City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444

Sustainability at Cockburn

"Pursuing governance excellence to meet the needs of current and future generations through an integration of environmental protection, social advancement and economic prosperity."

City of Cockburn, 2013

sustainability living events brochure 2017Get skilled up on Sustainability!

Get the low down on all the events by downloading the 2017 Events brochure! 

Download: July to December 2017 Brochure





Living Smart Course

Have you wondered how you can  make your life more sustainable? Do you want to respond positively to issues like climate change? Do you want to meet people who care about the earth like you do?

Then Living Smart is for you!

Living Smart is a 7-week course (plus an additional field trip) that will inspire you to make sustainable changes in your own home with your family. The course is designed with the needs of participants in mind and includes topic such as Waste, Living Simply, Power, Water, Gardening . . . and more.

This course will be facilitated by Shani Graham and Tim Darby, the most experienced Living Smart facilitators in Australia.

More information and to register:

 Sustainable Buildings Workshop

In November 2015 The City of Cockburn hosted a Sustainable Buildings workshop for property industry professionals

The forum-style event was delivered by a team of sustainability experts, each with extensive experience working with property industry professionals in WA.

For more information or to express your interest in future events, please contact us at

Sustainability Grants

If you are a school, community group, not-for-profit organisation, group of households or a small business in the City of Cockburn, you can apply for a sustainability grant to assist your project.

Funding rounds close on March 31 each year.

Please contact the Sustainability Officer on 9411 3444 for more information and to discuss your project ideas.

Application Information:



Case Study 1 - Atwell Primary School

Thanks to the Cockburn Councils Sustainability grant, Atwell Primary School had been able to rejuvenate their veggie patch with organically enriched soils and mulch.

"Just look at our wonderful bean crop we are ready to harvest! We cant wait to plant some Basil so that we can make Sunflower seed and Basil pesto!" Said teacher Collette Dixon.

The veggie patch has also had the reticulation upgraded; the worm farm restocked and we are now proud owners of a compartmentalised compost system. Its nice to know that the schools vegetable and fruit scraps will be put to good use and no longer thrown away.

Atwell Primary Schools GREEN GARDENING GROUP (3Gs) is an enthusiastic bunch of students who have really enjoyed learning about growing thing. They've propagated a bed of Rosemary, planted an abundant crop of peas, beans, parsley and Sunflowers.

The 3Gs have picnicked on unusual foods like Pea tendrils and Nasturtium flowers; they've taken home peas, parsley, beans and Lemon grass to make tea with. Above all, students have discovered a real pleasure and growing knowledge of what a rich and well-nourished earth can provide.


Case Study 2 - Trade AllStars

TradeAllStars is a one-stop shop for trade businesses and their customers.  This innovative website allows Tradies to manage their business profile online or via a mobile phone and gives their customers the ability to rate companies based on their workmanship.

In April 2014, TradeAllStars received a sustainability grant from the City of Cockburn to help subsidise the registration fee for local Cockburn businesses ($55 per annum).

TradeAllStars is a combination of a directory, your local gazette and a version of Trip Advisor but for Tradies" said business owner Julie Klobas.

Tradies can log in and manage their business' online marketing with a public space for their customers to leave feedback regarding their workmanship.
For more information on TradeAllStars and the discounted registration fee for Cockburn businesses, visit or connect on Facebook at  


Sustainable Renters Guide -Updated!!

The Sustainable Renters Guide has been updated -with a new look and interesting info-graphics that showcase how much energy and water common household appliances use.

The latest edition includes updated links to rebates and incentives, plus a suite of check-lists to help you save money and energy.

Whilst the booklet is targeted to renters and landlords, many of the actions apply to home-owners alike.


  • How much your appliances cost to run per hour
  • 5 easy actions that can save you up to $700 per year
  • Tips for landlords 
  • What uses the most water? 

Sustainable Building Checklist

What are the 3 most important decisions when building a house?

