Brimbank environment events update - October 2021
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Have your say to win $100 worth of free plants!

For the past two years Brimbank has participated in My Smart Garden, offering residents workshops, material and advice to help you grow your garden all year long.  You could win one of 10 vouchers to a local nursery to the value of $100 just by taking our survey.
We are working to improve the My Smart Garden program and we want to hear from you! Please complete the survey (link below) - it only takes 15 minutes.
Your feedback will provide us with valuable insights, help us improve your experience of My Smart Garden and shape our future events and programs.

Click here to participate in the My Smart Garden survey. 
Survey closes 31 October 2021 Terms and Conditions apply.
Birdwatching along Kororoit Creek

We are pleased to have Ursula Dutkiewicz provide a talk on birdwatching specifically around Kororoit Creek in Brimbank, to help celebrate National Bird Week 2021.

Ursula is a local artist and photographer, and regularly joins the Friends of Kororoit Creek during their activities. Ursula will be providing an online talk about the local birds of Kororoit Creek, tips on how to identify them and the importance of creating habitat for birds in urban areas.

If you are a local who spends time walking along Kororoit Creek, we encourage you to join this webinar to learn more about your local birdlife!

When: Tuesday 19 October 2021, 6-7pm
Where: Online (Zoom)
Register here
Cost: No Charge

Event image: Sacred Kingfisher at Kororoit Creek, by Ursula Dutkiewicz

Building a Climate Resilient Garden

Join us for an introductory workshop on building a climate resilient garden. Learn how you can implement permaculture practices to make your home garden climate proof all year round.

This workshop will cover the concept of climate resilience and the climate related stresses that you may experience when gardening in Melbourne.

The workshop will also explore the definition, ethics and principles behind permaculture and provide case studies of urban permaculture, highlighting range of strategies that can contribute to more resilience. 

Whether you're have small or larger garden spaces or if you're living in an owned or rental space, come along to the workshop to find ways to make your garden more climate resilient.

When: Saturday 23 October 2021, 10-12 pm
Where: Online (Zoom)
Register here
Cost: No Charge

Reusable Goods Drop Off Day 
In the previous newsletter, we advertised this event for Saturday 23rd October. Due to the lockdown in Melbourne, the event date has been revised.

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
Garage Sale Trail
Coming up in November!

Sell, shop and learn on the Garage Sale Trail this November as Australia’s festival of pre-loved stuff virtually returns to Brimbank. On 6-7 November join one of five Trail Tutorial online masterclasses to learn a new planet-saving skill. View the schedule here. Host or shop at virtual sales on 13-14 and 20-21 November. Hosting a garage sale online is fun, easy and safe. You’ll get expert tips, tricks and free promotional materials provided and shoppers get an online map of garage sales to explore.

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 month. Please see the links to book your ticket: 

Bird, Bee and Butterfly Gardening
Where: Online workshop
When: Saturday 9 October, 10.30am
Register here
Garden Designers for Renters
Online workshop
When: Tuesday 12 October, 6.30pm
Register here
Grow Herbs at Home 
Online workshop
When: Tuesday 19 October, 6.30pm
Register here
Composting for Kids with Grow Do It!
Online workshop
When: Sunday 24 October, 11.00am
Register here
Get inspired

National Recycling Week is coming up!
8-14 November

National Recycling Week is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Brimbank is celebrating by helping residents recycle right. While we can't control everything right now, you can make sure your recyclable items are put to good use. Get to know your recycling, because what you do makes a difference. For more information take a look at Council’s webpage dedicated to recycling. Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling? Follow the journey of a Brimbank kerbside bin to the Material Recovery Facility in Laverton. This facility sorts our recycling into streams of paper, cardboard, hard plastic, aluminium and glass. Click here to view the short video.
Get involved

Join the Aussie Backyard Bird Count  

National Bird Week, 18 - 24 October

Taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is easy! All you need to do is spend 20 minutes in your favourite outdoor space or backyard and record all the birds you see during that period. You can submit your results using the app or the web form. Every count helps!

Read more here

Download the Litter Stopper app  

Last month we encouraged you to complete a walk and litter clean-up with Clean Up Australia, and this month we are sharing an app that you can download to log your hard work. The Litter Stopper app, created by BeachPatrol, allows you to record information from your clean up activities. 

To help you enjoy your walk, Conservation Volunteers Australia have developed a Spotify Playlist to download and listen to on your clean up walks as a part of their #SeaToSource campaign.
For more information and to sign up, visit 

Supporting Community Groups

Community Group Governance Training

Get all the tips and tricks required to make your community group or organisation a success.

Brimbank City Council provides community governance training sessions plus ongoing access to a range of resources to assist with continued learning for community groups and small organisations in Brimbank if you are:

  • a volunteer
  • an employee for a not-for-profit community group, or
  • interested in starting or joining a community group, such as a local club or committee
These training sessions can support your group with planning, operations, and decision-making.

Register to attend a session here
Have Your Say

Parks Victoria Land Management Strategy

Parks Victoria is in the second stage of developing a Land Management Strategy to help manage and respond to the complex social, cultural and environmental changes we all face together, including:

  • Increasing demand for new and diverse visitor experiences,
  • Growing populations and increased pressure on parks,
  • Environmental changes affecting parks, 
  • Increased management partnerships including working alongside Traditional Owners.
Once finalised, the Land Management Strategy will underpin planning and management of Parks activities to achieve consistency across the State.

Parks Victoria are now inviting the community to review the draft Strategy and Outcomes Reporting Framework and provide feedback by completing the online survey via Engage Victoria, and attending an upcoming online information session.

More information can be found here.
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 entities types, businesses who own their premises and those who rent can apply; including charities and not-for profit organisations, are eligible to participate.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be the owner of a business that employs at least one person, not including the business owner, and less than 20 people.
  • Operate from premises that are non-residential.
  • Operate from premises that are individually metered .
  • Have not previously received a Solar for Business rebate.
  • Have your system installed by a Solar Victoria approved solar retailer as detailed on Solar Victoria’s website.
  • Install a solar system with a PV capacity size up to 30kW, and detailed on the Solar Victoria approved product list.   
To find out more about the application process, please visit: Solar for business fact sheet

Small Business Energy Saver Program

An initiative of Sustainability Victoria, Australian Energy Foundation (AEF) and the Victorian State Government. The initiative provides an incentive to small businesses that have 1 to 19 employees and operate from non-residential premises and are looking to increase their energy efficiency by upgrading equipment. Victorian small business can receive up to $2,000 in additional discounts for eligible upgrade activities such as:

  • Replacing inefficient electric hot water systems.
  • Replacing inefficient gas hot water systems.
  • Upgrading to efficient room reverse cycle air-conditioners.
  • Installing energy-efficient refrigerator display cabinets.
  • Installing energy-efficient fridges and freezers.
To access to this program you have to book your one-on-one phone consultation with an AEF’s business energy advisor. Call 1300 236 855. To book online and more information, please go to

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