President's Report November


At the BREAZE AGM this year – 16 November – we were very fortunate to have BZE’s Michael Lord as guest speaker. Michael who is the Head of Research at Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) and author of the Million Jobs Plan – BZE’s detailed plan for a clean recovery – is also, fortuitously a Ballarat local, and so was able to add a local flavour to his discursive account of the various ingredients of the Plan. He recommended improved cycling infrastructure and energy efficiency housing retro-fits as two elements of the Plan with particular relevance for Ballarat. To questions regarding how the Plan’s various recommendations were travelling in terms of take-up, Michael noted influence will not necessarily be acknowledged but that various recent green initiatives by state governments are evidence the message is getting out – a renewables-led clean recovery can simultaneously reboot and decarbonise the economy. Great to see some members taking the opportunity to log on to hear the talk.

BREAZE Board Changes 

The 2020 AGM saw some board members departing - many thanks for all your contributions – Barbara Whitfield, Jeremy Hunt and Barry Sullivan.

We also saw some new additions and changes in office holders. Paul Tant has taken over the BREAZE Treasurer role from Peter Reid, (who will be remaining on the Board). Another new Board member, Jakki Mikus has taken on the role of Chair of the BREAZE Public Fund, a role previously filled by outgoing Board member, Jeremy Hunt. Many thanks are due to Jeremy for all his work in this important role. Welcome too, to Suzanne Nunn and Sally Missing.

The 2020-21 BREAZE Board :
      • President, Mary Debrett 
      • Secretary, Pat Hockey 
      • Treasurer, Paul Tant 
      • Chair Public Fund, Jakki Mikus 
      • Paul Duggan (Smart Living Ballarat coordinator
      • Therese Footner  (Advocacy Group Coordinator/Chair
      • Tony Goodfellow  (Green Drinks Coordinator
      • Emily Lee 
      • Sally Missing 
      • Suzanne Nunn 
      • Peter Reid (Project Manager, GRE & Pinarc
      • Simon Reid 
      • Madeline Townsend (Membership Officer)

 November Member Activities 

Climate/Environment News

Some devastating initiatives for the environment in Canberra this past month. My take on the three worst and three best–in no particular order–below:

Three worst
  1. 1. BoM/CSIRO State of Climate 2020 – Climate Change is here-
  2. 2. Australia’s climate record labelled embarrassing –
  3. 3. Climate change is bringing a rising humanitarian crisis -
Three best 
  1. 1. Victorian Government’s Energy Efficiency Package -
  2. 2. Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill referred to House Standing Committee on The Environment and Energy, triggering public enquiry – submissions close 27 November – please consider making a submission – even very short ones count.
  3. 3. Hunter Valley to become NSW’s next Renewable Energy Zone -


To all BREAZE friends and members, when choosing Christmas presents for loved ones, please consider a donation to BREAZE’s One Dollar, One Watt  – the gift that keeps on giving: to the environment and the community -

All the best


Mary Debrett
President, November 2020