Bridgewater Bridge case praised, but no political football

BRIGHTON Council has welcomed the submission of the business case for the Bridgewater Bridge to Infrastructure Australia, but says the replacement must not be used as a political football in the coming State and Federal election campaigns.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the replacement of the existing bridge was so important it demanded more than just gestures and political promises of reports, investigations and funding ‘sometime in the future’.

“The presentation of the submission to Infrastructure Australia is a good first step, but now it must be backed up by firm funding commitments and a construction timetable by both the Federal and State Governments and the Opposition parties,” Cr Foster said. Continue reading “Bridgewater Bridge case praised, but no political football”

Brighton Council votes to support pokies’ removal

BRIGHTON Council has voted to support the proposed removal of poker machines from Tasmanian hotels and clubs.

At last night’s meeting, the Council voted unanimously to support the initiative proposed by the State Labor Party, becoming the first Tasmanian council to take such a decision. Continue reading “Brighton Council votes to support pokies’ removal”

End of pokies’ scourge a good move

BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster says Tasmanian Labor’s move to phase out poker machines in hotels and clubs is a great move that will significantly benefit the Tasmanian community and economy.

Mayor Foster, a long-time opponent of the placement of poker machines and particularly their predominance in lower socio-economic areas, said they were a scourge on the community and Tasmania would be a much better place without them.

“Leading economist Saul Eslake said just this week that the next Tasmanian Government needed to be bold and make the hard decisions.  This announcement by the Labor Party is an example of that very approach,” Cr Foster said. Continue reading “End of pokies’ scourge a good move”

Brighton municipality in good shape

By TONY FOSTER

AT the end of November, I had the opportunity to deliver my State of the Council address for 2017 and I was pleased to report Brighton is in extremely good shape.

Travelling around our municipality, I must say it has never looked better. And it will look even better by this time next year on the completion of the major work projects Council now has underway. These include the Brighton Streetscape, the Brighton Bowls Club upgrading, Covehill Bridge, Bridgewater and Old Beach Parks, the Old Beach Jetty and the planting of trees on East Derwent Highway. Continue reading “Brighton municipality in good shape”

Students show artistic skill for safer underpass

THE ongoing Safety Map work with students from East Derwent, Gagebrook, Herdsmans Cove and St Paul’s Primary Schools continues with the SRC students from East Derwent Primary School completing their first project.

The students identified the underpass next to their school as an unsafe area due to the rubbish, glass, graffiti, spiders, dirt, and lack of safety rails.

SRC students from East Derwent Primary School have completed their first project, painting the underpass near the school.  The mural provides the backdrop for a brighter, safer area for students to walk to school.
SRC students from East Derwent Primary School have completed their first project, painting the underpass near the school. The mural provides the backdrop for a brighter, safer area for students to walk to school.

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Grand cricket plan considered for Brighton cricket  

 

CRICKET is poised to take a big step forward at Brighton with the local team, the Brighton Eagles, applying to join the Cricket Tasmania Premier League competition and Brighton Council unveiling exciting plans for a new sporting complex at Pontville.

Mayor Tony Foster and general manager Ron Sanderson met recently with Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Nick Cummins to support the Eagles application and also to brief the State cricket body on the development plans for the new sports complex at Pontville.

From left, general manager, Ron Sanderson, Mayor Tony Foster and Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins examine the plans for the new Pontville Sports Complex.
From left, general manager, Ron Sanderson, Mayor Tony Foster and Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins examine the plans for the new Pontville Sports Complex.

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Brighton can be proud of a year for the municipality  

 

BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster says the past year has been a positive period for the Brighton Council and the local community.

Writing in the Council’s Annual Report to ratepayers, Cr Foster reported on Brighton Council’s key expenditure projects for the year including the major reconstruction of Baskerville road and a new pathway from the army camp gates to Pontville. Continue reading “Brighton can be proud of a year for the municipality  “

Premier’s misleading mail-out on TasWater

PREMIER Will Hodgman has sent a mail-out to Brighton residents, apparently funded by taxpayers, attempting to sell the State Government’s hostile takeover of TasWater, the council-owned water and sewerage corporation.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the leaflet, mailed to all Brighton residents in recent weeks, contained the Government’s usual false and misleading claims about TasWater’s performance and reiterated the Liberal’s deceptive promises about future costs. Continue reading “Premier’s misleading mail-out on TasWater”

It’s time Labor revealed its policy on pokies

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

WITH less than six months to go before the next State election, we are about to be bombarded with promises, policy announcements and claims of past achievements from political parties and candidates seeking to win our votes for parliament.

The key issues for Brighton remain the same as they have been in past elections – health, education, economic development, employment, roads and transport, public safety and the provision of essential community services. Continue reading “It’s time Labor revealed its policy on pokies”

Brighton Show has plenty on offer for the whole family

THE 7HOFM Brighton Show offers an entertaining day with something for everyone on November 12. Brighton show is one big day for all the family to come and enjoy the beautiful day out with a number different fun and exciting activities to participate in for all the family.

A new and exciting addition to this year’s show is the talented local band Zack and the Young Guns who will be playing on the main stage in front of the football club rooms.catle compeitions Continue reading “Brighton Show has plenty on offer for the whole family”