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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:

 

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Programs
  • City of Parramatta invites local community organisations, social enterprises and schools to join us in our Reuse Community, sharing and re-using items no longer needed. 

    As a subscriber to Warp-It along with Council, you can browse the catalogue, claim your FREE item/s, and arrange collections. Items already in the marketplace include office stationery and equipment, craft supplies, storage cabinets, white boards and office furniture. The items will have a 7 day internal listing for Council office use, after which items will be accessible to you through our Reuse Community.

    To join our Warp-It Reuse Community please register here.

    For more information please contact the Sustainability team on enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gou.au or 9806 8292.

  • 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.

  • Developed following years of research and successful pilots, the ClimateClever platform brings together the most effective components to create an innovative, data-driven App, consisting of three interactive online tools. The App enables schools, businesses, and residents, to: 

    • easily calculate and track their carbon footprint; 
    • conduct an audit of their buildings; and 
    • create personalised action plans to reduce consumption, costs, and carbon emissions across all utilities (electricity, gas, water and waste)

     

    Sign up now
  • Free Home Energy Assessments – Back by popular demand.

    Did you know that good insulation can cut your winter heating bills by up to 40%? If your home was insulated before 2010, chances are it either doesn’t have enough insulation or it’s been moved out of place by contractors such as electricians.

    Council is once again offering Free Home Energy Assessments by a qualified electrician. The assessment will take between 30-40mins and you’ll get a full evaluation report, as well as personalised advice on how to improve the energy efficiency.

    Bookings for this first round of 20 assessments can be made to enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au until Sunday 18th June 2023.

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.

  • GOOF begins Saturday 6th April from 8:30AM to 12PM at John Curtin Meeting Room and runs on the following dates: 06 April 2024; 13 April 2024; 27 April; 11 May 2024 and 18 May 2024. Booking required

    Have you noticed food prices continuing to go up? Have you considered growing some of your own food?

    To help you get started, City of Parramatta is supporting the GOOF series again this Autumn.

    GOOF – Grow Our Own Food – is a 5-weekend, in person workshop series based on nature’s cycles. The series is presented by knowledgeable Northmead locals who practise the ethics and principles of permaculture in their own homes. You will learn how to preserve and ferment your food, how to care for your plants, live more resiliently and responsibly by growing food all year long!

    Bookings required, please click on the link below

    Hosted in person
  • Excited to delve into the art of cheese-making? Join Margaret from Moss House for a comprehensive lesson covering everything you'll need to get started.

    With just high-quality milk, a bit of fermenting culture, and a dash of confidence, you'll be on your way to crafting your own delicious cheeses in no time.

    Free Registration
  • A program that 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.

     

     

    Introduction to Native Bees - 9th October

    Sunday 9th October, 9:30-11am at Burnside Gardens Community Centre, 3 Blackwood Place, Oatlands.

    https://www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/living/booking-a-venue/burnside-gardens-community-centre

    Close to bus stops on Pennant Hills road or parking onsite.

    Bookings
    Hive & Seek Program – 11th October

    Introduction to City of Parramatta’s Hive & Seek Program. Come along and learn about our program and how you can encourage native bees into your garden. 

     

    Tickets from Eventbrite
    Native Bees Research Revealed – 20th October

    Learn about the latest research in Native Stingless Bees.
    Have you taken the chance to look at nature recently? Caitlyn Forster is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney studying pollinator behaviour. She will be speaking about stingless bee and honey bee pick flowers, and how you can appreciate the pollinators in your garden.

    Tickets from Evenbrite
  • 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.

  • For centuries, herbs stood as humanity's primary source of medicine. If you seek to steer clear of synthetic compounds found in modern pharmaceuticals, consider delving into the art of crafting herbal remedies – effective solutions for everyday health issues.

    From soothing teas and potent tinctures to throat soothers and healing balms, herbs deserve a place in every household's first aid arsenal.

    The resurgence of herbal knowledge is palpable. Why not embark on a journey to explore it further?

    Free Registration
  • 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.

  • 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 2021.

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

Sherwin Park Community Garden
38a Isabella St, North Parramatta NSW 2151
Join the committee Facebook group
 

Project Update Sherwin Community Garden
 

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

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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.

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