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City of Stirling

Home page: http://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/
Population: 208,399
Annual Revenue: $186,605,105
No of households: 89,364

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.   Administration Building, Libraries and Recreation Centres

Q2.   Does this Council visibly advertise events that support eco-sustainability in the community? (ie hazardous waste collections, living smart courses, etc) Details?
A.   Fortnightly segment ‘Stirling Scoop’ in local newspapers; online City website; quarterly newsletter distributed to all residents; Twitter; FaceBook announcements; dedicated sustainability e-newsletter; electronic display boards in libraries, community centres and Admin; direct mail to schools

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.   www.stirling.wa.gov.au/Home/Community/Sustainability/

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.   Based on specific projects that are being delivered eg. TravelSmart Cycling Courses; Community Garden events.

Q5.   Does this Council have other policies/practices in this category?
A.   Displays and information stands at community events and festivals.


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.   Coordinator of Sustainability; TravelSmart Officer in Planning and Development Directorate; Senior Environmental Officer; Environmental Officer in Infrastructure Directorate.

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.   • Annual TravelSmart Grants for cycling and walking activities and events • As of July 2011 an annual Community Food Garden Grant Program

Q5.   Does Council provide funding/assistance for school gardens?
A.   As of July 2011.

Q6.   Does this Council support any community gardening projects?
A.   Two gardens are supported, one in Joondanna and one in Gwelup.

Q7.   Has this Council hosted a Living Smart course, or similar in 2011/2012? Details?
A.  No

Q8.   Does this Council have any Living Smart courses planned for 2012/2013? Dates, times, venues, booking contact?
A.   Times and dates are to be confirmed.

Q9.   Does this Council work with schools to provide education on eco-sustainability issues?
A.  No

Q10.   Does this Council support Bushcare Friends and/or other environmentally focused community groups? Details?
A.   • West Coastcare • Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare • Friends of Lake Gwelup • Friends of Star Swap • Friends of Trigg Bushland • Friends of Dianella Bushland • Friends of Inglewood Triangle • Friends of Sandover Reserve • Adopt-A-Park groups – 332 Supporters and 145 parks adopted

Q11.   Does this Council support WA/national/international events to promote sustainability? (eg World Environment Day, Earth Hour, Sustainable September)
A.   • Earthhour • Walk Safely to School Day • Western Australia’s Walk Week • Western Australia’s Bike Week • National Ride to Work Day • World Car Free Day • National Recycling Week • Cleanup Australia Day • Household Hazardous Waste collection days • Apple “E-Waste” collection days

Q12.   Does this Council report periodically to the community on the state of the local environment? How often? (include weblink)
A.   Sustainability Annual Report each year available online and hardcopy at main centres including Libraries and Administration Building and a community summary ‘highlights’ wrap around on local newspapers.

Q13.   Has this Council declared itself a nuclear-free zone? Symbolic and/or embedded into Town Planning Scheme?
A.   Symbolic Declaration June 2006.

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.   City has a Sustainability Policy available online and a Sustainable Development Declaration.


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.  No However, the City has the ‘Introduction to coastal gardens’ brochure and ‘grow local plants’ brochures to aid residents in establishing a native garden as well as twice a year free workshops on establishing native gardens.

Q2.   Does this Council use native plants (vs exotics) for verges, traffic islands, around Council buildings, etc? What % of Council plantings?

Q3.   Does this Council involve the community in native planting days?

Q4.   Does this Council offer residents free or subsidised native seedlings or plants? Details of when, where & prices?
A.  No

Q5.   Does this Council provide lists of appropriate local native plants? How are they publicised and distributed?
A.   Two brochures are provided online and in hard copy at the Administration Building ‘Grow Local Plants Brochures’ and ‘An Introduction to Coastal Gardens’ also a list of species in the upcoming Verge Treatment Guidelines.

Q6.   Does this Council warn residents against planting exotic species that may escape into bushland? How?
A.   The bushland weeds brochure which is available online, at the City’s Administration Building and libraries. The brochure contains information regarding the effect garden escapees can have on bushland and acts as a pictorial identification guide for residents.

