Sustainability

Sustainable Living

Is a lifestyle that reduces the use of the Earth's natural resources and an individual’s own resources.
                           
Earth Carers work with residents in the western suburbs to encourage sustainability and provide education and assistance with respect to reducing waste, through recycling, organic composting, etc. They are always looking for volunteers and can also help you get friends and neighbours on board for a composting program.  For further information and for information on Earth Carers events click here

Water

Western Australia is facing major challenges caused by a drying climate, population growth and reduced groundwater availability.  We can no longer rely on traditional water supplies to meet the community's demands for water.

Waterwise Community Toolkit - click here for all the hints and tips

Water Saving tips for the garden and around the home

Sustainable Gardening

 

Composting

Composting occurs in nature and is the natural process of decomposition which regenerates the soil.  Kitchen and garden waste placed in a compost bin is broken down by naturally occurring bacteria and fungi.  This forms an earthy smelling, dark colour soil mixture - compost. For further information click here

Mulch

  • Be Waterwise and reduce evaporation, weed growth and regulate soil temperature by mulching today.
  • The depth of mulch should always be maintained at 50-100mm thick to maximize effect.
  • Always keep mulch cleared away from stem of plants to avoid collar rot.
Residents are encouraged to do one of the following to obtain free or heavily subsidized mulch:
  • Ring up a contractor who prunes trees and ask if they are in the area to drop a truck load on your verge
  • Or register your request on www.mulchnet.com
Another source of mulch is from a retailer.  These products are usually partially composted to minimize pathogens.
Please ensure it meets the Australian Standards for mulching to avoid spreading soil borne disease. 

Phytopthera Dieback

There are over 50 different forms of Pythopthera (Greek = Plant Destroyer), these water moulds are carried in soil and spread through poor hygiene of people, animals and machines or by movement of water. By moving through infected areas we can unknowingly spread this pathogen. Many of these species of Phytopthera are only recently identified and little is known of some impacts within Perth bushland.  Over 40% of the species found on the Swan Coastal Plain are impacted by these biological bulldozers and currently there is no known cure.

What can we do to limit its spread?
At home by using potting mixes and mulches with the Australian Standards ticks (Red are premium grade and black ticks are for regular grade) we are able to ensure the mix is pathogen free.

All compost should be kept at a minimum of 70 degrees for 72 hours to achieve a pathogen free material.  Ensure all plant material is either composted as mentioned above or place out for verge collection or in residential rubbish bin, this is then composted at a recycling centre and on sold to the soil suppliers in Perth.

In urban bush land and natural areas stick to the designated paths and keep away from planted areas and keep dogs on leads near bush land areas. 

Worm Farming

A worm farm is a simple way to turn non fatty kitchen waste into high quality nutrients for your household plants, vegetable seedlings, lawns and gardens.  Worms will digest most of your kitchen waste producing a nutritious soil conditioner.  Worm farms are ideally suited for small families or houses with small yards. For further information and a detailed step by step process please see pages 14 and 15 of the Earthcarer Guide brochure.

Using Native Plants in your Garden

Some of the plants used around the Town of Claremont are identified in the following information booklet, Wildflowers & other local plants for your garden. The booklet contains hints for planning a new garden step by step using local native plants.  To view the booklet please click here
The Town of Claremont encourages its residents to use native plants in their garden as it reduces the demand on underground water supplies and increases species richness (biodiversity) within the Western Suburbs.
For more garden water wise hints and tips please refer to the Water Corporation’s website by clicking here

Native Plant Subsidy Scheme

In choosing to plant local native species, you are making a valuable contribution to enhancing and supporting biodiversity throughout our region. With a generous layer of dieback-free mulch applied to the soil, local native plants require little water, fertiliser or ongoing maintenance once established.

This year, the scheme will operate from Monday 2 May to Saturday 28 May, 2016. We offer residents up to eighty (80) plants at the subsidised price of $1.50 each.  Due to the popularity of the scheme, availability is subject to a “first in” basis.
To take advantage of this offer please click here to view the poster Native Plant Subsidy 2015, and then take a proof of residence such as a drivers license or rates notice to APACE nursery.

Urban Bushland

Click here to find Friends of Lake Claremont preservation and enhancement information on the Urban Bushland Council website.

Verge Landscaping

The Town of Claremont will permit verge landscaping provided it complies with the guidelines.  To view the guidelines please click here
It is necessary to complete the simple line drawing with your verge planting layout and return to the Town.  For the line drawing template please click here
Please note an inspection of the verge plantings may apply to ensure they are in accordance with the Road Verge Policy.  To view the Policy please click here