At the BREAZE AGM this year – 16 November – we were very fortunate to have BZE’s Michael Lord as guest speaker. Michael who is the Head of Research at Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) and author of the Million Jobs Plan – BZE’s detailed plan for a clean recovery – is also, fortuitously a Ballarat local, and so was able to add a local flavour to his discursive account of the various ingredients of the Plan. He recommended improved cycling infrastructure and energy efficiency housing retro-fits as two elements of the Plan with particular relevance for Ballarat. To questions regarding how the Plan’s various recommendations were travelling in terms of take-up, Michael noted influence will not necessarily be acknowledged but that various recent green initiatives by state governments are evidence the message is getting out – a renewables-led clean recovery can simultaneously reboot and decarbonise the economy. Great to see some members taking the opportunity to log on to hear the talk.

BREAZE Board Changes 

The 2020 AGM saw some board members departing - many thanks for all your contributions – Barbara Whitfield, Jeremy Hunt and Barry Sullivan.

We also saw some new additions and changes in office holders. Paul Tant has taken over the BREAZE Treasurer role from Peter Reid, (who will be remaining on the Board). Another new Board member, Jakki Mikus has taken on the role of Chair of the BREAZE Public Fund, a role previously filled by outgoing Board member, Jeremy Hunt. Many thanks are due to Jeremy for all his work in this important role. Welcome too, to Suzanne Nunn and Sally Missing.

The 2020-21 BREAZE Board :
      • President, Mary Debrett 
      • Secretary, Pat Hockey 
      • Treasurer, Paul Tant 
      • Chair Public Fund, Jakki Mikus 
      • Paul Duggan (Smart Living Ballarat coordinator
      • Therese Footner  (Advocacy Group Coordinator/Chair
      • Tony Goodfellow  (Green Drinks Coordinator
      • Emily Lee 
      • Sally Missing 
      • Suzanne Nunn 
      • Peter Reid (Project Manager, GRE & Pinarc
      • Simon Reid 
      • Madeline Townsend (Membership Officer)

 November Member Activities 

Climate/Environment News

Some devastating initiatives for the environment in Canberra this past month. My take on the three worst and three best–in no particular order–below:

Three worst
  1. 1. BoM/CSIRO State of Climate 2020 – Climate Change is here-
  2. 2. Australia’s climate record labelled embarrassing –
  3. 3. Climate change is bringing a rising humanitarian crisis -
Three best 
  1. 1. Victorian Government’s Energy Efficiency Package -
  2. 2. Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill referred to House Standing Committee on The Environment and Energy, triggering public enquiry – submissions close 27 November – please consider making a submission – even very short ones count.
  3. 3. Hunter Valley to become NSW’s next Renewable Energy Zone -


To all BREAZE friends and members, when choosing Christmas presents for loved ones, please consider a donation to BREAZE’s One Dollar, One Watt  – the gift that keeps on giving: to the environment and the community -

All the best


Mary Debrett
President, November 2020



sustainable House Day   mungo houseNatHERS, (Nationwide House Energy Rating System), with be explained in depth in an online webinar on Thursday 19 November from 7- 8.30pm. It has been organised jointly by Sustainable House Day and Renew and Sanctuary magazines. It is a timely event which will offer valuable information about planning an energy efficient and sustainable home. The use of stars to denote the level of energy efficiency will be explored. Experts will make presentations and answer questions (that can be submitted when booking). If NatHERS were to be accepted as a national measure of energy efficiency and used to inform regulations guiding building requirements it would be a wonderful driver of more responsible planning and building.

Click here to book:  Tickets are $10 each (+ surcharge of $ 0.75)

7:30 pm Wed 25th November
Trace Balla is often found sketching in nature, riding her bike, dancing, and growing vegies in her garden in central Victoria. She loves to illustrate and write songs and stories, and inspire others in their creativity and care for the planet.
Her background is in illustration, community arts, animation, and writing songs and stories, and she enjoys visiting schools and festivals to talk about her work. Rockhopping was the winner of the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers, and was short-listed for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for Children's Literature and for the 2016 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards - 8 to 10 Years.Trace's other books, Rivertime, Shine and The Thank You Dish have all been highly acclaimed. Rivertime won the Readings Children's Book Prize and Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature, and was shortlisted for the CBCA Awards in two categories, as well as for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. More info 
Free event register

MDThis has been a year like no other and many will understandably be glad to see the back of 2020, the year that bought us the COVID-19 global pandemic, with over one million lives lost to date and the health of many left permanently damaged, along with a national recession that has driven many into poverty. 

 Before all of that started, for those concerned about climate change, 2020 signalled the dawn of the crucial last decade – in which we must rapidly decarbonise the world economy to keep global warming to within 1.5C. While all of our state governments have set targets of net zero emissions by 2050, the more significant targets are those for 2025 and 2030, which are needed to set the right trajectory and which remain outstanding. In Paris in 2015 the Climate Change Authority had recommended a 2030 emissions reduction target of 45-65% below 2005 levels for Australia – our current 2030 emissions reduction target is 26-28% reduction below 2005 levels.  By February 2020, Australia’s Climate Council was advising that the science indicates keeping global warming to below 1.5 degrees needs a 75% or greater emissions reduction target by 2030. 

Read more: President's Report 2020 AGM

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Join us online for the 2020 BREAZE AGM to hear Michael Lord, Research Lead with the award winning climate think-tank, Beyond Zero Emissions and author of the much praised Million Jobs Plan.

