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

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 from APACE Nursery.

Plants are available from 1 May until sold out. Check the Apace Nursery website and Facebook for stock availability during May.  

Proof of residency required.

For further details see Apace Nursery.  

WESROC Native Plant Subsidy Scheme 2021(PDF, 6MB)

Sustainable Verge Garden Awards. 

Improve your verge and win! Consider creating a sustainable verge garden with local native plants from Apace Nursery and make a nomination for the Town’s Sustainable Verge Garden Awards.

2021 Opening soon. Stay tuned.

5. Autumn and Spring Programs

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

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.

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?  

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. Sustainable Grants Program

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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 closed on 25 September 2020.

View Program Guidelines(PDF, 637KB)

10. Coastal Hazard Risk Adaptation and Management Plan-Consultation

The Town of Cambridge’s beaches are well-loved by local residents and those residing in surrounding areas of Perth’s western suburbs, as well as visitors and tourists who travel to enjoy them.

In 2012, coastal councils in Perth’s south west undertook research that found approximately $1.2 billion worth of assets were at risk from erosion, including many of the Town’s assets. Further, Floreat Beach was identified as an erosion hotspot in a 2019 study commissioned by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and the Department of Transport.

As such, the Town has appointed the consultant team of Cardno, element and the University of Western Australia to assist in developing a Coastal Hazard Risk Adaptation and Management Plan (CHRMAP) for its coastline, to inform future adaptation and management options.

The State Planning Policy 2.6 provides guidance on the planning principles and guidelines required for coastal development in Western Australia. It advocates the CHRMAP process as an effective approach to managing coastal zones that are vulnerable to present and future hazards.

We are inviting the community to be involved in the CHRMAP process.

You can get involved in the following ways:

• Take our   online survey here (open from 13 April 2021 until 4 May 2021)

• Attend our Pop in Session to learn about the project and what a CHRMAP involves (Thursday 29 April from 3pm – 7pm at the City of Perth Surf Lifesaving Club)

• Stakeholder workshops (further details to be announced)

• Final Pop in Session to announce the Draft CHRMAP report and collect feedback (details to be announced).

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Download FAQ's (PDF, 437KB)