We Need Your HelpBREAZE is in for a very busy 2019. We have planned to delivery some great events and programs to ensure members and the general Ballarat and Region can engage with our quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent runaway climate change. We are fortunate to have some talented and committed volunteers willing to deliver the following events:

  • Let's Walk Against Warming - Sunday 14 April 1 pm till 3.30 pm at Lake Wendouree
  • World Environment Day - Children's Writing Competition (Awards to be Presented 5th June)
  • Sustainable House Day - Sunday 15 November 10 am till 4 pm 

We already have dedicated volunteers assisting with our existing programs:

  • Smart Living Ballarat Monthly Lunchtime Workshops
  • Green Drinks Monthly Evening Discussions
  • Social Renewables Donation Appeal 
  • Community Power Hub (49 projects over 2 years)
  • membership management
  • social media (Facebook, website and e-Newsletters)
  • BREAZE Board (monthly meetings and sub groups)

We need you to help with these additional events by volunteering as little as a few hours to assist on the day of these events, or to help with the planning and preparation leading up the events. 

Specifically we need:

Walk Against Warming (April) Children's Writing Comp  Sustainable House Day  (September)

 Information Table Volunteers to help with making badges, banners and event information. 

Volunteers to Promote to Schools  Volunteers to Assist with homeowners nominate their properties
 Event marshals to accompany participants on walk and ensure we can meet risk response plan requirements.  Entry Judges   Home owners to open their homes
 Stage Management Volunteers to assist with stage setup, sound mixing and managing performers and speakers itinerary.  Volunteers to seek sponsors for prizes   Volunteers to assist home owners with tours of houses on the day

 

For Further information if you can help please contact the following BREAZE Board Members:

Let's Walk Against Warming - Ian  0467 220 442

Children's Writing Competition - Mary   

Sustainable House Day - Jeremy 0429 801 486 

 

FEBRUARY 12 2019Courier masthead mainRochelle Kirkham

 

Funding for renewable energy projects is helping social enterprises take control of their electricity supply and reduce costs.

2019 02 12COMMUNITY POWER McAllum Disability Services celebrates the announcement of funding to install solar panels and reduce energy costs
COMMUNITY POWER: McAllum Disability Services celebrates the announcement of funding to install solar panels and reduce energy costs.

Labor Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison announced a $49,500 grant to install a 40 kW solar PV system at McCallum Disability Services on Tuesday.

In addition, Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emmissions will receive almost $8000 a 10 kW solar array on the roof of Uniting Ballarat’s Restore Op-Shop.

Coghills Creek Progress Association will benefit from more than $6000 funding to install a 6 kW solar PV system on the roof of the local hall.

Read more: McCallum Disability Services secures funds for massive solar PV system

April 12 2019Courier masthead mainRochelle Kirkham

Members of the Ballarat community will make their voice heard loud and clear on Sunday at the Ballarat Walk Against Warming. It will be a united call for political leaders to take action on the climate change emergency in the lead up to the federal election. 

Climate emergency Picture Kate HealyUNITED CALL: Members of the Ballarat Climate Action Network are encouraging Ballarat residents to join their walk in a show of solidarity to political leaders that this May needs to be the climate election. Picture: Kate Healy

Read more: Walk Against Warming will call for strong federal action on climate change

Information session: 5.30pm on Wednesday June 26

Location: Ballarat Tech School.

Contact  or visit Ballarat Repair Cafe on Facebook.Courier masthead main


June 19 2019

Ballarat will soon have its own Repair Cafe where community members meet to share skills and fix items that would otherwise go to landfill.

Ballarat Tech School will host the Ballarat Repair Cafe once a month, with the first cafe session expected in late August. .

"It suits the requirements of the Repair Cafe and aligns well with the educational aspects of sharing repair knowledge," said Ballarat Repair Cafe organiser Mary Duff.

Ballarat Repair Cafe organiser Mary Duff with members of Ballarat East Mens Shed - Picture by Aldona Kmie

FIXERS: Ballarat Repair Cafe organiser Mary Duff with members of Ballarat East Men's Shed. Picture: Aldona Kmiec

Read more: Ballarat Repair Cafe to open

feb 2019 event headerGreen Drinks - Thursday February 7th 2019

Green drinks is an informative casual get together for people to discuss and share ideas on the environment and sustainability. Generally a presentation is made during the night. Come along to be surprised and join the discussion.

It is held at 7:00 pm on the FIRST Thursday of every month upstairs at The Main Bar, 26 Main Rd, Ballarat. Because it is a casual meeting drinks and food can be purchased from The Main Bar.

Our first meeting is on the 7th February and is on the topic of Waste to Energy Technologies and is presented by Barry Sullivan.

Read more: Waste to Energy presentation

JANUARY 26 2019 - 7:00AMCourier masthead mainRochelle Kirkham

 

Peter Reid is wearing his Ballarat and District Soccer Association life member badge as he sits at the dining table in his Ballarat North home.

Looking at the badge, one may find it hard to believe he has never played soccer in his life.

20190125 Peter Reid OAMCOMMUNITY: Peter Reid OAM in the garden of his Ballarat North home. He admits he has always been a 'greenie', applying environmental principles to his engineering work, and is now taking a lead in BREAZE. Picture: Kate Healy

But after hearing his story the small blue badge becomes a symbol of his service to the Ballarat community and love of helping lead volunteer organisations to bring about positive change.

Mr Reid has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), a recognition of his outstanding service.
“It is a reward for me from all the effort other people have done,” he says with a laugh.
“It has all been teams, it has all been committees – none of it you do by yourself.”

Read more: Australia Day 2019 honours: Peter Reid helps drive change in community

Green Drinks Dec 2018

As you probably know BREAZE is a local, volunteer based community group advising and encouraging LOCAL action by individuals, businesses and government in the Ballarat Region to reduce emissions to zero by 2030. As you have been a valued member of BREAZE in the past, we are asking if you would again consider supporting us through financial membership. Here’s why we think you should take another look at our organisation:

Read more: Why Join BREAZE 2019