The City of Subiaco has secured a $20,000 grant to hold a community planting day and extend its existing Waterwise Verge Restoration Program, which currently has a waiting list of 47 residents.
The grant – which comes from the Government’s Communities Environment Program through Federal Member for Curtin, Celia Hammond – aims to help organisations deliver practical local projects that deliver positive environmental and social outcomes.
The City’s current Waterwise Verge Restoration Program helps residents plant natives, which require less water, fertiliser and weed control. It also increases biodiversity,and keeps local streets and neighbourhoods looking good.
Currently up to 20 residents are able to transform their verges under the program each year, with this grant estimated to increase this number to approximately 40 residents.
To engage the community, a community planting event will also be planned under the grant to encourage residents, volunteers and other community members to plant natives together on their verges.
“This grant is a great opportunity for the City to create meaningful change for residents and the wider community that will have a positive impact on the appearance of our streets and on the environment,” City of Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said.
“Sustainability is at the core of our operations and this program is another example of how we’re working towards creating a more environmentally responsible City.
“Other recent sustainability initiatives we’ve implemented include replacing glyphosate weed control with steam, installing the first Seabin in an Australian lake, and transitioning the City’s fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles to reduce carbon emissions.”