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