Welcome to BREAZE
Ballarat Renewable Energy And Zero Emissions - Based in Ballarat, Victoria.
BREAZE is a locally formed group of energetic, forward thinking people who believe that there are more sustainable ways of living on our patch of the planet. If you are concerned about climate change and want to actively reduce greenhouse emissions in and around Ballarat, then JOIN US! Get involved, contribute ideas, show your support. Together, we can make a difference.
- Category: Lake Wendouree Smart Living Market
- Last Updated: 13 October 2014
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~ Stallholders Sought ~
Breaze Inc is inviting interested stallholders to participate in our Smart Living market which is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
The Smart Living market charter is:
To provide a genuine farmers market experience for visitors and residents that strengthens opportunities for local growers and producers, and provides customers with access to quality, nutritional and healthy products in a relaxed and fun environment.
The market is for farmers and producers of quality fresh regional produce. Self propagated plants, seeds, small livestock, fertilisers, stockfeed, flowers, fibres, personal care items and other value added products made from regionally grown primary produce are also eligible.
Or download a PDF or MS Word documnet from the links above.
- Category: Solar Electricity
- Last Updated: 17 October 2014
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Woodend Primary School (WPS) is midway through a campaign to switch to renewable energy, entitled "Here Comes the Sun".
Stage 1 of Here Comes the Sun is already complete: Working with Nagel Electrics and Castleman Plumbing, BREAZE has installed the first half of a 34kW solar panel array at Woodend Primary School. (12kW of the panels are pictured on this page).
Here Comes the Sun is a community-led and -funded initiative. Funds have been raised through sausage sizzles, an Easter hot cross bun drive, a dinner-dance and many other activities.
If you can help, please contact Andy Kozak: T. 03 5427 2455.
- Category: Newsflashes
- Last Updated: 10 October 2014
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|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If you didn't receive the email, then it means that the email address we have for you is probably out of date.
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'.
- Category: Sustainable House Day
- Last Updated: 30 September 2014
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“It was very satisfying to show our house to people who are serious about making a difference in their own place”
Pleasant weather was not what we needed. It may sound contrary, but beautiful weather does not “show to best effect” the comfortable, steady state conditions inside an energy-efficient house. However, we had over 470 visits ranging from 35 to 68 at the individual properties and it was an enjoyable day.
The consensus from all the home-owners and volunteers was that the visitors showed genuine interest in how they might apply the day’s observations to practical use in their own homes.