Simon preseting Adding Batteries to Solar power systemsDo the economics add up?

Speaker: Simon Reid - BREAZE Energy Solutions

This was held on Wednesday 10th August 2016 6:00 - 7:15pm
At: Brewery Theatre, SMB Campus Lydiard St South, Ballarat

Batteries continues to be a popular topic, with 175 people in the audience, which is a record for the venue, and some really interesting comments being made by people as they went out the door at the end.

Simon Reid was convincing about Batteries:

"the next key element in transforming our Mains Grid into a more sustainable Lighter and Smarter Version. The benefits both Collectively and Individually are clear ... the problem is getting things moving - whereas in the early days of Grid-Connect Solar Panels, there were Government Incentives for Early Movers, for Batteries (currently) there are not ... Sustainable sourcing of battery materials is an issue that we need to watch and hope is done is well. "

and gave an excellent overview of the pros and cons in his frank and honest approach to the presentation.

Thanks to all the volunteers who worked together to make it a success!

Hosts: BREAZE / Federation University

2016 08 batteries presentation




Ballarat Community Gardens

Web Site:

The Ballarat Community Gardens runs a monthly produce swap on the first Saturday of the month, and many food growing, cooking, preserving workshops and demonstrations, (see the web site, above for details of the next events).

At the Ballarat Show, in November each year, the Ballarat Community Garden and the BREAZE Local Food Group are side by side, informing and encouraging the Ballarat community to grow their own food.

Ballarat Permaculture Guild

Permies at the Market by Jackie OMeara

Ballarat Permaculture Guild provides a focus for people in and around Ballarat who are interested in living more sustainably through implementing permaculture design principles and practices in their daily lives.

We are a practical group working together to increase our skills and experience. One of our priorities is to create opportunities for other members of the community to learn about permaculture or the practical skills that go with it! If Permaculture is new to you, our Permaculture page outlines some of the strategies Permaculture offers towards building a more sustainable and locally resilient future.

You don't need to know anything about permaculture to join us! We'd love to meet you, come along to one of our regular get-togethers - check their facebook events:




Local Food Co-op

Ballarat Wholefoods Collective

Ballarat Wholefoods Collective is a volunteer based not-for-profit group offering a range of seasonal, organic, non-perishable and local staple foods.

Membership details can be found on their web site.

The collective als runs some food related courses, for example, Cheese Making.

Facebook Page

Food is Free

Food is free laneway Ballarat

Food Is Free Laneway Ballarat - cnr Ripon St & Warrior Place

Sharing food with the local community, beautify the landscape & encouraging community spirit.


Food is free Vegie Verge

A community vegetable patch producing locally grown free organic produce for members of the local Ballarat community.


Food is free Smythsdale


Food & Produce Swaps



First Saturday of the month - 9:30am -11:30am


At the Ballarat Community Garden
Corner of Queen St & Dytes Pde in Ballarat East

More details?



Fourth Saturday of the month - 10:00am -11:30am


At the Creswick Neighbourhood Center
rear 19-21 Victoria Street, Creswick

More details?


Over fifty people turned up for the lunchtime talk at the Smart Living Kiost in the Ballarat Library.20160406 at the Library1

The popular topic was "Adding Batteries to Solar Power Systems" and Simon Reid from BREAZE Energy Systems gave a very thourough overview of the issues, pros and cons.

If you missed this talk, keep in the BREAZE loop as it will be repeated at the Smart Living Market, and at one of the monthly Sustainable House Days in the future.

Here are the notes from the talk, and other material that is relevant to topics raised by the Presentation or the Questions from the Audience.


Read more: Batteries with Solar Power

Professor Tim Flannery

An event that will stimulate, inspire and entertain

On Saturday 26 September, Tim Flannery, Chief Councillor at the Climate Council will be talking at the Castlemaine Town Hall about how Australia can prepare itself for a clean energy future in the light of the remarkable growth of renewables in Australia. Professor Flannery is an inspirational speaker on climate change and the Hub Foundation Castlemaine is delighted to be hosting this event. Profits from the evening will go to local organisations involved in sustainability as well as the Climate Council.

Before and after Tim’s talk, there will be live music to enjoy. Sit back, enjoy a glass of local wine or soft drink with friends. If you choose, there will be a light evening meal using locally sourced produce prepared by Growing Abundance. And afterwards, if the mood takes you, get up and dance to music provided by the Seduceaphones, a talented young band from Castlemaine and Bendigo with a Balkan funk vibe.

For those wishing to have dinner, there is a light evening meal provided if you purchase a ticket downstairs. Otherwise seating is available upstairs to hear Tim’s talk and enjoy the music – and dance if you like – afterwards.

Read more for details, tickets and booking link: An Evening with Tim Flannery

2015 Set up.2014-winner-1

Judging Thursday 12th November.

Ballarat Show
2015 BALLARAT SHOW DATES: Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th November 2015

BREAZErs love local food. To promote the fun of gardening and eating your own home grown food, BREAZE are again running the Ballarat Region Best Home or School Grown Organic Vegetable Competition on 12th November 2015.

Download entry details and guides PDF

Download Exhibitor Forms PDF

Free Entry:

To enter, you need to submit a creatively arranged collection of freshly picked, home grown vegetables. So it is time to plan what you can enter in November, and take some photos of the vegetables growing in your garden.



  • Minimum of 2 different types of vegetables.
  • You are able to use herbs as part of your arrangement, but they are not counted as a vegetable.
  • The primary criteria for judging is the quality of vegetables
  • Points are awarded for tasteful/creative display
  • Extra points are awarded for a photo of each vegetable used in your entry, growing in your garden
  • Pumpkins stored from the Autumn of 2015 are acceptable
  • Vegetables MUST be grown in your garden (this includes your garden bed at a community garden), and extra points are given to organically grown.
  • Arrangement to be presented for judging by 5.00pm sharp on Thursday 12th November, 2015, to the Main Pavillion, Ballarat Show Grounds 2014-winner-2ndAddress: Corner of Creswick Road and Howitt Street Wendouree - entre via Howitt Street gate.
  • Your vegetables will be on display for the duration of the show, so encourage your friends and family to come along to see them!
  • Winners will be photographed on location in their garden!
  • Results of the competition will be published on and our Facebook page

Contact - if you need more information about entering.

Two Competitions:


Ballarat Region Best SCHOOL Grown Organic Vegetable Competition

Sponsored by Bank Australia

Prizes - 1st $50, 2nd $30, 3rd $20




Plant Plus - Formosa Gardens - Leith St, BallaratBallarat Region Best Home Grown Organic Vegetable Competition

Sponsored by Formosa Gardens Nursery - Plants Plus - 104 Leith St Ballarat VIC 3350

Prizes - Gift Vouchers - 1st $50, 2nd $30, 3rd $20



Read more to see previous winners: Organic Home Grown Vegetable Competition
Page 3 of 4