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Your Resilient Home Guide

The climate is changing, and so is the way we need to design homes.

Your Resilient Home Guide was created by SLA to help you to build a resilient home suited to Canberra’s changing climate.

Resilient homes are robust, flexible and ready to withstand extreme weather while keeping your family safer. They are also cheaper run, with lower utilities bills and a reduced likelihood of replacement and rebuilding costs across the lifetime of your home.

The guide is filled with tips to help you make simple, resilient choices during the design of your home, so you’ll live a more comfortable, sustainable life once you’ve moved in!

Explore the new guide and get inspired to build your own resilient home, especially designed for Canberra’s climate.



Plant a Tree in Your Canberra Garden

 Plant a Tree in Your Canberra Garden is a practical guide to choosing the right tree for your garden based on your house design and local conditions. When selected carefully and placed in the right spot, trees can create shade and privacy in your garden, provide habitat for birds and bees, block winds and grow fruit that you can harvest for years to come. The trees recommended in the guide are suggestions based on Canberra's unique climate and soil conditions, including their frost tolerance! There are also useful resources included in this guide for further reading about choosing the right tree for your garden. 

If you want to learn more about what we are doing to care for your local environment, how you can get involved in sustainability initiatives in your community, or tips and tricks for a beautiful garden, sign up to our sustainability, design and placemaking newsletter!

Climate Wise Garden Designs Booklet

 The Suburban Land Agency has worked with local landscape architect Edwina Robinson to create a selection of climate-wise gardens that residents can use as inspiration for their own homes. The Climate Wise Garden Designs booklet contains beautiful illustrations of gardens that centre on three themes: climate wise, low-maintenance and edible gardens. We have included advice on how to design your dream garden, how to plant a garden that will flourish under local conditions, and a list of plant species that are ideal for Canberra’s changing climate. 


Sustainability Strategy

 The Suburban Land Agency has adopted a revised Sustainability Strategy for the period 2021-25, which responds to the latest ACT Government policies and priorities, while setting ambitious objectives around the built and natural environment.

The Strategy centres on four key themes, which incorporate elements of social and environmental sustainability. The SLA will continue to work with government, industry and the community to deliver more sustainable suburban and urban development for Canberra.



               Our vision for Canberra