President's October Report

 MDThis month as we move closer to the beginning of the Glasgow CoP 26, described by many commentators as our last chance for averting catastrophic climate change, the lack of any climate action policy at federal level continues. Even as global financial markets respond to international efforts to decarbonise, including the previously recalcitrant Australian Business Council, which has at last acknowledged the need to break with fossil fuels. Those endorsing Australia's potential to be a renewables superpower may have seen some signs of hope in moves to establish several green hydrogen hubs and renewable energy zones around the nation, which will enable the production of green steel, green aluminium, and reduce costs for manufacturing, driving new fields of green employment. Despite the lack of movement on bipartisan  climate action at federal level, activists continue to drive local government action – the City of Boroondara – which encompasses much of the electorate of Kooyong, the seat of the Treasurer, Josh Frydenburg – recently endorsed the Declaration of Climate Emergency.

Big steps and small steps all help in moving the tide of public opinion towards climate action.

MEMBER ACTIVITIES

Smart Living Ballarat online talk: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm -  'Waste, Recycling and Circular Economy'

To mark Recycling Week, the City of Ballarat Waste Services Team will share recycling protocols for the yellow-lid recycling bin which reduces waste to landfill. The talk will also canvas current Circular Economy initiatives and the future vision for Circular Infrastructure Hub in BWEZ.

Please register  - To join live and be able to participate in the Q+A, for the Zoom presentation.  This event will be presented via Zoom and streamed live onto the Smart Living Ballarat Facebook page. Log on via https://www.facebook.com/smartlivingballarat

A recording of the event will be available on the Smart Living Ballarat Facebook page instantly after the event.

BREAZE BOARD ACTIVITIES

BREAZE Talks - 3rd Friday of the Month 10:15 am on Radio 3BA's Ballarat Today with Brett McDonald

BREAZE Board member, Suzanne Nunn spoke with Brett on the 22nd of October on the topic of Climate change as cultural change: Adapting to new circumstances,  focusing on Ballarat City Council's newly launched circular economy program. Suzanne, a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. She works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners who work on and for Country. She also teaches into anthropology and sociology. 

Grampians Community Power Hub (G-CPH)

The G-CPH Project Control Group –consisting of three BREAZE Inc. volunteers, Peter Boadle, Mary Debrett and Paul Duggan, Hepburn Wind manager, Taryn Lane (Hepburn Branch Partner) and Sustainability Victoria's Grampians regional coordinator, John van Rooden – has been meeting on a weekly basis since August to discuss potential projects. In September, BREAZE made two appointments: a Project Manager for the Hub, Sowmya Nargaraj,  and a part time Communications/Administrative Officer, Sam Rodgers. Sowmya, who has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) and a Master of Engineering (Sustainable Energy) has broad range of professional and volunteer experience in the clean energy sector. Sam, as many of you will know, has been coordinating and hosting the Smart Living Ballarat talks program, and has previously held the position of Sustainability Officer, with Wyndham City Council. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Sustainability Management) and a Diploma of Business management and Human Resources. She is also accomplished in media/communications and events coordination.

In September the Grampians Community Power Hub held its first Community Energy Forum which featured a number of local community energy experts talking about community projects they were involved with. Over 60 participants from across the region logged on to listen and take part in the Q&A.  If you missed it you can view the video on the BREAZE Youtube Channel

The next G-CPH Community Energy Forum will be held on 18 November at 7:30 -8:30, when we'll have a number of community partners talking about projects they have been involved in. This forum will also be an opportunity for us to introduce the Hub's new Project Manager, Sowmya Nargaraj.

The G-CPH is canvassing communities across the 11 local government areas of the Grampians region to identify community energy projects. The aim of the G-CPH is to accelerate the region's clean energy transition by developing a pipeline of shovel ready projects. This project is delivered by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.

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 – 

PLEASE NOTE: the BREAZE Inc 2021 Annual General Meeting on 15 November will be held via Zoom due to Covid restrictions.  We will be sending out the agenda and an invitation to attend to all members. Our guest speaker will be Ed Riley, Principal Strategic Planner with the City of Ballarat.

All the best

Mary                                                          

Mary Debrett
President, October 2021