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Brimbank environment events update - June 2021
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Providing a COVID Safe environment at our events

Scheduled Brimbank City Council upcoming events will be managed in alignment and subject to the Victorian Department of Health guidelines and COVIDSafe settings for coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately we have had to cancel some recent in-person events, and may have to cancel some more due to the current State-wide restrictions. Where events can run, all attendees will be required to follow the current COVIDSafe guidelines, including sign-in for contact tracing, physical distancing, personal protective equipment including fitted face masks where required and good hygiene. 

To help us manage our events safely, all attendees for Community Planting Days are now required to register beforehand on the Eventbrite website.
Events
North West Communities for Climate Action Online Conference

Help build stronger communities and support each other to take action on climate change. You are invited to join community organisations, emergency service workers and traditional owners to share the most up to date strategies and actions for reducing emissions and keeping our communities safe in the face of climate change. 

The Conference features a special guest key note address by Professor Bruce Pascoe, author of Dark Emu, and Welcome to Country from Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Traditional Owner Uncle Dave Wandin.

When: 
Saturday June 5, 9:00 am- 3:30pm (Victorian Traditional Owners Fire Strategy and Treaty and Community-led initiatives to reduce emissions and act on climate change streams)

Where: Online via Zoom (Link provided once registered for event)
Register Here
Cost: No Charge
Uncle Jack Charles in Conversation with Paul Bateman
Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival 2021

Join us for an evening with one of Australia’s most treasured actors, author and Aboriginal Elder Uncle Jack Charles.

Uncle Jack is a member of the Stolen Generation. Raised away from family, the loneliness and isolation he experienced during those years had a devastating impact on him that endured long after he reconnected with his Aboriginal roots.

Uncle Jack speaks about his remarkable life with writer, freelance journalist and former segment presenter on ABC radio, Paul Bateman. 

When: Thursday 17 June, 6-8pm 
Where: Bowery Theatre and St Albans Community Centre (STACC)
Register Here 
Cost: No Charge

Self-Sufficient Living with Craig Castree
Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival 2021

Join veteran horticulturalist and self-sufficiency author, Craig Castree, as he chats about his two new books Plant Profiles and A Simple Urban Life.

Learn practical tips for turning your garden and kitchen into productive spaces that will feed your family with organic and delicious fruit, vegetables, cheeses, and foods without chemicals.

Please Note: This event has replaced 'Winter Tree Pruning ' in the Environment Calendar 2021

When: Saturday 19 June, 10-11:30am 
Where: Keilor Library
Register Here
Cost: No Charge

Community Planting Day

Help the Friends of Maribyrnong Valley and Brimbank City Council improve the biodiversity at Green Gully Reserve as part of the federally funded Communities Environment Program.

Calder Rise Neighbourhood Park
When:
 Saturday, 26 June, 9.30am -12noon
Where: 10A Patterson Avenue, Keilor
Register Here
Cost: No Charge

Love Your Locals Day 2021
Expressions of Interest now open

Are you a Year 5-6 teacher, a student or a parent of a school in the Brimbank area of this age group?   

Local Victorian species such as the Eastern Barred Bandicoot and the Orange Bellied Parrot once lived in abundance throughout the grasslands of Victoria's Western Volcanic Plains, right alongside your school. Now, due to habitat loss and introduced predators, there aren't as many of our furry and feathered friends around, that's why we need your help by sharing your ideas for a Western Region that preserves natural habitat and creates smarter, greener towns for both people and wildlife.
Love Your Locals Day is presented by Werribee Open Range Zoo in partnership with Wyndham and Brimbank City Councils and will run on Friday 3 September from 10am - 2.30pm.

If your school group has some ideas about how we can protect our wonderful native and threatened species here in Brimbank, please email environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au to receive an expression of interest form.
 
Save the date: National Tree Day Celebration 
On Sunday 1 August, we will be celebrating National Tree Day at Taylors Valley.

Give back to Victoria's natural environment, with tree planting and nature-based activities for all ages, concluding with a free barbecue for the community.

When: Sunday 1 August, 10am-1pm 
Where: Green Gully Reserve, Taylors Valley, Keilor Downs
Register here
Cost: No Charge

My Smart Garden Workshops
 

My Smart Garden has a jam packed lineup of online workshops at no charge to help you with your garden this May. Please see the links to book your ticket: 

Propagation Workshop
When: Tuesday, 15 June, 7:00 pm 
Register here
Create your own Edible Native Garden at Home
When: Thursday, 17 June, 1:30 pm 
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. 

Winter Birds in Backyards Survey now open
 

It's time for the Winter Birds in Backyards Survey! This activity runs through June and July and can be done in your own backyard. 20 minutes and some information about your garden helps researchers understand local bird populations.

Visit here for more information.
Grants

2021-22 Men's Shed Grants Applications open

The Victorian Government is strengthening men’s wellbeing and community connections across Victoria, with further funding to establish, expand or improve men’s sheds. 

Men’s sheds are places where men can get together, work on common projects, form friendships and give back to their community. There are currently more than 360 communities throughout Victoria enjoying the benefits of having a local men’s shed. Grants of up to $80,000 are available.

Visit the Victorian Government Grants and Programs webpage for more information.

Applications close 30 June 2021

2021 Jemena Community Grants 

Applications are now open for Jemena’s 2021 Community Grants, which seek to empower people living and working across Victorian communities to make a real and lasting difference for others.

Local community organisations, groups, schools and charities across Council area are encouraged to apply for grants valued at up to $10,000 each, that help deliver positive benefits in areas including environmental sustainability and/or energy efficiency  

Now in its third year, the program has so far seen Jemena award over $180,000 worth of grants, providing critical food relief, free energy advice, health and educational programs and other important social and environmental outcomes for hundreds of people. 

To learn more and apply, click here.
For any questions, email community@jemena.comn.au

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 11 July 

Programs to Help you Save

Are you struggling to pay energy bills?
Home Energy Assist Program


The Victorian Government is providing assistance to households experiencing energy stress to keep energy bills in check. The Energy Savvy Upgrades program will partner with community organisations to offer subsidised energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to a limited number of households struggling to pay energy bills for reasons like living on a low income, living with a chronic or ongoing medical condition or mobility issues, caring for family members or loss of employment.

Eligible households can expect to receive:
  • a generous Government subsidy towards the cost of an energy efficiency home retrofit
  • free assistance to participate in the Solar Homes package
  • free guidance on the use of Victorian Energy Compare
  • an in-home energy assessment (cost is credited against upgrades conducted as a result of the assessment.)
The program is being delivered across Victoria between now and July 2021. For more information visit the Home Energy Assist Program website.
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Want to advertise a local online community event here? Send your July events to environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au by 20th of June, 2021. 

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