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Brimbank environment events update - March 2022
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Step up to Clean Up!

There's still time to register for Clean Up Australia Day! Get your friends, family, neighbours and local community group together to make an impact that improves your environment on Sunday 6th of March.

Online registrations are free and groups receive gloves, bags and useful resources to run a successful clean up event.

You can register your own event or join an existing event, here. 
 
2022 Brimbank Environmental Events Calendar is live!

We've got a wonderful line up of events this year to support you in becoming more sustainable and connecting with the environment.

Come along to one of our COVID-safe walking tours, community planting days and online workshops. Check out our new calendar here to find out more details about upcoming events and register for events at our Brimbank events page.

In line with our commitment to produce less waste, we will no longer be sending out hard copy calendars to subscribers automatically. If you would still like to receive a copy of the paper calendar, please email us.
Events

Providing a COVID Safe Environment at our Events

As we return to in-person events, scheduled Brimbank City Council events will be managed in alignment with the current COVIDSafe settings in Victoria and all attendees will be required to follow the present guidelines. For up-to-date health information visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

To help us manage our events safely, we continue to require all attendees to register beforehand on the Brimbank events page.
 

Join the 100% Renewable Brimbank revolution


Where: St Albans Community Centre (STACC), 33 Princess St, St Albans
When: Saturday 9 April, 10am - 1pm
Cost: No charge

Brimbank Council is committed to leading our community to reach zero net emissions by 2040. 

The next step towards this ambitious target is the 100% Renewable Brimbank program, in place to help Brimbank residents and businesses take steps towards a cleaner, greener, cooler and healthier environment.

The program kicks off on Saturday 9 April with a no-charge community event to help you find the best renewable and electric energy solutions available for your needs.

Come join us for complimentary morning tea and a native plant giveaway, or talk one on one with a renewable energy expert.

Exciting talks and presentations on the day will cover:
  • Solar panel and battery purchasing and installation
  • Switching your home to all electric appliances
  • Energy efficient heating, cooling, lighting and appliances
  • How to save money on your energy bill
  • Home Energy Efficiency Scorecard Assessments
  • Government rebates to upgrade your home
Visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/events to learn more about this exciting event.

Brimbank Community Solar Workshops
 

Thinking of solar or energy storage for your home? Come along to one of our upcoming Brimbank Community Solar workshops to find out how you can tackle your energy bills with solar and batteries.

Each workshop will cover:
  • Energy use at home
  • Solar costs and benefits
  • If batteries are right for your home
  • Upgrading your existing solar system
  • Rebates and subsidies available to help install solar PV and batteries
Register below, or visit the Brimbank Community Solar website to learn more about the program.

Upcoming Solar and Battery Q&A workshop

Where: Keilor Community Hub
When: Saturday 19 March, 11am
Register here

Brimbank Community Solar is brought to you by Brimbank City Council and community specialist, 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. The program is open to homeowners, renters, landlords and businesses in Brimbank.
 

The Grassland Games - Save the Date!
 

The Green Lab @ Iramoo, in conjunction with Brimbank City Council, invites local residents to participate in the 2022 April school holiday Grassland Games! Enjoy a morning or an afternoon of fun at Isabella Williams Memorial Park, the home of one of Brimbank’s special grassland reserves.

Come ready for action, as we hop, jump, roll and run with nature. We will host a range of traditional picnic games….but with a grassland twist. Suitable for ages 5-12.

Where: Isabella Williams Memorial Reserve
When: Wednesday 20 April, 10am & 1.30pm (two sessions available)
Register here

My Smart Garden Workshops
 

My Smart Garden hosts a range of events and workshops to encourage sustainable gardening. Please see the links below to book your ticket:

Ask an expert- vege & fruit growing at home
Where:
Online workshop
When: Wednesday 2 March, 6:30pm
Register here

Composting in small spaces
Where:
Online workshop
When: Thursday 24 March, 7pm
When: Saturday 26 March, 7pm
Register here

Produce gardening for balconies, courtyards and small spaces
Where:
 Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
When: Tuesday 29 March, 7pm
Register here

Your cool season veggie patch
Where:
Online workshop
When: Thursday 31 March, 7pm
Register here
Out and about in Brimbank

Must visit - Kororoit Creek Wildflower Garden

Introducing a new section to the Little Leaflet, each month we'll suggest the best spot or site to see something beautiful and in season, outdoors in Brimbank.

This month we suggest you head down to Kororoit Creek Wildflower Garden, which is located just near the Davitt Drive Playground in Deer Park.

This garden is maintained by working bees thoughout the year and features lots of gorgeous wildflowers in bloom during the seasons. If you'd like to join a working bee, please keep an eye on the Brimbank events page website.

The Happy Wanderers are taking off in Brimbank!

The Impact Brimbank program is led by local people who want everyone to have a chance to improve their health and wellbeing. The first activity will start on the 8th of March with a group called the Happy Wanderers.
 
The Happy Wanderers will meet for a walk, a coffee and a chat on Tuesday mornings, from 9.30am at the Lagoon Reserve in Keilor. The walks will be suitable for people of all ages and abilities, and participants will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Once the group is more established, the Happy Wanderers will look for other sites across Brimbank to explore.
 
