President's January Report

 MDHappy New Year to all BREAZE members and friends and welcome to another year of climate action and to rolling out more renewable energy across the not-for-profit sector. In case anyone had any doubts, 2022 is going to be more challenging than 2021, and  obviously I am not simply talking about Omicron. We now have eight years in which to hit those goals for 1.5C set by the Paris CoP in 2015. While some have observed we have already overshot that scenario, the need to maintain and build public momentum, no matter how minimal, offers good reason to hold the faith. Communities have a key role to play in reducing emissions, transitioning to renewables and  raising awareness about how to live sustainably. This year will see the launch  of the Zero Emissions Ballarat (ZEB) Plan for achieving zero emissions across the community by 2030. The Plan will require everyone who cares about the future and understands the need for radical action to get on board in promoting the various elements of the Plan. Now is not the time to be cynical. 

Record temperatures continue to be recorded around the globe, notably in the Arctic and in The Guardian a report this week that Australia's hottest temperature of 50.7C – originally recorded inland at Oodnadatta, SA in January 1960 – was recently equalled at the coastal town of Onslow in WA. Significant because it is a coastal town.

Grampians Community Power Hub (G-CPH)

The Project Control Group for the G-CPH, ­ comprising Sowmya Nagaraj (Project Manager), Taryn Lane (Hepburn Energy Manager representing the Hepburn branch) and BREAZE Inc – Peter Boadle, Mary Debrett and Paul Duggan, with Comms/Admin Officer, Sam Rodgers ­– held a planning meeting this week to refine focus for the final six months of our current contract with Sustainability Victoria. The Community Engagement process being undertaken by the PCG has so far identified over 20 potential projects,  in every LGA with the exception of the West Wimmera. Feasibility studies for some of these projects will now be undertaken by Sowmya, the Hub's Project Manager, while others will be presented to the Hub's advisory group – representatives from the 11 LGAs of the Grampians region  – for approval for the appointment of an external contractor. BREAZE Inc. volunteers will continue the community engagement process, contacting local Shire officers and community organisations in the quest to identify renewable energy projects within the not-for-profit sector. If you know of any organisations that might be potential clients for the G-CPH please contact .

On 11 January the G-CPH hosted its third community energy webinar - A Community Battery for Ballan? - with Taryn Lane and Sowmya Nagaraj explaining some of the benefits and possibilities of community batteries along with the approval processes involved. If you are interested in the topic you can find a video recording of the webinar on the BREAZE Inc Youtube channel. If you live in Ballan we also invite you complete the online survey on this topic - it only takes a few minutes.

Smart Living Ballarat

SLB talks will be beginning again in February. Please check the SLB Facebook site for updates on the February talk topic.

In case you missed it the talk on December 15 was Your Guide to Woowookarung with Friends of the Canadian Corridor. You can still watch it on the Smart Living Ballarat Facebook site -  Smart Living Ballarat will be back in 2022 with a new talks schedule. 

2022 Board Members

 Following the November 2021 Annual General Meeting I am pleased to announce the Board for 2022:

      • Mary Debrett - President
      • Tony Goodfellow - Vice President
      • Patrick Hockey - Secretary
      • Paul Tant - Treasurer
      • Peter Boadle
      • Sue Broadway
      • Nick Charleston
      • Dina Jones
      • Sally Missing
      • Suzanne Nunn
      • Ramneek Sharma

Board Meetings

If you have a passion for climate action and ideas about how you can help BREAZE achieve its mission, please note BREAZE members are welcome to attend monthly Board meetings. Any member interested in attending should email me – 

All the best


Mary Debrett
President, January 2022