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Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Community Sustainable Opportunities

Supporting our community to become more sustainable

The City of Parramatta runs a range of programs for individuals, community groups and organisations to help them become more sustainable:

Get into Nature program

Get into Nature is a series of Council workshops, guided walks and events designed to connect people with their natural surroundings.

The Get into Nature events are run by Council’s Bushcare Team allowing local residents and visitors to experience the amazing plants and animals in Parramatta’s bushland reserves in a safe,  friendly and engaging way.

Details on upcoming events can be found on our Liveable Parramatta Facebook page.

Not on Facebook? Please contact Council’s Bushcare Team for more details:

Phone: (02) 9806 8280

Email: bushcare@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au 

Please not that these events are highly popular and places are strictly limited, so please register to avoid disappointment.

Workshops and events

Council offers a range of community workshops and events on topics such as worm farming and composting, green cleaning, going plastic free, growing your own food, and cycle safety and maintenance.

Community Solutions Workshop

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Want to do something to help solve this Climate Change problem but not sure how to start?

We have partnered up with Jo Taranto, co-founder of Good for the Hood, to offer a free online course specifically designed to help you connect with others and create community solutions.

The workshops will take place on 13th, 20th and 27th of May. Bookings are essential.

Find out more and get your tickets fast via the Humanitix website.

GOOF (Grow Our Own Food)

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GOOF is a series of workshops which teaches participants how to apply Permaculture Ethics and Principles in urban settings. 

Sponsored by the City of Parramatta, the series teaches participants how to apply Permaculture Ethics and Principles to balconies, backyards, community gardens and schools. Those who partake will learn how to design, set up and run sustainable gardens in alignment with nature's laws and systems.

Five topics are covered, each having two, 1-hour sessions per week for a total of 10 sessions over a 5-week period. 

  • Session 1 occurs Mondays 7pm to 8pm
  • Session 2 occurs Wednesdays 7pm to 8pm

Topics covered include: 

  1. Introduction to Permaculture Ethics, Principles application
  2. Soils Make and Re-generate healthy, fertile soil. Grow Beds
  3. Plants Select, Sow, Grow, Harvest & Store your food
  4. Seeds Collect, Clean, Store & Sow Seeds
  5. Year-Round Food combines all sessions to create a Personal Planting Guide

Cost: 

  • $12 per person for Parramatta residents (those who can provide evidence of living within the City of Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA))
  • $25 per person for those residing outside the City of Parramatta's LGA. 

Included with the fee is:

  • 10 hours of interactive lecture/discussion
  • PDF copy of the slide deck
  • references and resource list
  • independent activities for participants try between each session
  • a website link to the recorded session

The GOOF series is presented by knowledgeable and experienced permaculture teachers who live the ethics and principles of Permaculture in their own homes and communities.

Pre-purchasing of tickets is essential.

For details on other upcoming events visit and like the Liveable Parramatta Facebook page.

Hive and seek

A program which encourages residents to learn about native gardening and how improving local biodiversity helps pollinators, especially native stingless bees. Participants also learn how to build hives and split them for regeneration each year.

Naturally, native bees live in tree hollows, branches, or natural overhangs. Much of their habitat is lost in our suburbs and combined with the increase in herbicide and pesticide use, they are in decline. Having native bees in your garden greatly improves the health of your garden and improves the yields of your veggie patch.

Through this program, we will offer you different opportunities to hear from speakers from universities and from industry, as well as existing hosts who are keen to share their experiences. Residents will also learn how to build hives and how to split them for regeneration each year and become part of a growing network of hive hosts.

To be eligible for this program we ask for a commitment to eliminate pesticide and herbicide use on individual properties. It is also encouraged to plant more native species whenever possible and Council will offer native plant seedlings throughout the year to improve property biodiversity.

Each year the existing hives will be split. Depending on availability these could be offered as opportunity to become a host for a live-working native beehive.

Program currently full - wait list available

Join the contact list by emailing your name, address, contact number to enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9806 8292.

Energy advice you can trust

Council has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to provide you with simple energy advice you can trust.

The energy advisors at the Australian Energy Foundation can help you work out exactly what you need to do to make your home energy-efficient. From solar to pool pump controllers, they can provide advice on all areas of your home, helping you make an informed decision.

They can also connect you with reliable suppliers for everything you need to make your home energy-efficient. They conduct a rigorous procurement process so that you can buy with ease and confidence.

Areas they can help with include:

  • solar panels and battery storage
  • insulation and draught proofing
  • LED lighting
  • hot water heat pumps
  • reverse cycle air conditioners
  • home energy assessments
  • pool pump controllers
  • window films

Visit the Australian Energy Foundation website to learn about all the things you can do in your home.

