BREAZE has utilised the questionnaire developed by the Kooyong Climate Alliance to provide electors in the Ballarat House of Representatives with a comparison on the commitment of each of the candidates to taking serious action on climate change. 

Questionnaires were distributed to each of the 7 candidates over a week ago and where responses have been received, the candidates have been ranked on responses in categories of action displayed. Responses have been received from 4 of the candidates, namely Bryn Hills (AJP), Karen McAloon (Greens), Nick Shady (Independent) and Catherine King (Labor).

BREAZE urges voters to make this the CLIMATE ELECTION meaning putting action on climate change as the highest priority issue for our elected Federal Parliament. 

How our Candidates ranked on action on climate change:

 


Ballarat Candidate Scorecard

The questions posed are attached in the attached questionnaire. BREAZE Scorecard Candidates Questionnaire.pdf

No responses were received from, Peter Cozyn (UAP), Alex Graham (Independent) and Timothy Vo (Liberal).

2019 03 15SchoolStrikeForClimateEventTHIS MARCH SENDS A MESSAGE - DO YOUR BEST TO BE THERE.

Friday 15th March, at 12 noon

Alfred Deakin Place, Ballarat Central ~ map ~

The kids have spoken, now join them as the entire community speaks...

Tens of thousands of students across Australia and around the world will join us. If you’re an adult, take the day off and join us in solidarity.

To everyone who cares about a safe climate future, this is your open invite to join our School Strike 4 Climate on March 15 - students standing up when our politicians won’t.  

Read more: School Strike 4 Climate

2013 walk at the lakeWhen: Sunday 14th April 2019 from 1pm till 3pm

Where: Ballarat's Lake Wendouree Foreshore Reserve (Wendouree Parade opposite Ballarat Botanical Gardens Floral Clock) 

BREAZE in Partnership with the Ballarat Climate Action Network invites the residents of the Ballarat Region to make a highly visible statement to our political leaders that the community demands action on preventing unnecessary climate change. 

2019 04 14 WAWPlease gather at the MacDonald Bandstand to hear from community leaders, take a walk for an hour around Lake Wendouree's Moneghetti Track and assemble to listen to local musicians and community leaders with their messages of hope, action and opportunities to influence policy at all levels of government.

Read more: Walk Against Warming

Stop Adani400x400The Ballarat Climate Action Network has created a petition for the Ballarat community to present to Catherine King (MHR for Ballarat) to put pressure on her to change her position on the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine and Export Terminal Project. We hope that many of you will follow the link below to make “an environment of permission for politicians to act” by adding your name to the on line petition.

Click here to Sign the Petition

We know everyone is asked frequently to sign petitions however this is different because it is targeted , local and will have a greater effect because Catherine King isn't often the subject of scrutiny.

breaze logo145xOur new Board member Joe Natoli has prepared the following easy steps for members to follow when writing to local, state and federal politicians to take action on climate change by transitioning to renewable energy. Joe has provided some good web links for supporting information.

Writing a letter of influence.
How do you truly connect with your Parliamentary representative? Most of us feel that politicians are “out there”. That they are somehow removed from the (real) world and that our views don’t really matter when they are wrestling with big picture issues. Not true. The reality is that politicians want to be, need to be, very aware of how their constituents are thinking because, basically, they want to be re-elected. And if too many people disagree with the decisions their politicians are making – they can quickly lose their seat. The last Victorian election saw this reality sweep away many very disappointed MPs. It resulted in the Liberals losing Malcolm Turnbull’s blue ribbon seat in a by election because many voters just didn’t like what the Liberals were doing on key current issues.

Read more: How to Influence Political Change

Ballarat Screening of Guarding the Galilee - Stop Adani

A very successful gathering in the Lost Ones Bar (under gallery) on Wednesday, 31st May, with 50 people arriving to see the Ballarat premiere of a short (half-hour) film 'Guarding the Galilee' about Adani's proposed mega-coal mine on western Queensland's Galilee Basin coal seams.