This comprehensive blueprint for stimulating a renewables-led recovery, scopes jobs across 8 sectors to reveal how public investment in renewables and other decarbonising initiatives can leverage market finance to build back better in post Covid Australia. 

Don't sit home alone and depressed about the gas-fired rhetoric coming from Canberra — logon and learn about the alternatives that Michael and the BZE team have identified. 

Register via Eventbrite - BREAZE 2020 AGM


 MDBudget Failure

The crushing disappointment of the 2020 Federal Budget will probably linger for a very long time for many of us. In failing to back the clean recovery that multiple think-tanks and clean energy NGOs, backed by leading economists had endorsed as a pathway to Australia becoming a renewable energy superpower, the Treasurer missed a rare opportunity to build back cleaner and better. In subsidising coal mines and funding a ‘gas-fired’ recovery when there’s a mere decade left to radically reduce emissions to contain global warming to 1.5C, the government has shunned common sense and current global investment trends. The $1.8 billion announced for the environment – wildlife protection, national parks and protection of mangroves and sea grasses – is but a drop in the bucket of what is needed. The tragedy – writ large – is the rejection of research undertaken by so many talented and knowledgeable people into how public money strategically invested in renewable energy technologies, energy efficient housing, electrification of transport, modernising/reinvigorating manufacturing plus other sectors, would leverage considerable market investment. Reducing energy costs, stimulating jobs and driving down emissions, a clean recovery would have set Australia up to become an clean energy exporter. While the market appetite and State governments’ enthusiasm for renewables will continue to drive decarbonisation of the economy, without the impetus that the budget could have provided, setting the trajectory for 1.5C by 2030 will by most estimates be a stretch.

Read more: President's Report October 2020

Good Car EV FB EVENT Oct 2020In this free Zoom presentation, Anton Vikstrom from the Good Car Company will discuss how to transition to low emissions transport including 100% electric cars.

Anton will also talk about some of the myths and fears around electric vehicle (EV) ownership.

He will also explain why they are better for the environment and how they can save you up to $1500 in fuel costs.

About the Presenter

Anton Vikstrom is co-founder of The Good Car Company and is a sustainability expert with a passion for decarbonising transport. His previous experience includes delivering international Solar PV projects and targeted residential and commercial Energy Efficiency programs. He has previously worked for nationally recognised NGO’s, the Alternative Technology Association (now ReNew), Sustainable Living Tasmania and is also co director of Good Life Permaculture.

This free (now online) talk is hosted by Smart Living Ballarat for BREAZE Inc. and is part of a free series of monthly sustainability workshops presented every 3rd Wednesday of the month. If you wish to discuss media opportunities, would like to join our monthly newsletter, or have an event you would like listed in our newsletter, please email Smart Living Ballarat Coordinator, Tim Drylie. Email: .

Event will be live on Zoom - you can access the event from this page. A recording of the event will be made available to particpants afterwards.

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BREAZE social solar, in collaboration with disability support provider Pinarc, has received funding through the State Government's New Energy Jobs Fund to install 68kW of solar PV at four sites across Ballarat. This will mean energy savings for Pinarc, which can now dedicate more of its income to core community services for its clients, plus reduced emissions across the region, as well all more local jobs at a time of great need. Pinarc supports about 1,000 children and adults with disability, their families and carers. 

L-R:  Local State MP Juliana Addisson (Wendouree) joined BREAZE volunteers, Mary Debrett and Peter Reid, Pinarc CEO Marianne Hubbard, and State member for Buninyong, Michaelia Settle,  to mark the announcement.

With the State Government funding the bulk of the costs of the $100,000+ project, BREAZE and Pinarc will pick up the balance making this is truly collaborative community energy project.







The Climate Change Bill was tabled in Parliament on 9 November and on 11 November  was referred to the House Standing Commitee on the Environment and Energy and will now go to a public inquiry with submissions open immediately, but closing on Friday 27 November

Any individual, organisation or business can make a submission. You can find out more about the Climate Change Bill here.

How to make a submission.

What does an effective submission look like?
  • As long or as short as you like
  • Unique, written in your own words. ('Cut & paste' submissions are not persuasive)
  • Include things that are relevant to you and reference the key elements of the Bill 
  • Avoid unsupported claims or emotive language 
  • If you would like to attend the public inquiry to give evidence, say so in your submission.
  • The committee may invite a range of individuals and organisations to appear at the public hearings
What should a submission include?

You can address any or all of the following aspects of the Bill:

  • Objectives and long-term emissions reduction commitment
  • Why legislating Net Zero by 2050 and regular 5 year budgets is important
  • Guiding principles to be applied
  • Risk and adaptation assessments for all sectors
  • Technology readiness assessment
  • Independent climate change commission and skills needed on the commission.
How to make a submission? 
  • Set up and validate a My Parliament Account, unless you already have one (takes two minutes)
  • Go to the homepage for the Bill on the parliament website
  • Click on the “Upload Submission” button in the right-hand column
  • Under “Submitted Previously” click “Log on” and sign in
  • Under “Make your submission,” select the Climate Change Bill, and click Next at the bottom
  • Complete your personal or business details
  • Select your privacy level
  • Upload your document (in one of these formats: PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT)

If you have any problems with lodging your submission, contact the Committee Secretariat: Phone: +61 2 6277 4580 

Once the submission deadline has passed, the House Standing Commitee on the Environment and Energy will meet to review the submissions, discuss their learnings and report back to the House.If you’d like further information about the Act or have any other questions, contact the ClimateActNow team at  and we’ll do our best to help.