What is Smart Living Ballarat?

On the move – to the Ballarat Library

The Lydiard Street shop front is now closed.

For people seeking information on sustainable living practices around five themes: Home, Environment, Water, Transport and Food, the key information is still available through a presence at the fortnightly Smart Living Market on the Lake Wendouree foreshore and through maintenance of this website.

Negotiations with the City of Ballarat and the Library have been concluded and the Centre will be set up in the northwestern area of the library in the coming weeks.

We expect to finalise the move by mid-March.

Smart Living Ballarat was located in a shop front in the heart of Ballarat in Lydiard Street, within the Mining Exchange. “Smart living” as a one-stop shop for people seeking information on sustainable living practices around five themes: Home, Environment, Water, Transport and Food.

Our goal is to support the Ballarat community to live comfortably whilst also looking after the environment that supports us.

Creating Change Together

Smart Living Ballarat is a Ballarat community project, initiated by the Regional Sustainability Alliance Ballarat, Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions and supported by the Victorian Government Sustainability Fund.

Smart Living Ballarat aims to create a positive groundswell of change within our community, recognising that much of the expertise, experience and inspiration needed to assist our community to adopt these smarter lifestyles exists locally.

Connecting our community to local expertise and local solutions will be a core focus of the centre and will play an important role in showing our community what is possible.

The Centre

The Smart Living Centre was a living example of sustainable renovation and living.

The Centre was renovated using sustainable and energy efficient materials and appliances, as much as possible. Information on the reasons behind the choices of materials and appliances for the centre can be read here.

Generating our own power

The Smart Living Centre put a 4.3 kilowatt solar system on the roof of the Mining Exchange building. The information below shows how much power the centre is currently using, as well as how much we are making through the solar system.

(You can check on previous days statistics by clicking on the ‘Previous’ link below.)