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Brimbank environment events update - February 2022
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Step up to clean up!

Clean up Australia Day registrations are OPEN! Get your friends, family, neighbours and local community group together to make an impact that improves your environment. 

Online registrations are free and groups receive gloves, bags and useful resources to run a successful clean up event.

To register your community clean up event, click here. After you register your event, you will have access to posters, paperwork and everything you need to organise a safe, fun and effective Clean Up!  
 
2022 Brimbank Environment Events Calendar coming soon!

The 2022 Brimbank Environment Events Calendar will be released in the coming weeks.

In line with our commitment to produce less waste, we will no longer be sending out physical calendars to subscribers automatically. If you would still like to receive a copy of the physical calendar, please email environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au, otherwise please keep an eye out for the digital release soon!

The digital calendar will also be uploaded and available at any time from The Brimbank Council Environment and Sustainability webpage
Events

Providing a COVID Safe Environment at our events

As we return to in-person events, 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 Eventbrite website.
 

Brimbank Community Solar Workshops
 

Thinking of solar or energy storage for your home? Come along to one of our upcoming Brimbank Community Solar workshops to find out how you can tackle your energy bills with solar and batteries.

Each workshop will cover:
  • Energy use at home
  • Solar cost and benefits
  • If batteries are right for your home
  • Upgrading your existing solar system
  • Rebates and subsidies available to help install solar PV and batteries
Register below, or visit the Brimbank Community Solar website to learn more about the program.

Solar and Battery Q&A workshops

Where:
Online workshop
When: Saturday 12 February, 11am
Register here

Where: Brimbank Community & Civic Centre
When: Thursday 24 February, 6pm
Register here

Where: Keilor Community Hub
When: Saturday 19 March, 11am
Register here

Brimbank Community Solar is brought to you by Brimbank City Council and community specialist, More Australian Solar Homes (MASH), a program of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA), a not-for-profit organisation that has worked with several councils to help encourage the uptake of renewable energy. The program is open to homeowners, renters, landlords and businesses in Brimbank.
 

Sustainable Living Month
 

February is Sustainable Living Month. As a community, we have the power to do our part to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living and address the global climate and biodiversity emergencies. This year there are plenty of free online events to inspire.

Check out the program here.

My Smart Garden Workshops
 

My Smart Garden has another year ahead of in-person and online workshops at no charge to help you with your garden. Please see the links below to book your ticket:

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Where:
Online workshop
When: Thursday 24 February, 12pm
Register here
Out and about in Brimbank

Must visit - The Lakes Grassland Reserve

Introducing a new section to the Little Leaflet, each month we'll suggest the best spot or site to see something beautiful and in season, outdoors in Brimbank.

This month we suggest you head down to The Lakes Grassland reserve in Taylors Lakes to see the gorgeous summer wildflowers and grasses in full bloom.

To access, follow the path in to the park from the entrance at 18 Pindari Avenue, Taylors Lakes. The grassland will be on your left once you've passed the houses.

Get inspired

Neighbour Day Grants

Brimbank City Council are offering small grants of up to $250 to residents who are interested in taking part in Neighbour Day on Sunday 27 March 2022.

Neighbour Day is all about getting to know your neighbours and turning streets into neighbourhoods. Due to the prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns, it is now more important than ever to reconnect with your community. Why not plan a BBQ or picnic in a local park, a working bee or a community trivia night for your neighbours?

Please read the Neighbour Day Grant Guidelines and ensure you are eligible before filling in the application form.

Get in quickly, as grant applications close this Sunday 6 February.

Coping with Global Warming at Home

The Lions Club of Melbourne - Chinese are responding to the United Nation's 'code red' for humanity by developing a brochure and videos with the aim of educating people on how to lessen our own impact on the environment without compromising our known comfortable lifestyles.

You can view the videos here:

Chinese version
English version

Get involved

Brimbank Community Leadership Programs 2022

Council is currently recruiting for two leadership programs: Brimbank Community Leadership Program and the Brimbank Vietnamese Community Leadership Program. Both programs will run from March to May and the sessions will be delivered online via Zoom and in-person where possible.

To join the program you must be 18 years or older and live, work, study or volunteer in Brimbank. 

Find out more information here.

Applications close 18 February.
Programs to help you save

Track your energy

Install Powerpal (it's free!) and track which appliances are using the most energy at home, all from an app. You can also see what time you use the most energy at home, in real time. See how it works here.

Take control of your energy use and save on bills! Register here.

If you're ready to go a step further, consider solar panels or purchase 100% green power.

Compost Product Discounts

Improve your soil by creating compost at home! Brimbank residents can still purchase discounted compost bins and worm farms (up to 80% off RRP). Click here to browse the products available, order and complete an online tutorial.

Solar for Business Program

The aim of this initiative is to reduce the upfront cost of the installation of an approved small-scale solar PV systems (up to 30kW). There are rebates available to cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of a rooftop solar system with a maximum of $3,500. All entity types, including businesses who own their premises and those who rent can apply. Charities and not-for profit organisations are also eligible to participate.

To find out more about the application process, please visit: Solar for business fact sheet

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

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