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 Next up at Ballarat Green Drinks on 17 August at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant St South - Stephanie Davison of Gardens for Wildlife Ballarat will be talking on Creating a Garden Haven for Little Birds

Birds add colour and movement to our gardens and their antics never fail to fascinate. When asked, people always say they would like to attract more birds - especially wrens, robins, spinebills, honeyeaters and thornbills. It’s simple to make spaces in your garden where the little birds can feel safe and thrive. In the process you’ll attract other wildlife to your patch and enjoy the many benefits of gardening for wildlife.

Stephanie is a long-term volunteer at the City of Ballarat Indigenous Plant Nursery, an active member of the Wattle Flat Pootilla Landcare Group and a founding member of Gardens for Wildlife Ballarat. Her talk is based on the practical experience of growing and observing indigenous plants and animals in gardens and natural landscapes around Ballarat. 

Come and join us for drinks/dinner. Great talks by local experts followed by Q&A. Green Dirinks is a great way to network, meet people and learn about what's happening in Ballarat. 6:30-8pm.

Freebook via https://www.trybooking.com/1000430

EE Energy workshop TWITTER 2If you attended one of the Home Energy Efficiency Workshops at Ballarat Tool Library, Barkly Square please come along to the Review Session on 4 September 10-11:00 am - Training Room 101 at Barkly Square.

It's an opportunity to ask follow-up questions and share what you've have done - and to give us feedback on the workshops. Morning tea will be served. First timers also welcome. All FREE Trybooking.com/CJTRY

 These workshops are intended as a pilot with further funding to be sought later this year for a longer program for 2024

Ballarat Zero Emissions Alliance (BZEA) of which BREAZE Inc. is a member has organised the workshops, which are being funded  by the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA). 2023  EE Workshop 1

 

 

MD 2023A new world record

Some alarming news this month, which needs to be acknowledged in face of society's business as usual approach. Climate change made international news headlines with the first week of July declared  the hottest on world record. The Times reported: “The WMO said that at least three datasets – run by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the University of Maine and the European Union’s space programme, Copernicus – indicated that preliminary temperature records had been broken.” 

A key factor in the dramatic temperature rises is the anticipated El Nino – which results from sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, warming well above the average, causing a shift in atmospheric circulation. To find out more about why this is happening listen to this week's Energy Insiders podcast with Monash University researcher, Kimberley Reid

In addition to all the environmental and economic damage arising from global warming, the Carbon Brief observes the implications for public health noting: "And there is widespread media coverage of a new study, which finds that extreme heat during the summer of 2022 was linked to more than 61,000 heat-related deaths across Europe."

Implementing the Ballarat Zero Emissions Plan 

On the home front in Ballarat, BREAZE Inc. volunteers have been focusing on events to help local residents move off gas and make their homes more energy efficient to take advantage of that great synergy, fighting two crises at once – cutting energy bills and GHG emissions

My All Electric Home - Forum 3: Building Better Homes for the Future

My All Electric Home: the third and final forum in the Building Better Homes for the Future series, which was held on 2 July at Mercure Ballarat2023   My All Electric Home was ably hosted by Ellen Burns, with guest speaker, Lloyd Heathfield, Project Officer with the Yarra Energy Foundation. Lloyd, who comes from a background as a solar installer, gave an enthusiastic and detailed account of the economics, technicalities  and compelling reasons to transition to an all-electric homes. With the Victorian government committed to turning off the gas by 2035 this transition is something we should all be planning for. The upside being that there are terrific cost savings to be made, particularly for those with lots of rooftop solar. New smart electric technology including hot water heat pumps and induction cooktops use a fraction of the energy of their conventional counterparts. Gas, as we now know is not a cleaner option than coal, as was once widely promulgated. Switching it off and going all electric is probably the best thing we can do for the environment. On this theme Friends of the Earth have an online pledge - Getting off gas - that people might like to support.

Special thanks to Sally Missing, coordinator of the Building Better Homes for the Future forums, and by all who worked with her - Sue Broadway, Lydia Mzondo, and Pat Hockey – for a very successful and timely event. My All Electric Home drew an attendance of 117. Many thanks too, to Councillor Belinda Coates for attending the forum and for her introductory words and acknowledgement of traditional owners. BREAZE gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Ballarat and  Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA).

