Sustainable communities

Hobart is one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in the world. The City of Hobart has programs and services to help reduce rubbish, look after our waterways and green spaces, and encourage sustainable travel and building.


Grant programs

Mt Nelson 2015 DEHEG recipients with their bark shelter Grants of up to $5000 are available each year for schools, community organisations and businesses through two City of Hobart environmental grant programs.

Funding for community projects about energy efficiency, air and water quality, food gardens, climate change, sustainable transport and local biodiversity is available through the Dr Edward Hall Environment Grants.

Funding for waste avoidance, resource recovery, reuse or recycling, and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill is available through the Waste Reduction Grants.


Caring for our bushland

McAulays Bushcare_child and adult in creek Bushland makes up about half of Hobart and caring for the bush and the animals that live in it is the focus for our Bushcare program.

When you volunteer with Bushcare, you help improve wildlife habitat, protect threatened plants, maintain and develop tracks, and educate the community. It's also a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, have a laugh, and learn a few new skills.


Reducing rubbish

Zero bins and signage at the Taste The City of Hobart is aiming to stop waste going to landfill in Hobart by 2030 and, to achieve this, we have released a new Waste Management Strategy 2015–2030.

To help residents reduce waste, we provide fortnightly green waste and recycling collection, as well as programs to recycle batteries, mobile phones, cardboard and engine oil. We are also improving recycling and waste minimisation at City of Hobart events.


Take It Home resource for teachers

TIH Lenah Valley Primary Jake and Jacob The Take It Home curriculum resource provides activities and equipment to help students to look for clues on how energy is being wasted. Students are encouraged to plan and take action in practical ways to save energy. Find out more about Take It Home.


Home Energy Audit Toolkit

You can check your home’s energy use with a Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT). They can be borrowed free of charge by Hobart residents from our Customer Service to conduct a simple home energy use audit. HEAT has practical and inexpensive suggestions to help reduce your energy use, and tools to help you identify where your money is being spent. Find out more here.


Our changing climate

red sky The Hobart Climate Change information for Decision Makers(PDF, 186KB) and the Hobart Climate Change Snapshot(PDF, 489KB) are based on the Antarctic Climate Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre’s project that modelled climate impacts. The Climate Futures Tasmania reports can be used to understand climate impacts, and make decisions about how best to manage those impacts on our homes, businesses and communities.


Coastal communities

Storm surge at Long Beach The City of Hobart is working with coastal communities that have been identified as vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate. The City of Hobart is delivering the Marieville Esplanade  and the Nutgrove, Long Beach and Blinking Billy Coastal Adaptation Pathways to inform future works. Find out more about the Marieville Esplanade project and the Nutgrove Long Beach and Blinking Billy project



Home energy bulk buy      

 Solar-Panels-Small.jpgThe City of Hobart along with southern Tasmanian councils have teamed up with Sustainable Living Tasmania’s to create the Home Energy Bulk Buy for energy-efficient heat pumps, hot water    services, insulation, LED lighting, solar panels and other products.    

Buying in bulk brings down the cost per item. Products chosen for the buy will be based on quality, price and performance.

If you are interested in buying an energy efficient product in the coming months, you can register your interest at

The Home Energy Bulk Buy will be available at the same time as the Tasmanian Government’s Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme that has three-year interest-free loans of up to $10,000 for individuals to install energy-efficient and renewable-energy equipment. For more information about the loans visit