The city is currently undertaking a review of its policies to ensure these guiding documents remain relevant and applicable. Since December 2017, Council has reviewed twenty-six existing policies and adopted two new policies.
At its most recent meeting, Council approved a number of updated policies regarding transport, infrastructure, community programs and environmental services.
Cyclist and pedestrian facilities
This policy plans for the development of cyclist and pedestrian facilities and promotes cycling and walking as preferred modes of transport. The policy aims to increase cycling and walking, improve safety and strengthen links between on and off road bicycle and footpath networks.
Do you know what a crossover is? A crossover is the point of access between a road and a property boundary or driveway. The city has a policy which outlines how crossovers can be constructed on this section of land to provide safe, uniform and practical design and protect street trees.
The purpose of this policy is to control and manage stormwater runoff. Each year the city makes improvements to its drainage infrastructure to increase the capacity of the current stormwater system. Techniques include the installation of soak wells and drainage cells to mitigate the risk of potential flooding, and hydraulic modelling – a mathematical model which helps predict the behaviour of stormwater and identifies how the drainage system could be improved.
Local area traffic management
This policy aims to improve the safety and amenity of the city’s local roads. Traffic management and traffic calming treatments including rumble strips, roundabouts, streetscapes and carriageway treatments are considered under this policy.
Street lighting in the city is owned and maintained by both the City of Subiaco and Western Power. City-owned streetlights are recognisably decorative and designed to fit in with the ambience of the city. All other street lights are owned by Western Power.
You can see examples of both city-owned, and Western Power owned lighting on our website, and complete the online form to report a faulty streetlight.
Street verges are an opportunity to reflect the city’s local character while fostering a sense of community pride. The street verges policy encourages residents to consider the visual contribution, environmental factors and safety measures when maintaining street verges. The city does not support synthetic turf for verges as these materials can cause potential damage to drainage, street trees and waterways. The city does permit verge parking and encourages vegetable gardens and waterwise landscaping.
Community gardens are outdoor spaces that are established on public land and collectively gardened by a group of people. The city supports the creation of community gardens and can assist with ideas and advice for identifying an appropriate site. If you’d like to get a community garden started, the first step is to develop a plan outlining the goals and purpose of the garden and how it will be used. The city’s Community Gardening Guide is a great resource for helping you get started. To discuss the initial proposal contact the city on 9387 0942, or visit our community gardens webpage for more information.
The city has updated its waste services policy to reflect changes to waste collection including the red, yellow, green waste system. The policy outlines the city’s commitment to a reduction in waste to landfill and avoidable recyclable material.
The city's policies assist with decision making, and set guidelines for the effective management of council resources. To view the full policy manual, and understand governing local laws, visit the local laws and policies webpage.