Sustainability at home

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Taking action on sustainability starts at home with these initiatives.

Living Green in Hobsons Bay newsletter

The Living Green newsletter provides regular updates on upcoming events or activities and how you can be more sustainable in your own home and community.

Subscribe to the Living Green enews or view the previous editions.

Sustainable Gardening with My Smart Garden

Sustainable Gardening brochure(PDF, 4MB)

My Smart Garden is a free program that will help you grow your own food, shelter your home from the sun and wind, create homes for local wildlife, use water wisely and recycle waste. The program offers free sustainable gardening workshops, a monthly eNewsletter with seasonal tips, online resources and recommended library books plus opportunities to swap and share with local gardeners!

My Smart Garden Case Study: Rabea and Steve’s rental unit in Altona

“We grew a little bit of food before on a small balcony in Germany, but when we moved to a larger rental property in Altona we thought of expanding our garden but didn't really know how and where to start and what to grow. We joined My Smart Garden in January 2018 after seeing a poster in the library. The winter gardening event was so helpful and encouraging that we started pretty much on the day of the workshop!” Continue reading...



My Smart Garden case study: Peter from Seaholme, October 2020

 “Growing food is a conversation starter and now people stop me in the street to say hi”

The first My Smart Garden event I went to was a hands-on edible garden working bee in Altona North. I’m a real estate agent so I only have one day off a week, but I was there for five hours and I loved the idea of everyone working together. Continue reading...


 Install solar panels

Solar helps you cut the cost of your bills and feel good in knowing you are looking after the environment.  Council is working with Australian Energy Foundation to assist residents who are considering installing solar by providing up-to-date and impartial energy efficiency and renewable energy advice and one-to-one support for the householders and businesses.

Visit the Australian Energy Foundation website for more information or call their helpline for a quick chat during business hours, Mon-Fri on 1300 23 68 55.