Award-winning Stones restaurant steeped in history

BY JOHN HALL

APPROXIMATELY 160 years ago, a small stone church was built overlooking the Jordan River in Pontville.  It stood forlornly on Pony Hill, adjacent to the Old Brighton Road.  One day it disappeared in flames.

Restaurant manager Ian White says the restaurant’s calling card is modern Australian cuisine set in elegant historic surrounds.
Restaurant manager Ian White says the restaurant’s calling card is modern Australian cuisine set in elegant historic surrounds.

In no particular order the road had become disused when a new bridge was built further west to connect Hobart with Launceston – that’s the handsome Pontville Bridge that stands today – and the church burned to the ground. Continue reading “Award-winning Stones restaurant steeped in history”

Brighton leads the way in efficient management

BRIGHTON Council is leading the way for local government in the efficient management of its finances and operations, and also, in promoting initiatives that are improving services for the community and generating important savings and new revenue.

In his annual report to Council, Mayor Tony Foster said Brighton could rightly be proud of its successful financial management but as well as reflecting on its past success, it was vital to concentrate on the future. Continue reading “Brighton leads the way in efficient management”

Army camp a major feature of Ten Days program

TASMANIA’S Ten Days on the Island will be back at Brighton next year with a work by artist Brigita Ozolins in Brighton Army Camp’s former hospital building.

Brighton Council Community Blitz project manager Peter Griffith, left, photographer Nikala Bourke, artist Brigita Ozolins, Arthur Brener, Pierre Bulevahka and Scott Wiggins create an installation at the Old Army Barracks.
Brighton Council Community Blitz project manager Peter Griffith, left, photographer Nikala Bourke, artist Brigita Ozolins, Arthur Brener, Pierre Bulevahka and Scott Wiggins create an installation at the Old Army Barracks.

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Tribute to long-time Brighton former deputy mayor and councillor

 

Tribute to long-time Brighton former deputy mayor and councillor

FORMER deputy mayor and long-time and respected councillor on Brighton Council passed away last month. His son-in-law Leigh Gray, who is also on Brighton Council, provided the following which was part of his eulogy at Geoff’s funeral.

By LEIGH GRAY

GEOFF Taylor has a history of community involvement along with his long involvement with Brighton Council. Geoff was founding District Commissioner of the Brighton Pony Club, was part of the committee that provided housing for our elderly in Brighton, all funded by the Brighton Rotary Club, a long-time member of the Brighton Bowls Club and a founding member of the Brighton Lions Club.

Cr Geoff Taylor - a strong supporter of his community.
Cr Geoff Taylor – a strong supporter of his community.

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No short cuts for Brighton’s computer software developers

By JOHN HALL

WHEN Simon Morgan left Bridgewater High 28 years ago he could not have imagined one day working with a Brighton Council-owned software business, Microwise, with local government clients across Australia and in the Pacific.

Simon, a computer software developer, is working alongside Scott Smith who created the PropertyWise program, now sold to 19 local governments in Australia and the Suva City Council in Fiji.

PropertyWise is a valuable asset wholly owned by Brighton Council.  It was developed by Scott, Council’s in-house IT manager, 21 years ago.

Simon Morgan, left, with Scott Smith who are further developing Microwise as a valuable Brighton Council asset
Simon Morgan, left, with Scott Smith who are further developing Microwise as a valuable Brighton Council asset

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Time to have your say on the pokies

By MARGIE LAW*

POKER machines are rigged to fool and addict you They are computers that are programmed to make it look like you have almost won a prize but the computer knows you were not going to win. However, the user is encouraged to keep putting money in because you think you are close to a win. The lights and sounds of the machines give the impression you have won even when you have actually lost money. Users of the machines don’t stand a chance. You just can’t win in the long run. Continue reading “Time to have your say on the pokies”

School showcases successful student artwork

By STUART KELLY*

LAST month St Paul’s Catholic School was transformed into a magical art gallery showcasing the talents of students from Kindergarten to Grade Six.

The Art Show, titled ‘Colour My World’ displayed more than 1000 pieces of student art work and several collaborative installations that demonstrated outstanding creativity. Continue reading “School showcases successful student artwork”

TasNetworks to trial new tariff in Brighton area

IN a Tasmanian first, electricity network provider TasNetworks is working with some of its Brighton customers to trial new electricity technology in order to better understand when and how people use energy in their homes.

The trial will help participants better understand their household energy use by using metering technologies and smart phone apps that help track household energy use and aim to help participants make smarter energy choices to suit their lifestyle. Continue reading “TasNetworks to trial new tariff in Brighton area”

Local student takes out State apprentice of the year award

By HELEN RANSOM*

STAFF at Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School (JRLF) – particularly Sandy Menadue, principal, and Maree Conrad Wilson, assistant principal for years 11 and 12 – are delighted that an unprecedented four students represented the school at the recent Tasmanian Training Awards.

From left, JRLF finalists, Bradley Cate, Brooke Faltusz-Cashion, Corey Burgess and Sharnie Clark who was announced the 2016 winner of the Australian School-based apprentice of the year category.
From left, JRLF finalists, Bradley Cate, Brooke Faltusz-Cashion, Corey Burgess and Sharnie Clark who was announced the 2016 winner of the Australian School-based apprentice of the year category.

The four nominated students, Corey Burgess, Brooke Faltusz-Cashion, and Sharnie Clark for Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year and Bradley Cate for Vocational Student of the Year went through a rigorous selection and interview process, and were outstanding at the awards dinner at Wrest Point Casino. Continue reading “Local student takes out State apprentice of the year award”

Clean up group needs you for its major community cleanup day

THE recently formed and very committed Bridgewater/Gagebrook clean up group will be holding a major cleanup on October 22.

Mark Bartlett and Angela Knight, the two locals behind the Bridgewater/Gagebrook clean up group which is dedicated to cleaning up rubbish in the area, have organised the day for the Gagebrook and Herdsman’s Cove areas

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