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Brimbank environment events update - July 2021
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Celebrating NAIDOC week 2021 (4 - 11 July)

Annual NAIDOC week celebrations take place in July each year here in Australia, to observe the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

We encourage you to visit the NAIDOC week website to learn more and find out how you can be involved.

You may also like to watch this pre-recorded seminar, 'On the tail of the eel - creatures of mystery' by Uncle Denis Rose (Gunditj) Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation) & Dr Wayne Koster (Arthus Rylah Istitute for Environmental Research).
Brimbank City Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this land, the Wurundjeri people, and pay our respects to Elders past and present.
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
Indigenous Food Plants

Learn about indigenous food plants and help to cultivate a new crop of tubers at the glorious Taylors Valley Parklands.

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 17 July, 10am-12noon
Where: Taylors Valley Parklands, meet at Calder Rise Neighborhood Park, Keilor
Register Here (Required) 
Cost: No Charge
National Tree Day celebrations
On Sunday 1 August, we will be celebrating National Tree Day in Brimbank with two free community events.

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.

These events are managed in alignment with and subject to the Victorian Department of Health guidelines and COVIDSafe settings for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Taylors Valley Parklands, Keilor
When:
 Sunday 1 August, 10am-1pm 
Where: Meet at Calder Rise Neighbourhood Park, Keilor
Register here (Required)
Cost: No Charge
Hosted by Brimbank City Council

The Bug Rug, Sunshine West
When:
 Sunday 1 August, 10am-1pm 
Where: Kororoit Creek Trail, Sunshine West
Register here (Required)
Cost: No Charge
Hosted by Friends of Kororoit Creek

Forum: Climate change and health in Melbourne’s west

You are invited to join the Western Region Primary Prevention Taskforce and climate change experts to map the way forward to protect health and wellbeing in a changing environment.

HealthWest and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing are excited to present to you a half day forum featuring interactive discussions with climate change and health experts.

When: Thursday 22 July, 9:15am-12:45pm 
Where: Encore Events Centre at 80 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing
Register here
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

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: 

Composting, worm farming and bokashi! 
Where: 
Maidstone Community Centre, Maidstone VIC 3012
When: Saturday, 24 July, 10:00 am 
Register here
Growing Asian green vegetables
Where: Online Workshop
When: Thursday, 17 June, 1:30 pm 
Register here
Edible Pruning Workshop 1 (postponed from May): Deciduous Fruit Trees
Where: 
Dunstan Reserve Food Forest, next door to the Brunswick West Community Garden, Enter via Everett Street, Brunswick West, VIC 3055
When: Saturday, 24 July, 10:00 am
Register here
Have your say

Have your say on the new Sunshine Transport Precinct 
 

The Sunshine Station transport super hub will deliver a turn up and go style service for Sunshine and easy connections to the Melbourne Airport, Victoria’s western regions, Southern Cross via Footscray, and Melbourne’s CBD through the new Metro Tunnel.

To assist the Department of Transport in drafting the Sunshine Station Masterplan, they are now inviting feedback from the community. For more information on the project and how you can have your say click here

Give feedback on the Sunshine Station principles here. Feedback closes Friday 6 August 2021.

Additionally, the Department of Transport is looking for members of the Sunshine community to join the Sunshine Transport Precinct Community Reference Group.

Whether you’re a local resident, business operator or representative of a community group, we want to work with you to better understand how we can achieve the best outcomes for the Sunshine Transport Precinct.

For information on eligibility and how to apply to the Community Reference Group click hereApplications closes Monday 26 July 2021.
 

Port Phillip and Western Port's Regional Catchment Strategy draft released for public feedback 


The Port Phillip and Westernport Regional Catchment Strategy outlines how land, water and biodiversity is managed across our region, highlighting how these are interconnected and interdependent. It has been developed by the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority in collaboration with Traditional Owners and regional agencies, organisations, groups and communities.

They would love to here feedback on their draft Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy. You are welcome to complete the form multiple times, and the site will record what page you were on at time of feedback.

Feedback is invited until Sunday 1 August. After that date, all feedback will be reviewed, and the final version of the strategy will be submitted to the Victorian Government at the end of September 2021.

Visit here to provide feedback on the Strategy. 

Greening the Pipeline Brooklyn


The Greening the Pipeline initiative aims to transform the heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer pipeline reserve, along the Federation Trail bike path, into a parkland to service a growing population in Melbourne’s west.

We are currently seeking community feedback to help shape a Masterplan for a 2.7km section of the reserve in Brooklyn, between Millers Rd and Little Boundary Rd. Use the tabs below to view a map and aerial footage of the project area.

Melbourne Water is inviting you to have your say on the Masterplan. Your feedback will ensure the Masterplan for Greening the Pipeline Brooklyn is reflective of what is important to you and Brimbank. 

Provide your feedback here. The community engagement phase finishes on the Sunday 25 July.
Other things you can do! 

It's 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.

Take the challenge this month and join milions of people reducing their plastic pollution. By joining the movement, you'll recieve tips and tricks and learn about plastic-free ideas and news around the world.

Take the challenge

Winter Birds in Backyards Survey 


There's still time to contribute to 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 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.
News

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

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