Presidents Message May 2017

I Rossiter SLB

10 years!

It's an exciting time for BREAZE members, with our 10 year Birthday celebrations on Sunday 28 May at the Museum for Australian Democracy (M.A.D.E) from 2pm. This is an opportunity to reflect, and acknowledge those who over the past 10 years have committed so much energy, thought and passion to a sustainable Ballarat.  I look forward to BREAZE delivering some amazing outcomes, and you the members, inspiring and joining the current Board and active volunteers to take the Ballarat community into an inclusive and sustainable future.

Stop Adani

I would like to thanks the BREAZE members who have kept pressure on the Australian and Queensland governments, and the banking sector to ensure that the ADANI Galilee Basin Coal Mine and railway to Point Abbott do not proceed.

This is a critical decision in terms of the future global warming scenario for the planet, 70,000 jobs of those who rely on the existence of the Great Barrier Reef and for the traditional land owners whose rights may be overrun.

World Environment Day - Sunday 4th June

To celebrate World Environment Day, BREAZE brings you a special screening of the film "Demain" (Tomorrow) on Sunday 4th June 4pm at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute. The two hour film "Demain" recognises the challenges facing the human race posed by climate change, and brings solutions from a number of communities that have re-invented energy, agriculture, democracy and education to take positive actions to shape our future.

Ballarat Community Power Hub

BREAZE has submitted an application this month to establish a pilot Ballarat Community Power Hub under a 2 year funding program from Sustainability Victoria.

The project aims to establish central coordination body to bring partners, technical advisors and potential funding sources for community renewable energy projects together for the Central Highlands Region.

BREAZEs Social Renewable program which delivered a 30kW PV system to BRIs Sebastopol facility in 2016 will potentially be expanded across the region's social housing properties, and we will work to develop a community electricity cooperative and establish bioenergy supplies for local government operated community facilities.

We expect to know the outcomes of our submission by this time next month.

 Ian Rossiter