BREAZE formed as a result of a groundswell of people meeting after Ballarat's 2006 "Walk Against Warming" rally at Lake Wendouree, when a group of concerned citizens decided there was a need for a community  organisation to drive action on climate change. The concept was further promoted at the Environment Pavilion at the 2006 Ballarat Springfest Extravaganza. A public meeting was convened with representatives of the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, and a local steering committee established. The group hosted its first formal meeting at Aquinas University in February 2007 and later that month BREAZE became an incorporated body with an initial 44 signed up members.  In its first 3 years, BREAZE arranged bulk purchase and installations of solar hot water and rooftop solar panels for its members, well before commercial suppliers were established in Ballarat. In partnership with state and local government agencies and other environment groups BREAZE established the Smart Living Centre as a shopfront for the public to access information and assistance on sustainable use of electricity, gas, water, transport and information on local foods and preserving Ballarat’s biodiversity. BREAZE has grown quickly in membership numbers, and in reputation and is now a trusted and authoritative voice for the Ballarat community on all climate change issues.

In 2010 BREAZE Inc. separated from its commercial solar arm, which subsequently became BREAZE Energy Solutions and continues to use of the BREAZE name via a Trade Market agreement.  BREAZE Inc. is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

BREAZE Inc. hosted the Victoria government funded Community Power Hub Ballarat Pilot Program from July 2017 to June 2020 and continues to work with government at all levels to promote sustainable living and transition our community to renewable energy. BREAZE also runs monthly talks funded by the City of Ballarat — Smart Living Ballarat— and the monthly evening talks—Green Drinks. The BREAZE Public Fund, which has ATO Deductible Gift Recipient status, runs the BREAZE Social Solar program, raising money from public and private donors and applying for funding from other agencies in order to install rooftop solar on social housing and the buildings of not-for-profits across the region. Find out more about this under the Programs menu.

Partners

BREAZE partners with groups and organisations within the Ballarat area that have a natural affilliation due to their goals and values.

Probono services are also provided by local organisations, and we thank them for their expertise.  We encourage members to support the companies supporting our Sustainability and Environment.


BREAZE works closely with the following groups

  • DELWP
  • RSAB
  • Sustainability Victoria
  • City of Ballarat

 

 

 

The BREAZE Inc. Public Fund is listed on the register of environmental organisations under item 6.1.1 of subsection 30-55(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. It is established and maintained to support the environmental purposes of the Association. It is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) under Australian Taxation Office rules.

The BREAZE Inc. Public Fund raises funds from private and public donors and also applies for grants from government and other funding agencies for the BREAZE Social Solar program. 

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