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Brimbank environment events update - December 2021
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Nominations for Brimbank's Australia Day Citizen Awards are now open!
Do you know an inspiring individual who deserves to be awarded for their outstanding contribution to Brimbank?

Nominations for the 2022 Brimbank City Council Australia Day Citizen and Young Citizen Awards are now open and close on Friday 3 December!
 
This year Council would like to spread the word even further to allow for more individuals to have the opportunity to be recognised for the incredible work they do for the Brimbank community. Extraordinary things are being achieved in extraordinary times, and these awards are another way we can help recognise and pay tribute to community minded individuals.
 
The Australia Day Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions, hard work and determination of community members making a positive difference in Brimbank.
 
There are two categories:     

  •     Brimbank Citizen of the Year Award - (Brimbank citizens over 26 years old)  
  •     Brimbank Young Citizen of the Year Award - (Brimbank citizens under 26 years of age) 

Nominations can be submitted online now via the Brimbank City Council website, until Friday 3 December when nominations close. Nominate here

Reusable Goods Drop off Day is coming up!

Now's a great time to clear out your home, load up the car or trailer and take unwanted household items to the ‘Reusable Goods Drop Off Day’ at Victoria University, Sunshine Campus. 

Residents can drop-off TVs, computers, electronic appliances, whitegoods, furniture, mattresses, bicycles, homewares, clothes and linen. Items in good condition will be donated to local charities and items which cannot be re-homed will be separated into parts and recycled.

When: Saturday 11 December 2021, 8am - 1pm.
Where: 438/460 Ballarat Rd, Sunshine North VIC 3020
Register here
Cost: No Charge
Brimbank has launched its Community Solar Program!

More Brimbank residents than ever are embracing solar, yet for many there are questions surrounding their first purchase of solar or how to upgrade their existing solar system. Council is partnering on the program with community solar specialists, 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.

Visit our newly developed website here, to learn more about the program. 

We will be also holding a Solar PV and Batteries workshop specifically tailored to residents looking to join the program. 

When: Saturday 4 December 2021, 11am - 1pm.
Where: Online via Zoom
Register here
Cost: No Charge

Events

Albion Community Garden Project Planning Session

Kororoit Creek Neighbourhood House

Join KCNH on Saturday 4 December at 1pm for our permaculture planning session to develop a renewal plan for the Albion Community Garden.

During the session we will be looking at the fundamentals of permaculture design and how they can be used to improve sustainability and productivity of the garden, as well as sharing ideas about what you would like to see happen in the garden such as creating more growing spaces, community garden plots, workshops and community gardening days.

Due to government regulations, everyone attending on the day will need to be fully vaccinated. Please get in touch with us if this presents a problem for you.

If you’d like to be involved, send us an email and we’ll let you know about the upcoming sessions.
Please email coordinator@kcnh.org.au or phone 0413 434 082

My Smart Garden Recorded Workshops
 

My Smart Garden has a jam packed lineup of online workshops at no charge to help you with your garden. 

All My Smart Garden events have wrapped up for the year. Not to worry though, My Smart Garden has a wonderful catalogue of recordings of the events that have run throughout the year. 

Check out their library of workshop recordings and catch up on: 
  • Designing a small, productive garden
  • Organically preventing and treating pesky pets 
  • Making a wicking bed 
  • Building a climate resilient garden
And so much more!
Get inspired

Annual scorecard of Brimbank's Climate Emergency Plan has been released!


Adopted in June 2020, Brimbank's Climate Emergency Plan 2020-2025 identifies a position statement, principles and five themes of action, towards a community target of zero net emissions by 2040 and an interim aspirational target of a 70% reduction by 2030. 

How is Council tracking with its Climate Emergency Plan? Our first annual report card for July 2020 - June 2021 is here!
Check out what we have achieved

Brimbank Delights

The Lizard Lounge - Kororoit Creek

Found on the banks of the Kororoit Creek. This patch of land was once cleared of vegetation and underutilised. But the Friends of Kororoit Creek have set about changing all of that, working to rehabilitate this patch of dirt into a thriving Lizard Lounge. The Lizard Lounge is a habitat that is set up completely with lizards in mind. It has lots of hiding places and bug attracting plants that lizards enjoy. The lounge gives the local lizard population a safe place from predators too.

You can view a video highlighting the wonders of The Lizard Lounge here, as well as other "Brimbank Delights" on the Brimbank City Council YouTube page.
Get involved

'Do not feed birds' signs recently installed in Cairnlea


Please spread the word that feeding bread to birds is bad for their health and our waterways. During the recent lockdown we have seen an increase in residents feeding the birds bread which can lead to nutrient imbalances (fills the birds up without sustaining them), it can cause the birds to become more aggressive to other birds and humans, and if they eat mouldy bread it can even make them sick.

So any help you can provide in spreading this important message would be greatly appreciated, and don’t forget to check out our new signs!
Have Your Say

Sydenham Park Master Plan

Sydenham Park is the largest conservation reserve managed by Council. In March 2020, Council adopted a Master Plan for public use. 

Some changes to the Master Plan have been recommended, and Council would like to hear your thoughts on these proposed changes. 

You can have your say here where you can find the history of the project, the original Master Plan and the draft addendum.
 
Consultation closes 5 December

Programs to Help you Save

Compost Product Discounts

Spring is a great time to get into the garden. Improve your soil by creating compost at home! Brimbank residents can 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 January events to environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au by 20th of December, 2021. 

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