The Town provides opportunities for residents to access products and services that promote sustainability in our day-to-day lives.
At different times throughout the year, we run programs and offer incentives for residents, such as subsidised local native plants and rebates on worm farms and compost bins. Our spring and autumn programs offer workshops on being sustainable and our annual Lake Monger Market is a great place to get rid of unwanted items and pick up a pre-loved bargain of your own!
A selection of rewards are available through the Switch Your Thinking program that helps reduce waste, energy and water use.
In the lead up, sustainability initiatives are advertised on our Events page so take a look and find something to inspire you!
The Town of Cambridge has developed a Sustainability Strategy following a community consultation.
The Sustainability Strategy intends to guide the development of future plans, programs and activities throughout the Town to support our strategic goal of being an environmentally responsible Town that leads by example and embeds sustainable practices into our operations.
The Sustainability Strategy and Engagement Report can be viewed here.Sustainability-Strategy-2019-2023.pdf(PDF, 3MB). Engagement-Summary-Report-November-2018.pdf(PDF, 1MB)
As a proud partner Council of Switch Your Thinking, Town of Cambridge residents have access to a range of rewards to help you cut waste, and reduce energy and water use.
Switch Your Thinking work with local businesses to offer residents a discount on products that will make your home more sustainable.
Head over to Rewards for residents for more information.
Also have a look at the Young Re-Inventor program.
Each year the Town of Cambridge in partnership with WESROC offers the opportunity for residents to purchase local native seedlings for a subsidised price.
The offer, available each year throughout May, encourages and supports residents to use sustainable and water wise local native plants in their gardens and verges.
Seedlings are supplied by Apace Nursery in North Fremantle.
Visit Apace Nursery
The rebates are only available to Town of Cambridge residents between 1 February and 31 May 2019 for claims made within one year of the purchase date. Rebates are not applicable to live worms and additional equipment, only the main structures. The original invoice must be submitted with the claim form.
One system of each is allowed per year per household. (Thus one Worm Farms and one Compost Bin per household per year.) Residents are eligible for rebates up to $85 for a Worm Farm and $70 for a Compost bin.
Note: Limited funding is available so the program will finish once the funding is exhausted which may occur before the 31 May deadline. No rebates will be processed if received after 31 May 2019.
Each year there are some great things happening around the Town in the name of sustainability.
The autumn and spring programs are jam-packed with free, fun and exciting events and initiatives that will get you involved in creating a more sustainable home and Town.
Autumn 2019 Program(PDF, 7MB)
Responsible Cafés is a national program that encourages cafés to offer a discount to customers who bring their own reusable takeaway cup. The program aims to reduce the number of disposable cups used and wasted and promote awareness of the issues of single-use waste in the process. To see if your local café is part of the program check out the Responsible Cafés website.
Find out how to access more sustainable transport options to school, work and in the community. Use the Transperth website to plan your journey here:
The timetable for the busses running through the Town of Cambridge can be found here: Note that times and routes may change, always go to the Transperth journey planner website for up to date information.
Also join the Your Move Network to share your sustainable travel stories and find resources and things to do:
Various resources are available to schools with great worksheets and activities, here are some links to help you get started. Contact the Sustainability Officer if you would like to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org
Switch Your Thinking Program
For sustainable school projects and resources that are aligned to the WA curriculum go to the website here :
Young re-inventor of the year Competition
Young people will solve problems and put their creativity to the test in this exciting initiative that challenges you to reuse, repurpose and upcycle before throwing away. Go to the Switch Your Thinking website to enter the Young re-inventor of the year competition:
Water Efficiency resources
The Water Corporation provides resources and lesson plans click here
Find out more about Waterwise for schools program here :
How to reduce waste
Find out how to reduce waste to landfill from the Mindarie Regional Council:
Share your Sustainable Transport stories on the Your Move program:
The Town of Cambridge proudly supports the Let's Ride Program:
Waterwise verges offer many benefits. Green suburbs create a cooling effect, reduce water consumption, create wildlife corridors and enhance local biodiversity.
The Town of Cambridge is offering up to 20 residents a rebate of $500 to convert irrigated grass or hard surface on their verge to a Waterwise verge. The rebate aims to offset the cost associated with removing grass or hard surface and installing Waterwise landscaping.
This program is proudly funded by Waterwise Council Incentive Scheme from Water Corporation.
The program will open 1 October 2019 and all works must be completed and a rebate claim form submitted by 31 May 2020.
To obtain a rebate a rebate residents must:
- Submit a Waterwise verge application form(PDF, 140KB).
- Undertake the works once the application is accepted and complete the works by 31 May 2020.
- Submit a rebate claim form(PDF, 117KB) once the works have been completed by 31 May 2020.
Funds will be granted for eligible applications on a first come first served basis until the pool of grant funding is exhausted.
Waterwise Verge Program Information(PDF, 128KB)
Town of Cambridge is a proud Waterwise Council.
The Town of Cambridge Sustainable Grants Program provides funding for community driven sustainability projects which encourage Cambridge residents to be more sustainable.
It aims to give members of the Cambridge community, local businesses and local groups an opportunity to work together on projects that will benefit the whole community.
The Grants Program will be open on 1 September 2019 and close on 15 October 2019.
Successful applicants will be informed by 15 November 2019.
View Program Guidelines(PDF, 160KB)
Download Application Form (PDF, 180KB)
The online grant application form will be available from 1 September 2019.