24 July - How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

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From 24 July - 11 September, the BZE Alliance, of which BREAZE is a member, will be running six workshops aimed particularly at helping vulnerable residents and low income households to make their homes more thermally efficient. 


Funded by the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, the workshops will be led by two accredited Victorian Energy Scorecard assessors, Dale Boucher and Tim Drylie. Participants from the first six sessions will be invited to return for a Review session – September 4 & 11 – for follow-up questions, sharing their successes and problems and completing a review form for the organisers. Content will cover cheap fixes, energy efficient appliances and government rebates and subsidy schemes. The workshops are part of a pilot, with further funding to be sought later this year for a longer program for 2024.

It is intended that everyone will leave with a plan. Participants should bring recent energy bills. Trybooking.com/CJTRY

 
10 August - How to Make Your Business Energy Efficient: Smart Living Ballarat @ B31TWITTER

BREAZE Inc. is also running a workshop  in energy efficiency for Ballarat business owners, as part of Commerce Ballarat's B31 Festival that runs throughout the month of August. The workshops will be hosted by local businesswoman, Ellen Burns and led by Dale Boucher, an accredited Victorian Energy Scorecard Assessor. 

This will be an interactive session in which participants are again asked to bring recent energy bills to better enable them to develop an energy efficiency plan to suit their building/space and budget. Trybooking.com/CJRAL

 

Monthly Events

20 July: Ballarat Green Drinks – Ronnie Reissenweber, award winning building designer, Environ Design

Building Designqrcode Ballarat Green Drinks 2023   Bunch of Grapes Hoteler, Ronnie Reissenweber, will discuss the principles of environmentally conscious design in new builds and renovation. 


Ronnie has a Masters in Architecture from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, where as a registered architect he was a prize winner in an architectural competition for sustainable design in 1993.
Migrating to Australia in 1999, he went on to establish his business, Environ Design, in Port Arlington.

Working as a builder/designer he won an award for sustainable building design in 2011 –  the HIA Western Victoria Regional Housing Awards: Best Display Home up to $250.000 for a display home in Leopold (Vic.) and was also recognised by the BDAV for the design of a dwelling with a 10-star energy rating. Ronnie moved his current office in Geelong in 2017.

6:30-8:00pm, Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant St, South, Ballarat - Join us for drinks/dinner and great talks and conversation.  Free book via trybooking.com/CEXYC 

26 July: Smart Living Ballarat Learn how to use the Thermal Imaging Camera with Melissa Waight: Ballarat Central Library: Town Hall ground floor - 12:30-1:30 pmScreen Shot 2023 07 12 at 1.49.58 pm

Many old Ballarat houses don't have much insulation. Often there are cracks in floorboards, window frames and doorways that are hard to find and address.

A thermal imaging camera can help you identify the weak spots in your house's insulation and draught proofing. Ballarat's Central Library now has thermal imaging cameras available for loan.

Join in this session in person at the Central Library pop up at Town Hall or join the session online here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85286948506    This session will also be live-streamed live to the Smart Living Ballarat Facebook page and will then be posted and available to watch, rewatch and share. Smart Living Ballarat Facebook page

Smart Living Ballarat is a program of free monthly workshops, a collaboration between BREAZE Inc. and the City of Ballarat.

Board Matters

As noted in an e-newsletter last month on 21 June, a Special General Meeting of BREAZE Inc. will be held on Monday 17 July at 5:30pm in the Function Room, the Royal Mail Hotel, 290 Albert St Sebastopol, to consider and vote on the following Special Resolution: 

That BREAZE Inc. establishes a new category of membership – BREAZE Inc. Business membership – for which the annual fee will be set at $100.

The Special General Meeting will be held immediately prior to the monthly July Board meeting to which members are also welcome to attend and join Board members for dinner. 

PLEASE NOTE: To be able to attend and vote at this Special General Meeting you will need to be a paid up member of BREAZE or a have Life Membership.

