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Brimbank environment events update - July 2022
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Changes to Green Waste Bin Service

From 1 July this year, residents who use Council’s optional kerbside green waste bin service (light green lid bin) will be able to add food scraps to this bin along with their garden clippings. This bin will now be a ‘food and garden’ bin. Both raw and cooked food is accepted, including bones. We have introduced this service as part of our commitment to improve waste and recycling services and reduce the amount of waste going in to landfill.

Visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/greenwaste to learn more about Councils food and garden organics service and the items that can and can’t go in your green bin.

Climate Emergency Grants are now open!

Are you a community group or not-for-profit organisation with an idea for a project or activity that supports greenhouse emissions reduction and climate adaptation within Brimbank? 

The Climate Emergency Grants Category is now open as part of the Brimbank Community Grants Program 2022/2023. Climate Emergency Grants are available up to $10,000.

Join the Climate Emergency Grant information session
Where: Sydenham Community Hub 101/Level 1, 1 Station Street Taylors Lakes VIC 3038
When: Thursday 14 July 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm

Applications close on 14 August 2022.

For more information and to register for the information session, visit www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/grants

Events

Providing a COVID Safe Environment at our Events

As we return to in-person activities, scheduled Brimbank City Council events will be managed in alignment with the current COVIDSafe settings in Victoria and all attendees will be required to follow the present guidelines. For up-to-date health information visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

To help us manage our events safely, we continue to require all attendees to register beforehand on the Brimbank events page.
 

Community Working Bee

We'll be resuming community working bees at our wildflower garden at the Davitt Drive playground in Deer Park again this year. Community working bees are open to all, and you can join for as long or little as you like.

We'll be hand weeding and planting during the working bees. You don't need to register and can just join in on the day.

Where: Kororoit Creek wildflower garden, 30 Davitt Drive, Deer Park
Next session: Thursday 14 July, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Upcoming sessions: Thursday 11 August, Thursday 8 September, Thursday 13 October (all 10:00am - 12:00pm)
Cost: No charge

Brimbank Community Solar & Finance for Business

Switching to all-electric and renewable energy is a great way for businesses to save money on energy bills, support efforts to tackle the climate emergency and get a green tick from customers. There are government supported rebates and finance for business solar systems available to help save money from day one.
 
Mt Derrimut Golf Club had solar panels installed at its club house back in late 2018 are already saving on their electricity bills. Manager, Brian Hardie, says the main driver was the power saving opportunity.
 
“We want to make the most of our roof and the Australian sun… Solar was no brainer to do the right thing for the environment.” Brian Hardie, Manager of Mt Derrimut Golf Club.
 
To find out more, don’t miss our Brimbank Community Solar and Finance for Businesses event.

Where: Online workshop
When: Thursday 14 July, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Community Planting Day in Deer Park

Get to know your neighbours and improve your local environment by planting groundcovers and shrubs to extend habitat along the banks of Kororoit Creek.

Please remember to bring along your own gloves, water bottle, closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeve top, a hat and a rain jacket.

Bookings are essential.

Where: Millbank Drive, meet at the Playground opposite 66 Millbank Drive, Deer Park
When: Saturday 16 July, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Small Waste Changes – Big Impacts

To celebrate Plastic Free July, Brimbank is delivering an online workshop on to help inspire. This interactive workshop will be delivered online by Anna Gibbons, founder of The Urban Nanna.

Come along and learn how to transition from single use plastics to reusable alternatives.

Where: Online workshop
When: Saturday 23 July, 9.30 - 11.00am
Cost: No charge
Register here

National Tree Day Celebration & Planting Day

Give back to Victoria's natural environment, with tree planting and nature-based activities for all ages.

Please remember to bring along your own gloves, water bottle, closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeve top, a hat and a rain jacket.

Bookings are essential.

Where: Taylors Valley Parklands
When: Sunday 31 July, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Gardening for Health & Vitality

Join us for a series of gardening workshops, with Kaye Roberts-Palmer from Blue Bee Garden Design, to keep the Winter blues away.  Learn how to prune fruit & citrus trees, grow herbs for your health, attract beneficial fauna to your garden, look after your soil and much more.

Bookings are essential.

Fruit Tree Pruning
Where:
Westvale Community Centre
When: Saturday 9 July, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Save Our Citrus
Where:
Westvale Community Centre
When: Saturday 23 July, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Bird, Bee and Butterfly Attracting Gardens
Where:
Sunshine Library
When: Thursday 28 July, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Gardening in Small Spaces
Where:
Sunshine Library
When: Thursday 4 August, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Growing Herbs for Health
Where:
Sunshine Library
When: Thursday 11 August, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Composting and Worm Farms
Where:
Sunshine Library
When: Thursday 18 August, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: No charge
Register here
2022 Community Planting Blitz postponed

In our 2022 Environmental Events Calendar, we advertised the Sydenham Park Community Planting Blitz on Saturday 13th August.

This event will be postponed until further notice.
 
2022 Digital Brimbank Environmental Events Calendar

Don't forget, you can always plan ahead and book into a future environment event planned for this year.

View the 2022 event calendar here.

My Smart Garden Workshops
 

My Smart Garden hosts a range of events and workshops to encourage sustainable gardening. Please check their website for upcoming events.
Get involved

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is recognised globally as an annual month where residents, businesses and governments come together to take action to reduce plastic waste, creating a social change movement. During July, challenge yourself to:

a)    avoid single-use plastic

b)    target takeaway items (bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups)

c)    go completely plastic-free

Register for the official Plastic Free July Challenge to receive weekly emails with the latest plastic-free ideas to keep you motivated.

Wildflowers in Schools Program

The wildflowers in schools program will continue in 2022 and we are now looking for schools who would like to participate. This program is provided at no-charge and is supported by the Dame Phyllis Frost Women's Centre nursery in Ravenhall, who have kindly offered to grow seedlings for us again this year.
 
As a part of the program, we are offering 50 wildflower seedlings per school to 10 schools in Brimbank. As places are limited, we encourage you to get in contact ASAP if you would like to participate.
 
To be eligible, schools must:

  • have a minimum area of 4m2 allocated within the school – sunny position preferred
  • have the capacity to plant the seedlings shortly after receiving them (around 50 tubestock plants in Aug/Sept)

 These important plants attract beneficial insects that assist with pollination – a perfect addition for schools with food or habitat gardens.
 
Primary and high schools can register their interest by sending an email with Subject “Wildflowers in Schools Program” to environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au including the school name, contact person and phone number.

Programs to help you save

Solar Homes Program

Solar Victoria’s Solar Homes program has updated their eligibility criteria, expanding the program to help even more Victorians.
 
Victorians who have not previously claimed a solar rebate, will still be eligible for up to $2,400 in rebates for the installation of bill busting solar products. Households are also eligible for a $1,400 interest free loan, cutting up to $3,800 from upfront installation costs.
 
The changes now also mean the nearly 190,000 Victorians who have previously accessed a rebate to install solar panels will be able to access up to an additional $1,000 to install solar hot water or a highly efficient heat pump system!
 
The Solar Homes program will cut Victoria’s carbon emissions by almost four million tonnes – the equivalent of taking one million cars off the road. Household solar is expected to generate 12.5 per cent of Victoria’s 40 per cent target for renewable energy by 2025.
 
To find out more visit- www.solar.vic.gov.au
 
Or to see how Brimbank City Council can help with support and rebates, visit the 100% Renewable Brimbank website.

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Want to advertise a local online community event here? Send your August events to environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au by 20th of July, 2022. 

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