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 

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. The 2019/20 program will be launched in October 2019, to stay in the loop please subscribe to the Living Green Newsletter 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 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.

Free workshops

Learn more about saving water and reducing energy use and waste in your home and garden and growing our urban forest. A new workshop series for 2019/20 is coming soon. To learn when they become available, please subscribe to the Living Green Newsletter here.

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.