BREAZE Inc. Board meetings are held on the third Monday of the month and alternate between Zoom and face to face meetings over dinner at the Royal Mail Hotel in Sebastopol. If you are a paid up member of BREAZE Inc. you are welcome to join us. If you would like to volunteer with us we would love to hear from you. Please email and I will forward you link/details. 

Mary 

Dr Mary Debrett
President, June 2023                                      

 

How to make the switch and save on costs

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Where: Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre. 613 Main Rd, Golden PointWhen:  Sunday 2nd July 2- 3.30 pm        Guest speaker:  Lloyd Heathfield Yarra Energy FoundationThis free forum will cover how to transition to or build an all-electric home including the costs, savings and comfort benefits; as well as the steps needed to make the switch. An opportunity to hear about practical solutions, costing and advice on purchasing and discounts including solar panels, heating and cooling, electric hot water, induction cooktops and provision for electric vehicles.To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/my-all-electric-home-how-to-make-the-switch-and-save-on-costs-tickets-653611849637Or contact: Sponsored by:The City of BallaratDEECA. Department of Energy and Environment and Climate Action

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BREAZE Inc. was well represented in submissions to the City of Ballarat’s 2023/24 Draft Budget and at the Unscheduled Council meeting on 7 June, when those who made submissions were invited to address Council about their submissions. Board members Sally Missing and Sue Broadway made personal submissions along with myself as president, representing the Board and BREAZE Inc. membership. The BREAZE submission – available as a downloadable pdf on the website – urges Council to allocate more funding to climate action and to implement Actions in the Ballarat Zero Emissions (BZE) Plan. We offered a number of practical suggestions we hope Council will take on board as ways of both helping to cut community GHGs and householders’ energy bills – addressing both the climate emergency and the cost of living crisis simultaneously:

  • Collaboration on a community wide Home Electrification Program – promoting bulk buys for rooftop solar, hot water heat pumps, home batteries and reverse cycle air conditioning 
  • Collaboration with the BZE Alliance on a pilot workshop program to assist low income households with energy efficiency retrofitting 
  • A BZE/Sustainability Awards Program that would make awards on a sector-by-sector basis (neighbourhoods, schools, not-for-profits, commerce, industry) in collaboration with community groups to raise public awareness of the BZE 2030 target and Plan
  • Collaboration on a community-wide communications program informing citizens of  the full range of rebates and subsidies available for homeowners and renters to make homes more energy efficient and cut GHG emissions
  • Additional Council staff to assist vulnerable residents and low income households access low interest loans to finance energy efficient resources
ZERO EMISSIONS BALLARAT 2030 PLAN – 6 MONTH CHECK-IN

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On 8 June the City of Ballarat’s Sustainable Environment team held an event at the Ballarat Soccer Centre for the community to share their work to date on cutting GHGs and driving the aspirational 2030 net zero target – endorsed by the City in 2021 and mapped in the BZE 2030 Plan endorsed in October 2022.

The diverse range of presenters at the Check-In included: BREAZE inc., Laminex, McCain, Smart Living Ballarat, Committee for Ballarat, Community Bank Buninyong, Ballarat Dark Sky Community, Schneider Electric, Trunorth Projects, Ballarat Tool Library, Sustainability Victoria, and Ballarat Grammar.

 
 
BZE ALLIANCE

Members of the newly formed Ballarat Zero Emissions Alliance BZEA copyattended the Check-In event.


The Alliance is working towards a pilot for a series of energy efficiency workshops to assist local residents cut their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Member groups are: BREAZE Inc, Extinction Rebellion Ballarat, Ballarat Tool Library, Ballarat Repair Café, Ballarat Permaculture Group and Hidden Orchard. Any other groups that wish to join should get in touch.

  

 
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY CHILDREN’S WRITING COMPETITION 

Over 120 grade 5&6 students from across greater Ballarat entered the BREAZE Inc. Children’s Writing Competition this year. Addressing the 2023 World Environment Day theme –Solutions to Plastic Pollution – their writing demonstrated their concerns for the environment. Some pondered what favourite wild places might be like for their grandchildren, while most noted the importance of the 3x Rs – refuse, reuse and recycle and endorsed a host of sustainable practices that are becoming a part of their lives. 

