Community views must be considered in pokies’ review

By TONY FOSTER

THE Parliamentary Joint Select Committee that is currently considering the future of gaming in Tasmania must consider the views of the community in reaching its recommendation.

For too long, too many Tasmanian families have suffered from electronic gaming machines ripping money out of the community. Unfortunately, successive governments are as much addicted to gaming tax revenue as the casino owners are to the profits from pokies in pubs and clubs around the State. Continue reading “Community views must be considered in pokies’ review”

Clean, green fun helps good cause

By VAN RANSLEY

A CHANCE discussion resulted in Diabetes Tasmania’s community work being helped by a fun day at the Brighton Bowls and Community Club (BB&CC) late last month.

Leanne Clark, who is Diabetes Tasmania operations manager, was voluntarily assisting the Club in a different capacity when she mentioned she worked with Diabetes Tasmania. The event developed from there.Bowls and diabetes Continue reading “Clean, green fun helps good cause”

Mayor calls for referendum on pokies

BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster has repeated his call for a referendum at the next Tasmanian State election, asking the people of Tasmania if they want electronic gaming (poker) machines in hotels and clubs.

Mayor Foster says the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee, currently considering the future of gaming in Tasmania must take account of the views of the community in reaching its recommendation. Continue reading “Mayor calls for referendum on pokies”

‘Cunning Treasurer’ called out by Brighton Mayor

TASMANIA’S longest-serving Mayor, Brighton Council’s Tony Foster has described as a dishonest misrepresentation, comments from Treasurer Peter Gutwein that local councils have sacrificed investment in our water and sewage infrastructure for a long time, in order to pay themselves dividends.

Mayor Foster said Treasurer Gutwein was very cunningly trying to blame local government for the financial challenges facing TasWater.  Continue reading “‘Cunning Treasurer’ called out by Brighton Mayor”

Campervan and motorhome enthusiasts ready for great rally

By COL COLEMAN*

THE Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia rally setup team has been in and around Pontville now for a little more than two months liaising with local businesses and suppliers who will be essential to the successful conduct of our rally. Continue reading “Campervan and motorhome enthusiasts ready for great rally”

The new year promises to be a big year for Brighton

By TONY FOSTER

THE new year 2017 is now more than a month old and it promises to be an important 12 months for the Brighton municipality.

In this issue of Brighton Community News you will read about our progressing of the Brighton Streetscape Project with the Commonwealth funding confirmed and the Council’s preparation for the works to get underway. This will make an important contribution to the Brighton township following its bypassing by the Midland Highway and it will dramatically improve facilities for businesses, the community and people visiting Brighton. Continue reading “The new year promises to be a big year for Brighton”

Brighton Streetscape Project ready to go

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Discussions with Senator Jonathon Duniam, second from left, included from left, Daniel Gillie, who is Senator Duniam’s advisor, and Brighton Council’s James Dryburgh, Ron Sanderson, Greg Davoren, Mayor Tony Foster, and Heath MacPherson reviewing the Streetscape Project plans.

FEDERAL funding has been secured for the Brighton Streetscape project and work is expected to begin shortly. The Streetscape Project will revitalise the Brighton town centre with the aim of connecting the community and creating a place where people feel proud to live, visit and work.
Continue reading “Brighton Streetscape Project ready to go”

Brighton citizens honoured for community contributions

MARK Bartlett and Angela Knight, who formed the Bridgewater and Gagebrook Clean-up Group dedicated to cleaning up rubbish in the Bridgewater and Gagebrook areas, have been presented with this year’s Citizens of the Year award by the Brighton municipality. Continue reading “Brighton citizens honoured for community contributions”

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”