Sustainability Initiatives

1. Overview

The Town provides opportunities for residents to access products and services that promote sustainability in our day-to-day lives.

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! Or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to receive the latest updates.

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2. Sustainability Strategy 2019-2023

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)

A progress report was presented to Council during March 2020 and can be viewed here: DV20_28-Sustainability-Strategy-2019-2023-Progress-Report-No.1-2.pdf(PDF, 226KB)

3. Switch your thinking

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

4. Native Plant Subsidy Scheme

 - ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED FOR 2020 -

The Town, in partnership with WESROC, offers residents the opportunity to purchase subsidised local native seedlings throughout May.

The offer encourages and supports residents to use sustainable and water-wise local native plants in their gardens and verges.

Purchase up to 80 plants per household at the subsidised price of $1.75 each online from APACE Nursery.

Order plants through 'Click and Collect' on the Apace Nursery website until the end of May 2020, subject to availability. 

Packs of 20 pre-selected mixed native plants will be made up and residents will be able to select the number of packs they would like depending on Council allocations.

Cambridge residents are allowed up to four packs (80 seedlings) and pay for them online. Please note all packs for Cambridge have now sold out as of 28 April 2020.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, residents are unable to pre-select species this year, and all staff will be wearing the appropriate protective clothing. 

A list of plants in packs will be provided on our website and Facebook in May 2020. 

Plants to be collected in May.

Proof of residency required.

For further details see Apace Nursery.  

All of the Native Plant Subsidy Scheme information is available on the Apace website under 'May 2020 Residents Plant Sale' found at the bottom of the home page under latest news and updates. 

You may however encounter the following commonly asked questions: 

 

How many plants may I order?

Cambridge residents can order up to four packs of 20 plants or a total of 80 plants. The number of packs that can be ordered for each Council will be displayed once the tickets button is selected to make a purchase.

Can I select the species in my packs?


Residents will not be able to choose specific species. Packs will predominantly made up of ground covers and low shrubs. Apace will post a list of plants that will be in the packs on the Apace homepage and Facebook page 1 May. 

When can I collect my plants?

Plants are to be collected in May. Plants can be ordered from 6 April until the end of May subject to availability. Ignore the end date on the order page.

How do I collect my plants?

Residents can nominate their preferred collection day and time by emailing admin@apacewa.org.au. The nursery will endeavour to accommodate resident preferences and will contact residents closer to the collection day to confirm the date and time. Collection will be made from Apace nursery staff outside the nursery. The resident must provide proof of purchase and ID and must remain in their vehicle. 

Any other questions please refer to the NPSS info page at https://apacewa.org.au/may-2020-residents-plant-sale/

Download flyer(PDF, 7MB)

5. Autumn and Spring Programs

Each year there are some great things happening around the Town in the name of sustainability.

Please note that some events in the current program have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.

This includes the Lake Monger Markets, Towards Zero Waste session and Food Waste Minimisation workshops. 

The Autumn Waste & Sustainability program runs from March through to June and is jam-packed with great events and workshops for everyone.

Keep an eye on the Town's event webpage for other upcoming workshops and programs year-round.

6. Responsible Cafes Program

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.

7. Sustainable Transport 

Find out how to access more sustainable transport options to school, work and in the community on our Getting Around the Town webpage.

This includes walking, cycling and public transport around the Town.

Also join the Your Move Network to share your sustainable travel stories and find resources and things to do.

Download the 2020 Department of Transport Your Move Calendar.   

 

8. School Resources

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 sustainability@cambridge.wa.gov.au

Switch Your Thinking Program

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For sustainable school projects and resources that are aligned to the WA curriculum go to  the website here :

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:

Sustainable Transport

Share your Sustainable Transport stories on the Your Move program

Download the 2020 Your Move Calendar for a school calendar of key dates and events from the Department of Transport.

Young Re-inventor of the Year

Need something to do for home schooling or a fun activity for the school holidays?  

The 2020 Young Re-inventor of the Year competition is now open and the theme is Future food. Enter your re-invention for your chance to win a share in $2,000 worth of sustainability prizes.   

How we grow, eat and dispose of food will need to be very different in the future if we are going to look after our planet. The current COVID-19 pandemic challenges us to re-think our relationship with food. When we self-isolate we can’t run down to the supermarket and when we do there is less food on the shelves.  

We now have the opportunity to consider - How can we stretch our precious food further? What new skills can we learn  to grow, cook and recycle food in a sustainable (and delicious) way? How can we use our new skills to look after our planet once things go back to normal?  

Re-invent or create something from waste materials that reflects what sustainable food might look like now and in the future. For example, create a recipe using vegetable scraps or leftovers, make a solar oven, an upcycled worm farm or an ingenious way of storing food. Use waste from home or school to be resourceful and creative. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

For more information, resources and ideas visit  switchyourthinking.com.

  

Waste Wise Schools program

The State Government's Waste Wise Schools program supports schools to promote better waste management practices.

Applications are now open for the next round of funding to help Western Australian schools reduce waste to landfill.

Waste Wise Schools Grants help primary and secondary schools set up a range of waste avoidance and recovery projects.

Find out how to become an Accredited school and about available grants on the Waste Authority website

 

Aboriginal Culture

Find out more about bush tucker, aboriginal seasons and the Noongar language via these links below:

https://www.noongarculture.org.au/education/

https://www.sercul.org.au/our-projects/bushtucker/

https://noongarboodjar.com.au/education-and-training/for-teachers/

https://www.perthnrm.com/resource/traditional-knowledge/

 

9. Waterwise Verge Program

- REBATE CAPACITY REACHED - 

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 up to $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.

Please note that the verge rebate is fully subscribed as of 28 April 2020 so no further applications can be accepted.

To obtain a rebate a rebate residents must:

  1. Submit a Waterwise verge application form(PDF, 140KB).
  2. Undertake the works once the application is accepted and complete the works by 31 May 2020.
  3. Submit a rebate claim form(PDF, 120KB) 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.

 

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10. Sustainable Grants Program

 

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 from 1 September to 25 September 2020.

View Program Guidelines(PDF, 637KB)

Apply online

Download application form(PDF, 580KB)

Email your completed form to sustainability@cambridge.wa.gov.au or submit in person at the Town of Cambridge Administration and Civic Centre, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat.