Ian RossiterAs members of BREAZE we can be proud of the efforts of our many volunteers this month delivering

  • two well attended Ballarat Farmers Markets,
  • The Smart Living Ballarat’s Reduce Reuse and Recycle lunchtime workshop
  • and the Sustainable House Day activities.

Wood Waste to Energy project

While delivering these important programs for our community, we have also this month launched BREAZE’s Wood Waste to Energy project with the New Energy Jobs Program funding announcement last week by Minister Lily D’Ambrosia.

Bioenergy Conference

It was pleasing to see 5 BREAZE members attending the Bioenergy Conference in Ararat this month, which gave us some important insights and contacts to assist with our renewable energy projects.

Open House Sessions

In coming weeks we will be holding our Community Power Hub Ballarat Public Information and Open House Sessions to find out about potential community renewal energy projects that could be implemented through development of feasibility studies, finding project partners and funding sources. BREAZE has positioned itself as the go to agency for information on renewable energy projects and networks in our region.

An Invitation to Join the Board

As we approach the end of our elected terms as board members, BREAZE Inc. is seeking some new faces to deliver BREAZE’s programs and projects in 2018. This would be a great opportunity for people wanting experience in organisational management, public relations, project management, financial management and governance.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held in late November and we encourage anyone who would like to join the Board or assist in delivery of our projects and programs to contact me to discuss. (Phone 0467 220 442 or email ).

On behalf of our members, I thank the many volunteers who have contributed to these programs and projects and have provided the Ballarat Region's residents and businesses with access to information and experiences that  otherwise would not be available. Keep up the good work and keep supporting BREAZE and other groups to accept that the majority of our residents want to see positive policy and investment in renewable energy and emissions reductions.

Ian Rossiter.

 

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Getting to know our volunteers –

BREAZE volunteer, and board member, Peter Reid Most of you know Peter is our treasurer and is also one of the driving forces behind Social Solar. Peter has volunteered on the BREAZE board for three years, he has a wealth of experience in committee management and his fantastic organisational skills provide a great support for our organisation.

Q&A by Tarn Kruger with Peter Reid

Read more: Getting to know - Peter

Ian RossiterAugust has been a month of mixed emotions for BREAZE members. Delighted by the announcement last month by Victorian Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio of BREAZE’s funding to conduct the Ballarat Community Power Hub, we had a thought provoking inception meeting with stakeholders to plan our structure, governance arrangements and vision for this important regional project.

We were shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Rachel Browning, one of our former employees and committed volunteers.

We have been delighted with the level of interest and attendances at our Smart Living Ballarat Lunchtime Workshops with again in August attracting large crowds to John Ditchburn’s Backyard Food Gardens presentation.

Read more: President's August 2017 Message

Mungo ParkBREAZE has organised multiple events for this years Sustainable House Day.

  • Sunday 10th  Sustainable Home Design 1:30 - 4:00pm on, Getting the most from Solar & a general Q&A session
  • Thurs 14th September 6:30pm - 7:30pm Virtual House Tours Talina Edwards & Mick Moloney
  • Sunday 17th September - Open houses
Read more: Sustainable House Day Events

Fight back against reforms to Environmental CharitiesThe Climate Council has written to all it's members, as we write to you, to encourage you to protest about the proposed reforms to Environmental Charities.

Can you help us fight back against the proposed reforms that will force environmental groups to spend 25% of their funding on remediation work by sending an email to your Local Member of Parliament?

The proposed reforms include mandating all groups like BREAZE, to spend 25-50% of their funds on direct environmental remediation, such as tree planting and weed control.

In the Ballarat area, groups like Landcare, and BEN, run this type of operation, and we are right in there supporting all that they do, but it is nonsensical to alter our charter to undertake tasks that we have no experience or expertise in, like environmental remediation, and clash or worse, compete with Landcare programs!

Read more: Reforms to Environmental Charities Issue

Rachel BrowningOn the 17th of August, some members of our BREAZE community heard the awful news that our friend Rachel Browning had died the day before.  We are in shock, and so, so sad.

BREAZE sends condolences to all Rachel's friends and family.

Rachel worked with BREAZE, as general and financial admin support when we were big enough to have an office. Everyone who worked with her was impressed by her work, her helpful nature and how warm, passionate, and incredibly patient she was.

When the office closed, and later when the family moved away from Ballarat for Tim's work, Rachel continued to support us as a volunteer, by helping with admin tasks, and the social media presence of the Farmer's market when it started up as the Smart Living Market. 

More details, and go-fund-me information below.

Read more: Vale Rachel Browning

1for1watt transCan you fill out a grant application for us?

BREAZE is looking for a volunteer (or two) to fill in a grant application. In particular, we want to apply to VicWest Telco for funds to advance our Social Housing project. Applications are now open and close on 31 October.

Members may not be aware but, over the last couple of years, BREAZE has applied for at least 20 grants of varying values and has been sufficiently successful that the grant writing team of Peter Reid and Jane Lean are now busy administering the project dollars. As a consequence of this success, more grant writers are needed. What Peter and Jane have found is that writing applications is a lot easier if a team does the work, although this is not essential. So if you are interested in helping out, BREAZE has a lot of material you can use to prepare the application, you just need to let us know by emailing .

Getting to know our volunteers –

Jack Craven - BREAZE volunteer Many of you are shoppers at the Ballarat Farmers Market and know about and listened to the range of musicians and buskers who perform on a Saturday morning by the lake. What you may not know is that it is Jack Craven, a local musician, who volunteers to co-ordinate and develop the schedule of great performers for all of us to enjoy.

Q&A by Tarn Kruger with Jack Craven

Read more: Getting to know - Jack

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