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Ballarat Green Drinks

Join us on the FIRST Thursday of each month

at The Main Bar 22 Main Road, Ballarat from 7:30pm. All welcome! 




Hi green-drinkers!
Have you heard the NEWS???
New Venue! New Time! New Giveaway! (and another secret "new" still to be revealed...)
Please join us Thursday 1st July at our NEW VENUE for a very special event: 
Eating locally is healthier, builds resilient communities, and is better for the environment. 
Most of us know we ought to do it, but few know how. 
Alex Bayley, editor of Eat Local Ballarat, moved to Ballarat to support a local eating lifestyle. 
Now she brings 10 years local eating experience to teach you how - and why - to eat locally, seasonally, and sustainably in and around Ballarat.
Address: 22 Main Rd, Ballarat
Date: Thursday July 7th
Time: 7:30pm (Doors open at 6pm downstairs for pizza, with drinks upstairs from 7:30pm and presentation at 8pm.)

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1135716869812453/ 


And did we mention we are giving away $50 worth of PIZZA?!!! 

To be in the running you need to visit our Facebook page and see our pinned post, and like/tag/share the giveaway post. 


Ballarat Green Drinks Team

(Alice, Colleen, David, Jesse, Louise, Michael and Talina.) 




NEW TIME! 1st Thurs each month 7:30pm 

NEW VENUE! At The Main Bar, 22 Main Rd, Ballarat

Email: ballaratgreendrinks@hotmail.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BallaratGreenDrinks/

Twitter: twitter.com/GreenDrinksBlrt  @GreenDrinksBlrt 

Instagram: instagram.com/ballaratgreendrinks  

Website: www.greendrinks.org/VIC/Ballarat





JUNE 2016






DATE: THURSDAY 3rd December

TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm 

VENUE: Mr Rede, 203 Dana St, Ballarat (The Ballarat Club Building)

SPECIAL PRE-CHRISTMAS EVENT:  Sustainable Theatre! "Ella's Choice - A Climate Play" 

Through the lens of a dairy farm in Western Victoria, Ella takes the students on a powerful journey. Woven through the main story are some of the consequences of climate change on some of the most vulnerable people in the world (Bangladesh, Tuvalu and central Africa).

Presented by SEAM (Sustainable Environmental Arts Movement)http://www.seam.org.au/ellas-choice

Tickets: Just $10 on the door

Duration: 50 mins

Bring the kids to this family-friendly event, or organise a Christmas-catch up with some mates.

Proudly supported by Earth Ed http://earthed.vic.edu.au/

Facebook Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/753736198081304/ 

P.S. Please note this is our last Ballarat Green Drinks event for the year - we will return on Thursday February 4th 2016. Wishing you a joyous christmas season, and looking forward to seeing you in the new year!


BALLARAT GREEN DRINKS: 1st Thurs each month 7pm @ Mr Rede, Dana St, Ballarat

Email: ballaratgreendrinks@hotmail.com to receive notification of our events

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ballarat-Green-Drinks/401540576602687

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreenDrinksBlrt  @GreenDrinksBlrt 

Website: http://www.greendrinks.org/VIC/Ballarat

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ballaratgreendrinks  












DATE: Thursday July 2nd, 

TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm 

VENUE: Mr Rede, 203 Dana St, Ballarat (The Ballarat Club Building)



Learn about sustainable fashion options, and refresh your wardrobe at the From Me To You Unisex Adults Clothes Swap.

Bring up to 3 quality items from your wardrobe that you no longer desire and exchange them for quality pieces with others. Say no to unethical sweatshop practices and say yes to fun, socially responsible fashion choices!

Cost: $5 per person

All profits from this event will be donated to Labour Behind The Label http://www.labourbehindthelabel.org/ .


You can bring a maximum of 3 pieces of clothing (no underwear or swimwear permitted) and/or accessories like shoes, hats, handbags & scarves to swap for up to the same number of items. 

Items brought by attendees must be clean, gently worn and in good condition with no stains, fraying, or obvious pilling. Items that are not of this standard will not be accepted for swapping. 

Please make sure your selection is of the quality you would hope to be swapping for. We want everyone to walk away with a smile on their face :-)

Facebook Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/463133317186443/




DATE: Thursday June 4th, 

TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm 

VENUE: Mr Rede, 203 Dana St, Ballarat (The Ballarat Club Building)

EVENT: Fun Trivia Night for World Environment Day

For June's WINTER Ballarat Green Drinks event, it's our annual World Environment Day Trivia Night! 

A fun quix to see how much you really know about green issues and bust some of those myths!

Lots of fun! 

Prizes to be won. 

Tickets only $5 on the door (to cover costs). No need to book.

Light finger food provided (or you can order meals).

Drinks at bar prices.

Get there early to secure a table for you and your "brains trust" team!!

Facebook Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/813436592071964/



DATE: Thursday May 7th 

TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm 

VENUE: Mr Rede, 203 Dana St, Ballarat (The Ballarat Club Building)


With special guests presenter: Martin Scuffins



DATE: Thursday April 2nd, 

TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm 

VENUE: Mr Rede, 203 Dana St, Ballarat (The Ballarat Club Building)

EVENT: Urban Sustainability and Ballarat's Civic Hall 


With special guests presenters:

- Michelle Emma James from Here Studio to discuss Sustainability, Community and Urban Design www.civichallsite.org

- Andrew Lang from the World Bioenergy Association to discuss bio-mass fuel with regards to community projects such as Civic Hall


Michelle Emma James is a young architect who believes design should be accessible, affordable, hands-on and most of all, for people. She brings valuable experience in design, stakeholder consultation and project management to Here Studio. Michelle is a tutor at the University of Melbourne in Digital Design and Fabrication and is (slowly but surely) completing her Masters of Social Science at RMIT University. She co-curates Pecha Kucha Melbourne, a quarterly design event, and is the founder of WELOVEPT, a multidisciplinary group advocating for equitable and accessible public transport through the arts. Recently moving to inner-city Ballarat, Michelle is passionate about getting involved in the local community and jogging around Lake Wendouree on weekends.


