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Town of Cottesloe

Home page: http://www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au/
Population: 8,300
Annual Revenue: $10,376,657
No of households: 3,750

Community questionnaire

Access to Information

How easily council displays information about what it is doing for environmental sustainability.

Q1.   Does this Council display eco-sustainability information in its foyer or in other Council-owned buildings?
A.   Yes, brochures are available on a range of topics for residents to take home. Posters advertise mobile and battery recycling facilities. Awards received by Council for water conservation, and a signed WALGA Declaration on Climate Change demonstrates to the community Council’s commitment to sustainability.

Q2.   Does this Council visibly advertise events that support eco-sustainability in the community? (ie hazardous waste collections, living smart courses, etc) Details?
A.   Quarterly newsletters are emailed to residents with info on Council initiatives and upcoming events. The Environment & Sustainability Section of the Council website is updated regularly to inform residents about initiatives and events. The Cott Page in the Post newspaper is regularly used to advertise events such as Native Plant Subsidy Scheme and a large notice board at the front of the office is used to advertise events such as Living Smart Courses. Posters and brochures are also at the Grove Library.

Q3.   Does this Council website display eco-sustainability information in 1 or 2 clicks from its home page? Please include the link for eco-sustainability information.
A.   Yes, the Environment & Sustainability Section is found under ‘Services’ @ http://www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au/Services-Environment__Sustainability.htm

Q4.   Does this Council train frontline staff to deal with some public requests for eco-info? (vs always switching through to someone else’s messagebank). Details of issues covered by frontline staff?
A.   Basic information on major events can be provided by frontline staff such as native plant subsidy scheme, recycling. Brochures are available at the front desk on some topics.

Q5.   Does this Council have other policies/practices in this category?
A.  Unknown


General Support for Environmental Sustainability

General ways that this council promotes environmental sustainability.

Q1.   Does this Council employ 2+ environmental / sustainability officers (or similar role by a different name)? Please provide job titles, areas of responsibility, and which department they are in.
A.   The Town only has 25 employees in administration due to its small size. One full time Sustainability Officer is employed to deal with environmental issues, reduce the impact of Council operations and encourage sustainable practises in the community. The SO is in the Development Services Section. A fulltime Coastcare officer (funded by Perth Region NRM) is housed at Cottesloe and contributes to environmental and community initiatives.

Q2.   Does this Council offer eco-sustainability awards to business or industry?
A.  No

Q3.   Does this Council offer eco-sustainability awards to residents or schools?
A.  No

Q4.   Does this Council offer eco-sustainability grants to residents/ schools/ community groups/ businesses? Details?
A.   Community donations for projects of up to $5,000 per annum (competitive bids) are offered to residents for all areas, including sustainability.

Q5.   Does Council provide funding/assistance for school gardens?
A.   Council assists with supporting North Cottesloe Primary School with developing a garden project from design to providing mulch when available; also through the Native Plant Subsidy Scheme.

Q6.   Does this Council support any community gardening projects?
A.  No

Q7.   Has this Council hosted a Living Smart course, or similar in 2011/2012? Details?
A.   Council jointly hosts Living Smart Courses with WMRC and neighbouring Councils. Two were held in 2011/12.

Q8.   Does this Council have any Living Smart courses planned for 2012/2013? Dates, times, venues, booking contact?
A.   A living smart course is scheduled for March 2013

Q9.   Does this Council work with schools to provide education on eco-sustainability issues?
A.   Council holds a sustainability art competition each year that provides art works for the annual Sustainability Calendar produced by the Town. The Town attends North Cottesloe Primary’s EcoSmart group meetings, provides funding for ‘car free Friday’ breakfast each term. Grant funding is often provided to the schools for sustainability initiatives.

Q10.   Does this Council support Bushcare Friends and/or other environmentally focused community groups? Details?
A.   Cottesloe has an active Coastcare group that works hard to protect, maintain and rehabilitate the sand dune environment and remnant patches of vegetation. Council supports this group with our Coastcare officer, on-ground support (including watering trucks), provides mulch when available and storage facilities for the group’s equipment.

Q11.   Does this Council support WA/national/international events to promote sustainability? (eg World Environment Day, Earth Hour, Sustainable September)
A.   We work with Mosman Park and Peppermint Grove Councils to have “Sustainable September” at the Grove Community Centre.

Q12.   Does this Council report periodically to the community on the state of the local environment? How often? (include weblink)
A.  No

Q13.   Has this Council declared itself a nuclear-free zone? Symbolic and/or embedded into Town Planning Scheme?
A.  No

Q14.   Has this Council declared itself a GMO/GE free zone? Details?
A.  No

Q15.   Does this Council have other policies/practices in this category?
A.   We are working towards being a Carbon Neutral Council by 2015.


Protecting and Restoring Nature in Residential Areas.

How this council manages the air, water, land, plants, animals and micro-organisms - and their ecosystems - in its care.

