Sustainability

Defining sustainability

Sustainability for the City of South Perth means enhancing the quality of life and prosperity of the community, and preventing the harmful local and global effects of its actions through careful planning and decision making.

A strategic approach to sustainability

The Strategic Community Plan outlines the City’s approach to sustainability, which states:

Sustainability, in all its forms, is at the core of the community’s expectations and underpins the City’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.

The City’s Sustainability Strategy 2012 – 2015 will be updated in 2017-18, to align with the current Strategic Community Plan. 

Community sustainability

The City promotes sustainability to the local community by:

  • Providing native plants to local residents at citizenship ceremonies
  • Showcasing native Waterwise gardens and verges throughout the City
  • Providing educational material such as Street Verge Landscape Guidelines
  • Conducting sustainability education workshops and courses for local residents and ratepayers including Great Gardens workshops and the Living Smart course
  • Supporting Millennium Kids activities and sustainability education at the City’s schools
  • Planting native plants in the City’s reserves and public open spaces
  • Enhancing and developing public open spaces and managing development impacts on the City’s built and natural environment.

Corporate sustainability

The City adopts corporate sustainability practices that:

  • Ensure the City will comply with all relevant statutory obligations
  • Comply with voluntary initiatives to which the City subscribes, such as Planet Footprint
  • Require awareness and commitment from contractors and suppliers
  • Ensure sustainable procurement of goods and services
  • Reflect the economic, environmental and social goals of the City
  • Minimise the effects that City development has on the environment and community
  • Educate and train staff about sustainability in the workplace 
  • Routinely monitor performance and promote continuous improvement of City activities
  • Report the key characteristics of sustainability performance on an annual basis.

Sustainability reporting

The City is currently reviewing its sustainability reporting program. 

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