Councils face $45.7m cut in yearly TasWater revenue

THE State Government’s proposed takeover of TasWater could cost Tasmanian councils up to $45.7 million a year in lost distributions after 2025.

Brighton Council’s losses alone will amount to more than $1.4 million a year, equal to 15 percent of the municipality’s annual rate revenue. Continue reading “Councils face $45.7m cut in yearly TasWater revenue”

Bridgewater Bridge must be a bridge for the future

BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster says the design for a new Bridgewater Bridge must meet future needs and not just current-day demands.

Cr Foster said as a vital link in the north-south network, Bridgewater needed a bridge that would meet Tasmania’s requirements for next 100 years. Continue reading “Bridgewater Bridge must be a bridge for the future”

Water and sewerage a fundamental community service

By TONY FOSTER*

HIGH quality water and sewerage services are a fundamental right of every modern community.

That is why the current debate, and the proposed legislation about to be considered by the Tasmanian parliament to determine the future ownership of TasWater is crucially important.

If we agree that effective water and sewerage services are fundamental to the community, then it is appropriate that all levels of government should at least have an interest in their provision.

That is not to say that TasWater should be taken over by the State Government, or indeed the Commonwealth, but both these tiers should share some financial responsibility without assuming ownership. Continue reading “Water and sewerage a fundamental community service”

Grounding bags help those in stressful situations

By DAMIAN WILLIAMS *

THE Breaking the Silence Advocacy Group recently distributed grounding bags to services providers in Bridgewater/Gagebrook and surrounding communities.  A grounding bag is a collection of items given to and used by someone if they are experiencing trauma or in a stressful situation.  It normally includes something to smell, touch, taste, see or hear.

From left,  Alyson Watts (Community Health Social Worker) receiving grounding bags from Advocacy Group members Shirley Williams and Sharleen Fawkner. 
From left,  Alyson Watts (Community Health Social Worker) receiving grounding bags from Advocacy Group members Shirley Williams and Sharleen Fawkner.

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Lisa’s voyage a life-changing experience

IMAGINE sailing the seas on a ship that looked like something straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean. Well, that’s exactly what Tasmanian trainee Lisa Guerin from Gagebrook, decided to do and she says it was the best experience of her life.

The ambitious 17-year-old wanted to give herself a challenge, so she took up the offer to be a part of the Youth Development Training Voyage which saw 18 young students sail from Hobart to Strahan on the famous traditional tall ship, the Windeward Bound.

Trainee sailor, Lisa Guerin of Gagebrook uncovered a new-found confidence that she says will help her through life.
Trainee sailor, Lisa Guerin of Gagebrook uncovered a new-found confidence that she says will help her through life.

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Innovating land sales’ initiative funds new community park

BRIGHTON Council is developing a new community park at Old Beach funded by the proceeds of sales of land not needed to meet the municipality’s future vision.

The Old Beach Neighbourhood Park, to be built between the East Derwent Highway and Childs Drive, will include an extensive grassed area, creative children’s play area, a skateboard and bike path, community fruit orchard, a nature-based play area and extensive tree and garden plantings. Continue reading “Innovating land sales’ initiative funds new community park”

State Government can’t be trusted to run TasWater

 

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

TASMANIANS are currently being bombarded by a wave of propaganda from the State Government and business groups such as the Property Council, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other vested interests attempting to persuade them that the proposed takeover of TasWater will benefit the community.

But public be warned. This is a clear case of spin over substance. Continue reading “State Government can’t be trusted to run TasWater”

Build Up Tassie helps build a home, a life and a future  

 

By BELINDA CLARKE*

MORE than 150 people from the construction industry, community groups and services gathered at Wilson Homes last month to hear about a range of different opportunities for young people in the building industry in Hobart’s northern suburbs as part of the Build Up Tassie project.

Build Up Tassie Belinda and tradies
Social Impact Program Director Belinda Clarke with guests at the launch of the Build Up Tassie project.

Speakers from Federal and State Government departments, yourtown, which is a not-for-profit service that targets youth unemployment, Wilson Homes and the Catholic Community Social Impact Program addressed the crowd, and echoed the strong feeling in the room that there are many people and businesses that want to build strong futures for our young people and make a positive difference in practical and real ways. Continue reading “Build Up Tassie helps build a home, a life and a future  “

Legal slip strengthens case to remove Minister Gutwein from local government portfolio

TASMANIA’S longest-serving Mayor says the failure of Treasurer Peter Gutwein to provide financial modelling, proper planning and a legal basis for his proposed takeover of TasWater has strengthened the case for his removal from the local government portfolio.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the legal doubts raised by TasWater yesterday after receiving advice from senior counsel, following on from the overwhelming rejection of the Government’s TasWater takeover bid by owner councils, had made Mr Gutwein’s position as Minister untenable. Continue reading “Legal slip strengthens case to remove Minister Gutwein from local government portfolio”