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Permaculture designer, firefighter and home builder Hamish MacCallum presents a free Zoom webinar on Wednesday 16th Sept at 12.30pm for BREAZE Inc. on how to best prepare your property for the fire season. This presentation is also in association with Sustainable House Day.

A link to the Zoom meeting was sent out to your registered email address a few days before. The event was also be livestreamed to the Smart Living Ballarat Facebook Page. See the video https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=345384939847265

Read more: Event: Prepare Your Property For Fire: Retrofit; Landscape; Maintain

Sustainability in Time of COVID 19 FB Event PageSustainability in the time of Covid 19

Don't forget to catch this special SLB talk live on FaceBook.

Date: Wednesday 15th April
Time: 12.30 - 1.30 pm
Venue: Exclusively live-streamed online at https://www.fb.com/smartlivingballarat 

COVID 19 gives us an opportunity  to fundamentally change the way we do things going forward. Steve Burns, founder of Ballarat Permaculture Guild, and owner of Chestnut Farm Cooperative, will talk about, in this exclusively live-streamed presentation, the practical and life enriching things we can do to live a more environmentally sustainable, locally focused and frugal life over this period where we are ‘stuck’ at home.

Don't forget that the event will be available on FaceBook even if you miss the live presentation.

During the COVID 19 restrictions Smart Living Ballarat will still be attempting to provide your monthly lunch time talks on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  



SHDRevised logoAs part of Sustainable House Day in Ballarat, we are organising a brief talk on sustainable house design.  

Autumn HouseWe are also inviting several architects, designers, builders etc to come along so they can answer your questions on designing / building your environmentally friendly house.    The people who are opening their houses on Sustainable House Day have also been invited.   

Come along and find out what is happening with sustainable housing in Ballarat, and talk to the experts!

Read more: Sustainable House Day

Community PowerHub Horizontal LogoWednesday 21st February at 12:30 - 1:30

at the Ballarat library


Full of Energy: Community Power Hub Unleashed

Come and find out about the projects that have been identified for feasibility studies as Community Power Hub projects in the Ballarat region, including the flagship project. You can also gain a better idea of what the local community powerhub is offering. We will also be looking for more great community energy projects ideas/proposals to add the investigation pipeline.

For information on Community Power Hubs


Read more: Full of Energy: Community Power Hub Unleashed

Wednesday 20th December at 12:30 - 1:30

at the Ballarat library


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Find Your Eco Group

Come and hear local eco-group representatives introduce and describe their activities.  A chance to network, join in, make plans and celebrate a year of Smart Living in Ballarat.

Short Presentations by

  • Ballarat Permaculture Guild
  • Ballarat Environment Network
  • The Hidden Orchard
  • Ballarat climate Action
  • Seeding Victoria
  • Boomerang Bags, Buninyong
  • Ballarat Community Garden
  • RSA Ballarat
  • Ballarat Greens
  • Field Naturalists Club
Read more: Find Your Eco Group

ebikeWednesday 15th November at 12:30 - 1:30

at the Ballarat library


Sustainable Bike Power - The Ballarat Cycling Revolution

Synopsis: Buying electric Bikes,  the Ballarat Cycling Action plan 2017, Creswick's mountain bike trail and establishing what bike is right for you.

There will be a short presentation about the mountain bike trails in Creswick,  bike paths and plans in ballarat and then presentation discussion about different types of bikes with a particular emphasis on electric bikes and what to look for when choosing one.


The electric bike shown  will be on display.


  • Trent Johnston - Dynamite Bikes
  • Mary Spencer - Places Officer with City of Ballarat
  • Matt Turner - VOGA Cycling Ckub - Creswick


Sustainability workshops at the Central Library

Smart Living Ballarat with Ballarat City Council and BREAZE Inc. offer a series of monthly 1 hour workshops on practical sustainable solutions in the home and community. There is a different theme each month and the format involves both a presentation by a relevant guest expert and an open group discussion.

The workshop takes place at the Ballarat Central Library in Doveton Street and is free to attend. It will always be on the 3rd Wednesday of the month between 12.30 and 1.30pm.

You can also join our Smart Living Ballarat group for more regular updates on upcoming events, workshop related technical information and handouts, surveys etc.

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