A FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) waste service will roll out to Subiaco residents in May 2023.
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Did you know there is free parking in Subiaco every weekend, and every evening after 5pm? Plus, you can find $9 a day parking in 13 spots across the City?
The City of Subiaco offers incentives and assistance for owners of heritage properties, including a heritage advisory service and heritage grants.
Subiaco is a unique, popular and welcoming place. We celebrate our rich history, while embracing the diversity and vitality of the present.
Our public spaces and diverse local businesses contribute to a happy lifestyle for all.
The full vision, and how it guides City operations, is detailed in the Strategic Community Plan.
The City acknowledges that Climate change is real, and urgent action is required to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate.
In 2018, Councils across Western Australia came together to support a ‘call to action’ to address the impacts of climate change. The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) State Council endorsed this through their Climate Change Policy Statement.
In 2020 Council operationalised the commitment to this policy and adopted its first Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan with the following ambitious targets.
The City is currently in the process of developing a Climate Change Response Framework. Subject to Council endorsement, the purpose of this Framework will be to provide a consolidated overview of the City’s response to climate change and outlines its commitment to mitigation and adaption strategies across City. This Framework will replace and build upon the Sustainability and Resilience Strategy 2016 – 2021.
Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan:
In 2021 the City became certified Carbon Neutral for it 2019/20 operations under the Climate Active program.
The Sustainability and Resilience Strategy drives the City’s approach to sustainability; providing direction and specific actions in governance, procurement, community development, planning, and environmental management.
The City is leading the way in carbon reduction and is one of the first local governments to adopt a Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan. The City undertakes annual certification with Climate Active, being certified Carbon Neutral since 2019/20.
The Environmental Plan includes actions the City and community will take to adapt to current changing climate conditions. The plan looks at ways to reduce water use, increase flora, fauna and green corridors, and minimise the spread of pathogens.
The City strives to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets, including carbon neutral status, for the next decade. Reinforced by transparent reporting, the City aims to:
• move to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025
• reduce energy consumption by 20 per cent by 2025
• reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent by 2030
• ensure all fleet vehicles meet the Climate Change Authority’s standard by 2025.
The City of Subiaco was one of the first Western Australian local governments to eliminate the use of Glyphosate. The City manages weed control using a chemical-free saturated steam process. This option provides a safe and effective alternative and keeps City parks, roads, and verges weed-free.
Further suppressing weed growth, garden beds are mulched and native plants are planted close together to outcompete weeds and reduce seed dispersal.
To prevent pollution from entering the ocean, improve water cleanliness, and reduce the risk of algal blooms, the City installed a Seabin at Lake Subiaco Common.
The Seabin is an innovative Australian product made from recyclable material that collects plastics, debris, and water pollution, including surface oil. The Seabin has been installed in ports and marinas around the world, and this is the first time it has been used in an Australian lake.
The City of Subiaco currently has a total solar power generation capacity of 162.78 kW spread over several facilities, as outlined below:
While we are working towards a better understanding of exactly how much energy each of our solar systems generate each year, we estimate that 23 per cent of energy demand at Lords Recreation Centre and 40 per cent of energy demand at the Subiaco Library is generated on-site via rooftop solar.
The City of Subiaco have signed onto a Power Purchase Agreement led by WALGA whereby 100 per cent of grid-purchased electricity across its contestable (high-consuming) sites will be supplied by three Western Australian renewable energy projects: Albany Wind Farm, Collgar Wind Farm and Emu Downs Wind Farm.
With electricity contributing more than 50 per cent of the Council’s annual corporate greenhouse gas emissions, the transition to 100 per cent renewable electricity at these facilities will vastly reduce Council’s carbon footprint and reliance on carbon credit units to maintain carbon neutrality. In signing onto the agreement, the City hope to influence greater uptake of renewable electricity in the broader community.
The City is a member of Cities Power Partnership, Australia’s largest network of local Councils leading the way to a thriving, net zero emissions future. Under this membership the City has committed to five pledges:
Cities Power Partnership membership allows the City to collaborate and share knowledge with Councils around Australia on key sustainability and resilience issues. This allows us to be part of a greater movement, and to learn from the experience of other local Councils.
The City now uses GreenStar Concrete in all new concrete footpaths. This is made up of 40 per cent ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) which is a by-product of steel manufacture which would otherwise go to landfill. GreenStar concrete also makes use of manufactured sand (25 per cent) and recycled water, thereby reducing reliance on virgin materials. The product results in approximately 44 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions compared to concrete of a similar rating.
The City has installed floating islands in Subiaco Common Lake to provide a safe spot for local fauna to roost and nest and to improve water quality naturally. The plants on the island filter water through the roots of the plants, reducing the risk of algae blooms, as well as contribute to the overall aesthetic of the park. They are made up of a base structure supporting native semi-aquatic plants, enhancing biodiversity in the area.