Water-savers praised

Fremantle Gazette - - STREET WATCH - Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

THE City of Cock­burn has been en­dorsed as a Gold Water­wise Coun­cil for its part in sav­ing 12 bil­lion litres of water in 2015-16.

Cock­burn was one of 19 coun­cils recog­nised by the Water Cor­po­ra­tion at a re­cent break­fast, where it was re­vealed lo­cal gov­ern­ments and busi­nesses had helped save the equiv­a­lent of 5300 Olympic­sized swim­ming pools worth of the pre­cious re­source.

Cock­burn en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Claire Dunn said the City had sev­eral ini­tia­tives in place to pro­mote re­spon­si­ble water use.

Among those is a water-ef­fi­ciency ac­tion plan, a na­tive plant sub­sidy scheme, the in­stal­la­tion and retro-fit­ting of water hard­ware in City fa­cil­i­ties and a home and busi­ness eco-au­dit pro­gram.

“The City is pleased with the recog­ni­tion and (is) en­thu­si­as­tic to con­tinue with our wa­ter­sav­ing ini­tia­tives,” she said.

To­bias Busch and his wife Sa­jni moved into their Hamil­ton Hill home nine years ago, view­ing the lawn as a blank can­vas to cre­ate some­thing more sus­tain­able.

The cou­ple have taken ad­van­tage of the City’s na­tive plant sub­sidy scheme and grant to make their gar­den what it is to­day.

“We have found a good bal­ance of plants that work, but also dis­cov­ered some that don’t do well in our soil,” Mr Busch said.

“The sub­sidy has al­lowed us to get a se­lec­tion of great qual­ity and very rea­son­ably priced lo­cal na­tives.

“We have used the sub­sidy scheme ev­ery year since es­tab­lish­ing the gar­den, some­times to re­stock plants we al­ready have, but of­ten to try some­thing new.”

Mr Busch said the aim was “to re­strict the use of water as much as pos­si­ble”.

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To­bias Busch in his na­tive gar­den with daugh­ter Ayana (2).

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