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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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