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Brimbank environment events update - April 2021
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Events
Be Bold Blackout

Creative Brimbank's Be Bold Festival presents Be Bold Blakout – a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program. All residents are welcomed to enjoy this wonderful festival which includes: Welcome to Country, Aunty Joyce & Uncle Boots Mural unveiling, dance, art, music, and a night market and more.

When: Friday 9 April, 6 - 9pm
Where: Bowery Theatre and St Albans Community Centre (STACC)
33 Princess Street, St Albans
Cost: No charge 
For program details visit hereAs part of the Be Bold Festival running April 9 and 10.

Sydenham Park Walking Tours

Experience the varied dramatic landscapes of the park as you enjoy a guided walk by a wildlife specialist. Learn how Council is reintroducing indigenous grasses to the site.
Includes steep hills and uneven ground.

When: Saturday, 17 April, 10am - 12pm
Sunday, 2 May, 9:30am - 11:30am.
Where: Sydenham Park, Farr Parkway, Keilor North, 3036
Register Here
Cost: No Charge

The Art of Preserving

Got extra garden produce or unused fruit and veg in your fridge? Don’t waste your precious harvest. Learn how to prevent food spoilage using some simple and safe preserving methods.

When: Saturday 24 April, 10-11:30am 
Where: Online via Zoom (Link provided once registered for event)
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 April. Please see the links to book your ticket: 
 
Climate Action through gardening 
When: Wednesday, 28 April, 12:30 pm 
Register here
Cool your home with trees and vines 
When: Thursday, 29 April, 7 pm 
Register here
Composting for small spaces
When: Saturday, 1 May, 10 am 
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. 
Grants
2021 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants

Applications are now open for schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides and youth groups to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 each. The grants aim to engage young Victorians in outdoor, hands-on, on-ground projects and environmental learning activities.

Visit the Junior Landcare Website for more information.
Applications close 3pm (AEST) 30 April, 2021

Apply for a grant from The Seedling Bank!

Registered schools and community groups can apply for funding to cover the cost of seedlings for their School Tree Day (Friday 30 July) or National Tree Day (Sunday 1 August) events (please note it is the responsibility of the grant beneficiary to purchase seedlings, Planet Ark will cover the cost of the order).  

Applications are now open! To apply just log in on the National Tree Day website and add your application to your registered National Tree Day event.  

Visit the Seedling Bank website for more information.
Applications close Friday 23rd April 2021

News
Check out the Mike Makatron mural at the Wright St bridge underpass, Sunshine West. The artwork depicts a number of native species of birds, insects, flowers and plants and was co-designed with local group, Firends of Kororoit Creek.
Resources
A Guide to Community Gardening in Brimbank

Growing food can help improve food security, promote healthy eating, increase physical activity, build community connections and enhance opportunities for sustainable living.

‘A Guide to Community Gardening in Brimbank’ is a useful resource for residents and schools interested in growing and expanding their knowledge on sustainability and gardening.

Whether you’re growing at home, growing at school, considering joining a community garden or starting a community garden, we’ve collated the resources you need to get going. 

Programs to Help you Save

Thinking of purchasing a compost bin?
Home Composting Program 

Brimbank's home composting program includes a one-off rebate of $50 on compost bins for households who want to start composting food waste.

Much of what we throw out is food waste, making up almost half of our average household rubbish.

Composting at home is a great way to cut your waste in half, reduce your carbon footprint, and make rich soil and fertiliser to grow healthy gardens.

For more information on the program including eligibility criteria and terms and conditions click here

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.

Are your energy bills going up?
Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Rebates


The Victorian Government is investing $335 million over four years to provide efficient, lower cost heating and cooling for 250,000 low income and vulnerable households.
 
The Solar Victoria rebate and grant program will help low income and vulnerable households, such as concession card holders, to install high-efficiency reverse cycle air conditioners, replacing inefficient heaters.
 
The program will provide a $1000 rebate towards the cost of installing a high efficiency heating and cooling system that normally costs around $1700. Don’t miss out register your interest today.
 
These upgrades will provide environmental benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving local air quality. This program will also help to improve the comfort of homes, save money and deliver ongoing health and wellbeing benefits to our community.
 

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
 

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

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