The Ballarat CourierBallarat Courier Article, JANUARY 27 2020 - 9:30AM, by Ben Hopkins

2020 expo Ballarat Courier photo Justin Whitelock

CLEAN LIVING: Andrea Mason believes this year's Buninyong Smart Building & Living Expo will be the biggest in its seven year history. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Buninyong Smart Building & Living Expo organiser Andrea Mason is expecting the 2020 edition of the festival to be the biggest in its seven year history.

Ms Mason believes because of the recent bushfires and other extreme weather events, climate change and how to help combat climate change has never been a bigger talking point.

"The bushfires have really brought climate change into the spotlight," she said.

"I think a lot more people are aware of what is happening and a lot more people are open to what they can do around the house to help reduce their carbon footprint... it's up to the community to make the change."

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Charge point - EVolution at DeSoza Park

Buninyong charger artwork
The Project

Buninyong Sustainability made an undertaking to use funds raised at the 2016 Smart Building and Living Expo to have an Electric Vehicle Charging station installed in the township.

Timeline

Project started in 2016 raising initial funds from donations made at the Smart Building and Living Expo.

Extra funds were received from a successful grant application to the Rainbow Serpent Festival community grants programme in 2017.

The final funds for the charging equipment and installation were sought from and awarded by the Buninyong and District Community Bank Community Investment Fund (Bendigo Bank) in 2019.

Final support was requested from the City of Ballarat to complete the civil works to allow installation and connection. This was granted in mid 2019 with the required works completed in late 2019.

Installation was completed on the 18th of January 2020 with the first EV using the charger the very next day.

The ChargerCharge point buninyong

Model: AURIGA

Manufacturer: EVolution Australia www.evolutionaustralia.com.au
Sockets: 3
Socket types: 2 x Type 2 (EV charging)
1 x 15amp general power point (electric bike, scooter etc. charging)
Capacity: 22kW
IP rating: IP55

The Auriga is designed and made in Victoria. It is constructed from recycled materials that will be reclaimed at the end of its life by EVolution though its social enterprise partners PonyUp For Good www.Ponyupforgood.com.au

Power for charging EV’s will initially be provided free of charge however if the usage increases beyond a reasonable level a payment system can be added to the AURIGA to allow payment via credit card or smart phone app.

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BS E xpo E news header2020 expo help

Do you want to join the Expo Team and plan what happens on Sunday the 23rd of February 2020?

The Smart Building and Living Expo has lots of interest groups, including design, building, architecture, electric cars, plants, the food vans, local sustainability groups, other local not-for-profit groups, and the primary school.

Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to help!

The Expo will be held at Royal Park, Buninyong, 1101 Warrenheip Street, Buninyong - the old football oval.

Register Here for 2020

Help on the Day!

Set up Team - 8am to 10am

  • direct stallholders & cars for set up and parking
  • help with tables and chairs, straw bales, marquees
  • place the recycling and rubbish bins
  • Marshaling,Signage

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Expo Team - 10am - 3:30pm

  • direct visitors for parking
  • survey visitors
  • survey stallholders
  • keep grounds tidy
  • help visitors locate stalls, toilets, food etc
  • assist stallholders
  • spruik the Expo down at the Village Market
  • take Expo photos

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Pack up Team 3:30pm - 4:30pm

  • tidy the site
  • pack up chairs, tables and marquees
  • bring in the bins
  • take down signs

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 Thank you!!!

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