BUncle Bryan welcomes us all to Woorookarung with a smoking ceremonyREAZE members attended the naming ceremony for our new park - Woowookarung on Wednesday the 19th of July. 

Woowookarung means ‘Place of Plenty’ which highlights its importance to Wadawurrung for food, shelter, medicine and culture.

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Ms Lily D’Ambrosio also announced that Parks Victoria is commencing a wide-reaching community consultation which will guide the planning, design and management of Woowookarung.

Read more: Woowookarung

Getting to know our volunteers –

Jill Clarke Many of you would know Jill as she has been involved in many activities over the years for BREAZE and is the one of the team behind the website and facebook, and now runs the local food group as well.

Q&A by Tarn Kruger with Jill Clarke

Read more: Getting to know - Jill

Do you have a large collection of reusable shopping bags, but often still find your self at the shop without a bag?

Buninyong Boomerang BagsJune2017

For Plastic Free July, Buninyong Boomerang Bags want to gather up all of those forgotten and unused woven bags that we all seem to collect.

Donate your extra bags to Buninyong Boomerang Bags and you could be a winner!

All bags collected during the drive will be added to the bags that are already being offered out, free to use, to the Buninyong community.

Not in Buninyong? You could start your own Boomerang Bags for your area.

Read more: Donate Your Shopping Bags?

Getting to know our volunteers –

Megan Megan Williams has been volunteering with BREAZE for about five years. Megan is always keen to assist with planning and helping at workshops for Smart Living Ballart in the Library or spend time at the BREAZE Farmers’ Market Stall by Lake Wendouree.

 

Q&A by Tarn Kruger with Megan Williams

 

Read more: Getting to know - Megan

2017 06 Boomerang bag logoLed by Sam Blanchard, who works at the local Buninyong Foodworks supermarket, a small but very active group of Buninyong locals have begun designing, sewing and printing Boomerang Bags!

Boomerang bags are made by the community, for the community, and can be returned or reused. The aim is to move to zero plastic bags.

We need people to sew, cut and print, and donations of material.

We are planning to hold a workshop every second Sunday, from 2pm to 4pm at the BACK of the Buninyong Community House, 407 Warrenheip Street Buninyong.  Access from the back lane way, or come down the left hand sideway of the house.

See the Calendar for the next workshop.

 

Contact us at

Or via Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1886254611400793/

Read more: Boomerang Bags for Buninyong

Guarding the galilee1Tomorrow!
Wednesday 31st May at 6:30

Help stop the mine that's trashing indigenous rights and the environment. Come to the Lost Ones Bar (under gallery) May 31st on Wed at 6:30, and 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.

Hosted and supported by BREAZE, along with the Ballarat Climate Action Group and Ballarat Says No to Adani. The film will be followed by a number of speakers TBA.

Read more: Guarding the Galilee

motion to ballarat council 2017 05Over recent weeks BREAZE has been active in its advocacy for 100% Renewable Energy.

In response to the City of Ballarat Draft Council Plan 2017-2021, the Board made a written submission requesting that Council include in its plan, actions and targets for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The Council has since issued amendments to the Draft Plan with corresponding references.

In support of Cr. Belinda Coates' Notice of Motion to the Ballarat City Council, of a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, our Treasurer Peter Reid made a verbal submission to the Council Meeting of 26th April together with submissions by Regional Sustainability Alliance Ballarat, Ballarat Climate Action Group, and 6 other submitters. Council resolved to:

Read more: BREAZE Advocacy

DemainSunday 4th June - 4pm

BREAZE, with support of the City of Ballarat is inviting Ballarat residents to celebrate World Environment Day by attending a film screening of "Demain" in the Minerva Room at the beautifully restored Ballarat Mechanics Institute.

The film highlights the achievements of a number of communities around the world that have taken action to dramatically reduce emissions to prevent runaway climate change.

Read more: World Environment Day Film "Demain"

mount mercer wind farmThe Victorian Government's Renewable Energy Target of 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025 will be facilitated by a program of reverse auction bids to supply renewable energy by investors.

Under this program the bidders will be required to not only identify the cost of supplying renewable energy, but identify supporting economic prosperity projects to the value of 10% of their investment to meet the selection criteria.

This could translate to $600 million of investment in our region in projects that we can identify to prospective bidders.

Ideas already under investigation include wide scale installations of PV and SHW in social housing, zero emissions public transport vehicles, extensive bio-link establishment on public and private land to connect the Enfield Forest with the Wombat State Forest and a training facility for all aspects of renewable energy.

BREAZE in partnership with the Regional Sustainability Alliance and Committee for Ballarat will be delivering a workshop in early July to further develop support and project scopes for this exciting opportunity.

For further information contact Ian Rossiter 0467 220 442 or email .