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We live in one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia and to ensure the same environment and opportunities are available for future generations, we can each take small steps today for a more sustainable tomorrow.

See the resources below for opportunities to reduce your household's impact whilst making it more economical to run.


Resources

Saving energy

Saving energy is not only good for your bank balance, it can reduce your household's carbon footprint. Find out about energy efficiency and renewable energy options for homes and body corporates.

Reducing waste

Helpful tips to reduce, reuse, recycle and responsibly dispose of the things we use.

Backyard biodiversity

Information to support our local environment with landscaping, pest control and responsible pet ownership.

Low carbon travel

Tips for efficient vehicle use, public transport and active travel to reduce green house gas emissions.

Saving water

Ways to conserve water in the home and garden (as well as the electricity used to treat and pump water across our region).

Food and shopping

Tips to make your dollar count, reduce waste, environmental impacts and support local businesses.

Tropical building design

Resources for renovating and designing in our tropical climate, while keeping the local environment, character and community in mind.


  • Your Energy Savings-  save on energy, water, waste and transport with information from the Australian Government, available in a range of languages.
  • Renters Guide to Sustainable Living- a handy checklist by the Alternative Technology Association for those who don't own their home.
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