Sustainability Initiatives

1. Overview

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!

View Events

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)Engagement-Summary-Report-November-2018.pdf(PDF, 1MB)

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 in North Fremantle. 

This will be available from 1 May - 29 May 2020 or until quantities run out. 

Please see the APACE Nursery website or phone the nursery for details on how to organise the plants through 'Click and Collect' 

Visit Apace Nursery

Phone 08 9336 1262.

FREE Native Verge Conversion Workshops

Please note these workshops have been cancelled until further notice.

Find out more


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.

Download the Autumn Program(PDF, 2MB)

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

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

The Town of Cambridge proudly supports the Let's Ride Program

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


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

9. Waterwise Verge 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 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.

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:

  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 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)

Apply online