President's Report August 2020

 MDMember Activities 

This month’s Smart Living Ballarat talk, ‘Garden Design and Management’ from BREAZE’s John Ditchburn offers advice on how to get the most out of your garden. For information about Smart Living Ballarat talks and how to book visit Smart Living Ballarat Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/smartlivingballarat/ Please do register so that presenters know who they are talking to. These talks remain available on the SLB Facebook site above - just click on the ‘videos’ link on the left.

This month Green Drinks will also return – via Zoom – with Paul Duggan passing the organising baton on to fellow BREAZE Board member, Tony Goodfellow who has booked Taegen Edwards from Environment Victoria —7:30 pm Wednesday 26th August. See BREAZE Facebook for upcoming details.

Board Activities

As we all struggle to cope in these strange Covid times some things are still being done – thanks to email, the Internet and Zoom: 

 

  • Several Board members continue to be involved in the Grampians Renewable Energy Program (GREP), funded as a jobs stimulus package announced on the 22nd May this year. GREP involves 9 projects across multiple sites and the administration has involved establishment of a Program Control Group to manage compliance according to the terms of the DELWP agreement; plus individual project Steering Committees to oversee site permissions, site assessments, quotations, and installation. GREP will create jobs for locals and energy cost-savings for those who need them, as well as serving BREAZE's important mission—reducing GHG emissions.
  • Putting the environment on the agenda for the upcoming council election in October, BREAZE will be delivering a survey to all candidates for the City of Ballarat. The results of the survey will be circulated to members via an e-newsletter prior to the poll closing date. BREAZE also hopes to run an online Meet-the-Candidates forum in the Green Drinks slot at 6 pm on 23 September—an opportunity for voters to ask questions. Further notice of this will be given closer to the date.
  • The Advocacy Action Group met via Zoom on 23 July to discuss building more energy efficient homes and the need for more awareness of ecologically sustainable design. The City of Ballarat is currently reviewing its planning scheme and developing a sustainable building policy – in line with commitments made in the Carbon Neutrality and 100% Renewable Energy Action Plan, which was passed unanimously in 2019. Topics covered in Advocacy group discussion included:
    • Energy Score Cards, 
    • Cost versus cost savings of building energy efficient homes, 
    • Builders and their aptitude and attitude to building energy efficient homes
    • Levels of legislation and how to influence such
    • Ballarat subdivisions and forecast population growth 

If you would like to log on to the next Advocacy Group zoom discussion please contact  

Volunteer Vacancies 

BREAZE is currently calling for expressions of interest from members who would like to work with us on the BREAZE Board. Board members are elected at the AGM in November. We are inviting any who have ideas about what BREAZE should be doing, or would just like to find out more about what’s involved in being on the Board, to get in touch and log on to one of our monthly board meetings. See contact details below.

Treasurer's Position

After five years of sterling work, BREAZE treasurer Peter Reid will be stepping down from this role in November, so the Board is currently looking for a volunteer with a head for figures to take it on. If you are interested in the position but need to know more, click on our advertisement on Seek Volunteer, or better still logon to one of our monthly Board Zoom meetings and check us out. Contact  

Climate News

As usual plenty of good and bad news on climate and renewable energy in the media this month. My take on the three worst and three best below:

Three worst 
Three best 

Any members interested in joining our monthly board meeting should email for the Zoom link to log on.

All the best

Mary

Mary Debrett

President, August 2020