Take a tour of the Grove’s environmental design features:

Your Garden

Wildflowers and Other Local Native Plants for your Garden
Bring the beauty and variety of plants that grow naturally in the Western Suburbs into your garden. When you choose local native wildflowers, shrubs and trees for your garden you can provide food and shelter for native birds, butterflies and other animals, save water and fertilisers and pesticides. So enjoy planning and watching your garden grow, knowing that it is working with nature.

Download the booklet  Wildflowers and other local native plants for your garden Revised March 2010

Feed Nurture Grow Your Garden
Developed by Earth Carers from the western suburbs, this booklet provides detailed information on how to recycle organic waste at home to provide you with fertile soil for your garden.

Download the  EC Guide – Feed Nurture Grow your garden booklet

Fertilising Your Lawn and Garden
This guide aims to provide easy to understand application rates and recommended fertiliser types for residents living on Western Coastal Plain Soils. Using this information, you will save time and money and help to keep our rivers healthy.

Download the  FertiliseWise- Western Coastal Plain Soils  booklet

Native Plant Subsidy Scheme (NPSS)
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 2012 NPSS will run from Monday the 30 April 2012 to Saturday the 26 May 2012. Between those dates the Apace nursery will be open to our residents 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to noon Saturday. The nursery is located at 1 Johannah Street, North Fremantle. Residents can obtain up to eighty (80) plants per household at the subsidised price of $1.50 each subject to a ‘first in’ basis. Please take a proof of residence such as a driver’s license or rates notice to APACE nursery to obtain the subsidy.

Being Waterwise
Roughly half of all household water use is outside the home. See the Water Corporation’s Being Waterwise website on how to create Waterwise cottage, tropical, mediterranean and native gardens. Using soil improvement, dieback-free mulch and a installing a drip or sub-surface irrigation system are all great measures to save water.

Water Conservation and Quality

ICLEI water campaign
The ICLEI Water Campaign is a voluntary freshwater management program that aims to build the capacity of local government to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality through a performance based milestone framework.

The Shire joined the ICLEI Water Campaign in 2006, and was awarded Milestone 4 – Corporate in August 2011. This Milestone represents the Shire’s commitment to improved water management in our local government area. The Shire is currently working on the final component of the program, Milestone 5 which will outline the achievements that the Shire has made regarding water management over the last six years.

Waste and Recycling

What Happens To My Recycling?

Click PeppermintGroveWhathappenstomyRecycling for more information about recycling in Peppermint Grove.

Fees & Charges  – 2011/2012 Jim McGeough Resource Recovery Facility

Download the brochure of Fees _ Jim McGeough Resource Recovery Facility for the disposal of waste and the opening and closing times for visiting the facility.

Sustainable Living Courses

Earthcarers
Are you interested in exploring ways to live more sustainably whilst meeting likeminded people in your community? Free Earth Carers courses are held regularly for western suburbs residents giving you the knowledge and skills to confidently live with less waste. The course runs for five sessions over three weeks.

Topics include: The ‘big picture’ of waste management in Perth and your local council,  Demonstrations of reusing organics including worm farming and composting
Ways to encourage others to reduce waste,  Safe ways to recycle or dispose of difficult items like electronic waste, batteries, fluoros and household hazardous waste
Tours of waste management and recycling facilities,  Green cleaning ideas

Upon completing the course you will join the growing Earth Carers community and receive exclusive invites to our popular free workshops, outdoor movie nights, tours and more.

Click here  for more information at the WMRC Earth Carers website.

Living Smart
The Shire of Peppermint Grove provides Living Smart Courses, in partnership with neighbouring Councils, to encourage residents to live more sustainably and reduce their impact on the environment.  Previous Living Smart courses have covered the following content:

Sustainable gardening and growing your own food, Energy efficiency in the home, Recycling and reducing waste, Saving water, Healthy homes, Lifestyles and diets, A “sustainability in action” field trip.

2012 Living Smart Course
The next Living Smart course will be held at The Grove Community Centre on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 9pm, starting on 17th May 2012. The course sessions run for 7 weeks and in addition there will be special outings and a hands-on gardening session organised. The cost is only $20. This is a practical, hands-on course facilitated by Shani Graham and Tim Darby from Ecoburbia in South Fremantle. Shani and Tim are personally committed to making their lives more sustainable and have been sharing their experience and running Living Smart courses for over 4 years. Shani has a background in education and Tim in art and building – together they make an inspiring team! The Towns of Claremont, Cottesloe and Mosman Park, Cities of Nedlands and Subiaco, Shire of Peppermint Grove and the Western Metropolitan Regional Council Earth Carers are sponsoring this Living Smart course and encourage all residents to get involved. For more information or to enroll please contact Shani Graham on 0417 941 991 or email her at stay@thepaintedfish.com.au.