What is Eco-zoning?

Eco-zoning is the conversion of underutilised turfed areas into native garden areas. Ultimately this allows for minimal water to support an area that once sustained turf, saving large volumes of water.The newly eco-zoned areas within the City are designed to become self-sufficient within one to two years of installation, at which time the native garden areas will not receive irrigation at all.

When did the City begin Eco-zoning?

In February 2011 an exciting new Eco-zoning program was introduced into the City. This water conservation initiative forms part of the City’s Water Conservation Plan (WCP) among several other initiatives currently operating within the City.  

What are the benefits of Eco-zoning?

As well as reducing the pressure on ground water for the use in irrigation, eco-zoning increases the biodiversity through careful species selection. The selected species include local and West Australian natives. Increasing the numbers of local natives provides increased habitat and food sources for our local fauna species. Supporting and caring for our local systems leads to healthy and thriving eco-systems. Local native plant species have successfully adapted to the local conditions. This translates into a reduced requirement for various resources such as water, fertiliser, soil amendments and maintenance.

Completed Projects

Below is a list of completed eco-zoning projects. Please feel free to have a look and wander through the local and West Australian native plant selections.

Parks & ReservesArea Converted (m2)Estimated Groundwater Savings (kL/year)
Keith Frame Reserve 2,945 2,660

Loftus Median Strip

3,400 1,700
Kyilla Park 1,240 620
Woodville Reserve 4,180 2,090
Ellesmere Street Reserve  3,170 2,377
Birdwood Square 5,900 2,950
Charles/Vincent Street Reserve  344 172
Britannia Road Reserve (Stage 1 & 2) 15,740 7,870
Mick Michael Reserve 2,270 1,702
Les Lilleyman Reserve (Stage 1) 2,047 1,023
Menzies Park 1,600 800
Charles/Walcott/Green Streets Road Reserve 650 325
Anzac/Scarborough Beach Road Reserve 1,000 500

Future Projects

Parks & ReservesArea Converted (m2)Estimated Groundwater Savings (kL/year)
Les Lilleyman Reserve (Stage 2) 4,808 2,404

Big Picture

In total, the City intends to convert 25 turfed areas around the City to native garden areas, overall decreasing the total area of turf by around 13.3ha.

For further information regarding water conservation and management initiatives within the City, please contact the City’s Project Officer – Parks & Environment, Sarah Hill on 9273 6000 or by email