Ian Rossiter This month the BREAZE Board convened a strategic planning workshop with its retiring board members and new members.

The challenge we set ourselves was to review the feedback received from the January member’s survey and focus our activities and resources to deliver the priorities identified. We reviewed our current programs (Ballarat Farmers Market, Smart Living Ballarat Workshops, BREAZE Public Fund, Social Renewables Campaign, Community Power Hub Ballarat, Advocacy and Member Services) and discussed outcomes sought for the coming year.

Read more: President's Message March 2018

Getting to know our volunteers –Karen Cane - BREAZE Volunteer

Karen moved to Ballarat a couple of years ago and was interested in seeking out BREAZE for advice about making her home more sustainable, and so began her involvement. Karen has volunteered to assist with the Farmers Market Committee and at the last BREAZE AGM in November 2017 she was elected onto the Board – well done.

Read more: Getting to know - Karen Cane

BREAZE logo 512x512For BREAZE to operate as an effective environmental group it needs the support of the general community.

Can you please complete the survey to help us establish our priorities and capabilities.

As a volunteer organisation, BREAZE can only run activities that have either active volunteers, or funds to pay coordinators. In the survey,  we have listed the main activities undertaken by BREAZE over the past 10 years.

The level of support we get from members and associates will determine what functions and activities can be run.  To undertake any activity, BREAZE needs your support either as a
volunteer, or on a financial basis.

Read more: BREAZE Survey - Have your say!

2018 sbal posterBREAZE will be assisting the organisers of the Smart Building and Living Expo.   

The expo will have a focus on Recycling and preventing waste, and includes an Art show, and as always we need more volunteers.   

If you can spare 2 hours or so on Sunday 26th Feb your help will be gratefully appreciated.

  • 8am-10am for the set up
  • any time between 10am and 3:30pm
  • from 3:30 - 4:30 for the pack up

Paul Duggan will be coordinating BREAZEs contribution, so please email  or call him on 0432 390 492.

Help is also needed on Saturday the 24th Feb for the set up work.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.


breaze inc bannerThe BREAZE Board would like to thank all its volunteers, supporters and members for their assistance in 2017.   

Wishing everyone the best over the holiday period and hope to see or hear from you all in 2018.

We are looking forward to 2018, when many of the projects we have initiated will come into being.

For the full report of the activities in 2017 please read the BREAZE 2017 AGM Presidents Report.pdf


The Team at BREAZE

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November 29th, 2017 - The newly elected board of BREAZE: Paul Duggan, Ian Rossiter, Simon Reid, Karen Cane, Peter Reid, Barbara Whitfield, Megan Williams

Ian RossiterOctober has been another massive month for BREAZE Board and Members. The Community Power Hub Ballarat project was launched with our public meetings in Beaufort, Ballan, Daylesford and Ballarat gathering information on potential community renewable energy projects for our region.  This has involved participation at multiple events and workshops to help ensure the success of this project.

The BREAZE Market committee undertook a strategic review of the Ballarat Farmers Market, as the current permission to operate the event expires in June 2018.  BREAZE needs to be ready for the expressions of interest process to be run by the City of Ballarat next year.

We had continued success with the  Smart Living Ballarat October Workshop featured Stephanie Davison presenting on the topic of indigenous plants for Ballarat followed by a tour at the Ballarat Botanic Gardens.      This month we have a talk with a focus on bikes.

The Committee for Ballarat, City of Ballarat, Shire of Hepburn, Central Highlands Regional Partnership, Federation University and BREAZE have been collaborating to develop a prospectus for investment by renewable energy providers in our region.

BREAZE’s New Energy Jobs Project managers (Jane Lean and Peter Reid) have been investigating the feasibility of selected wood wastes being used to produce heat for two disability support organisations and potentially supplying a number of institutions over time, thus creating new jobs and reducing our regions greenhouse gas emissions.

As we head towards our Annual General Meeting to be held this month at the Barkly Motor Lodge on Wednesday 29 November, we will encourage members to attend so that we can acknowledge our many volunteers and reflect on another successful year of BREAZE. We hope to see some new faces nominating for Board positions and encourage all members to attend.

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6:30pm 29th November

Barkly Motor Lodge

(43 Main Rd, Bakery Hill)


Finger food will be served from 6:30

Refreshments available from bar

AGM starts at 7:15


All members encouraged to attend

RSVP by 22/11/2017 to




John P 2012Getting to know our volunteers –

 John has been involved in BREAZE from the start and has participated in a range of activities, from community engagement and bioenergy sub-groups to the literature group, and to promoting urgency and ideas for action through Smart Living Ballarat shop-fronts and workshops.

Q&A by Tarn Kruger with John Petheram

Read more: Getting to know - John Petheram