Unique Brighton software firm wins excellence award

BRIGHTON Council’s unique local government information technology business CouncilWise has won a major award for excellence presented by the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT).

Brighton received the LGAT award for delivering excellence for large councils with a population more than 15,000 through its wholly-owned CounciWise subsidiary partnering with Microsoft and other major technology firms.

From left, Dr Katrena Stephenson of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, James Dryburgh from Brighton Council and Ald Doug Chipman of the Local Government Association of Tasmania. Photo:  Eagle Eye Photography
From left, Dr Katrena Stephenson of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, James Dryburgh from Brighton Council and Ald Doug Chipman of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
Photo: Eagle Eye Photography


Mayor Tony Foster said winning the award was a major achievement for Brighton Council which has been a leader in technology development for local government for more than 20 years. Continue reading “Unique Brighton software firm wins excellence award”

‘Christmas Parade King William’ celebrates milestone


WELL-KNOWN local identity in the municipality, Bill Griffiths turned 90 in July celebrating this significant event over the weekend with his close family. Red Cross and tagari lia Child and Family Centre also combined resources to recognise Bill’s birthday and to celebrate with his wife Fay, and many other members of the community.

Most people know Bill for his kind contribution towards the local community, his life stories and his wicked sense of humour.

Ninety-year-old Bill Griffiths with his wife, Fay
Ninety-year-old Bill Griffiths with his wife, Fay

Bill grew up in Liverpool in the United Kingdom and learned to fend for himself from a very young age. He was separated from his twin sister, Peggy and brothers at the age of eight years. Continue reading “‘Christmas Parade King William’ celebrates milestone”

‘Mousey’ Jacobs takes on Thai champ


TAZZY-AZ crew will be the new fight promotion and management team to produce the next instalment of current boxing talent throughout Tasmania and will work alongside already established promoters from Victoria.  The team consists of Lyndon Hosking HP Promotion, which looks after the Maloney twins and Adam Wilcock who looks after Tasmania’s own Luke Jackson and Jayden Joseph.

Krystina (Mousey) Jacobs with Brighton Fighting and   Adrian Lovell of the Fitness Boxing Club
Krystina (Mousey) Jacobs with Brighton Fighting and Adrian Lovell of the Fitness Boxing Club

Krystina (Mousey) Jacobs, who the first-ever female professional boxer to come out of this state will take on Thailand’s Siriphon Chanbuala in her much-anticipated professional debut. Siriphon is an experienced campaigner and will be a tough test for Mousey’s first fight. Siriphon boasts a 12-win, six-loss and two-draw fight record to date. Continue reading “‘Mousey’ Jacobs takes on Thai champ”

Brighton on the cusp of exciting period


Mayor, Brighton municipality 

 THE Brighton municipality is on the cusp of an exciting period of growth and development with a promising future in store for our region and community.

The past decade and more has already been a period of considerable achievement but I am confident that even better years lay ahead. Continue reading “Brighton on the cusp of exciting period”

Municipality’s major works in full swing

BRIGHTON municipality residents are benefiting from a range of projects currently being undertaken within the community. Council’s major projects for the municipality this financial year are well underway with some already completed.

The new jetty at Old Beach
The new jetty at Old Beach

Below is a brief summary of the main proposed works over coming weeks:

Bridgewater Park

The main park area is now completed and opened (see story this issue) with fencing removed. The majority of the Council works are finished other than some landscaping. There have been a few delays on finalising the toilet block. While the main park area has been opened fencing remains around the toilet area and webbing around the grassed areas. Continue reading “Municipality’s major works in full swing”

New parkland opened for the community

THE new $1 million Bridgewater Parkland Community Playground, built by Brighton Council, is now open to the community.

Brighton Council received $430,000 Federal Grant from the Building Better Regions Fund as well as $150,000 contribution from Affordable Community Housing Alliance Tasmania Limited with Council making up the balance.park 2

The playground has new swings, slide, water pumps, climbing nest, see-saws and a whole range of informal play features. Continue reading “New parkland opened for the community”

Spike in overnight burglaries of cars in Bridgewater


SINCE the beginning of July a number of break-ins to cars parked in driveways has occurred in Bridgewater.  These have mainly occurred in the area surrounded by Eddington Street, Green Point Road and Finlay Street.  The main times have been from midnight to 7am.  On two recent occasions alert residents disturbed hoodie-wearing males who ran away.  The break-ins involved smashing windows and have not been restricted to any particular model of car.   Continue reading “Spike in overnight burglaries of cars in Bridgewater”

Child and family centre celebrates birthday


IT was our sixth birthday on early in July and we had plenty of fun celebrating. Children were welcomed by our Aboriginal community, and we sang and danced together.  Michelle from Make Believe also came along to make some fun music and to sing and play with the children. This year we had six delicious cakes too! Thank you to the many families who came to join us with our celebrations. We had a great birthday.

• Charlotte enjoys playing with the toys
• Charlotte enjoys playing with the toys

NAIDOC week followed and was another wonderful week of celebrations. This year’s NAIDOC theme, Because Of Her, We Can!, was embraced by Aboriginal communities around the nation. At tagari lia, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal friends joined to celebrate and share traditional culture and knowledge. One memorable moment for the children, was to learn that painting is such a beautiful way of sharing stories for Aboriginal people.

Children painted our cave in the sandpit, learnt to twine, listened to the didgeridoo animal sounds, made up animal adventures and sang a baby lullaby based on the theme of “Because Of Her, We Can!”

The food was magnificent and included delights from our bush food garden, and gourmet mutton birds and wallaby provided by volunteer chef, Stuart, and his team. Many thanks to everyone who contributed and joined is us in our celebrations.

*Margie Nolan is the centre leader of tagari lia


Beating family mealtime blues


ARE you finding mealtimes a struggle, spending more time worrying about what the kids eat than eating your own meal?

Here are some tips to reduce the mealtime blues and put a bit of joy back into family mealtimes.

And, if you don’t have family meals maybe these tips will help get you started.Beating mealtime blues

Despite the effort, it’s a lot easier to start a family mealtime habit when children are young, but it’s never too late to start.

It doesn’t matter if it’s not every meal or even every day, or if not all the family are there. You don’t even need a table – a family meal can be anywhere you’re sitting and eating. Continue reading “Beating family mealtime blues”