Workshop Dec 7 9.30am

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A quick reminder to join us on Saturday morning as we workshop our new major project commencing 9.30ish am on Saturday morning at the Ballarat Trades Hall.

If sleeping in and arriving late you are most welcome but be sure and ring 0457463971 to gain entry to the building.

Here’s a quick recap:

We are running an info session about MP meetings, covering everything from how to set up the meeting, getting good press and social media coverage, and, most importantly, having an effective conversation with a politician.

Join us on Saturday 7 December for a workshop to learn how, or contact us to arrange another way to join the campaign.

When: Saturday, 7/12/19, 9:30-10:30am (Join in the Strategy meeting from 9am also if you like and feel free to stick around after the workshop for a coffee and a chat down the road.)

Where: Ballarat Trades Hall, Camp Street

Enquiries and RSVP: By reply email, or contact Elizabeth on 0402 553 181 – it helps to know how many are joining us, but if you don’t get to that, please feel free to turn up anyway.

If you can’t make it on the day, please register your interest and we can either run you through the info individually or make sure to let you know of our next workshop.

Letter Writing Cafe


In solidarity with the good people of NSW and Queensland, as they confront the most appalling bushfires, Therese will lead our last letter writing session for the year tomorrow Sunday 7th from 4 pm at RJM’s Wine Bar at  95 Mair Street East, Ballarat East.
Come along for as long or as short a time as you can manage
The last session led to a number of letters and replys from councillors as well as published letters (and some rejected). There is a real sense of momentum building that we are keen to back and hurry along. It can also be a good chance to share with like-minded people.

Letter writing cafe will be at:


RJM’s wine bar

95 Mair St East, Ballarat Vic 3350

Sunday 8 December


Ballarat Climate Strike – SS4C


Let’s do this! All are welcome!
Locally, nationally, globally, we have to act. We face a climate crisis and we can’t wait for others to fix it. It might feel overwhelming… but it’s not! We can show our voice, show we care, and begin to affect meaningful change.
We need you! And we need a healthy planet. Will you join us?

Ballarat Trades Hall, 24 Camp Street Ballarat

Sept 20 at 12 PM – 2 PM



“If you go to one demonstration and then go home, that’s something, but the people in power can live with that. What they can’t live with is sustained pressure that keeps building, organisations that keep doing things, people that keep learning lessons from the last time and doing it better the next time.” Noam Chomsky

It’s time to get real about the ecological and climate emergency we are facing. Our political system is broken and our leaders are failing to protect us.

It’s time to tell the truth and act as though the truth is real. It’s time to band together and be effective as part of an international movement of mass participation civil disobedience. Come and hear about why we need the Extinction Rebellion and how you can be a part of it.

Everyone is welcome, the first hour will be a talk introducing Extinction Rebellion (arrive before 11 please!)

And from 12-1 it’s a chance for local residents to form an affinity group and start making the connections that will make this movement a success. If you can’t make this talk we have lots of other area talks coming up regularly.

And if you want a talk in your area email and we can organise one

11am to 1pm, Ballarat Trades Hall, Camp St, Saturday, Sept 7 2019


A quick informal get together for climate change concerned folk over coffee/tea or wine & ales is planned for Saturday 27 July from 5-6pm at The Lost Ones Gallery.
We’ll be compiling dot points for our work to maintain the intensity of focus on the City Council’s commitment to a sustainability officer and emissions related goals.
A great opportunity to join in if you are not a fan of more formal meetings 🤔 and as a follow on to the CSIRO forum on Thursday night!
It can be easy to discount the importance of your own individual attendance at these brief get togethers but without compelling numbers on this journey we will struggle to carry the argument forward.

If people wish to stay after 6pm that’ll be fine – Much thanks to Therese for organising.

Respond to Ballarat City Council’s Draft Budget

The 2019/20 draft budget is currently available for inspection. Submissions must be received at Ballarat Town Hall by 9am Monday 17 June 2019.

All written submissions and presentations will be presented at a Special Council Meeting to be held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 7pm in the Council Chamber, Ballarat Town Hall.”



Carbon Neutrality and 100% Renewables Action Plan 2019-2025


At next Wednesday’s April 3 Ballarat Council Meeting (from 7pm) we are looking for as many as possible to make spoken submissions on the Carbon Neutrality and 100% Renewables Action Plan 2019-2025 being championed by Belinda. I have attached an image with the guidelines but basically you ring 5320 5875 before 4.30pm on the day and register to speak prior to the matter being addressed on the agenda.

It won’t be for everyone but at the same time it’s not too intimidating and can be really rewarding. Simply attending the meeting to offer support and cheer at the appropriate moments would also be wonderful of course.

I’ve attached a copy of the most recent draft of the plan that I have access to – the final draft can be read in the agenda which is now online. If you could let me know if you intend to register or attend we can get an idea of the numbers.
Public Submissions Guidelines