By GWEN HARPER*
WE’D like to introduce Brighton resident Veronika Davie. In many ways she’s a regular 10-year-old. Veronika attends a main stream school, she loves her two big brothers Jordan and Jakob, loves bowling, TV dance shows, music, horse-riding, ParkRun, her iPad and especially her mum Kylee and dad Marcus.
But Veronika was unlucky in the womb. She had bilateral strokes in utero, the size of which would kill an adult. She wasn’t expected to survive her birth, but against the odds she did. Diagnosed with a heart defect, Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and cerebral palsy, Veronika wasn’t ever supposed to walk. Against the odds, she walked into kindergarten on her first day of school supported by her trusty walking frame
Veronika has had 12 operations so far, and a heavy schedule of physio, hydrotherapy and occupational therapy exercises just to develop her muscle tone to do things we take for granted, like sitting, standing and holding a cup.
Veronika’s disabilities also make it hard for her to use AUSLAN sign language, so she’s developed her own. Veronika began having seizures when she was four-years-old, which affect many of her hard-earned physical skills, so she learns them again. Veronika, like her mum, doesn’t give up. Continue reading “Brighton Lions wants your help for Veronika’s fund-raiser”
By TONY FOSTER
Mayor of Brighton
THE development of a new high school at Brighton is great news for our municipality and will add to the valuable education outcomes being achieved by the Jordan River Learning Federation.
The State Government’s $3-million funding commitment in its most recent State budget to enable the initial planning and community consultation, is a great start as is its promise to complete the development in this four-year parliamentary term. Continue reading “High School commitment good for municipality “
BRIGHTON municipality’s Helen Manser has dedicated her working life to the Bridgewater and Gagebrook community.
The 60-year-old founder and manager of the Jordan River Service has been named a Member of the Order of Australia in the general division (AM) for significant service to the community of Tasmania, particularly through the establishment and management of regional development initiatives. Continue reading “Helen’s community work recognised in Queen’s Honours list”
Centre’s children learn bush to plate cooking skills
By NICKI KASTNER*
tagari lia Child Family Centre has been running a project aimed at increasing the local community’s knowledge of, and confidence in using Tasmanian native bush foods. The sessions are held every Thursday morning for two hours during school terms. Everyone who participates in the cooking gets to enjoy eating the delicious food while sitting together and chatting. Continue reading “tagari lia community learns bush-to-plate cooking skills”
BRIGHTON Council has confirmed that it will keep its rate increase in line with the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 23rd year in succession. This is quite an achievement for any Tasmanian council. Twenty-three years with only a CPI increase, or less, compared to other councils that have imposed significant increases over the years on their ratepayers.
After approving the budget for 2018/19 in principal at its May meeting, Council formally approved the rates for the coming year at this week’s meeting. Continue reading “Brighton confirms rate rise held to CPI for 23rd year running”
BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster has continued his fight to hold down rate increases, calling on local councils that raise their charges higher than the annual rate of inflation to have to justify this to ratepayers.
Cr Foster wrote an extensive column in the Mercury newspaper following Brighton Council’s decision to hold down its rate rise to the annual movement in the Consumer Price Index for the 23rdyear in succession.
Following is an updated version of Mayor Foster’s Mercury column:
BY TONY FOSTER
DURING June, Tasmania’s local councils set their rates for the forthcoming year and the outcome revealed how effective their elected representatives and managers had been in managing the affairs of their city or municipality.
Yes, costs for councils are rising, as they are for everybody, but council rates also contribute to household costs and councils need to recognise the financial pressures confronting their ratepayers. Continue reading ” Mayor takes up the fight to keep down rate increases”
By TONY FOSTER
Mayor of Brighton
BRIGHTON Council has approved its budget for the next financial year, keeping the increase to the annual rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Hobart of just two percent. The increase for householders amounts to $17 a year, or a little more than $1.40 a month.
This is the 23rdconsecutive year Brighton Council has kept it rate increase at or below the CPI rise and we are particularly proud of this achievement. We’ve been able to do this with other sources of revenue, particularly as many State and Commonwealth Government grants to local government have reduced or disappeared. Continue reading “Brighton continues to hold down rates for its municipality”
BRIGHTON’S fair rating system and Council’s financial management received big ticks in the recent community online survey conducted in association with the development of the Brighton Structure Plan.
Residents were invited to put forward their opinions on issues ranging from the provision of Council services to the benefits of living in the Brighton Municipality.
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the public input was vital to ensure that Council’s future planning focused on the issues that mattered most to the local community. Continue reading “Big tick for rating system and Council efficiency “
FOR the 23rd year in succession, Brighton Council will keep its rate increase in line with inflation with the general rate rise pegged to the CPI for 2018-19.
The rise next financial year will amount to just two percent or $17 a year for all residential households.
While Councils must wait until its June meeting to formally fix rates for the coming year, Brighton Council’s May workshop adopted the recommended budget in principle, including the two percent CPI increase. Continue reading “Brighton rates to rise just 2% – that’s fair”
GROWING local employment, increased education opportunities, improved retail precincts and parks and open spaces are four key issues that are particularly important to the Brighton community.
This is a major finding of Brighton Council’s survey of community opinions conducted in February and March this year.
The 2018 Structure Plan that will direct Brighton Municipality’s future development will provide recommendations to help Council address these issues. Continue reading “Jobs, education, retail services, parks major issues for community”