apply
  • The audit will be provided free to Stirling residents on behalf of the City
  • You will need 12 months billing history for electricity, gas and water use in your home. This will allow the auditor to assess your consumption patterns and costs across the seasons. If you don’t have all of these bills you can discuss this with the auditor when they contact you
  • After you complete this registration form the auditor will be in touch within one month to assess your eligibility and arrange a convenient time to carry out the audit
  • The auditor will provide a phone consultation at a mutually agreed time.

Conditions of eligibility:

  • Audit households must be located within the City of Stirling
  • You must not have previously received a Home Sustainability Audit at your current address
  • Households that have low energy and water use may not be eligible for an audit
  • You must make a concerted effort to provide a minimum of 24 hours notice if the audit is to be rescheduled or cancelled. Late notice may make you ineligible to reschedule.

Grass to natives rebate

Thank you for your interest in the Grass to natives rebate, the program is fully subscribed for 2020.

Thinking of creating a native, waterwise verge full of wildlife? Rebates up to $500 are available each year to help you achieve your goal.

Plant giveaway

Thank you for your interest in plant giveaway day, the program is now fully subscribed for 2020.

What size are the plants?

All plants are in forestry tubes and the entire plant pack will fit in a small open box.

How will I collect my plants this year? 

The team are working to develop arrangements for plant collection this year. If you have registered for the program, you will be contacted via email in the coming weeks to advise of plant collection.

What will you do with plants not picked up on the day?

Plants not collected will be provided to schools.

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.

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