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Brimbank environment events update - September 2022
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Congratulations!

Climate Emergency Plan Report Card 2021 / 2022 

Well done to everyone involved in all of the amazing projects, and to the team who delivered such a comprehensive report! Brimbank City Council is proving itself to be a leader in climate action.

Some highlights include:

  • The Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre is in construction and will be 100% renewable energy powered. It’s achieved a 6 Green Star energy rating, making it ‘world leading’ for sustainability.
  • Brimbank has joined the Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO), the largest local government sector emissions reduction project in Australia. All council buildings, community venues, sports grounds, street lights and leisure centres are now 100% renewable energy powered. 
  • The Dempster Park Oasis Project – the new stormwater harvesting system is now operational, which will enable the site to become a cool and green oasis.
  • The 100% Renewable Brimbank program was launched, connecting Brimbank businesses and residents to resources, support, and financial incentives to help them transition towards all-electric and renewable energy.
Click here to download the full report.
Have Your Say

We Are Brimbank Awards 

The We Are Brimbank Awards celebrate the pride and potential of our city and aim to publicly recognise the exceptional contributions, hard work and determination of organisations and groups that make a positive difference within Brimbank.

2022 Nominations close Friday 2nd September
 
There are numerous award categories, including the Environment and Sustainability Award:

Environment and Sustainability Award
Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the protection, enhancement and awareness of Brimbank’s natural and urban environment. This award recognises the initiatives which inspire residents to partake and protect our environment, OR projects, activities or groups that improve the environmental sustainability of a city.
 

To learn more about the awards and how to nominate, click here.

2023 LGPro Awards for Excellence

The LGPro Awards for Excellence celebrate and promote the extraordinary work being undertaken and completed by teams and individuals working within Victorian Local Government. There are a staggering 11 award categories, such as the Sustainability Initiative and First Nations Community Partnership Initiative categories. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to share your or your team’s achievements.

Nominations close Monday 3rd October


To learn about the awards and how to nominate, visit the website here.

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.
 

Explore & Restore at Matthews Hill

Help to restore one of Brimbank’s remaining grasslands at Matthews Hill by joining your neighbours at one of our final planting days for the 2022 season. Bring the kids, because after you finish planting, Roberto from The Connies will be handing out collectable wildlife cards, and we’ll have some craft stations set up while we play some ‘Grassland Games’ designed by the Friends of Iramoo.

Please remember to:

  • Bring along your own water bottle and gloves
  • Wear a pair of sturdy shoes, long trousers, long sleeve top and hat
A barbecue lunch will be provided by the Sunshine Lions Club, free of charge.

Where: Matthews Hill Reserve, Matthews Street, Sunshine
When: Saturday 3rd September, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Community working bee

We’ve resumed 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 8 September, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Final session: Thursday 13 October, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: No charge
Click here for more details

Sydenham Park Walking tour

Explore the varied landscapes of the park, which is not yet open to the public. We’ll talk about the history of the site as well as future conservation and restoration plans. Bring sturdy walking shoes, as there is some steep and difficult terrain.

Where: Sydenham Park, Farr Parkway, Keilor North
When: Saturday 17th September, 10:00am -12:00pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

McKay Gardens Community Festival

Come and have fun at the McKay Gardens Festival, with a corner that everyone in the family can enjoy

The Kids Corner has lots of children’s activities, games, free facepainting and competitions to enter.

Join in sports activities in the Fitness Corner hosted by local sporting clubs. Or sit back on the beautiful lawns of the heritage-listed gardens in serene surrounds and enjoy the free music and entertainment that is on all day.

Where: HV McKay Memorial Gardens, 120C Anderson Rd, Sunshine
When: Sunday 18th September, 10:00am
Cost: No charge
Click here for more details

Grow Your Own Mushrooms at Home

Learn the basics of growing fungi for food, myco-materials or bio-remediation from expert mycologist, Ema Corro.
The workshop covers the entire mushroom grow cycle and the best techniques for growing different species.
At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a mushroom grow bag and several different species to grow at home.

Bookings are limited to 25 participants - Bookings essential.