The Sustainable Building checklist can help you design a more sustainable home for Perth's climate, with lower running costs and improved environmental performance.


Six Sustainable House PlansSustainable House

The City of Cockburn, in partnership with the University of Western Australia and Solar Dwellings are proud to introduce six new innovative and inspirational house designs. 

Brochure front page

These designs are intended to help residents create the home of their dreams. A home that is climate sensitive and site responsive. A home that will keep them warm in winter and cool in summer, while minimising the impact they have on the environment and saving money.
Each home has been designed for a different lot orientation to achieve optimal performance.


To download the plans visit 



State of Sustainability 2015 - 2016 brochure

2015-16 State of Sustainability Report


The City of Cockburn has adopted its fifth annual State of Sustainability (SoS) Report.

The 2015-16 Report enables the City to publicly track its progress towards sustainability across four key areas Governance, Economy, Environment and Society.





Integrated Reporting Platform

The City of Cockburn pursues a strategic approach to sustainability and measures its progress through an integrated reporting framework.

Sustainability Policy SC37 is the City's guiding document for sustainability. It outlines the City's overarching approach to sustainability across focus areas of governance, environment, society and economy.

Beneath this lies the City's Sustainability Strategy 2013-2017 which outlines the City's key objectives for sustainability, as well as outlining the way in which the City will implement these key objectives.

The Sustainability Action plan 2016 - 2017 outlines the key actions that staff across the City will take to achieve the objectives outlined in the Strategy. This Action Plan is reviewed annually.

The 2014/15 State of Sustainability Report publicly reports on the City's progress in achieving the key performance indicators outlined in the Sustainability Action Plan.

A summary of the State of Sustainability Report is provided on the City's Annual Report page.

Community Gardens


Community gardens are a great way to grown your own vegetables, get to know your neighbours and take a hands-on approach to sustainability.


The City of Cockburn supports community gardens, and has developed a guide for you to help make your garden as sustainable as possible!





Building a Sustainable House

The City has  developed a Building a Sustainable House in the City of Cockburn Brochure.

It is designed to encourage new lot owners within Cockburn to consider the principles of sustainable design in the construction of their home. This is particularly important as it is estimated that Australia's 7 million households produce over 105 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually. 

Emissions from this sector contribute to over 20% of Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions.



When Chris Ferreira and his family bought a weatherboard cottage in Hamilton Hill, they wanted to make their existing home as sustainable as possible. For nine months, the family worked hard to retrofit the cottage - and transform it into an energy and water efficient home.

To find out how they did it, download the INFORMATION BROCHURE.

For information on tours to the home,  please visit

If you are thinking about retrofitting your home, please consider  preserving the heritage aspects of your house. The City has produced information brochures on the heritage components of five historic housing styles commonly found in Cockburn.

For more information on this please visit


Other Resources

If you would like to view any of these documents below, please visit our documents, plans, publications and brochures page.


Click here for more information on what you can do!



Environment HOME 


Documents Publications Plans and Brochures

Local TravelSmart Guides & Maps

Public Transport & Walking/Cycling for:




Cockburn Economic Profile
Sustainable Eco Home Designs
Cockburn Community Services

Aerial project showcases sustainability

The Cockburn Integrated Health and Community Facility is an award winning facility, recognised for its Excellence in Energy Efficiency.

Sustainability features include a 99 kW solar PV system, LED lighting, underground rainwater tanks, high levels of insulation and shading structures for improved thermal comfort.

Watch the amazing fly-over video
(captured by drone) to learn more about  the sustainable design aspects of the building.


The secrets of sustainable home and garden design were revealed at the recent Sustainable Design Master class.

Watch the video to discover more about this hands-on workshop delivered by celebrity gardener, Chris Ferreira and eco-effective architect, Sid Thoo.

Email to register your interest in the next Sustainable Home and Garden Design Master class (2015).


Watch this video for a summary of Sustainability in Cockburn



Contact Sustainability Services

Phone: 08 9411 3444