BREAZE Inc. thanks those teachers who took up the opportunity to make the environment a class conversation and we congratulate all children who were awarded. See our article online for a full list of winners.2023 Writing Comp

BREAZE also participated in another primary school event, ‘Sustainability in Schools Pilot program’, organised by Inga Hamilton of Sustainability Victoria and Natalie Gero, City of Ballarat and held at St James Primary School on I June. Alongside City of Ballarat staff, Daniel Siemensma and Quentin Gay I presented for BREAZE Inc. on the need for a clean energy transition and on the benefits of renewable energy. The presentation was followed by a general discussion in which the children asked questions they had prepared in class beforehand.  Great to see collaborations like this to assist children to become more informed and hopefully more resilient in the face of climate change.

 

FREE EVENTS COMING UP THIS MONTH

BUILDING BETTER HOMES FOR THE FUTURE FORUM 3 – My All Electric Home

My All Electric Home: the third and final forum in the Building Better Homes for the Future series will be held on 2 July, 2-3:30pm at Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Golden Point. Screen Shot 2023-06-16 at 15.01.32.png

In this free forum, guest speaker, Lloyd Heathfield of Yarra Energy Foundation will discuss how to build or transition to an all-electric home – the costs, savings and comfort benefits. 


To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/my-all-electric-home-how-to-make-the-switch-and-save-on-costs-tickets-653611849637              Or contact: 

 
20 July: Ballarat Green Drinks – Ronnie Reissenweber, Building Designer, Environ Design

6:30-8:00pm, Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant St, South, Ballarat - Join us for drinks/dinner and great talks and conversation.

Screen Shot 2023 06 16 at 15.56.53Sustainable and energy efficient housing design, are topics we hear a lot nowadays. Not only to save the environment, but also for more comfort in the home, and lower energy bills. Almost everybody is aspiring to achieve it at some level.

Building Designer, Ronnie Reissenweber, from environ design, will try, by using examples and his
experience over 30 years, to explain some of the principles, behind the concepts of environmental conscious design in new build and renovations .

Free book via trybooking.com/CEXYC

May 24: Smart Living Ballarat Zero Plastics Ballarat Adam Slater from Zero Plastics Australia

Venue: BRMC "Welcome Room" at Barkly Square 12:30-1:30 pm

Screen Shot 2023 06 16 at 15.59.50Get inspired for Plastic Free July! Ellen Burns will be speaking with Adam Slater from Zero Plastics Australia about the inventive uses they have found for plastic that can't otherwise be recycled. This session will be interactive, engaging and educational, looking at the impact of plastic waste on our planet and the importance of sustainability and a circular economy. Every attendee to the in-person session will receive a free keyring made from recycled bottle lids! Join in person at the Welcome Room in BRMC at Barkly Square or join the session on line here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85286948506

This session will also be streamed live to the Smart Living Ballarat Facebook page and will then be posted and available to watch, rewatch and share. Smart Living Ballarat Facebook page

Smart Living Ballarat is a program of free monthly workshops, a collaboration between BREAZE Inc. and the City of Ballarat.

BOARD MATTERS

Our next Board meeting will be held on 17 July at 5:30 pm at the Function Room at the Royal Mail Hotel , 290 Albert St,  Sebastopol. Prior to the monthly meeting we will be holding a Special General Meeting to consider and vote on a Special Resolution to introduce a new class of BREAZE membership - BREAZE Business Membership. All BREAZE Inc. members are invited to attend. You will also receive a separate notice about this via our e-newsletter.

BREAZE Inc. Board meetings are held on the third Monday of the month and alternate between Zoom and face to face meetings over dinner at the Royal Mail Hotel in Sebastopol. If you are a paid up member of BREAZE Inc. you are welcome to join us. If you would like to volunteer with us we would love to hear from you. Please email and I will forward you link/details. 

All the best,

Mary

Dr Mary Debrett
President, June 2023                                      

 

Get inspired for Plastic Free July at our next Smart Living Ballarat!

Wednesday June 28th 12:30-1:30pmIn the "Welcome Room" at Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council25-39 Barkly St, Bakery Hill Or join us online (links below)

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We'll be speaking to Adam from Zero Plastics Australia about the inventive uses they have found for plastic that can't otherwise be recycled.
 
