Brimbank environment events update - November 2021
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Brimbank is launching its Community Solar Program!

Partnering with community solar specialists, More Australian Solar Homes (MASH), a program of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA), a not-for-profit organisation that has worked with several councils to help encourage the uptake of renewable energy.

To kick off the program, Brimbank is holding an information event that will detail: 

  • How this program works and how residents and business can get involved
  • How much a system can save on power bills and how much a system costs
  • How residential and business solar installations will help give back to community organisations in Brimbank

To learn more about the program, come join us at our launch event: 
When: Thursday 25 November, 11am-12pm.
Where: Online
Register here
Cost: No Charge

Providing a COVID Safe Environment at our events

As we return to in-person activities, 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). Where events can run, all attendees will be required to follow the current COVIDSafe guidelines, including sign-in using QR code, proof of vaccination, 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 events are now required to register beforehand on the Eventbrite website.

Garage Sale Trail

Sell, shop and learn on the Garage Sale Trail this November as Australia’s festival of pre-loved stuff virtually returns to Brimbank. 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.

If you missed the trail tutorials last week, you can watch the recordings here.
Wildflower Day at Iramoo

Come along to a Wildflower Day at Iramoo, helping to plant wildflowers in the morning, followed by a wildflower walk and talk in the afternoon. The Iramoo Wildflower Nursery will also be open during lunchtime for sales. This event is hosted by Friends of Iramoo.

When: Saturday 13 November 2021, 10am - 3pm.
Where: Iramoo Wildflower Grassland Reserve, Cairnlea
Register here
Cost: No Charge
Brimbank Residential Solar and Batteries Workshop 

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 workshop. The workshop will discuss: 
  • Energy usage at home
  • Solar cost and benefits
  • If batteries are right for your home
  • Upgrading you existing solar system 
  • Rebates and subsidies available to help install solar PV and batteries.
When: Saturday 4 December 2021, 11am - 1pm.
Where: Online via Zoom
Register here
Cost: No Charge
Reusable Goods Drop Off Day 

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
Birdwatching along Kororoit Creek

In case you missed last month's webinar with Ursula Dutkiewicz, you can watch the recording here. Learn all about the birdlife found along our very own Kororoit Creek!

Image: Ursula Dutkiewicz

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: 

Create a food forest at home
Online workshop
When: Wednesday 17 November, 6.30pm
Register here
Homemade sodas from your home 
Online workshop
When: Thursday 18 November, 6.30pm
Register here
Spring into gardening
Maidstone Community Centre
When: Thursday 25 November, 12.00pam
Register here
Get inspired

National Recycling Week
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.

Brimbank Delights

Isabella Williams Grassland Reserve

Did you know that within Brimbank many animal and plant species are considered rare, threatened or endangered? In fact, Brimbank is home to 500 indigenous plant species and 196 animal species. This is why areas like the Isabella Williams Grasslands, which are maintained by Council alongside local friends groups, are very important in ensuring our local wildlife is protected.

You can view a video highlighting the wonders of the Isabella Williams Grasslands Reserve here, as well as other "Brimbank Delights" on the Brimbank City Council YouTube page.
Get involved

Frog ID week is coming up

12 - 21 November

Take part in Australia's biggest frog count.
Frogs are under threat from disease, habitat loss and climate change. Taking part in Frog ID week will help scientists collect valuable data that will help with the protection and conservation of frogs. 

Find out more here.

Join the Backyard Bee Census

Sunday 14 November

Whether you have an apartment balcony or 100 hectares, we all have a piece of nature nearby. Remarkable things happen when a community of thousands join together for a single cause.

The Backyard Bee Census forms part of a wider collection of data for Wild Pollinator Count, helping scientists understand the health of one of the most important links in our ecosystem.

Sign up for the Count here.

Have Your Say

Sydenham Park Master Plan

Sydenham Park is the largest conservation reserve managed by Council. In March 2020 Brimbank Council adopted a Master Plan for public use. As part of the adoption of this plan, it was required that the original plan be reviewed after further investigations into the values of the natural environment, heritage and recreational space.

Some changes have been recommended in light of these investigations, and Council would like to hear your thoughts on the draft addendum to this Master Plan. A key component of the Sydenham Park Master Plan March 2020 was the design of cycling and walking trails to give the public access to the reserve for recreational use. A Shared Use Path is currently proposed to be constructed in 2022.

You can Have your say here where you can find the history of the project, the original Master Plan and the draft addendum.
Consultation closes 5 December

Brimbank Council's 10 Year Asset Plan Community Working Group

Are you interested in sharing your views about how Brimbank’s public assets like parks and open spaces, community buildings and roads should be maintained now and in the future?
Council is seeking 80 community members to be involved in an Asset Plan Community Working Group that will help Council to develop its first ever 10 Year Asset Plan.
The Asset Plan will focus on three groups of existing public assets:

  • Parks, playgrounds, and sports grounds
  • Community buildings and facilities
  • Roads, footpaths and shared paths
Maintaining these assets is an important responsibility of Council and we want to know what’s important to you.

To express your interest in joining the 10-year Asset Plan Community Working Group, please complete the Expression of Interest form (scroll to the bottom of this page).
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.

To find out more about the application process, please visit: Solar for business fact sheet

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