We had a great turn out to our Film night at the the Regent in Ballarat, (after a drink and a chat at BREAZE Drinks before hand), with standing room only to watch "Living the Change".   

Look here for the major events world wide : http://worldenvironmentday.global/en/news/tide-has-turned

We were unable to fit in the "BAYKEEPERS" film, within our allocated time, so you can catch it on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhA6sj66K5w - and more details below.

If you missed it, a series of short films, from can be found on Youtube, from this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jh1481J6qw&list=PLxpEMxZu0vVcb7NatbhU3nd6ZmOiDYxgM

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WritingCompettionThe BREAZE World Environment Day Children’s Writing Competition.

This year BREAZE ran a children’s writing competition to celebrate World Environment Day.

Information sheets and entry forms were sent to primary schools across greater Ballarat inviting children in grades 5 & 6 to write 50-100 words on ‘What I can do to help the environment.’

Hoping that teachers would see the competition as an engaging way to discuss the environment with their students, BREAZE Board offered a prize for the best entry from every school. Teachers were referred to the World Environment Day website for class resources.

The judging panel of five BREAZE members received 84 entries. Overall, the entries reflected concern about various kinds of environmental pollution and also widespread understanding that these are largely produced by us.

The World Environment Day theme for 2018 was Beat Plastic Pollution. Many of the children wrote of the perils of single-use plastic and how it is impacting on sea life in particular. Some detailed the cold hard facts – the statistics of how many plastic-lined beverage cups, straws and plastic bags we use and throw away each year – using the sheer volume of this waste to make a compelling case for recycling in all its forms: from roadside collections, to sharing, to re-purposing

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Ian RossiterOn Monday 21st May we held a Special General Meeting for BREAZE members at the Ballarat Central Library to consider changes to the membership fee structure. This was considered necessary due to the large number of categories for membership and their costs making the renewal process complex, particularly via the web. I am pleased to announce that the following motion was carried unanimously:

That BREAZE adopts two membership types:
• Single Membership – cost $20 annually (includes 1 Adult and 2 children)
• Family Membership – cost $40 annually (includes 2 Adults and 4 children)

Read more: President's Message May 2018

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BREAZE has simplified its membership system.     We now only have Single or Family membership available for new members.   If you are an existing member you can check out your membership status.  Memberships can be completed online and payments made via Paypal or direct deposit.   If you have any queries please contact

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Come along and celebrate World Environment Day at this special double bill screening of two great local films.

Where: Regent Cinemas Ballarat, 49 Lydiard St North
When: Tuesday 5th of June, 7.30pm Tickets $15.
Bookings at https://breazefilmnight.eventbrite.com.au/

Also, you are welcome to come along to BREAZE Drinks at Mitchell Harris Wines, 38 Doveton St N, Ballarat from 6pm on the same night. All welcome.

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BREAZE Web Banners 1BREAZE will be holding a Special General Meeting prior to its next Board meeting.

Details : - 5:30 pm on the 21st May at the Ballarat Library (178 Doveton St N)

The proposal to be voted upon at this meeting is :-

That BREAZE adopts two membership types

  • Single Membership – cost $20 annually
    (include 1 Adult and 2 child)
  • Family Membership – cost $40 annually
    (include 2 Adults and up to 4 children)

All memberships will be due on the anniversary of membership.

All life members will continue to be life members.

All current financial members will keep their current anniversary dates.

Businesses and organisations may buy multiple single memberships.   Each membership will be allocated to a nominated party. For BREAZE nominated events, upon request prior to the event, BREAZE will allow the transfer of memberships for the purpose of priority or discounts.

If you have any queries about this please call Paul Duggan on 0432 390492.

BREAZE invites children in grades 5 and 6 from the primary schools of the greater Ballarat area to celebrate World Environment Day - 5 June 2018.

Children are invited to submit 50-100 words on:

‘What I can do to help the environment.’

The best entry from every school represented will receive an award.

The competition deadline is 21 May 2018

For further information please contact:

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Ian Rossiter I am pleased to let members know that at the March Board Meeting two new members were nominated and appointed to fill casual vacancies on the Board.

Mary Debrett, a retired university lecturer in media and communications, will assist us in reviewing our strategic direction, BREAZE’s brands and our communications. Mary is keen to prepare articles for print and social media.

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed to the BREAZE Public Fund Committee, an important role to ensure the fundraising and initiatives and governance of the fund is maintained.

We welcome their input and remind members that there are still other casual vacancies.

I would like to thank our board and committee members for their collective efforts over recent weeks in delivering our stall at the Smart Building and Living Expo in Buninyong, the delivery and planning of our Smart Living Ballarat monthly lunchtime workshops at the Ballarat Central Library, the BREAZE Public Fund’s successes in attracting significant funds for the Social Renewables program, the Statewide Community Power Hubs 2 day forum in Ballarat and the Ballarat Farmers Markets.

Much is happening nationwide with renewable energy initiatives and it is pleasing to see that many shareholding companies are investing heavily in wind, solar and battery storages, while none are wanting to take the financial risk investing in coal fired power stations. This week we expect announcements on the result of the Victorian Renewable Energy Reverse Auction for 650 MW of large scale solar and wind installations.

The mining industry is however ramping up political pressure to support the Carmichael Adani Coal Mine and coal seam gas extraction.

I invite members to support campaigns through #Stop Adani, Galilee Blockade, Lock the Gate Alliance.