Featured artist: Shannon Crees

Rebates and support

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Environment

Rebates and support

Local, state and federal governments provide financial support for a range of energy and water savings devices and initiatives. This page provides an overview of the rebates and support available, with links to more detailed information about specific programs.

Energy

The Federal Government offers a financial incentive to householders to install solar water heaters, heat pumps, solar panels, small-scale wind and hydro systems. This incentive comes from the creation and sale of Small-scale Technology Certificates, or STCs.

Old fridges can be one of the biggest energy users in the home, costing an average of $300 per year to run. The Fridge Buyback program provides residents with a free removal service for old, working second fridges.

Water

Inner West Council offers free workshops and rebates* to help you install a rainwater tank in your home or business. The rebates can significantly offset the costs of purchase and installation. (*Conditions apply)

Council also promotes water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and holds two series of 3-part workshops every year.

Sydney Water offers the WaterFix program where for $99 on weekdays (or $209 on a Saturday), a qualified plumber can visit your house and help you save water.

Waste

If you live in a unit block in the former Marrickville Local Government Area, Council’s Compost Collective project can provide you with the equipment and support to compost food waste with your neighbours.

Biodiversity

Inner West Council’s Marrickville Community Nursery offers an annual give-away of 2 plants to all residents – advertised through the Marrickville Matters community magazine. The Community Nursery can also donate 50 -100 locally native plants to schools and community groups who are willing and able to plant and maintain the area. Dedicated schools, residents and community groups who demonstrate a high capacity to care for their plantings are eligible for further plant donations.

To find out more, speak to the friendly staff at the Marrickville Community Nursery on 0412 435 948 from Wednesday to Sunday.

Verge gardens

Council’s Sustainable Streets program can support community members who would like to turn their verge (or nature strip) into a beautiful, biodiverse garden.

Green Living Centre

The Green Living Centre offers regular free workshops that cover a wide range of sustainability topics. For upcoming workshops, please refer to the Green Living Centre's workshop page.

Community Grants

Inner West Council offers grants to community groups for local environmental, community and arts initiatives.

The Community Builders website provides information on additional funding opportunities and other aspects of community development.