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Brimbank environment events update - August 2020
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Online Webinars

Energy Simplified Webinars


Now more than ever, we all need energy to run our homes and keep them comfortable. Free Energy Simplified webinars show you how you can take back control of your energy bill in just four simple steps:
  1. Paying less with concessions and grant
  2. Getting cheaper energy price.
  3. Paying less by getting rid of wasted energy while staying warm
  4. Knowing your rights to get help to pay your bill
Each webinar gives you the chance to ask your questions and we’ll answer them through a live Q&A at the end of every webinar.

Click here for all dates and times throughout August to choose from. 

Take Control of your Energy Bill Webinars
When:
 4th-28th Aug 2020
Where: Register here at Humantrix
Cost: No Charge

Online Workshops

My Smart Garden Workshops


My Smart Garden has a jam packed lineup of workshops at no charge to help you with your garden this August. Please see the links to book your ticket: 
 
Fruit trees for Melbourne backyards
When: Saturday 8 August 10-11.30am
Register here

Introduction to keeping backyard chickens
When: Thursday 13 August, 12.30-1.30pm
Register here
Food gardening online Q&A
When: Saturday 22 August, 10-11.30am
Register here
Permaculture Primer
When:Thursday 27 August, 2-3.30pm
Register here

Additionally, My Smart Garden has developed a video library full of recorded workshops so you can catch up on topics that you've missed. Visit here for the catalogue of recorded events. 
Teacher Webinar
Designing a food garden with students webinar

Our facilitator, Ellen Regos from Cultivating Community will cover how to design your food garden with students including layout, plant selection and companion planting. It will cover resource links, case studies including tips and tricks showing how your garden activities can link to the curriculum. It will highlight how to make it work for your school community-involving your students, how to get different members of the community involved with time for questions at the end. 

When: Thursday August 27, 4pm - 5pm
Where: Details will be emailed to registered participants prior to the event. 
Register here at Zoom
Cost: No Charge

In the News

Melbourne's Irreplaceable Grasslands

Did you know that the flat plains of Brimbank were once covered in fields of native grasses and wildflowers? Today, less than 1% remain. Learn more about the history and current issues facing Victoria's critically endangered grasslands in a series of recent news articles.

Greening and Cooling Brimbank
Balmoral Park Oasis

A stormwater harvesting sign has recently been installed at Balmoral Park in Derrimut. The installation of this sign signals the completion of the $2.4 million Balmoral Park Stormwater Harvesting Project jointly funded by City West Water, Melbourne Water and Brimbank City Council. The stormwater system is the cornerstone of the Balmoral Park Oasis project which aims to ‘green and cool’ this area of Derrimut.  
 
This project aims to save an extra 15 million litres of drinking water per year by using captured urban stormwater run-off to irrigate Balmoral Parks sports fields and gardens. By capturing and cleaning stormwater runoff this project also improves the health of our local creeks, Laverton Creek Catchment and the Bay. This green infrastructure project, supported by Greening the West, encourages opportunities for active, healthy lifestyles and ultimately improves health outcomes for our local residents.

Thinking of installing solar?
Solar Homes Program rebates still running


The Solar Victoria Solar Homes Program is still running, providing rebates of up to: The Program provides a point of sale discount up to a maximum of $4,174 to install a solar battery

To further reduce installation costs, householders can apply for an interest-free loan, for an amount equivalent to their rebate amount. The loan is required to be repaid over four years, or can be repaid sooner in one lump sum. Keep yourselves updated with rebate release dates and other important events here

Additionally, Solar Victoria has announced Provisions for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Assistance to potential applicants, existing customers and businesses impacted by coronavirus. Find more information on the financial relief for customers and who can seek assistance here

New solar for rentals program 
Affordable rooftop solar for rentals

The Victorian Government has expanded the Solar Homes program to include renters in Brimbank who can now reduce their energy bills, even through winter, using a Solar Homes rebate program. Solar Victoria are now providing a rebate of up to $1,850 for solar panel (PV) system installation, for homeowners and rental properties. 

The Solar Homes rebate program offers landlords an interest free loan and allows them access of up to two solar rebates per financial year for their rental properties, encouraging more solar installations that benefit renters.

Eligible landlords can pay for the entire system themselves or apply for an interest-free loan of up to $1850, and work with their renters for a loan repayment co-contribution of up to $19.27 a month (the equivalent to the cost of a takeaway coffee each week).

With so many Brimbank renters currently working and studying from home, and using more energy during the day, rooftop solar will help to keep the energy costs down. To find out more check out the Solar for Rentals initiative.

Competition

Wild by Nature Film Competition

Wild by Nature is all about celebrating the amazing nature and natural environment we have here in Victoria. They are currently calling for films to be submitted to the festival. The competition is open to all ages, with three awesome prizes on offer:

·  Pobblebonk Prize (12 years and under): $1000 voucher for a wildlife experience with Zoos Victoria

·  Swamp Skink Prize (ages 13 to 18): $1000 voucher for film production gear AND a hands-on workshop with the Remember The Wild productions team to learn how to make nature films

·  Black Swan Prize (over 18): $3000 cash prize

There are three themes for filmmakers to respond to: Caring for Nature, Together in Nature, and Dandenong Creek. This is a great opportunity for people from your community to connect with their natural environment and potentially win awesome prizes. 

Submissions close: Sunday the 13th of September. 
For more information (including how to submit films and the Terms & Conditions) visit the Wild By Nature Film Festival

Virtual Tour

Melbourne Water is Bringing the Western Treatment Plant to you, anywhere, anytime!

Melbourne Water is rolling out the welcome mat at Melbourne’s largest sewage treatment plant, minus the smells!
 
Step through a virtual doorway and be immersed in the scale and breathtaking 360 degree views of the Western Treatment Plant from the comfort of your own home or classroom.
 
Download their new augmented reality (AR) app for free to get a glimpse into the sewage treatment process of this world leading environmentally friendly sewage treatment plant which treats 50 per cent of Melbourne’s sewage, mostly from the western suburbs.
 
For more information and accompanying resources visit the WTP AR app web page

Share the News: If you know of a friend or colleague who would like to subscribe to this newsletter, please forward it on and ask them to subscribe to our Little Leaflet here 

Want to advertise a local online community event here? Send your September events to environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au by 20th of August, 2020. 

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