At the City of Canning, we know that an engaged and informed community has the capacity to actively contribute to the cultural and social capital growth of our City. We also know that providing capacity building, up-skilling and educational opportunities is key to embedding sustainability in our everyday lives. The City provides an ongoing learning, capacity building and social impact mentorship program to ensure that our people have access to low cost, high quality learning opportunities that cater to all learning levels, year round.

Lifelong learning opportunities in sustainability

Little Green Steps

Little Green Steps WA (LGSWA) are working within the City of Canning’s community networks as both a sustainability resource and education provider to support childcare centres, pre-schools, playgroups, family daycares and after school early years educators to engage in education for sustainability in their local environments.

For further information please visit our Early Years page.

Nearer to Nature Environment and Sustainability Education Program

The City of Canning has partnered with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' Nearer to Nature program to deliver Australian curriculum outcomes to students across the primary and secondary sector (K-12) through the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC). CREEC offers excursions, self-guided trails, special events, professional learning and resources.

For further information please visit our Canning River Eco Education Centre page.

Community Sustainability Learning Program

As of January 2019, the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) has enjoyed a rebranded and reinvigorated sustainability learning program, designed to enhance regional community engagement, capacity building and lifelong learning. Through our Community Sustainability Learning Program the City delivers sustainability learning content for the Canning community related to our city-wide sustainability principles and targets.

To find out what’s on, please visit our Events page.

Community Sustainability Learning Program EOI

The City of Canning is pleased to invite Expressions of Interest from sustainability professionals and educators, sustainability and environment related community groups, local business and social enterprise and others to be part of the Community Sustainability Learning Program.

We know that, within our community, and the wider WA sustainability community, there is a vibrant cohort of skilled and engaging sustainability practitioners and educators – and as such, rather than delivering our community learning program ourselves – we commit to facilitating the delivery of a curated, but community-designed learning program.

For further information please visit our Community Sustainability Learning Program EOI page.

Cockatoo KIDS Club

Suitable for children aged 6 to 15 years, the Cockatoo KIDS Club is where children can have fun outdoors and discover why cockatoos and other native wildlife are so special.

For further information please visit our Cockatoo KIDS Club page.

Nearer to Nature’s School Holiday Programs

Nearer to Nature's school holiday programs at the Canning River Eco Education Centre provide unique, enjoyable activities that help children discover intriguing natural areas.

To find out what’s on, please visit here.

Switched on Schools

The Switched on Schools initiative is run by Switch Your Thinking and aims to celebrate sustainability actions undertaken in schools. As a Switch Your Thinking member, the City is able to recognise and promote the efforts of a Switched on School within the area.

Download the Parkwood Primary School Case Study here (coming soon).

For further information on the Switched on Schools initiative, please visit here.

Young Re-Inventor of the Year Competition

The Young Re-Inventor of the Year initiative is run by Switch Your Thinking and funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. As a Switch Your Thinking member, individuals, community groups, primary and secondary schools and early learning centres within the City of Canning can apply for the initiative.

Young people solve problems and put their creativity to the test in this exciting initiative that encourages participants to reuse, repurpose and upcycle before throwing away. The theme in 2019 is Plastic Pirates Ahoy! The idea is to collect plastic loot and re-invent it into something to be treasured.

This initiative opens in May and closes in October each year.

For further information on the Young Re-inventor of the Year initiative, please visit here.

Community/Social Impact

Canning Sustainability Challenge

The City of Canning and StartSomeGood are collaborating to support local community projects, non-profits and social enterprises with plans to make Canning a Sustainable City. Selected projects receive matched seed funding, opportunities to share and develop ideas, coaching and mentorship from cause crowdfunding specialists StartSomeGood to raise additional funds via an online crowdfunding campaign.

For further information please visit our Canning Sustainability Challenge page.

Sustainability and Environment Advisory Group (SEAG)

The Sustainability and Environment Advisory Group (SEAG) is a key source of advice and support to the Council and relevant program areas, and represents the community on issues of sustainability and environmental importance in Canning. Individuals, representatives of community groups and local businesses with sustainability and environment related interests and expertise are encouraged to apply.

For further information please visit our Sustainability and Environment Advisory Group page.

Volunteering Opportunities

Passionate environmental and sustainability volunteers are encourages to join local conservation groups in the City of Canning.

For further information please visit our Volunteering page.

Rewards for Residents

The Rewards for Residents initiative is run by Switch Your Thinking and supports residents in making their home more sustainable. As a Switch Your Thinking member, residents' can access discounts on products that will help to cut waste, reduce energy and water use. Products include pool covers, rainwater tanks, solar panels, electric bike accessories, worm farms, compost bins, insulation paint, green printing and energy and water audits. Claim your discount today!

For further information on the Rewards for Residents initiative, please visit here.

Subsidised Equipment Initiative

The City of Canning is offering residents workshops and subsidies on composting and worm farming equipment in an effort to aid our community in recovering valuable resources and reducing the amount of organics sent to landfill. By helping residents compost their food scraps and garden material we can help you create healthy and water wise gardens, and reduce carbon emissions from landfill.

For further information please visit our Circular Economy page.

Build Smart Live Smart Guide

The City of Canning is committed to helping our residents live more sustainably at home and in the community. We have developed a Build Smart Live Smart guide and checklist to use when building or renovating and to live more smartly across the key themes of design, materials, energy, water, waste, green space, and transport.

Download the Build Smart Live Smart Guide here.

Community Bike Repair Stations

To support sustainable travel by bicycle the City has installed bike repair stations at two popular locations, Cannington and Riverton Leisureplex.

These stations are available for drop in's to perform routine maintenance. Each station has a foot operated bike pump, a series of tools for minor repairs and bike maintenance tips.

Solar Bench

Earlier in the year the City partnered with Synergy and CleanAir Energy to install a Steora smart solar-powered bench at Kent Street Weir.

The solar bench, gifted to the City by Synergy, can collect and store up to 100Watts of electricity every hour and features wireless device chargers and smart USB connectors allowing residents and visitors to charge mobile devices and access the wifi hotspot for free.

The benches are made of high quality materials and are resistant to vandalism, with ventilation fans to ensure the seat does not heat up during the day, and LED’s to light up the bench at night.

Resources

For further information and resources on being a sustainable business, please visit our Local Economy and Sustainable Business page.

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