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, or if you have any questions about the program please contact the Impact Brimbank Program Officer on 9249 4405.

Get inspired

Creative Workers in Schools Program

Children's book author and illustrator, Sarah Allen was a special guest in Ms Lodkowski's science room at Deer Park North Primary School in 2021. Students learned about local species through the Birds in Schools program, conducted bird surveys on their school grounds, and made collage artworks in small workshops. Sarah painted a mural that features the top bird species counted by students and used their artwork as the basis for the design.

This opportunity was made possible by the Creative Workers in Schools Program, in partnership with the Department of Education and Training and Creative Victoria.

A Major Win!

Adopted in June 2020, Brimbank's Climate Emergency Plan 2020-2025 identifies a position statement, principles and five themes of action (People Power, 100% Renewable, Resilient Rebuild, Green and Cool and Circular Economy). Our target is zero net emissions for the Brimbank municipality by 2040.

Under the theme 100% Renewable, Council delivered the Victorian Energy Collaboration Power Purchase Agreement. Council worked with the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA) and is one of 46 Victorian councils to finalise contracts for this agreement. By joining the project, Brimbank now powers all its electricity needs with 100 per cent renewable energy, including streetlights and buildings large and small. Read more about this major win here.

New IPCC report shows Australia is at real Risk from the Impacts of Climate Change

The new IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report that measures the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change is warning that although the climate adaptation work has begun in Australia, the changes are occurring to slowly to protect us from the impacts of climate change.

Climate change is creating hotter temperatures, more dangerous fire weather, more droughts and floods as well as drier winter and spring months in southern and eastern Australia. These changes are increasing the pressure on our natural environment, infrastructure as well as agriculture, finance and tourism sectors. We require urgent, accelerated action to adapt to climate change, read the full report here or get inspired by what Council is doing to address climate change.
Get involved

Let's Make Every Drop Count!

Melbourne's water corporations have joined together to launch their water saving campaign, Make Every Drop Count, for summer. The water conservation campaign looks to encourage residents to save water and avoid future shortages, share mindful water-saving tips and help reduce average daily water usage from 157L/person/day in Brimbank to 155L/person/day.

A recent survey found that although 80% of Melbournians think water conservation is very or extremely important, almost a third (29%) admit they don't think they're doing enough to save water.

Check out what you can do to save water here, or why not submit your water saving tip to win a weekly spot prize and go into the draw to win the grand prize valued at $2,000? 

Vegetable Seedlings in Schools Program

We are excited to announce that we will be offering two rounds of vegetable seedlings to schools (winter and spring rounds) at no cost to schools in 2022.

This year we will be sourcing vegetable seedlings from both the Dame Phyllis Frost Women's Centre and another nursery (to be confirmed at a later date). Each school campus or early learning centre can order up to 32 punnets at no charge (8 seedlings in a punnet).

Expressions of interest for the winter round are now open to all early learning centres, primary and secondary schools in Brimbank. For further information about this program or to express an interest in participating please send an email to environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au including the school name, contact person and phone number.

Composting in Schools Program 

Composting at school is a great way to reduce your organic waste and turn it into rich fertiliser to grow healthy plants! Council offers a range of half price discounted composting products to schools. Interested schools who wish to co-purchase a composting product can select from our range of: Worm Habitat Grande, 140L Worm Habitat, Green Cone, 220L Dirt Vader Compost Bin, 400L Aerobin Compost Bin, 245L Eco Tumber, Hungry Bin Worm Farm or 8L City Caddy.

There is a limited number of discounted equipment available so this opportunity will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Register interest in this program today with your school name, contact person and phone number.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Primary School in Sunshine purchased a Worm Habitat Grande and three Eco Tumblers to add to their composting range (see image). They are working well and set up behind one of the classrooms for protection and easy access for students and staff.

North West Communities for Climate Action School Online Summit

Where: Online workshop
When: Wednesday 30 March, 9:20am - 1pm

School groups from grade 5 to year 9 across Brimbank and the North West region are invited to participate in our climate action school summit. Log on as a class or a group via Zoom for 3 sessions or for the whole event (half day).
Session 1: 9:20am - 10:45am- Youth led climate action
Session 2: 11am - 11:45am - Showcasing school-led action
Session 3: 12:15pm - 1pm - Council supported youth climate advocacy

Learn about what other schools are doing to take action for the climate. Share your environmental concerns and make recommendations to Council and get inspired to take action in your school and local community. Click here to register or here to find out more information.

Programs to help you save

Track your energy

Install Powerpal (it's free!) and track which appliances are using the most energy at home, all from an app. You can also see what time you use the most energy at home, in real time. See how it works here.

Take control of your energy use and save on bills! Register here.

If you're ready to go a step further, consider solar panels or purchase 100% green power.

Compost Product Discounts

Improve your soil by creating compost at home! Brimbank residents can still 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 entity types, including businesses who own their premises and those who rent can apply. Charities and not-for profit organisations are also eligible to participate.

To find out more about the application process, please visit the Solar for Business Program website.

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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, 2022. 

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