Q7.   Does this Council encourage residents to convert some of their lawns and/or verges to native gardens? How?
A.   Twice a year free waterwise gardens workshops educate residents to convert lawn to gardens and the City’s coming Verge Treatment Guidelines encourage native gardens instead of lawn for verges.

Q8.   Does this Council award outstanding native gardens?
A.  No

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.   Currently the City requires the retention of certain mature trees as a Condition of Approval through the development assessment process. However, the City is also investigating and developing a range of possible policy directions to support the protection and retention of mature trees in residential areas.

Q11.   Does this Council act on residents' complaints of cats preying on native fauna? What action is taken? On what % of complaints?
A.   In a cat prohibited area investigations would be undertaken as to the need for trapping on a case by case basis.

Q12.   Does this Council have other policies/practices in this category?
A.   The City has cat prohibited zones and fauna protection buffer zones around 10 reserves and the City’s 6.5 km coastal reserve. Cats found within prohibited zones may be trapped, impounded or euthanized.


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.  No

Q2.   Does this Council have an interpretive display of sustainable features on any of its buildings?
A.  No

Q3.   Does this Council provide support for residents wanting to build sustainable homes?
A.  No

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.  No

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

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.   Renewable energy policy to guide ratepayers.

Q8.   Does this Council have other policies/practices in this category?
A.   • Renewable Energy Generation Systems Policy to guide the installation by residents • Motion detectors in the main Administration Building. Lighting is programmed to turn off in offices where no motion is detected for a set period. In addition the general office lighting is controlled by time switches outside the normal working span of hours. Similarly the building was designed to utilise natural light as far as possible, whilst minimising heat load from its northerly aspect by louvres. • Upgrades to the lighting at Karrinyup Library in increase energy efficiency and other upgrade programs are planned.


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.   Twice a year free home energy efficiency workshops are offered to residents to learn how to design and live sustainably and energy efficiently; home energy assessment toolkits are available for loan through the Administration Building.

Q2.   Does this Council support businesses to improve their energy efficiency? Details?
A.   Recently completed a two year business environmental improvement program.

Q3.   Does this Council have measures in place to decrease private car use throughout the municipality? Details?
A.   Full time TravelSmart Officer delivers programs and provides support to residents, schools and businesses to reduce car travel. Integrated Transport Strategy details many measures to be undertaken to reduce car dependency. Integrated Cycling Strategy currently under development, will guide development of future cycling infrastructure and promotion of cycling.

Q4.   Does this Council promote the use of electric and/or hybrid vehicles? How? (eg providing ev recharge points)
A.  No Currently not considered a sustainable option.

Q5.   Does this Council provide free cycling/public transport maps to residents? Details?
A.   Distributed at all centres and online.

Q6.   Does this Council contribute to security for bicycles at train & bus stations? Details?
A.  No Outside of City’s jurisdiction. In WA this is the responsibility of State government. Secure bike parking provided at most premises under City’s control.

Q7.   Does this Council have a Travel Smart /Sustainable Transport officer? If so, what fraction of a f/t position?
A.   Full time permanent position.

Q8.   Does this Council provide support for Walking School buses? How? Where?
A.   In partnership with WA Dept of Transport.

Q9.   Does this Council provide any local public transport additional to Transperth Services? Details
A.   The City has a fleet of 21 vehicles to provide transport for seniors isolated in their own homes. This fleet assists in transport to and from programs and services, shopping buses, medical appointment visits and social support outings.

Q10.   Does this Council show a comparison of its expenditure on infrastructure for road transport incl. carparks /public transport/cycling/walking?
A.   The City’s accounts are structured to separate the various categories of work for reporting purposes. The activities that are identified, and are therefore reportable are: Road Upgrades, Road Resurfacing & Reconstruction, Traffic Management, Blackspot Traffic Management, Drainage, Footpaths & Cycleways, On-street Parking, Off-street Parking, Street Landscaping, Street Lighting and Bus Shelters.

