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Postal address:

PO Box 1301, Bakery Hill, VIC 3354

 Phone Enquiries (to a BREAZE volunteer)

0432 635 637

Photo on 19 1 20 at 2.20 pm 2 President: Mary Debrett

Now in her fourth year as a board member, Mary moved to Ballarat with her partner after she retired. A former teacher, she initiated the World Environment Day Children's Writing Competition with BREAZE in 2018 and continues with her own writing—non-fiction and fiction—on climate and environment-related issues. A media and communications academic with a background in documentary making and a special research interest in media coverage of climate change, Mary spent many years analysing how the climate communication crisis —the 20 year faux debate: is it really happening?— exacerbated Australia's climate policy void. She is now enjoying collaborating with other BREAZE members, advocating for and working on practical local solutions.


Screen Shot 2019 03 30 at 2.56.01 pmVice-President Tony Goodfellow

Tony lives in Ballarat with his wife and 5 year old who inspires much of his community activism. He has experience in advocacy, community education and engagement experience throughout Australia and is passionate about action on climate change. He works as Community Educator for Australian Wind Alliance, the national community voice for wind, and recently finished Master of Environment at University of Melbourne. He has previously obtained a Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies with Honours in Sociology from University of Tasmania where he was also involved in the “Forest for Climate” campaign. He previously worked in Wadeye, an Aboriginal community, as a technical assistant for the rangers. Tony thinks Ballarat could be a world leader in climate action and be the capital of the future zero-carbon economy.

Paul Tant

Treasurer: Paul Tant

Paul is a Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) with over thirty years of financial experience in financial management and internal and external audit.  He was also previously the local Community Development Manager with Bank Australia.  He originally moved from the UK to Ballarat in 1997 with a minerals mining and processing group; subsequently in 2008 he moved to work in the not-for-profit sector, originally in community finance in London and qualified with a MSc in Voluntary Sector Management in 2010 from London’s Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness to add to his Bachelors degree in Economics.

Paul has significant experience on not-for-profit boards both in Australia and in the UK, and currently works providing financial compliance and consulting services to a range not-for-profit organisations.  He lives in Buninyong with his family and believes that urgent action on the climate emergency is necessary for future generations.



Pat Hockey 1Secretary: Pat Hockey

Pat Hockey is a digital marketing strategist and horticulture specialist. He has extensive knowledge and experience of climate change advocacy with a special interest in superannuation divestment, sustainable housing and transport. He holds degrees in the social sciences and education and is an experienced teacher. He tutors in sharemarket investing with an emphasis on ethical funds and the renewables sector. He reasons that based purely on the science, climate change must be in the foreground of all of our decision making.


Simon Reid Profile Picture 201501Simon Reid – now in his third year as a board member, Simon is well known to most members through his passionate involvement in many BREAZE initiatives since formation and his role as Director of Breaze Energy Solutions.




WIN 20190807 15 50 03 ProSue Nunn: Coordinator Affiliated Groups - joined the BREAZE Board in November 2020

Sue has been a member of BREAZE since its inception. She is passionate about personal ways of living sustainably in a changing physical, social and cultural world. She works in the higher education sector with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners who work on and for Country. She also teaches into anthropology and sociology. 

Sue has joined the BREAZE board to be part of an organisation that advocates for the health of the environment as well as people. Her other passion is film and its power to express story. 


Sally Missing 4110Sally Missing  - joined the BREAZE Board in November 2020

Sally and her husband made a retirement tree change to Buninyong in 2019 where they are enjoying making their garden more productive and their house more energy efficient. She loves being part of a small community where there are many people that are concerned about the environment.

Although she is new to environmental advocacy, Sally has spent many years working and volunteering in the not-for-profit sector including past experience as Vice President of Eltham Community Health Centre and President of Emerge Australia. Her work experience includes management of health promotion, allied health and chronic disease programs and, prior to retirement, she was Executive Officer of the Inner East Primary Care Partnership.

Sally has qualifications in nursing, a Bachelor of Arts (Media) and a Masters’ Degree in Health Administration.  

“I want to do something useful in my retirement and what better than to support desperately needed action and advocacy in response to climate change.”

   Ramneek SharmaRamneek Sharma - Joined BREAZE Board in July 2021

Ramneek is an accomplished and passionate IT management professional with extensive experience. Over 20 years of experience being engaged into various techno-management roles managing & supporting large and complex IT ecosystems, support BAU (Business as Usual) and delivery of projects, process improvements and CSI (Continuous Service Improvement) initiatives.

Ramneek is certified PMP, Prince2 Practitioner and Prince2 Agile Practitioner. Worked with world's top notch IT services organisations such as IBM, DXC, Atos etc. Acquired skills, knowledge and developed insight into various industries such as Telecommunication, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Consumer Healthcare, IT Services etc.

Ramneek has moved to Ballarat in mid-year 2019 with his family. He cognizes that we (Humans) are indebted to nature though being part of it. An urgent call for action is must to stop destruction and reinforce sustainable living for future generations. He wanted to contribute for this critical cause "to protect the natural environment and increase sustainability", which aligns well with the principal objective of BREAZE Inc. "increase sustainability within the region by promoting renewable sources of energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

Peter Boadle

Peter BI have lived and raised our family in the Ballarat area for about 30 years and worked in management for various State Government land management agencies and the Department of Infrastructure over most of that time. The conservation of our natural resources, and the impact of climate change on those resources, is therefore of great concern to me. I am now retired and am gratified that I can continue supporting meaningful environmental action through BREAZE.





Dina Jones



Nick Charleston

Nick has a professional background in education and working with start-up and grassroots businesses and is very passionate about sustainability and renewable energy.

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November 2006 - The ‘Walk Against Warming’ – “C’mon, let’s do something about it…”

The genesis of BREAZE was at the ‘Walk Against Warming’ on November 4, 2006 where a group of like-minded people who wanted to take direct and local action regarding climate change met together (in pretty ad hoc fashion) and had informal discussions about what could be done within the Ballarat region to lower greenhouse emissions. It was resolved to hold a meeting to discuss forming a community association dedicated to this task.

Read more: History & Archives

From this page you can download BREAZE posters and flyers produced for BREAZE events and campaigns.

BREAZE Brainstorm Program

Poster (A4 sized pdf, about 150k)

BREAZE Brainstorm

Poster (A4 sized pdf, about 300k)

Clean Up Australia Day

Leaflet (A4 sized pdf, to make four leaflets, about 400k)

The John Seed Roadshow (Feb, 2007)

Poster (pdf, about 200k)

Flyer (pdf, about 200k)

End of 2006

Poster (pdf, about 350k) (Currently not available)

Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions (BREAZE) is a non-profit grassroots organisation, which has come about because members of the Ballarat community want to demonstrate that individual and community-based actions can make a difference in our response to climate change.

BREAZE was officially formed during a public forum in December 2006 when 40 people signed up to become members. After just 12 months, interest in BREAZE and its activities has grown to the extent membership and the email distribution list are numerically very strong. The beginnings of BREAZE as a grassroots organisation underpin its emphasis on engaging and supporting the Ballarat community, implementing actions and working with partners. We also advocate government policies that embrace climate change, while not aligning ourselves with any political party.

Read more: The History of BREAZE