Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme

The importance of water conservation

The local climate is drying, this makes water conservation and water efficiency measures a critical step into a future of reduced rainfall. 

Our gardens can use up to 40% of households’ water consumption. Reducing water use and using it efficiently on our gardens plays a significant role in reducing household water use.

Local, native waterwise plants

Local, native plant species have evolved with our dry conditions, this makes native West Australian and Australian plants the most water efficient and waterwise plants. Using plants that are endemic to your area will attract birds, provide refuge and food for our local wildlife. Planting these species encourages local biodiversity and helps to replenish habitat that is lost in urban development.

About the Waterwise Verge Rebate

To assist the City’s residents to reduce water needs in the garden, we are offering a rebate of $500 to $750 (dependent on size of verge frontage), to create a native plants waterwise verge.

The rebate supports verge landscaping installations that use waterwise practices and waterwise plants, especially native plants, through the below actions:

  • Removal of turf (lawn/grass)
  • Removal of gravel and loose rocks
  • Infill a bare, un-landscaped verge with waterwise plants
  • Install a garden in new properties with no landscaping
  • Planting up disconnected verges and side verges, that have restricted access to the verge from their private property.

The rebate does not support:

  • Verge installations prior to the dates of application approval (ie. there are no retrospective rebates)
  • Infill verge projects that are adding or revitalising plants or mulch.

How to apply

Application process

  • Step 1: Consider the changes you wish to make to your verge that can be achieved before the end of October 2020
  • Step 2: Complete the application form below with your design (a simple sketch is adequate)
Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme Design Application Form
  • Step 3: The City will review your application and inform you of the results
  • Step 4: Upon approval of your application, install you waterwise verge garden
  • Step 5: Complete the rebate form below to recoup expenses.
Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme Rebate Form

Important notes

Please ensure you read the terms and conditions below.

If a street tree is required, this will be planted in the following year. Please allow space for this whilst completing your verge makeover.
Remember to take ‘before and after’ photos of your verge garden and keep a copy of receipts for claiming the rebate.

Terms and conditions

  • Expenses may only be claimed after a water wise design approval is provided and they must be purchased and submitted to the City no later than 31 October 2020.
  • A Waterwise Verge Design Application Form must be approved, prior to any expenses and installation.
  • The  Water Wise Verge Rebate does not include or cover applications to fill or add additional landscaping/plants to existing water wise verges. 
  • The scheme is open from 15 May – 31 October 2020 only. Retrospective installations and reimbursement request are not eligible. 
  • All applications, expenses and installations must be approved between 15 May – 31October 2020.
  • Rebates values:
    • Blocks of regular sized verge up to 30m of frontage value of $500.
    • Larger verges, 30m or over of frontage, such as corner can be reimbursed for up to $750 due to increased requirements for materials.
    • Any expenses over these are the responsibility of the home owner.
  • Rebates apply to purchases made once approval granted by Council Officers.
  • All designs need to confirm with Water Corporation Waterwise Verge Requirements and the City's Street Verge Improvement Policy (see below).

More information and contact

Water Corporation provides guidance on creating a waterwise verge opens in a new window, including plans, recommended plants and video tips.

Please also refer to the City’s Street Tree Verge Improvement Policy below.

For more information about the application process and rebate, please contact the City on 08 9411 3444 or email us.

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Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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