Q11.   Does this Council continue to monitor its community greenhouse gas emissions/ manage climate change?
A.  No

Q12.   Does this Council publish the annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with its operations (units of electricity, gas, transport fuel)?
A.   Data published via the Sustainability Annual Report. pervious reports and data available online at www.stirling.wa.gov.au/Home/Community/Sustainability/Climate.htm

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.  Unknown

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.  No

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.   The City’s Strategic Plan 2009-2012 has identified the action to undertake a Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Strategy and develop a Community Education Strategy. This process will include community consultation and engagement on climate change issues. Home energy assessment toolkits are available free for loan to residents.


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.   The City encourages residents to not use plastic bags in their single bin to dispose of waste, instead we suggest they wrap their waste in newspaper. Residents can also bring their plastics into the Recycling Centre Balcatta for recycling.

Q2.   Does this Council provide receptacles just for cigarette butts in public places? Details?
A.   All parks/beaches/recreation areas are monitored daily and swept for cigarette butts as well as providing plenty of butt ashtrays.

Q3.   Does this Council provide its own local drop-off facilities for recycling of spent fluoro globes & tubes, batteries and mobile phones?
A.   Residents can utilise the Recycling Centre Balcatta to drop off any household furniture items, household hazardous waste, batteries, steel, fluoro globes, e-waste, glass, aluminium, cardboard and plastic for free as well as being able to dispose of asbestos for a small fee, thus reducing the amount of general waste in their domestic bins. The city also offers 2 free greenwaste verge collections per year to ensure 100% green recycling. The city also offers a “Pay By Weight” incentive to ratepayers.

Q4.   Does this council provide local drop off points for recycling of e-waste? Details?
A.   As above

Q5.   Does this Council offer residents financial incentive for reducing their general rubbish? Details?
A.  No

Q6.   Does this Council offer businesses incentives to reduce general rubbish? Details?
A.   Businesses receive waste collections at competitive rates compared to private waste collection contractors, and are encouraged to recycle paper and cardboard in dedicated blue paper bins. The city also offers a “Pay By Weight” incentive to businesses. The City recently delivered a two year local business environmental management program which included a focus on recycling. Participant businesses were advised on options for recycling.

Q7.   Does this Council promote recycling within its industrial zone? Details?
A.   The city provides paper/cardboard recycling bins to industry as well as resources for recycling commercial quantities of recyclable materials such as e-waste, chemicals and mattresses.

Q8.   Does this Council collect and compost kitchen waste?
A.   The single bin recycling system collects all organic waste from households for processing into compost which is then spread on broad acre farming.

Q9.   Does this Council offer practical support for household composting and/or worm farming? Details?
A.   Free worm farm seminars are held every 2 months at the works depot, where residents can learn about composting with worms and purchase worm farms at a subsidised price.

Q10.   Does this Council participate in Resource Recovery Park or tip shop for residents?
A.   The City has a tip shop at the Recycling Centre Balcatta.

Q11.   Does this Council provide local drop-off points or collection days for HHW (Household Hazardous Waste)?
A.  No However we do accept it when delivered to the Recycling Centre Balcatta.

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


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.   Free workshops twice a year on water conservation, native gardening, food production.

Q2.   Does this Council support businesses to improve their water efficiency? Details?
A.   • The City recently delivered a two year local business environmental management program which included a focus on water management. • Delivery of advice and information on better water management practices to businesses through the Health and Compliance Business Unit during inspections.

Q3.   Does Council support residents to harvest rainwater (e.g. through provision of rebates)? Details?

Q4.   Does this Council promote and provide support for residents to reuse greywater? How? How many applications from residents have been received?
A.   Fee waiver for greywater applications to encourage installation. 2010/11 the City received 5 applications for greywater systems.

Q5.   Does this Council take any other action for water conservation? Details?
A.   The City delivers the ‘Clubs Forever’ program which aims to engage the City’s club groups to undertake 5 environmental steps including water conservation.