The City of Mandurah has been taking action on Climate Change since joining the Cities for Climate Protection Program (CCP) in 1999 and continues to implement projects to help reduce our emissions as an organisation and community.

There are a number of ways that community members can get involved in reducing their own carbon footprint. 

Reducing emissions

Through the Climate Change Response Plan, the City identified extreme heat events as a risk to its community’s health and are therefore looking at ways to combine heat adaptation strategies into our urban planning, to minimise this risk.

The creation of heat refuges or ‘Cool Zones’ throughout the City will be a first step into putting these plans in place and will allow residents to get shelter when it is hot. 

These Cool Zones will serve many purposes including creating great places for activities and will promote good practices in relation to sun and heat exposure. The aim of this project is also to encourage heat adaptation plans at home and raise awareness to the City’s residents.

The project is helping to reduce the City buildings’ operating costs and Green House Gases emissions as well as contributing to its 2020 Carbon Neutral targets.

A capacity of 338 kW has been installed to date on the following buildings: 

  • Administration Building - 100kW
  • Mandurah Performing Arts Centre - 100kW
  • Rushton Park - 40kW
  • Mandurah Bowling & Recreation Club - 40kW
  • Falcon e-Library - 25kW
  • Marina Operations - 10kW
  • Small Business Centre - 10kW
  • Meadow Springs Sports Facility - 10kW
  • Merlin Street Pavilion - 3kW

Together we are saving over 400 tonnes of CO2-e from being released into the atmosphere every year.

The LED plan is aimed at the upgrade of the of existing light fittings housing 4ft fluorescent tubes with LED tubes, and will be rolled out in all Council buildings. 

Advantages of the plan include

  • Reducing the City’s operating costs and reduces risk  against  future increases in the cost of electricity supply.
  • Reducing the City’s lighting maintenance costs and reducing waste to landfill (mercury content in fluorescent tubes). 
  • Helping to reduce the City building’s operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Contributing to meet the City’s 2020 Carbon Neutral target.

The LED Plan is currently saving over 100 tonnes of CO2-e from being released into the atmosphere every year.

Learn more about low energy light bulbs
  • Turn it off when not in use (lights, television, DVD player, Hi Fi, computer etc.)
  • Turn down the central heating or cooling slightly. Just 1 degree lower will help reduce heating bill
  • Check the central heating timer setting - there is no point heating the house after we have left for work and school
  • Turn down the water heating setting (just 2 degrees will make a significant saving)
  • Fill the dish washer and washing machine with a full load - this will save water, electricity, and washing powder
  • Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need
  • Take shorter showers to save water and electricity and/or gas
  • Do your weekly shopping in a single trip
  • Car share to work or the kids school run
  • Use the bus or a train rather than the car
  • Hang out the washing to dry rather than tumble drying it!
  • Composting food waste
  • Planting a water wise garden
  • Recycle as much as possible
  • Switching to low energy light bulbs
Learn some more recycling tips
The team at Solar Dwellings are the brains behind a brief video outlining the simple and effective ways to design a sustainable home in the suburbs. Check out the video over on our YouTube channel.
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