This session will be interactive, engaging and educational, looking at the impact of plastic waste on our planet and the importance of sustainability and a circular economy.
 
Every attendee to the in-person session will receive a free keyring made from recycled bottle lids!
 
 
Or you can join online via Zoom through this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85286948506
 
It will also be streamed live to the Smart Living Ballarat Facebook page.
 
Smart Living Ballarat is a series of free monthly workshops, put on in collaboration between BREAZE and the City of Ballarat.
 
Join host Ellen Burns on the 4th Wednesday of every month to learn new skills for living smarter!
 
 


2023 Competition WinnerOn World Environment Day, 5 June 2023, 22 of the 127 grades 5 & 6 primary school students from across greater Ballarat  who had participated in BREAZE Inc's Children's Writing Competition attended the awards ceremony at Sebastopol Library. The City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Hudson, kindly officiated, presenting the 22 students with certificates and book vouchers, awarded by the judges in  acknowledgement of the quality of their entries addressing this year's World Environment Day theme: Solutions to Plastic Pollution.

Our congratulations to all students – especially to the winner of the First Prize for best entry overall, Riley Baker from Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School, seen here receiving his award from the Mayor.
The five school winners were:
Newington PS:  Allira Moran
OLHC:  Riley Baker
Pleasant St:  Maddie Barclay
St Alipius:     Charlotte Kanoa
St Francis Xavier:  Olena Vallance

 

There is a video of the children's writing on the BREAZE Inc. Facebook page

Special Mention  certificates and prizes - book vouchers - were awarded to another 17 students:2023   Competition all winners
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                • Anna Reynolds
                • Imogen Corcoran
Newington PS
                • Pearl Brewer
                • Jimmy Delacy
                • Will Diamond
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                • Luke Simensma
Pleasant St
                • Harry Murphy
                • William Vermey
                • Alfie Roberts
St Alipius
                • Mateo Bozzo
                • Clementine Croucher
                • Isla Petrie
 
St Francis Xavier
                • Emily Hanrahan
                • Annabelle Chalmers
                • Pearl Nicholson
                • Cooper Downes
                • Isa Jones

There is also an article in The Courier about the Children's Writing Competition and the World Environment Day theme.

2023 BOARDEvery fourth Friday of the month at 10:10 am a BREAZE Board member chats with Ballarat Today Host, Brett McDonald on Radio 3BA, about climate action issues they are passionate about. 

On Friday September the 22nd, Lydia Mzondo will discuss the IPCC process with Brett and what to expect at the next CoP 28 in UAE where an oil Sheik has been chosen to lead the event. And on 27 October, Sue Broadway wspoke about induction cooktops, a great way of cooking and cutting your greenhouse gas emissions.

On 24 November  Mary Debrett will talk abut the City of Ballarat's latest changes to waste collection and on 22 December Peter Reid will talk about Solar Vic's Virtual Power Plant (VPP) pilot that he participated in.

 We hope you are able to catch at least some of these talks. Please forward any thoughts you have on topics we should cover in future talks.

 

 

2023 BGD JuneNext up at Ballarat Green Drinks, Scott Denno of Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat, will be talking about Beekeeping and bee-friendly gardens.  Join us for drinks/dinner on Thursday June 15, 6:30-8pm at Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant St South, Ballarat – great talks followed by audience Q&A.

Amanda Collins and Scott Denno have been beekeeping for the past 10 years after being gifted a honey bee hive from a work colleague. A fortuitous meeting with a retired local commercial beekeeper ignited a passion and appetite for learning that they have never felt before. 

Within a few years and while undertaking formal beekeeper training and education with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Agriculture Victoria, Marcus Oldham College and Gordon Institute of TAFE the couple increased their hive numbers from their one gifted hive to 50 hives and now manage around 80 honey bee hives in an urban apiary site in suburban Ballarat.

Both Amanda and Scott are foundation members of Ballarat Regional Beekeepers in 2015 and are the founders of social enterprise HiveMind Community Apiary, a community apiary teaching people with lived experiences of mental illness how to care for honey bees hives through the successful annual A Season of Beekeeping Program.