In 2002 the City of Gosnells co-founded the Switch your thinking program, which has grown to 16 local governments in Perth, providing Local Government and our communities with innovative opportunities to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
At a corporate level, the City of Gosnells has built Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star rated public facility at Mills Park, which was a progression from our 5 Star Green Star Civic Centre.
As part of the Switch your thinking program, the City is committed to helping residents live sustainably and works with neighbouring local governments to maximise impact. To assist community access to environmental products, they offer discounts on solar photovoltaic panels, battery storage, rainwater tanks and more through Rewards for Residents.
The City also offers free energy efficiency tips and peak load warnings via SMS so our community can act together to shape our energy future. In 2017 the City was recognised for these efforts and won the National Energy Efficiency Award for Best Residential Project.
Recently the City of Swan joined Switch your thinking, making program benefits available to residents throughout Hasluck.
Switch your thinking won a $2,925 Stronger Communities grant to assess the energy and thermal performance of the Maddington Child Maddington Child and Adolescent Health Centre.
New parents, infants and their siblings regularly visit the Maddington Child and Adolescent Health Centre for vaccinations and appointments with their community child health nurse. Staff have identified that the building is often too hot or cold and that reverse cycle heating in the premises may not be working correctly.
To address this an energy audit has been undertaken to determine energy efficiency upgrades that might reduce electricity costs, and determine why current heating and cooling is not adequate. In room thermometers will also tell child health nurses when the room has reached an acceptable temperature for their examinations, improving amenity while reducing electricity bills.