President's Message March 2018

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.

The workshop revealed that our primary focus needs to be on providing activities, information and advocacy that results in changing attitudes and behaviour to respond to the challenges that climate change pose the Ballarat and region communities. Actions that the board have committed to are:

  • Invest more effort in Smart Living Ballarat workshops to provide audio visual highlights on social media, generate more interaction between participants and follow up resources.
  • Plan, promote and deliver major forums that will benefit members and be of general interest to the broader community featuring guest speakers or films that otherwise would not be available in Ballarat.
  • Undertake a recruitment drive for members and board members in recognition that a number of office bearers are intending to step down in 2019.
  • Develop activities and opportunities for members to socialise and work on neighbourhood sustainability issues and create benefits that are available to financial members.
    Promote our Social Renewables campaign to continue investing in PVs and energy efficiency measures for social housing through our Public Fund.

While doing this we continue to deliver our Community Power Hub Ballarat and advocacy activities. We thank those members who contributed to our member survey and for the board members and invitees who helped shape our direction for 2018.