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Support for Chepstowe Wind Farm in Ballarat

Posted in Models, Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on March 11th, 2011

Image: Chepstowe Turbine Site via BREAZE

BREAZE members have long excelled in their efforts to reduce their emissions and embrace renewable energy. But one of our members, Neville Oddie, is going well and truly above the call of duty by hosting a 3-turbine, 6 megawatt wind farm on his farm in Chepstowe, 30km west of Ballarat. After 4 years of hard yakka, BREAZE has assisted in the installation of around 500 kilowatts of solar panels. If this project goes ahead, the turbines will produce 12 times that figure in one hit!

But the plans of the developer, Future Energy, have hit a snag with the Victorian Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, calling in the project. This effectively means that the Minister is now the sole decision maker on whether the turbines go up or not.

Can you help us boost the amount of renewable energy generated in the Ballarat region by sending a letter of support for the project to the Planning Minister?

More information, key points and background available on the BREAZE website.

Refit n’ Save in Ballarat

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 10th, 2011

Source: BREAZE

Refit your home to become more sustainable without costing the earth!

There’s never been a better time to update your home, thanks to the Refit n’ Save project being run in Ballarat in 2011. When you sign up to the Refit n’ Save network you can access free advice, monthly workshops and discounted products through local suppliers, to make your home more comfortable, more affordable and more sustainable. Whether you’re looking for advice about the right kind of hot water system, or the best way to draught-proof your home, the Refit n’ Save network can put you on the right track.

Refit n’ Save launches in Ballarat with a free Energy Smart Solar Electricity workshop on March 16 – where network members will have the chance to purchase solar systems at reduced prices!  That’s followed up with a FREE DIY Energy Smart Workshop on March 24. Simon Reid will take participants through quick, easy, low-cost or no-cost DIY actions that will make your home more energy efficient – reducing your energy bills and your pollution.

Visit the Breaze website for more information or to register.

Sustainable Ballarat: Community Brainstorming Session

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on January 10th, 2011

6 February , 2011
12:00 pmto3:00 pm

The second Big BREAZE Brainstorm (


Smart Living Centre, Ballarat

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 3rd, 2011

From Bridget O’Sullivan’s Smart Blogging:

Opening in 2011, Smart Living Ballarat will be located in a shop front in the heart of Ballarat in Lydiard Street, within the Mining Exchange, together with community hubs in Buninyong, Wendouree and Delacombe. It will provide a one-stop shop for people seeking information on smart living practices.

Our goal is to make this place of inspiration and advice about smarter ways to live, build, travel or even eat! Already the City of Ballarat, Conergy and Datacall Technologies have installed a 4kw solar system on the roof of the Mining Exchange together with a datalogger in the Smart Living Centre itself to show people the energy being produced. We hope that this will provide great information for people considering installing a solar system on their own home.

We are very keen to connect people who come to the centre to local businesses, community groups or other residents who are able to help them take the next step. We know there is an huge range of experience and expertise in our community and we want to tap into that – the potential is enormous.

Currently an empty shell, one of our first tasks is to complete the refurbishment of the shop front, so we are seeking advice and assistance from locals. One of the goals of the centre is to give people examples of how they can build or renovate their homes using sustainable building practices and materials. Using these types of materials in the fit-out of the centre itself is a great way to do this. The City of Ballarat has provided salvaged timber flooring, but we are looking for other materials to complete the job. If we can source these locally, even better! So if you are involved in a local business who might be interested in working with us on this project, we would love to hear from you.

Anyone interested in being involved can contact BREAZE office on 53291730 or email

Earth Matters Climate Change Forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 26th, 2009

Source: Melbourne School of Land and Environment, Newsletter #16

Image: @dino via Flickr

Saturday August 8th 12.45pm-5.30pm

The Earth Matters Climate Change Forum will run again this year in Ballarat.  The Forum will provide expert knowledge and information for the Ballarat community to take personal action on dealing with Climate Change impacts – such as changing weather patterns, rising energy and living costs and reduced rainfall. Tickets are now available.

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