Waterwise Council Community Choice Awards 2019

This is your chance to vote for one of the amazing waterwise projects created by your local council.

On the surface, councils may appear to use a lot of water. In reality, they face the huge task of sustainably managing public green spaces such as parks, verges and median strips for their community. Through our Waterwise Council Program, we’ve been supporting councils to implement innovative water efficiency initiatives which are not always visible to the community. Since 2009, there are 58 councils across the state who are part of the program, building waterwise communities for you and your family to enjoy.

Check out some of the work done by local councils and vote for your favourite project. Voting ends 5 April 2019.  

Votes will be tallied daily during weekdays. Visit regularly to see how you favourite project's faring!

Fremantle verge gardens

City of Fremantle

Fremantle Verge Gardens



Fremantle verges have been getting a makeover, thanks to incentives provided by the City of Fremantle. The City has been giving residents subsidies on native plants, free mulch, and free advice on waterwise landscaping to help them beautify their verges and save water. Verge gardens with native plants use less water than turf, reduce urban heat islands, and are better for native wildlife.

Mundaring waterwise, firewise garden

Shire of Mundaring

Waterwise, Firewise Garden



A new garden in Sculpture Park is a two-for-one: both firewise and waterwise. The Shire of Mundaring created the garden with small, waterwise native plants that don’t drop flammable material and gravel paths to increase bushfire safety. The shire even hosted a free demonstration to show residents how to create waterwise, firewise gardens of their own at home.

Kids playing in GO Edwards Park,

Town of Victoria Park

GO Edwards Park Upgrade



A fenced stormwater drain has been transformed into a fun, nature-based playground thanks to water-sensitive design by the Town of Victoria Park. The GO Edwards Park upgrade also included bird hides, planting and work to improve the water quality of the park’s lake. A ‘no fertiliser’ zone around the lake will help keep the water clean and beautiful.

Joondalup weather station irrigation  project

City of Joondalup

Weather Station Irrigation Project



Come rain or shine, the City of Joondalup’s irrigation systems know what to do, thanks to the Weather Station and Irrigation Control Project. Using smart cloud technology, 3 weather stations in Joondalup communicate with the city’s sprinklers, making it easier to switch them on and off in certain weather. If the weather stations detect a storm coming, the city can remotely switch off all linked irrigation. Plus, the data from the weather stations can be used to inform future management practices.

Sump to Park

City of Vincent

Sump to Park



The City of Vincent souped up a ‘sump’ drain, transforming it into a bright, liveable park. The Lawler Street site now boasts waterwise nature play elements, solar lighting and native plants that are also edible! Once the plants have fully grown, the city will put up signs to educate residents about the edible species and encourage them to use native plants in their own gardens.

Lake Jualbup Management Plan

City of Subiaco

Lake Jualbup Management Plan



The City of Subiaco have been working with the local community to ‘save the jewel’ that is Lake Jualbup. The city developed a plan to improve and preserve the ecological and recreational value of Lake Jualbup. New pathways were installed to replace turf and natural slopes with planted rushes were used around the edges of the lake to stop water seeping out.

Bayswater Russell Street living stream and ninja park

City of Bayswater

Living Stream and Ninja Park



Ninjas rejoice! An old stormwater drain in the City of Bayswater is now the perfect place to train. The ninja-style Russell Street Park features an exciting 10-station obstacle course, living streams and provides a green open space in an otherwise highly urban suburb. The waterwise design of the park and living streams have improved water quality and flood control in the area.

City of Mandurah gluten free duck sign

City of Mandurah

Gluten Free Ducks



When duck poo started affecting the health of local lakes, The City of Mandurah had to step in and stop residents feeding ducks. But instead of putting up the same old “don’t feed the ducks” signs, they got the public to help them come up with some funnier, more engaging messages to help change attitudes. Three designs were created based on community feedback: ‘Thank you for not feeding us bread’, ‘Our ducks are low carb’ and ‘we’re gluten free’.

City of Cockburn's Little Green Steps program

City of Cockburn

Little Green Steps WA



Toddlers in the City of Cockburn are learning to conserve and protect water, thanks to a partnership between City of Cockburn and Little Green Steps WA. The City sponsors an officer from Little Green Steps WA to help local childcare centres deliver sustainability education to children. The program is run one day a week and gives educators face-to-face support and practical ways to teach kids how to value water.