In Your Community
Marrickville Council operates a number of sustainability initiatives across the Marrickville Local Government Area. Being a highly urbanised part of Sydney, our activities focus on working with the community, community gardening, managing water and protecting and supporting the biodiversity and health of our bushland and waterways.
Green Living Centre
The Green Living Centre is a sustainability resource centre in the heart of Newtown that is dedicated to growing a culture of environmental sustainability within the urban community. Visit this section to find out more about the Green Living Centre shopfront and programs such as free sustainability workshops, bagshare and the reusable coffee cup initiative.
Marrickville Community Nursery
In partnership with the community the Marrickville Community Nursery seeks to be a centre for biodiversity of the Lower Cooks River Valley – protecting, conserving and promoting the biodiversity of species and natural habitats of the area. This page provides information about the nursery and its activities.
There are many opportunities to volunteer for sustainability projects with Marrickville Council. This page provides details on ways to get involved in a variety of initiatives. Some examples of regular volunteering opportunities include helping with free environmental workshops, bush regeneration and plastic bag reduction projects.
Groundwork – Grassroots Sustainability
Are you part of a local community group or would you like to start one? The Groundwork grassroots sustainability program run by Council aims to facilitate already established groups through skills sharing and peer-supported learning as well as providing support and assistance to individuals who would like to carry out local projects
Council is involved in many projects with the aim of improving the Cooks River as a natural and community resource. This page provides information about the Cooks River and ways that you can become involved in initiatives to improve the rivers health.
Water and Subcatchments
Rain that falls in the Marrickville LGA drains to Botany Bay , the Cooks River, and Sydney Harbour. Find out how Marrickville Council is working closely with the community to help keep our waterways clean and developing ways of watering our parks and gardens with sources of water other than drinking water.
What is Climate Change and how do we contribute to it? Find out what Marrickville Council is doing to reduce its contribution to climate change and find out more about what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint at home and at work.
Although the Marrickville area is highly urbanised, both Council and local residents are working on a range of important initiatives that support and protect and our local waterways and bushland areas. Find out more on these projects at this page.
This section is about community gardens, which are areas of shared land where members of the community come together to grow fresh food and other plants, to learn about sustainable living, relax and make new friends. Council supports a number of community gardens across the local government area and encourages citizens to join established community gardens or develop their own.
This page provides information about Council's demonstration sites of on-ground sustainability works. These have been developed as part of Council's sustainability initiatives and are places where the public and other interested parties can visit to see working examples of sustainability initiatives first hand.
This section is about the GreenWay which is a visionary proposal to link the Cooks River and Iron Cove with a revegetated, alternative and active transport corridor. The proposed route passes through Leichhardt, Ashfield, Marrickville and Canterbury local government areas (LGAs) along the route of the Dulwich Hill to Rozelle freight line.
Rebates and Support for Community Groups
This page provides an overview of the rebates and support available to community groups. Find out how to obtain funding and support to improve grassroots sustainability across the local government area.
How you can get involved:
- Join a local bushcare or landcare group
- Visit the Marrickville Community Nursery to pick up some mulch or buy a local native plant to grow in yard and then see how it attracts new birds and insects
- Visit the Green Living Centre and find out about living more sustainably in a fun and interactive workshop environment
- Take a relaxing walk along the Cooks River and enjoy what the local natural environment has to offer
- Pick one thing from the Energy In Your Home page and do it today. If we all do our small bit, we can make our environment safer and healthier for ourselves