Where: Sydenham Library, 1 Watergardens Circuit Rd, Taylors Lakes
When: Saturday 24th September, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Free Guided Forest Therapy Walk

Take time out to experience a mindful walk in nature, to relax and feel better! This Forest Therapy walk is inspired by the Japanese way of immersing in nature - "Shinrin Yoku" which literally translates as immersion in the forest or "Forest Bathing."

Two International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance (INFTA) Certified Forest Therapy Guides will support you to slow down with intention and mindfulness to engage your five senses. 

SEPTEMBER SESSION BOOKED OUT! Book early to secure your spot in the October session.

Where: Brimbank Park
When: Saturday 1st October, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

RePurpose, Create & Embellish 

Come along to these workshops facilitated by a fitting connection to learn new ways of giving textiles destined for landfill a new lease of life as practical and creative items.Bookings essential. All workshops are free.

Mending by Hand
Where: Sunshine Library, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
When: Thursday 1st Sept, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Register here

DIY Screen Printing
Where: Westvale Community Centre, 45 Kings Road, Kings Park
When: Monday 5th Sept, 9.30am - 12.30pm 
Register here

Tee Shirts ReMade
Where: Sunshine Library, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
When: Thursday 8th Sept, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Register here

Sun Printing & Tye Dying 
Where: Westvale Community Centre; 45 Kings Road, Kings Park
When: Monday 12th Sept, 9.30am - 11.30am
Register here

Embellish the Retired
Where: Sunshine Library, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
When: Thursday 29th Sept, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Register here

Community Artwork
Where: Sunshine Library, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
When: Saturday 1st October, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Register here

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.

Seed Saving and Seed Propagation
Where: Online
When: Wednesday 7th September, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Register here

Growing Salad Greens
Where: Online
When: Wednesday 7th September, 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Register here

Beginners Guide to Growing Veggies 
Where: Online
When: Thursday 15th September, 6:30pm - 8:30pm 
Register here 
Get involved
Platy-project 
September - a month of action

This September, take part in the platy-project month of action, to help researchers understand more about the elusive platypus, and how we can better protect it. 

If you live near a creek or river, all you need to do is find a quiet place on the bank, try to spot a platypus and record what you see. You might be surprised by the places they call home!

This initiative is lead by the Australian Conservation Foundation. You can learn more about it here.

Training & Development
Partnering for ongoing support 
Community Governance Training

This session will focus on building community networking opportunities and the benefits of partnering and networking with others for ongoing support.

Many organisations struggle to survive and grow on their own. They spend a lot of time and resources constantly ‘re-inventing the wheel’. But by building effective partnerships, you can learn new strategies, share skills and resources, and generate better outcomes – all without burning out in the process! It’s also a lot more fun and builds better community, as you share wisdom, skills and resources for better outcomes. 

There is no charge but registration via our online form is required.

When: Wednesday 14th September, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: TBA
Cost: No Charge
Click here for more information.

Programs to help you save

Solar Homes Program

Slash your energy bills with solar hot water and solar PV rebates!
The eligibility criteria has now expanded. Victorian’s who are building a new home will now be able to access the rebate at the time of build. You'll be able to save on installation costs and start generating solar savings as soon as you move in.

The Solar Homes Program offers:

*Values are based on the average Victorian household
 
Solar PV Panel rebates of up to $1,400 are also available for rental properties.


Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades

$1,000 rebates are available, just upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling and heating system. Click here for details.
 

Solar Hot Water Rebate

Hot water systems account for approximately 21% of the total home energy use (according to YourHome). The average expected savings for households which install solar hot water systems is $140 – $400 per year.

Solar Victoria are offering a 50% rebate of up to $1000 on eligible heat pump and solar hot water systems.
 

Virtual Power Plant (VPP) pilot program
 

Solar battery systems sharing power!

The VPP initiative connects households to produce and share power, save money on electricity bills, and minimise electricity grid reliance. This program offers fixed solar battery rebates of $4,174 to eligible households who join an approved VPP program.

To find out more about the Solar Homes Program 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 October events to environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au by 20th of September, 2022. 

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