Wednesday 18th October at 12:30 - 1:30 (optional tour 1:30 - 3:00)

at the Ballarat libraryIndigineousGarden

Presentation Title: Indigenous Plants for Ballarat Gardens
Synopsis: The forests, grasslands and wetlands around Ballarat are home to many beautiful and important indigenous plants. Locally native plants can be a real asset to your garden, providing colour, movement and texture, supporting populations of native butterflies, birds and other wildlife and requiring minimal maintenance once established. This talk will address why you should consider growing some of them in your garden.


Gardens and Nursery Tour:

Join us after the talk for an optional visit to the new indigenous garden bed at Ballarat Botanical Gardens, see mature plants at North Gardens Wetland and visit the City of Ballarat Indigenous Plant Nursery where these plants all begin their life. We will car pool from the library.

Presenter: Stephanie Davison

Stephanie works in Science Outreach in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Federation University, is a volunteer at the CoB Indigenous Plant Nursery and an active member of the Wattle Flat Pootilla Landcare Group. 

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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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!


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