What: The first of a new series of farmers markets being held in Ballarat's CBD with free admission, entertainment and demonstrations.
When: Saturday October 31st from 9am to 1 pm.
Where: Armstrong Street South between Chancery and Bath lanes (adjacent to Central Square Shopping Centre)
Who: The market is being organised by BREAZE (Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions Inc.) and Central Square Shopping Centre Management

SLM-amber dalyThe first 5th Saturday of the Month Smart Living Farmers Market will be unveiled this Saturday (Halloween) in a section of Armstrong street South closed to traffic. The market will showcase 30 stalls of regional produce including fruit, vegetables, breads, eggs, cheeses, preserves, wines, and take away foods. There will be something for everyone with entertainers, children's activities and cooking demonstrations to compliment the range of regional produce on offer.

Smart Living Markets have been held by BREAZE on the Lake Wendouree foreshore (opposite the Botanical Gardens) for the past year on the second and fourth Saturday's of the month.

Having the market in Ballarat's CBD adjacent to a major shopping centre provides access to fresh and preserved local foods to shoppers and adds to the mix of the City's attractions showcased while Ballarat's Archibald Prize Exhibition is being staged.

SLM-belle musetteEntertainment is provided by renowned Melbourne trio "Belle Musette" performing Parisienne Music from the 1930's and 1940's, while artist Amber Daly will engage children in creating their own paintings of the market.

Central Square Shops are having some one day specials to mark the occasion.

Chair of BREAZE Inc. Board Ian Rossiter said "Buying food direct from our regional producers significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transport and storage of foods from interstate and overseas, while maintaining the viability of local agribusiness enterprises."

"Shopping for weekly produce at Smart Living Markets can be fun, informative and more nutritional than other options."
"Ballarat residents now have access to farmers markets each week of the month in our region with events scheduled at Lake Wendouree, Bridge Mall, Creswick and now Armstrong Street South."

The City of Ballarat has supported the Smart Living Markets through provision of a Community Impacts Grant to contribute to costs of demonstrations, banners, removable seating and production of promotional material.

Traffic will be diverted around the closed section of Armstrong Street South via Chancery Lane and Bath Lane.

For further information, comment or photo opportunities please contact Ian Rossiter on

Smart Living
The launch of the Smart Living Kiosk will be held at Ballarat Central Library
Cnr. Doveton and Market Streets, Ballarat
On Friday 5th June at 12 Noon till 1pm.

RSVP by Wednesday 3rd June 2015 to
For further information, please ring 0432 635 637

Late last night, BREAZE members should have received an email from the Board about the following press statement.

If you didn't receive the email, then it means that the email address we have for you is probably out of date.

If you could provide us with your current address by emailing , then we can update our records.

Many thanks.

Media Release

In the future, if you want to know about sustainable living in Ballarat, then visit the Smart Living Market at Windmill Drive, Lake Wendouree on the second or fourth Saturday each month and look for the BREAZE stand because the Smart Living Centre in Lydiard St will be closing on the 1st of November.

Ballarat's Smart Living Centre in Lydiard Street was funded by the Victorian Government's Sustainability Fund for three years and during those years it provided information to people wanting answers to a wide range of sustainable living questions. Twelve months ago, after the funding expired, the not-for-profit volunteer organisation BREAZE (Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions) offered to continue to run the Smart Living Centre with volunteers, largely its own funds and support from the City of Ballarat but now the time has come to close the Centre and share the sustainability message in a different way.

Even though BREAZE has run the Centre mostly with volunteers, and was generously supported by the City of Ballarat, there were still expenses that needed to be met, that BREAZE cannot fund in the future. For the last year, BREAZE has looked for alternative funding options to cover the operating shortfall but nothing has emerged so sadly the time has come to close. Even with volunteers and rent assistance the cost to run the Centre is approximately $26,000 per year.

BREAZE remains committed to providing access to key information previously available at the Centre but now available through its fortnightly presence at the Smart Living Market and through maintenance of its website.

Spokesperson for the BREAZE Smart Living Centre, Mr Ian Rossiter said, 'BREAZE would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful volunteers who kept the Centre open five days each week, for six hours each day, for well over three years. Without those volunteers, the sustainability message in Ballarat would not be as strong as it is'.

For more information, contact Mr Ian Rossiter,


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