We were joined by Deb Milera who gave the Acknowledgemnt to Country.

Dr Kristen Pearson  gave a short presentation about Doctors for the Environment Australia (details below)

Hosted and supported by BREAZE, Ballarat Climate Action Group and Ballarat Says No to Adani.

The film screening was supported nationally by 350.org, ACF and a coalition of groups called StopAdani.

For Posters, template of letters to send to your MP etc, please see - http://www.stopadani.com/community_resources

More on Doctors for the Environment:

Fact sheet: https://www.dea.org.au/adanis-carmichael-coal-mine-and-health/

Protests in the media

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4696466/ballarat-urged-to-stand-against-adani/

https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/4696466/ballarat-urged-to-stand-against-adani/?cs=62

Next Steps

 

Community Action is how people in the greater Ballarat region  engage in environmental activities.

Within BREAZE this is usually done within Action Groups.  

Our major Action Groups are our Programs

  • Social Solar
  • Smart Living Ballarat
  • Ballarat Farmers Market
  • Sustainable House Day

Our Action Groups are formed by members of BREAZE partaking in community actions in an area they are particularly interested in.   These may be ongoing activities like Local Food or a one off activity like a film screening.

There are also affiliated groups.   These are groups run semi independently from BREAZE but under the auspice of BREAZE.  These groups gain the benefits of BREAZE incorporation including insurance, marketing and other BREAZE resources.  

For more information read our Q&A or contact regarding setting up an affiliated groups.

Current Affiliated Groups

  • Buninyong Boomerasng Bags

BREAZE also acknowledges the efforts of a number of independent environmental groups.   If you are involved in an environmental group not listed here then please contact .

 

What is an Action Group?

An Action Group is a sub group within BREAZE which runs activities independently from the board.

What type of activities?

Any activity that that relates to BREAZE and its vision.

What Action Groups are there.

All the Action Groups are under the Community Action Menu Item 

Who can run an Action Group?

Any group of members can run an Action Group

 What are the benefits of running an Action Group within BREAZE?

  • As a group within the incorporated body "BREAZE" you are covered by the general protections of incorporated bodies.
  • You are covered by BREAZE's insurance.
  • BREAZE's not for profit  atxable donations may be avaialable to you.
  • Your activities can be 'marketed' through BREAZE newsletters, facebook etc.
  • Action Group will be part of the BREAZE website.

What are the restrictions.

  • All Action Group members need to be a member of BREAZE ( this is for legal and insurance reasons).
  • Can not be associated with a political party.

How are costs involved.

  • All Action Group Members need to be members of BREAZE.
  • There may be an incremental insurance cost if your activity is not covered by the current BREAZE insurance.

Can I apply for grants through Action Groups.

If the grant is relevant to BREAZE and does not conflict with any of BREAZE's programs then the BOARD would be pleased to work with your group on this.

How do I form an Action Group.

Talk to a board member.

Does the group need to be represented at Board Meetings.

  • BREAZE would welcome any represenations at the board meetings but this is not compulsory.
  • Any significant activity would need to be approved by the Board
  • One page executive summary either monthly or quarterly depending on current activity levels (provided 1 week prior to Board meetings)

What is a significant activity?

  • Any activity aiming to involve more than 5 people from the general public ?
  • Any activity aiming to involve more than 20 BREAZE members.
  • Any paid event ?
  • Any activity likely to get media attention.

Why does the Board need to approve significant activities?

  • BREAZE needs to protect its brand.
  • Ensure Board is aware of BREAZE activities.
  • Avoid conflicts of events within BREAZE and other related activities in Ballarat Region

How are finances handled.

  • The finances of the Action Group are kept seperate from the BREAZE finances.    The BREAZE treasurer (or representative) will need access to your bank account for governance purposes.
  • BREAZE may provide financial support, however in general action groups will be self sufficient.
  • The action group will need to nominate a minimum of 2 people to approve/manage transactions for the sub group.
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