Water and Energy Initiatives

​Two major environmental issues facing the City are climate change and sustainable water management. The City has recognised its responsibility to act on these important issues and has developed a Sustainable Water Management Plan and a Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plan. 

In addition, the City participates in the Waterwise Council and Cities Power Partnership​ programs.

Sustainable Water Management Plan

The City recently revised and updated its Sustainable Water Management Plan, which was adopted in September 2018. This plan covers water conservation and water quality issues (such as litter) with a focus on City-owned assets.  

A number of initiatives were implemented as part of the previous plan including;
  • water monitoring and leak detection – 10 buildings have been fitted with water data loggers and a real time monitoring system has been installed at the Recquatic. These have picked up several large leaks saving approximately 12 million litres of water;

  • public toilet retrofit – inefficient toilets and urinals were replaced at Sloan’s Reserve, Rhodes Park, Medina Oval and Challenger Beach;

  • administration building and depot water efficiency retrofit – water efficient toilets, flow restrictors, sub-meters and low flow showerheads were installed at the Depot and the Administration Building. This saves approximately 900,000 litres of water per year;

  • water sensitive urban design at the Kwinana Adventure Park - The Kwinana Adventure Park project included the installation of four raingardens (gardens which filter stormwater);

  • builders’ litter and illegal dumping project - Keep Australia Beautiful funding was sourced to tackle illegal dumping and builders litter in Millar Wellard reserve. This project included the installation of two covert cameras, two litter cleanups, signage and a letter drop to neighbours encouraging them to report littering; and 

  • Adopt a Verge Program - this program encourages residents to plant a local native waterwise garden on their verge. This involves free mulch, subsidised local native seedlings through the existing seedling subsidy scheme, a verge gardening tips document and advice.​

​​Sustainable Water Management Plan.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plan

A mid-term review was recently conducted on the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plan. This was adopted in September 2018. This document outlines a plan for reducing carbon emissions and adapting to the inevitable effects of climate change with a particular focus on City assets. ​

A number of initiatives have already been implemented as part of the previous version of the plan, including:​

  • in​​​stalled solar panels on the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre (100kW), Adventure Park (8kW), Business Incubator (15kW) and Bertram Community Centre (10kW). In total, the City now has 163kW of solar capacity installed on a variety of buildings which save approximately $58,000 in electricity costs every year;

  • completed installation of real time energy monitoring on the Recquatic;

  • conducted energy audits at the Administration Building, Koorliny Arts Centre and the Incubator;

  • installed a Building Management System at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre which allowed air conditioning system timers to be altered and therefore their energy use to be drastically reduced. This is saving approximately $15,000 in electricity costs a year and significantly reduced maintenance costs as the old system required frequent maintenance call outs;

  • implemented an office food waste recycling system and rationalised under desk bins; 

  • purchased two pool bikes for staff use;

  • implemented the ‘paper cut’ system of printing which requires staff to release print jobs using their security cards. This system has been found to significantly reduce wasted printing;

  • continued to participate in the Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance to assess sea level rise in the region; and

  • planted 219 advanced street trees in the Industrial area and 106 along Johnson Road in Bertram in 2016/17. In May 2018, the City planted 205 street trees in Bertram and 234 in the Industrial Area. Forty-eight new street trees were planted on request by residents. Street tree planting assists to cool areas which will be increasingly affected by the urban heat island effect. 

In addition to the above, the City has implemented the following policy and community education initiatives to address water and climate change issues. 

  • Green Building Policy (new and renovated Council buildings) - adopted by Council in January 2018;

  • Local Planning Policy No 1 Landscape Feature and Tree Retention – this planning policy aims to retain vegetation in new development sites which assists with stormwater attenuation and urban cooling;

  • Living Smart Sustainable Living Courses – a seven week sustainable living course for residents has been delivered annually for the past three years; and

  • Switch Your Thinking – the City recently joined Switch Your Thinking, a regional organisation of Councils that delivers sustainability programs to the public.  As part of this, the City receives public education workshops, access to the Rewards for Residents and Rewards for Businesses program, recognition programs like Switched on Schools and Switched on Businesses, competitions such as the Young Reinventor of the Year program as well as other grant funded projects. 

Climate Change Plan.

The City runs workshops, seminars and courses on a variety of sustainability topics throughout the year. 

If you would like to be placed on a mailing list to receive notification of these events please contact the City's Sustainability Officer. ​

For handy tips of how to save water in and around your own h​ome, please download the following brochures:

Page reviewed: 06 May 2019 5:14pm