Community Groups and Associations
The City of Perth views the role of the community as vital in the achievement of its environmental objectives. Various opportunities continue to arise where the City will work with the community to educate and raise awareness of environmental issues (see the City Environment Plan 2005-2008 on right).
The City of Perth recognises the importance of forming positive partnerships and working relationships with a range of organisations, community groups, government departments, and industries to achieve positive environmental outcomes.
The City has worked with the following organisations (see links on the right):
- Claise Brook Catchment Group
- City Farm
- Department of Transport (DOT)
- ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
- Mindarie Regional Council
- South East Regional Energy Group (SEREG)
- Swan Catchment Council
- Swan River Trust
- Water Corporation
Claise Brook Catchment Group
The City of Perth began an association with the Claise Brook Catchment Group in 2005. A partnership has since evolved and several projects have been undertaken to raise environmental awareness and enhance the natural environment.
In partnership with the City of Perth, the Claise Brook Catchment Group have:
- organised an annual community bike tour of the Claise Brook Catchment to raise awareness of catchment issues.
- organised the Point Fraser Community Day celebrating the completed redevelopment of this stretch of the Swan River foreshore
- conducted water quality monitoring of the Claise Brook Main Drain
- held a multi-stakeholder workshop on the quality of water originating from the Mounts Bay Main Drain
- conducted community plantings showcasing sustainable landscaping at Point Fraser, Mardalup Park, Piazza Nanni and Ozone Reserve
- undertaken the Local Biodiversity Study for the City of Perth
For further information about these projects, go to the Claise Brook Catchment Group website (see link on right).
Want to know more about waste minimisation and recycling? Why not become an Earth Carer?
Earth Carers is a community-based education program focused on practical ways to manage waste and then spread the message.
Earth Carers are volunteers who help groups and individuals learn ways to protect the environment through reducing, reusing and recycling waste. The program includes how we deal with waste in Perth and in particular how each local government manages waste; there are tours of a landfill site and recycling centre; and demonstrations of reusing organics including worm farming, composting and small space composting. Also covered on the course is how to communicate the responsible waste message to others.
After completing the course volunteers will move into the second component, Education Outreach, to spread the knowledge, skills and values of reducing waste into the community. The major benefits of the program come from the outreach activities undertaken by volunteers, establishing it as a social change mechanism. Some of the outreach activities carried out by Earth Carers have included: displays at local community events and shopping centres; displays at big events such as Garden Week and the Royal Show; demonstrations of composting and worm farms; and plastic bag-free events.
For more information on becoming an Earth Carer contact Mindarie Regional Council (see link on right).
You can also check out what the City is doing about waste and recycling (see link on left).