Bird hide purifies lake
A solar array disguised as a bird hide is under construction on the shores of Yangebup Lake, City of Cockburn, Western Australia, as part of ongoing projects to improve water quality at the waterbird haven.
Creating water from thin air
As technology becomes more integrated into our lives, it’s important for councils to harness its potential to better serve the needs of their communities and improve services.
Conservation officers join ReefClean
Parks Conservation officers at Gladstone Regional Council, Queensland, can always be counted on to pitch in and help take care of the region’s natural environment.
Powering the City
Local councils across Australia are leading the way in sustainability and efforts to reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change.
Waterwise Award winner
A number of innovative and out-of-the-box sustainable initiatives by the City of Canning led to the Western Australian Water Corporation recognising the City’s efforts with the Platinum Waterwise Council – Council of the Year award in May.
Resilient coast strategy
A team of coastal scientists, engineers and economists have become the first in Queensland to finish a ten year scientific strategy that will give Douglas Shire the tools to proactively manage and mitigate the impacts of coastal hazards.
Driving a new car share pilot
Inner West Council, New South Wales, will partner with GoGet Car Share to roll out a pilot program integrating car share with the Inner West light rail link, greatly expanding transport options for residents travelling into the Inner West.
River clean up
The Goulburn River, Victoria, was the site of a community clean up event last month that netted 700 kg of rubbish.
A playground the city asked for
Big changes are happening at the GRAMS (Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service) Reserve, Western Australia, this month.
Free tyre recycling all month
Burdekin Shire Council, Queensland, is helping residents give life to unwanted tyres by providing free tyre recycling throughout the entire month of June.
Benefits handed on
A new generation of Landcare volunteers in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, is helping rehabilitate and protect wild areas.
Aiming for carbon neutrality
The City of Ballarat, Victoria, is aiming for a zero emissions target by 2025 after endorsing its Carbon Neutrality and 100 percent Renewables Action Plan in April.
Climate action swells
The world’s top surfers joined forces with the Margaret River community to turn the tide on climate change at a landmark Climate Action Summit.
Council recognises a climate emergency
Addressing climate change has become a core issue in the Clarence Valley, New South Wales, following a decision by council to recognise there is a climate emergency that requires urgent actions by all levels of government and the community.
Ambitious environmental project
Blue Mountains City Council, New South Wales (NSW), is celebrating the efforts of the Popes Glen Bushcare Group for their efforts in completing a remarkable environmental restoration project.
Healthy land and water
Rockhampton Regional Council, Queensland, has recently joined forces with Healthy Land and Water to look at the environmental, ecological and social benefits of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD).
A significant drop in the ocean
City of Gold Coast, Queensland, has commenced construction on the $18.2 million Palm Beach Artificial Reef, to enhance the protection of one of City’s most vulnerable stretches of coastline.
Dust flies on water security project
A District Council of Kimba, South Australia, project that will capture the equivalent of five Olympic swimming pools’ worth of water is on schedule following a $750,000 funding windfall from the Commonwealth Government.
Electric vehicle owners benefit
Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra councils, New South Wales (NSW), have joined together to provide convenient, public, on-street electric vehicle charging stations for locals and visitors.
Builders in firing line
Home builders and renovators were the focus of last month’s Get the Site Right blitz, targeting erosion and sediment control on building and construction sites in Canterbury-Bankstown and greater Sydney.
Meet Albany’s Sustainable Heroes
City of Albany, Western Australia, has a fount of Sustainable Heroes, ordinary people making small changes for a big impact on the future.
Innovative field of dreams
Imagine a sporting oval where club officials can control LED field lighting via sms as well as enjoying the benefits of brand new amenities surrounded by natural parkland.
Ponds convert to wetland
Moonee Valley City Council, Victoria, is restoring the ponds in an Essendon park to native wetland, helping deliver on its promise of a green Moonee Valley by 2040.
Looking for answers on small scale waste to energy
Tenterfield and Moree Plains Councils, New South Wales, together with support from another eight councils have committed funding for a major research study to identify small scale waste to energy options.
Electric car launched
Penrith City Council, New South Wales, has announced the latest addition to its vehicle fleet is 100 percent electric, will not create any greenhouse gas emissions while being driven, and will be recharged using renewable energy.
Tarkine bid for next iconic walk
Circular Head Council, Tasmania, has endorsed an expression of interest application with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to establish the state’s next iconic multi day walk in the Tarkine Wilderness area.
Preparing for e-waste ban
Brimbank Council will introduce new ways to dispose of electronic waste (e-waste), following the Victorian Government’s state-wide ban on e-waste being sent to landfill to take effect from 1 July 2019.
Recycled logs shore up riverbank
Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), is seeing results from an innovative project that involved working with three private landowners to deliver large scale earthworks and riverbank reconstruction at two sites along the Oxley River.
Wharf St Basin transformation underway
The City of Canning, Western Australia, has awarded Josh Byrne and Associates with the landscape architecture contract to redevelop Wharf Street Basin in Cannington into a Smart Community Park.
Sustainable stormwater success
Clarence City Council, Tasmania, has recently completed a significant stormwater harvesting and re-use project in Cambridge.
Volunteers create a cooler, greener environment
The Barossa Council, South Australia, and Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges joined forces with Treasury Wine Estates’ (TWE) corporate volunteers, Landcare and Kiwanis to clean up areas of local bushland.
Rates concessions for conservation
Landowners on Queensland’s Fraser Coast, who enter into voluntary conservation agreements, may be eligible for rates concessions of up to 25 percent, with no maximum dollar concession amount, due to an amendment to Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Conservation Area Concession Policy.