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Brimbank environment events update - March 2021
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Events
Detox Your Home

Clear out your household toxic chemicals with this pop-up collection day. This is a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted, toxic household chemicals, without harming human health or the environment. Attendees should register online and check which items will and won't be accepted.  

When: Saturday 27 February, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Brimbank Council Operations Centre (staff carpark), Stadium Drive, Keilor Park.
Register Here
Cost: No Charge
Clean Up Australia Day

Get your friends, family and local community group together to make an impact that improves your environment. Join a Clean Up in your suburb, or create your own. Register now to receive a free starter kit that contains bags, gloves and everything you need to create a safe, fun and effective Clean Up.

When: Sunday 7 March
Register Here 
Cost: No Charge
Pop-Up Drive Through Recycling Day

Brimbank residents can safely and conveniently drop-off their unwanted household items, for reuse or recycling at the ‘Pop-Up Drive Through Recycling Day’ – all at no charge.

To keep the event COVID safe you will be required to bring identification (driver's licence or rates notice) and register onsite. 

When: Saturday 20 March, 8am - 1pm 
Where: Victoria University, St Albans Campus, St Albans
Register here and find out more about what you can recycle.

 

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 March. Please see the links to book your ticket: 
 
Love Your Soil! 
When: Tuesday, 2 March, 6:30 - 9:00pm 
Register here
Getting the most out of your wicking bed
When: Wednesday, 3 March, 2:00 - 7:30pm
Register here
Seed saving and propagation 101 with Kat Lavers
When: Tuesday 9 March, 6:30 - 9:00pm 
Register here
Grafting Workshop
When: 
Thursday, 11 March, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Register here
Gardening in Autumn
When: Tuesday, 23 March, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Register here
Natural pest management for gardeners
When:
 Tuesday, 23 March, 6:30 - 8:30pm
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 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants

Applications are now open for Australian primary schools and early learning centres to apply for a grant of up to $1,000 each. The grants aim to inspire kids from across the country to get hands-on with projects that focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices or enhancing native habitats. Since bees and pollinators are so important to our environment, extra funding of up to $500 for projects that have a bee related component is being offered. Visit the Junior Landcare Website for more information.
Applications close 19 March, 2021

Brimbank Community Recovery Grants

Brimbank Council’s annual community grants program provides financial support to not-for-profit organisations and community groups to deliver projects and events to help make Brimbank stronger.
The Community Recovery Grants will consist of two categories:

  1. Brimbank Partner Organisations: eligible not-for-profit organisations delivering services or programs in Brimbank. Applicants in this category can apply for a grant up to $15,000.
  2. Eligible Community groups and organisations. Applicants in this category can apply for a grant up to $8,000.

Applications close 21 March, 2021
For further information and application guidelines, visit our grants webpage.

Resources
New environmental magazines available at Brimbank Libraries
Two new magazines have been added to the collection: The Australasian beekeeper and Aquila (Science and climate issues for 8 - 13 year olds). There's plenty more available to borrow such as ReNew: technology for a sustainable future and Re:think, Check out the catalogue or join online
 
Programs to Help you Save

We want you to Make Every Drop Count!


Did you know that Brimbank residents currently use an average of 157 litres of water per person, per day? That’s two litres more than the 155 litres per person, per day consumption goal for Melburnians.
 
Residential water usage makes up for 65 per cent of Melbourne’s total water consumption - with showering accounting for 31 per cent of the water we use at home. By implementing a few simple, but effective water saving measures in the home and garden, like shaving a minute off our shower and using the half flush when we can, we can easily bring down that daily average water usage.
 
Council is proud to be supporting City West Water’s latest water conservation campaign, Make Every Drop Count and their ‘Water Winners’ competition which will run throughout the month of February.
 
Submit your favourite water saving tip from around your home or garden and you could win one of four weekly prizes of a $200 Bunnings gift card. ​For more information about the competition and how to enter, visit yoursay.citywestwater.com.au/water-winners.
 
To find out more about water, what Council is doing, and what you can do, visit our water management website.
 

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

Additionally, Solar Victoria has announced Provisions for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Assistance to potential applicants, existing customers and businesses impacted by coronavirus. Find more information on the financial relief for customers and who can seek assistance here

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

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