Q1.   Does this Council have any demonstration native gardens? If so, where?
A.   The corners of Eric Street and Curtin Ave. The verge areas on the corners of Broome Street and Napier Street.

Q2.   Does this Council use native plants (vs exotics) for verges, traffic islands, around Council buildings, etc? What % of Council plantings?
A.   Wherever possible – 60 to 80%.

Q3.   Does this Council involve the community in native planting days?
A.   The Coastcare officer in conjunction with Cottesloe Coastcare organise frequent community and corporate planting days- rehabilitating coastal dunes and remnant native vegetation.

Q4.   Does this Council offer residents free or subsidised native seedlings or plants? Details of when, where & prices?
A.   Yes, the Annual Native Plant Subsidy Scheme provides residents with subsidised natives. Each resident can purchase up to 80 plants at $1.50 from APACE. This is held during March and April each year.

Q5.   Does this Council provide lists of appropriate local native plants? How are they publicised and distributed?
A.   The ‘Cottesloe grow local plants’ brochure is on the internet and at the offices.

Q6.   Does this Council warn residents against planting exotic species that may escape into bushland? How?
A.   When staff are asked for comments prior to planting.

Q7.   Does this Council encourage residents to convert some of their lawns and/or verges to native gardens? How?
A.   Through demonstration gardens and on the internet. Through the native plant subsidy scheme and water wise education.

Q8.   Does this Council award outstanding native gardens?
A.  No The Town has previously run competitions but did not do so last year.

Q9.   Does this Council offer incentives for owners of big backyards in high density areas to retain these blocks for biodiversity? Details?
A.  No

Q10.   Does this Council have other means of protecting mature trees in residential areas? Details?
A.   The planning department encourages the retention of mature trees.

Q11.   Does this Council act on residents' complaints of cats preying on native fauna? What action is taken? On what % of complaints?
A.  No

Q12.   Does this Council have other policies/practices in this category?
A.   Rabbit and fox control practices employed. Regional cooperation with neighbouring LGs to reduce pests.


Sustainable Building and Design

How this council supports the community to build sustainably

Q1.   Does this Council have a model Sustainable building or subdivision? Details?
A.   The Grove Library and Community Centre, developed in partnership with neighboring Mosman Park and Peppermint Grove Councils demonstrates best practice in ESD. Renewable energy is produced onsite (solar and wind); rainwater is harvested for potable water supply; wastewater is re-used for hand washing and irrigated to the water wise garden. Storm water is treated onsite through an artificial wetland landscaped into the Precinct grounds that removes litter and pollutants from the water before it infiltrates into the groundwater.

Q2.   Does this Council have an interpretive display of sustainable features on any of its buildings?
A.   Yes, at the Grove

Q3.   Does this Council provide support for residents wanting to build sustainable homes?
A.   The planning department endeavours to encourage sustainable design for all new developments within the Cottesloe area.

Q4.   Does this Council have measures in place to support businesses and residents to design above the minimum star ratings? Eg Hosting green building design courses etc.
A.   As mentioned above, the planning department endeavours to encourage sustainable design for all new developments within the Cottesloe area.

Q5.   Does this Council discourage the use of rainforest or old growth timbers and recommend alternatives, when issuing building permits?
A.  No

Q6.   Does this Council require an independent vegetation survey before issuing a building permit and inspection after development to ensure no unauthorised removal?
A.  No Not Applicable.

Q7.   Does this Council promote the use of renewable energy sources (eg Photovoltaic cells, wind turbines) to residents and businesses through funding, incentives or otherwise? Details?
A.   The Council is currently installing Solar PV at the Civic Centre. It is hoped that this will encourage community take up of renewable energy systems.

Q8.   Does this Council have other policies/practices in this category?
A.   The Council generally supports renewable energy on residential buildings, recognising the sustainability value.


Sustainable Transport / Climate Change

Action being taken by this council to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Q1.   Is this Council offering any energy efficiency programs for residents in 2012/2013 (e.g workshops, home energy audits? Details?
A.   Home energy audits were provided to 40 residents in 2008. A repeat of this initiative is planned for 2013/14.

Q2.   Does this Council support businesses to improve their energy efficiency? Details?
A.  No Not formally

Q3.   Does this Council have measures in place to decrease private car use throughout the municipality? Details?
A.   The Cott Cat shuttle bus runs during the busy months of summer, aiming to reduce car use in the area. Investment in cycle paths.

Q4.   Does this Council promote the use of electric and/or hybrid vehicles? How? (eg providing ev recharge points)
A.  No

Q5.   Does this Council provide free cycling/public transport maps to residents? Details?
A.   Yes, on the website (link to DoT) and at the office.

Q6.   Does this Council contribute to security for bicycles at train & bus stations? Details?
A.   Bicycle cage provided at Cott train station (PTA.)

Q7.   Does this Council have a Travel Smart /Sustainable Transport officer? If so, what fraction of a f/t position?
A.  No This is the responsibility of the Sustainability Officer.

