Rethink LogoWednesday 20th September at 12:30

Strategies for winning the war on waste at home and in landfill. Be part of the solution.


  • Fiona Sharman (Waste Education Officer for City of Ballarat) 
  • Lavergne Lehman (Manager Procurement and Stakeholder Engagement at Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group)

Sustainability workshops at the Central Library

Read more: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle : Rethinking Recycling & Waste

build design workshop2017

- Was held on Wednesday 21st June at 12:30

In June, Eco Building Designer, Matt Turner, presented a talk on the top 10 things to consider when building, designing, or renovating your sustainable home. What sort of things should you be talking to your builder, or designer before you start? It is not always a just simple matter of referring to the building code.

A PDF and the facebook livestream video are available from this link.

Sustainability workshops at the Central Library

Learn about living sustainably.

Read more: Sustainable Building & Design Workshop

Feb Super Insulated BrownhillFree information session on “Improving Home Energy Efficiency’ held on World Environmant Day

When: Sunday 5 June at 2.00-3.30 pm
Where: Ballarat Library, Doveton St


  • Reducing your winter power bills
  • Find out where is most home energy lost
  • DIY options for insulation & double gazing
  • Insulation products and types.
  • Draughts, gaps, vents, downllghts.

Hosts: BREAZE and Smart Living Ballarat


The Smart Living Kiosk is in the Ballarat Library.

SmartLiving logo

For guidance about living comfortably, economically and sustainably - visit the Smart Living kiosk at the Ballarat Central Library.

Historically, Ballarat's Smart Living Centre in Lydiard Street was funded by the Victorian Government's Sustainability Fund for three years. During those years it provided information to people wanting answers to a wide range of sustainable living questions. After the funding expired, BREAZE offered to continue to run the Smart Living Centre with volunteers, largely using our own funds and support from the City of Ballarat but we couldn’t sustain this financially. The Lydiard Street location closed on November 1st, 2014.

After negotiations with the City of Ballarat and the Library, the Centre was opened in the north western area of the Ballarat Central Library on June 5th 2015 – World Environment Day.
There is a permanent static display.
You can ask questions – by phone or by email or by leaving a note – we’ll get back to you.

Volunteer - If you'd like to be part of this expanding program, contact

There will also be periodical presentations and topical displays.

Access to expert consultants can be organised by phone or email.

Keep an eye out for Smart Living events!

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


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