The following is a list of environmental groups in the Ballarat area with some basic contact information.   If you would like to add a group contact

Ballarat Environment Network (BEN)

Public Transport Users Association (PTUA)


Field Naturalists Ballarat

BirdLife Australia Ballarat

  • email Secretary, Roy Chester

Ballarat Repair Cafe


No Waste Ballarat

Ballarat Climate Action

Facebook :

Friends of Lake Wendouree

Ballarat Regional Beekeepers

The Hidden Orchard

Leigh Catchment Group

Bunanyung Landscape Alliance

Smart Building and Living Expo/ Buninyong Sustainability

Smart Living Ballarat


 Boomerang Bags



Whole Food Collectives




 Green Drinks

The 2019 Calendar is a great gift idea for Christmas, with a collection of beautiful photos and a host of significant environmental dates for 2019. Each month, there is an opportunity to learn about an organisation or initiative working to help connect people with nature. Ben Calendar
It's so much more than a beautiful A3 wall calendar: it is also an opportunity to stimulate interest and conversation, and provide a point of connection.

If you would like a calendar please contact Peter Noble via email


BREAZE at expo Congratulations to FORP committee for another successful Smart Living and Building Expo hgeld at Royal Park Buninyong.

This annual event again attracted a crowd of well over 1000 visitors.

Amongst the 58 stalls there was a large variety of goods and services to investigate, and the crowd was busy and constant.

The stalls included sustainable designing and building,  electric cars,  sustainability and other community groups, plants, and a great variety of sustainable products.

The Grampians Central West Waste and Recovery Group were this years major Sponsor. They were pleased with positive interactions they had with the visitors.

This tied in with this year's theme of  "Waste : War & Peace".

Read more: Sustainable Living Expo Report

Ella s ChoiceTouring 2016: Victorian secondary schools offered chance to see unique play explaining climate change

Calling all teachers - are you looking for a way to engage your students about what climate change is, its challenges and how it impacts our community?

Theatre show Ella’s Choice is now touring schools across Victoria and is available to visit secondary schools in terms 3 and 4 in 2016. The performance is available to government schools at no cost.

Performed by three professional actors, the play introduces students to the topic of climate change, creatively explaining how young people can help minimise the impacts of global warming.

The show follows the story of Ella who lives on a dairy farm with her Dad. The farm is going backwards after years of drought and her Dad isn't coping. Then Ella's nan arrives at the door, fleeing a bushfire that threatens to engulf her home. Woven through the play are stories of environmental change in Tuvalu, Bangladesh’s and East Africa.SEAM logo text

The play links with the Australian Science curriculum, Levels 9 and 10 - Science Understanding/Earth and space sciences. Curriculum linked classroom resources are provided.

Preview a short show-reel, below.

Ella’s Choice toured to over 1000 Victorian students in rural and metropolitan secondary schools. Feedback from teachers included

“Such an engaging and relevant play for students to view”

“ It is plays and art like this that may really effect change in the world”

Read more for the Tour Dates:Ella’s Choice

Food is free laneway Ballarat

Food Is Free Laneway Ballarat - cnr Ripon St & Warrior Place

Sharing food with the local community, beautify the landscape & encouraging community spirit.


Food is free Vegie Verge

A community vegetable patch producing locally grown free organic produce for members of the local Ballarat community.


Food is free Smythsdale


Eureka Mums is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation based in Ballarat, Australia. 

We are part of a larger group made up of St Kilda Mums, established in February 2009 and Geelong Mums established in April 2013. Eureka Mums started in February 2014.

We rehome new and pre-loved baby goods and nursery equipment to families in need.

We believe that by reusing and recycling much-loved babies’ and children’s gear, we not only share the joy of motherhood with each other, but we save the earth’s precious resources too.

These donations are distributed to families experiencing hardship in Melbourne and surrounding towns through our partnerships with maternal and child health nurses and local social service agencies.

Go to their web site for how and what to donate.  There are lists of what is needed right now, and a list of what CAN and CAN'T be donated.

Facebook Page

Permies at the Market by Jackie OMeara

Ballarat Permaculture Guild provides a focus for people in and around Ballarat who are interested in living more sustainably through implementing permaculture design principles and practices in their daily lives.

We are a practical group working together to increase our skills and experience. One of our priorities is to create opportunities for other members of the community to learn about permaculture or the practical skills that go with it! If Permaculture is new to you, our Permaculture page outlines some of the strategies Permaculture offers towards building a more sustainable and locally resilient future.

You don't need to know anything about permaculture to join us! We'd love to meet you, come along to one of our regular get-togethers - check their facebook events:




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