Regions to benefit from workforce planning project

FOUR southern Tasmanian councils have received almost $400,000 in funding to improve their regions’ employment options. The three-year grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund is primarily for the appointment of a workforce development coordinator whose job will be to more clearly align job seekers with the needs of potential regional employers.

The councils working together are the sub-regional group consisting of the Brighton, Central Highlands, Derwent Valley and Southern Midlands Councils. The councils have worked together successfully as a group on a range of projects for the past 15 years.

Chair of the sub-regional group, Brighton Council’s James Dryburgh said the grant success would result in the creation of additional and better jobs for people in the regions.

Chair of the sub-region group James Dryburgh
Chair of the sub-regional group James Dryburgh

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COVID-19 puts no brake on Brighton development activity

 WHILE the COVID-19 emergency may have slowed economic activity in Australia and globally, it has not impacted on growth and development in Brighton Municipality.

In fact, the reverse is the case with a record number of development applications, mainly for new dwellings, approved by Brighton Council in the three months up to May 2020, with a total value of more than $18 million.

Taylor Crescent development
Taylor Crescent Neighbourhood development

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College courses a pathway to university

By SHARON REIBEL*

CHOOSING the right subjects for Years 11 and 12 has never been easier.

‘Step into your future’ is Claremont College’s key message for students as they approach senior secondary education. To ensure students can make informed decisions about their courses in years 11 and 12, Claremont College has developed a new online course and enrolment information space on its website.

Apart from the many subjects on offer, the site highlights opportunities available to students if they choose to study a particular course. This may be working in the college’s highly regarded music program with tutors who are experienced performers, or the chance to perform in one of the college bands at MONA.

• Claremont College uniHUB co-coordinator Dr Jo Ingram assists a student with information about the University of Tasmania.
• Claremont College uniHUB co-coordinator Dr Jo Ingram assists a student with information about the University of Tasmania.

The online guide has profiles of alumni who have gone on to complete apprenticeships, university degrees or excel in research or sport.

Information on the uniHUB on the college campus, the only one in southern Tasmania, is available in the new online guide allowing  students to access UTAS. Students can get advice and assistance on pathways to university study, as well as study support and advice.

A careers centre assists students determining pathways, accessing career and job information, writing applications and resumes, and interview practice. They can be accessed virtually by students currently at college and those planning their Year 11 program in 2021.

The new Claremont College Academic pathways program mentors and supports students on a university pathway. It inspires students to aim high, through community engagement and a series of targeted activities, as well as builds confidence and develops strategies for successful academic study.

Claremont College has an excellent Vocational Education and Training (VET) program managed by experienced staff with long-standing employer networks.  Claremont was the first college to offer Electrotechnology VET in Tasmania and the first in Australia to offer the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) VET program, which is in its 15th year providing a direct pathway into the ADF for many graduates. Certificate II in animal studies, introduced this year, can provide a pathway to work and/or study in the animal care and management industry such as veterinary nursing,

The College offers a number of specific industry-focused Tasmanian Assessment Standards and Certification courses supported by new facilities and equipment. In the agricultural enterprise class, students can run their own real-life agricultural enterprises, including seedling production, egg production and the raising of chickens and piglets. The media production class uses a fully equipped studio with a green screen and drone, and the digital art class works with industry-standard software, including Cinema 4D. Examples of the work undertaken in these classes can be seen in the new course guide.

For more information go to https://claremontcollege.education.tas.edu.au/

*Sharon Reibel is assistant principal of Claremont College

 

 

 

Catchups and a cuppa despite the cold

The pram group starting at tagari lia is a regular Thursday morning activity.
The pram group starting at tagari lia is a regular Thursday morning activity.

SINCE the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions tagari lia is starting to re-introduce programs and activities.

Drop in and Play is still not able to occur due to the need for physical distance.  All programs need to be booked and this can be done on Facebook or by phoning the Centre on 6165 5450.

Thursday mornings at 10am a pram walk leaves from the Centre followed by a cup of tea and a chat.  The weather has been crisp and cold but it is great to finally be able to be outdoors, connecting, chatting and catching up.

 

Gymnasts bounce back after lock down

AFTER an almost-three-month hiatus without the usual sounds of happy youngsters jumping, rolling, leaping and tumbling around the gym, Hobart Gymnastics Academy in Bridgewater is looking forward to re-activating all its programs in term three. The relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions has meant enrolments are open across all programs.

Alongside online training opportunities, the Academy has also begun a staggered re-opening with competitive programs beginning a gradual journey back to its previous levels of training. Despite training in a nearly empty venue, and the carefully planned progression to full hours, all participants are embracing the opportunity to be back in the gym and on the equipment once again.

Academy participants are embracing the opportunity to be back in the gym and on the equipment once again.
Academy participants are embracing the opportunity to be back in the gym and on the equipment once again.

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Healthy and safety all important tips for your kids

By ALISON WARD*

Some tips to help keep healthy and safe when out and at home for families with young children.

When you’re at home a good way to keep hands clean is to have more water play at home and add soap. Remember to always watch children around water. Also, wash hands before and after you eat.Page 8 Health column

A proper mealtime structure helps stop grazing on food over the day. Try and make all meals and snacks time to sit down. This helps less hands in mouth and touching things. Continue reading “Healthy and safety all important tips for your kids”

Council seeks input into dog management

BRIGHTON Council is seeking your say on the management of dogs in the Brighton Municipality.  The review of the Dog Management Policy will be open for feedback from July 3 to 24.

All Tasmanian Councils operate within the Dog Control Act 2000 and must have a Dog Management policy that regulates the use of public areas by pet and non-pet owners, to encourage a happy, caring, safe and mutually respectful environment. Continue reading “Council seeks input into dog management”

Rethink and reduce household waste

By PHIL OWEN*

TASMANIANS  throw out more than 451,000 tonnes of waste each year*. About one third of this is common household waste disposed in our kerbside wheelie bins.

By rethinking what we do with our waste, there are many things we can do at home to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill.

There are many things we can do at home to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill.
There are many things we can do at home to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill.

Reducing the level of household waste is an easy exercise in rethinking old habits and watching what goes into our wheelie bins. Avoiding waste in the first place is a great way to start. Continue reading “Rethink and reduce household waste”

Better times as Brighton moves forward

 By TONY FOSTER

Mayor

WITH coronavirus restrictions now being eased, some normality is returning and I am confident that we can at last look to better times ahead.

Restaurants, hotels and clubs, playgrounds and recreation areas are opening up, sporting and leisure activities are again possible and where appropriate, people are returning to their places of work. This is all good news for our community. Continue reading “Better times as Brighton moves forward”

James Dryburgh is Brighton’s new General Manager

BRIGHTON Council has appointed James Dryburgh as its new general manager.

Mr Dryburgh, who is currently the Council’s chief operations officer, takes up his appointment on July 1, replacing Ron Sanderson who is retiring after 27 years at Brighton, the past 15 as General Manager.

Mayor Tony Foster congratulated Mr Dryburgh on his appointment and at the same time, commended Ron Sanderson for his outstanding service to the Brighton community.

Brighton's new general manager James Dryburgh
Brighton’s new general manager James Dryburgh

Cr Foster said James Dryburgh would bring broad and diverse experience as well as a strong commitment to his new role. Continue reading “James Dryburgh is Brighton’s new General Manager”