Q8.   Does this Council provide support for Walking School buses? How? Where?
A.  No

Q9.   Does this Council provide any local public transport additional to Transperth Services? Details
A.   The Cott Cat shuttle bus during summer. Runs every 15min in a loop between the beach and the train station, in order to reduce traffic congestion and GHG emissions.

Q10.   Does this Council show a comparison of its expenditure on infrastructure for road transport incl. carparks /public transport/cycling/walking?
A.  Unknown

Q11.   Does this Council continue to monitor its community greenhouse gas emissions/ manage climate change?
A.   The Town has prepared an annual GHG inventory (for corporate activities only) since 2010/11. A report on the inventory is published on the website. It is intended that the Council achieve Carbon Neutral accreditation by 2015. At this time, focus will turn to Community emissions.

Q12.   Does this Council publish the annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with its operations (units of electricity, gas, transport fuel)?
A.   Yes, electricity use, fleet emissions, waste, etc are collected in the annual inventory. Council emissions are published on the website.

Q13.   Has this Council consulted with the community on ways it is planning to reduce greenhouse emissions? When? How many members of the community attended?
A.  No This is likely to be a part of the carbon neutral process.

Q14.   Has this Council consulted with the community on ways it may adapt to climate change? When? How many members of the community attended?
A.   The Local Adaptation Plan was released for public comment for a period of 3 weeks before being adopted by Council.

Q15.   Does this Council support community led initiatives for climate change adaptation? (eg Transition Town)
A.  No

Q16.   Does this Council have other policies/practices in this category?
A.   Signed WALGA’s declaration on Climate change in 2012.


Waste Management

How this council works towards the goal of zero waste.

Q1.   Does this Council have measures in place to prevent plastic bags from entering the environment? eg removal of bags from pollutant traps, plastic bag bylaws, etc
A.  No Not at this time

Q2.   Does this Council provide receptacles just for cigarette butts in public places? Details?
A.  No Smoking is not allowed ‘between the flags’.

Q3.   Does this Council provide its own local drop-off facilities for recycling of spent fluoro globes & tubes, batteries and mobile phones?
A.   Yes, batteries and Mobile phones at Council offices. 7kg of mobiles and parts collected in 2011/12.

Q4.   Does this council provide local drop off points for recycling of e-waste? Details?
A.  No Yes, E-waste can be placed on the verge during the bulk collection. E-waste is separated and recycled. Residents may also drop off e-waste at the WMRC run transfer station at Shenton Park for free

Q5.   Does this Council offer residents financial incentive for reducing their general rubbish? Details?
A.   120L bins are used for general rubbish as a means to encourage recycling. The use of additional Bins attract a fee. Council supports Cash for Containers legislation and held a community event in 2012.

Q6.   Does this Council offer businesses incentives to reduce general rubbish? Details?
A.  Unknown

Q7.   Does this Council promote recycling within its industrial zone? Details?
A.  Unknown

Q8.   Does this Council collect and compost kitchen waste?
A.  Unknown The waste will be composted at the DiCOM facility once completed.

Q9.   Does this Council offer practical support for household composting and/or worm farming? Details?
A.   We supply at-cost compost bins and Bokashi buckets from our offices.

Q10.   Does this Council participate in Resource Recovery Park or tip shop for residents?

Q11.   Does this Council provide local drop-off points or collection days for HHW (Household Hazardous Waste)?
A.   HHW can be dropped off to the WMRC run transfer station for free.

Q12.   Does this Council have other policies/practices in this category?


Water Management

How this council assists and educates local businesses and community to conserve water resources.

Q1.   Does this Council support residents to improve their water efficiency? (eg waterwise verges, workshops on waterwise gardening/ food production, rebates). Details?
A.   Regular waterwise gardening workshops are run with neighbouring Councils, free shower timers available to residents, Native Plant Subsidy Scheme is an annual event and promotion of waterwise plants to reduce water use in the garden with demonstration verges.

Q2.   Does this Council support businesses to improve their water efficiency? Details?
A.  No

Q3.   Does Council support residents to harvest rainwater (e.g. through provision of rebates)? Details?
A.  No

Q4.   Does this Council promote and provide support for residents to reuse greywater? How? How many applications from residents have been received?
A.  No

Q5.   Does this Council take any other action for water conservation? Details?
A.   In 2010 the Town invested in a $2.5 million in a Aquifer recharge project to protect and conserve the aquifer. This included gross pollutant traps and closing ocean outfalls. The Town became a “Waterwise Council” in 2011 as a result of water savings measures. A recent retrofit of Council Admin Building led to water savings of 60%. A number of verges and medium strips have been converted to natives, with watering stopped. The Town has completed 4 out of 5 Milestones for the ICLEI Water Campaign which involved reducing water use by the Town and community and improving water quality. The development of the Grove Library and community centre with Mosman Park and Peppermint Grove provides a demonstration of greywater reuse and rainwater harvesting and other ESD features.