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!

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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)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.

4. Native Plant Subsidy Scheme

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

5. Worm Farm and Compost Bin Rebates

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. 

Worm-Farm-Compost-Bin-Rebate-Scheme-Claim-Form-2019.pdf(PDF, 190KB)

Worm-Farm-flyer.pdf(PDF, 162KB)

6. Autumn and Spring Programs

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)


7. Lake Monger Market

The Garage Sale Trail Lake Monger Market is a free, yearly market at Lake Monger which facilitates the buying and selling of unwanted goods and diverting them from landfill.

It is a simple way to bring the community together, reuse stuff and rethink the idea of what waste really is.

8. 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.

9. Share the Space 

In partnership with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) and its member Councils, City of Cockburn and City of Vincent, Spare the Space is an initiative which aims to encourage predictable and courteous behaviours and discourage distractions while walking, cycling and driving on our roads, shared paths, trails and footpaths. 

Three short videos show Stevie, a typical member of the community, in different scenarios that we all have experienced from time to time. It identifies behaviours that can help reduce conflicts and safety issues while in these situations. 

For more information and to view all three videos visit the EMRC website