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Brimbank environment events update - August 2021
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New Brimbank Electric Powered Aquatic and Wellness Centre an Aussie-First 


Brimbank Council has welcomed $1.53 million in Australian Government funding toward an integrated renewable energy system, as part of the new $60 million-plus Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre currently being built in Keilor Downs. The Centre contains the first all-electric aquatic centre in Australia, cutting energy use by up to 80%. Read more here.
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). After a few cancelled planting events in May and early June, it's great to welcome the community back in safe and limited capacities in July. 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
Community Planting Day Event rescheduled from May

Help the Friends of Maribyrnong Valley and Keilor Primary School create habitat for birds, butterflies and lizards.

This event is managed in alignment with and subject to the Victorian Department of Health guidelines and COVIDSafe settings for coronavirus (COVID-19).

When: Saturday 14 August, 10am-12noon
Where: Caroline Chisholm Reserve, 46 Flora Street, Keilor
Register Here (Required) 
Cost: No Charge
Solar PV Q&A

More Brimbank residents than ever are embracing solar, yet for many there are questions surrounding their first purchase of solar or how to upgrade their existing solar system.

Brimbank City Council invites residents to our Solar PV and Batteries Q&A workshop.

When: Saturday 14 August, 10-11:30am 
Where: Online Workshop
Register Here
Cost: No Charge
Create a Habitat Garden

Learn how to attract birds, butterflies, reptiles and frogs to your yard using native plants. 

Join Chiara Perri to understand the benefits of habitat gardening while introducing you to indigenous plants that were once abundant in the western parts of Melbourne. 

When: Saturday, 21 August, 10-11:30am
Where: Online workshop
Register Here
Cost: No Charge

Community Planting Day 

Give our creek ecosystem a helping hand and help us re-introduce beautiful indigenous wildflowers.

This event is managed in alignment with and subject to the Victorian Department of Health guidelines and COVIDSafe settings for coronavirus (COVID-19).

When: Saturday 29 August, 10am-12noon
Where: Buckingham Reserve, 2A Buckingham Crescent, Sunshine West
Register Here (Required) 
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: 

The Fermented Mumma shares her knowledge of lacto-fermentation!
Where: Online workshop
When: Tuesday 17 August, 6:30pm 
Register here
Understanding weather for Melbourne gardeners
Where: 
Online workshop
When: Wednesday 18 August, 6:30pm
Register here
Asian Greens
Where: 
Online workshop
When: Tuesday 24 August, 7:00pm
Register here
Get involved

Vote Now!

Volunteering Innovation Fund - Parks Victoria | Engage Victoria

The Victorian Government has an exciting new opportunity to inspire ideas and fuel innovation by funding community-led projects that consider new ways of volunteering in and for the environment!

Parks and forests in Victoria are supported by many passionate volunteers. The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on this incredible work and inviting everyone to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering.

The Volunteering Innovation Fund will award $2 million in funding over multiple rounds, with the final round closing in 2023.

Funding will be awarded to projects that receive the most votes from the community. Have a read here and vote for your top three!

Get inspired

Brimbank Youth Councillors celebrate Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work, school, and even at your local café.

In July, the Brimbank Youth Council chose environmental sustainability with a focus on reducing waste as their project this year. They put together this great short video to help inspire and share tips on how they reduced their plastic waste during Plastic Free July.

You can watch the video here.

Victoria Nature Festival


Next month, the Victoria Nature Festival will take place for the second year with a program full of creative ways to connect with and act for nature.

Go for a bushwalk, learn from Traditional Owners about caring for Country, join exciting panel events and take part in citizen science.

All events will be hosted on the Victoria Together Platform. You can register your interest here.
Grants
2021 Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program 

Community oraganisations can apply for grants of up to $50,000 to upgrade their facilities to help reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions through a range of supported measures including energy-efficient and renewable energy technology.

Two streams are available through this grant to help support audits of existing facilities to identify possible improvements, and a second to support the implementation of projects.

Read about this program here.

Applications are open until Friday 20 August 2021.

2021 Community Recovery Grants 

Applications are now open for Brimbank Community Recovery Grants program. The program provides financial support to not-for-profit organisations and community groups.

These grants assist the community to deliver projects, events and recovery solutions needed to respond to COVID-19 challenges to help make Brimbank stronger.

There are five Community Recovery Grants categories including Recovery Grants, Establishment Grants, Community Festival and Events Grants, Major Festival and Event Grants, and Youth Support Grants.

Applications are open between 26 July - 5 September 2021. Click here to apply.

Programs to Help you Save

Apply for a home heating and cooling rebate of $1,000


The Victorian Government is providing assistance to eligible households to receive a rebate to upgrade your heater to an energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioner. Upgrades must be completed by an approved Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades supplier and the product must be listed in the approved product list. More details can be found here.

Under the program, eligible households can receive:
  • $1,000 towards the cost of an energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioner,
  • $200 towards the cost of decommissioning their outdated gas heater (if an existing gas heater is being replaced), and
  • $500 towards the cost of upgrading their switchboard (if an upgrade is required to install the rebated reverse-cycle air conditioner).
The program is being delivered across Victoria now. For more information visit the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades website.

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Want to advertise a local online community event here? Send your September events to environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au by 20th of August, 2021. 

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