Andrew Lang is a vice president and the board member of the World Bioenergy Association representing Australasia-Oceania. He trained as an agricultural scientist and science/maths teacher and is a farmer and farm forester SW of Ballarat. 

He is a Churchill and a Gottstein Fellow and used these to study models for commercially successful northern hemisphere family forestry, and on development of biomass-to-energy in the Nordic countries. 

His expertise covers biomass-to-energy technologies and their implementation, including waste-to-energy, and production of transport biofuels and how these can significantly reduce local, state and national GHG emissions.

Andrew played a role in the process for Beaufort hospital to get a biomass-fuelled heating system. He developed and led the distance course from Linnaeus University, Sweden, on bioenergy technology scope for Ballarat. He has contributed to Ballarat city working groups on the BWEZ and on options for green waste handling, and to the new Victorian waste recovery plan. He is presently working with straw-to-energy options and on systems producing biogas from putrescibles wastes.



DATE: Thursday March 5th, 

TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm 

VENUE: Mr Rede, 203 Dana St, Ballarat (The Ballarat Club Building)


Nature used to be at the top of mountains, in the deepest forests, and the remotest deserts – basically as far away from people as possible, and something to be protected and preserved. Increasingly, research and planning is focusing on nature where people live and work – in cities and towns. Dave will discuss how urban nature in parks, gardens and streets is becoming increasingly important for conserving biodiversity, for adapting cities to climate change and improving people’s health and wellbeing.

Speaker Bio: Dave Kendal is a researcher at the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, a division of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Dave does research on people and plants in cities (and a bit of wildlife stuff).




DATE: Thursday February 5th, 

TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm 

VENUE: Mr Rede, 203 Dana St, Ballarat (The Ballarat Club Building)

EVENT: Councillor Conversations: Green Opportunities & Challenges

Come along for February 
Ballarat Green Drinks event to hear from our progressive and ecologically minded councillors about their priorities for 2015, the challenges faced and how the community can best support them to achieve positive outcomes for the environment (or social good more broadly).

Not one, but TWO special guest speakers! 

Belinda Coates, Greens Councillor, City of Ballarat:
Belinda is a passionate community advocate who has been active on many local campaigns with an environmental sustainability and social justice focus. She has a professional background in Social Work and has worked in health and human services, public services and as a tertiary educator.
Belinda was elected to the City of Ballarat Council in 2012 as a Central Ward Councillor. She is a champion for environmental, social and health issues on Council. Belinda has been advocating strongly within Council for action on climate change and sustainable transport initiatives.

Bronwen Machin, Independent councillor for the Castlemaine Ward:
Bronwen's career began over 20 years ago after a preliminary 18 years as a commonwealth public servant. Following this, Bronwen saw the light and commenced paid and unpaid work as an environmental advocate with environment Victoria, mainly working on green-house issues. Bronwen carried on this work paid in local councils before moving from the city to Castlemaine. Bronwen continued the theme of paid and unpaid work with the central Victorian Green-House Alliance, the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, and more recently Castlemaine community house. Bronwen now holds the position of Councillor of Castlemaine Ward.
We look forward to hearing both Bronwen and Belinda speak this Thursday night!



For those who missed this event, catch the presentation on slideshare here: http://www.slideshare.net/KirstyCosta/kirsty-costa-what-sustainability-can-learn-from-footy-presentation

DATE: Thursday December 4th, 

TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm 

VENUE: Mr Rede, 203 Dana St, Ballarat (The Ballarat Club Building)

EVENT: "What do footy and sustainability have in common?" Special presentation by Kirsty Costa

Special Edition of Ballarat Green Drinks to coincide with Earth Ed's Climate Classroom Conference. 

Thinking Differently:
What do footy and sustainability have in common? They both aim to engage different people, build community and increase membership. Kirsty Costa will explore how we can draw upon the successes and fiascos of AFL when implementing sustainability programs. This Melbourne Demons supporter will help you think about ways to rev up your environmental projects and campaigns.

Kirsty Costa from Cool Australia develops learning programs for teachers and educators across Australia. Kirsty is the current Victorian Sustainability and Environmental Educator of the Year and became a Climate Reality Leader when she trained with Al Gore in 2014. 

Thanks to Earth Ed for generously sponsoring this event! Kirsty Costa will also be speaking at the Climate Classroom Event on Fri 5th Dec: See details here 

Climate Classroom Conference 
Friday December 5th
Earth Ed, Mt Clear Secondary College
Open to educators $50/$30
Bookings via 



For those who missed this event, you can read the commentary twitter-feed here: https://storify.com/Simbera/ballarat-green-drinks

DATE: Thursday November 6th, 

TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm 

VENUE: Mr Rede, 203 Dana St, Ballarat (The Ballarat Club Building)

EVENT: Environmental Issues Political Forum

The Victorian State Election is fast approaching; how much do you know about the major parties' environmental policies?
This is your chance to find out, and ask the pollies your probing questions in person!

We invite you to the November Ballarat Green Drinks Event - an Environmental Issues Political Forum. Representatives from the major political parties will be presenting their policy positions specifically relating to biodiversity, climate change, renewable energy and sustainability. This will then be followed by questions from the audience to the panel.

*Please note that Ballarat Green Drinks is not affiliated with any political party. Ballarat Green Drinks is a subsidiary of the world wide “Green Drinks” movement www.greendrinks.org