Contact one of their energy advisors on 1300 23 68 55 or email advice@aef.com.au

Get a quote for your home

Save Power Kits for loan

The Save Power Kits includes power monitoring equipment to help you identify where you are using power and where you can be saving power (and reducing your greenhouse gas emissions).

There are two types of kit you can borrow:

Save Power kit contains range of practical tools including a power monitor to work out how much power your appliances are using, an infrared thermometer to check for drafts and a thermometer to test heating and cooling as well as a stopwatch and compass

Power Mate kit has a single energy meter to measure how much energy your appliances use. It can also tell you how much your electricity costs for each appliance. Even when an appliance is on standby it can draw power, adding extra costs to bills unnecessarily.

Kits are available to adult library members for 1 week and must be returned in person.

Library Branch

Save Power Kit (black box)

PowerMate Kit (white box)

Carlingford

2

2

Constitution Hill

1

2

Dundas

1

1

Epping

2

2

Ermington

1

1

Parramatta

6

6

A program to help people save power and money is now available for loan at City of Parramatta Library and its branches as part of the NSW Government’s Home Energy Action Program.

Clean Seeds Network

This program supports a network of local schools and community groups to collect and share heirloom organic seeds to create a self-sufficient seed bank which decreases the need to purchase commercial seedlings each season.

Through this network, Council provides free seedlings for local primary schools for their food gardens, as well as free training in seed harvesting and storage.

To find out more details or to register please contact Council’s Sustainability & Waste Team:

Phone: (02) 9806 8292

Email: enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Compost Revolution

The Compost Revolution program is a fun way to learn about composting and worm farming from the comfort of your own home.

People from all over Australia are joining the revolution and finding out how to create their own soil and fertiliser while reducing the rubbish they send to landfill.

First step is to complete the quick tutorial to learn about how to use and look after a worm farm or compost bins. Then you can claim your discounted worm farm and compost bin. Council will then approve the order and your items will be delivered to your door within a few weeks.

Garage Sale Trail – 21–22 November 2020

The Garage Sale Trail is a great way to make or save money by buying or selling your pre-loved stuff, whilst also minimising your impact on the planet.

As an Australia wide initiative there are numerous ways to be involved in the Garage Sale Trail both online and in the real world. This year's event looks set to be bigger than ever so expect heaps of money making, treasure hunting and planet saving fun.

Garage Sale Trail happens with the support of local council partners across the country and over ten years has grown to a nationwide event which sees over 3.5 million kg of items sold and saved from landfill.

Every garage sale has a unique style and gets a sale page that provides clues to who's involved, what’s on offer and anything else that’s going down. It’s like a treasure map to second hand greatness. Likewise, shoppers can search for sales, items of interest and make their own Trail of favourite sales to checkout.

Registrations open September 2020.

Walking and cycling

Council has developed a network of cycleways to support cycling around the City for both commuters and recreational riders. 

There are a range of bushwalks, historic walks and walking pathways within Parramatta. Check out our walking page to plan your next walking adventure. 

Community gardens

Community gardens help build healthier, stronger, more connected communities. They offer our community the opportunity to plant, grow and harvest produce in a shared setting.

When community gardens are led by the community, they provide inclusive, common ground areas with opportunities for residents to be active and connect with each other over shared interests.

Community gardens also help our community to interact with nature, to reduce their household waste, and to learn and practice skills in a safe and supportive environment. They can be located on different types of land including schools, churches, community centres and public parks.

Local community gardens on Council land:

Bruce Miller Community Garden
Bruce Miller Reserve
6A Trumper St
Ermington
Garden contact Facebook group (closed) or 0424 446 806

Bungaree Community Garden
Ambrose Hallen Park
18a Derbyshire St
Toongabbie
Contact the Secretary, Ambrose Hallen Park Committee
0423 035 432

John Irving Park
6 Jordan St 
Rosehill
Managed by Harris Park Community Centre

Search for other community gardens

The City of Parramatta supports community gardens and understands that these require substantial community involvement for planning, decision-making, garden management and day-to-day activities. Establishing and maintaining effective community gardens is encouraged as it significantly increases the wellbeing of individuals and the broader community.

Sustainability Awards

The City of Parramatta runs an annual awards program to recognise and celebrate the hard work of individuals and groups who are committed to improving our environment.

It recognises the effort that these champions have put into reducing their own impact on the environment or in helping others to do the same. 

If you or someone you know is passionate about sustainability issues and is actively doing something about it, why not nominate them for our Environmental Citizen of the Year award. Whether their passion is saving energy, growing their own food, avoiding waste, protecting local environments, recycling, or sharing knowledge with others – don’t let their efforts go unnoticed. 

Award nominations for 2019/20 have now closed but nominations for 2020/21 will open in early 2021. 

Downloads

Nomination Form

Terms and Conditions

For more information

Contact the Sustainability & Waste Team:
Phone: (02) 9806 8292
Email: enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au