Bridgewater Bridge must be built for the future

 By TONY FOSTER*

THE design for a new Bridgewater Bridge must meet future needs and not just current-day demands.

As a vital link in the north-south network, Bridgewater needs a bridge that will meet Tasmania’s requirements, not just today, but for next 100 years.

Looking forward a century is the sort of vision and leadership that Tasmania requires, but sadly, leadership and a real vision for the future is lacking with the current proposal to replace the Bridgewater Bridge. Continue reading “Bridgewater Bridge must be built for the future”

Councils face $45.7m cut in yearly TasWater revenue

THE State Government’s proposed takeover of TasWater could cost Tasmanian councils up to $45.7 million a year in lost distributions after 2025.

Brighton Council’s losses alone will amount to more than $1.4 million a year, equal to 15 percent of the municipality’s annual rate revenue. Continue reading “Councils face $45.7m cut in yearly TasWater revenue”

Bridgewater Bridge must be a bridge for the future

BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster says the design for a new Bridgewater Bridge must meet future needs and not just current-day demands.

Cr Foster said as a vital link in the north-south network, Bridgewater needed a bridge that would meet Tasmania’s requirements for next 100 years. Continue reading “Bridgewater Bridge must be a bridge for the future”

Council determined to protect ratepayers’ interests

 

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor

THE fight to retain local government ownership of TasWater continues, with the State Government recently releasing a highly biased report from Infrastructure Tasmania to support its crude takeover bid.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein also called on councils to back off and allow him to take control of this multi-billion-dollar asset free of any opposition.

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Water and sewerage a fundamental community service

By TONY FOSTER*

HIGH quality water and sewerage services are a fundamental right of every modern community.

That is why the current debate, and the proposed legislation about to be considered by the Tasmanian parliament to determine the future ownership of TasWater is crucially important.

If we agree that effective water and sewerage services are fundamental to the community, then it is appropriate that all levels of government should at least have an interest in their provision.

That is not to say that TasWater should be taken over by the State Government, or indeed the Commonwealth, but both these tiers should share some financial responsibility without assuming ownership. Continue reading “Water and sewerage a fundamental community service”

Grounding bags help those in stressful situations

By DAMIAN WILLIAMS *

THE Breaking the Silence Advocacy Group recently distributed grounding bags to services providers in Bridgewater/Gagebrook and surrounding communities.  A grounding bag is a collection of items given to and used by someone if they are experiencing trauma or in a stressful situation.  It normally includes something to smell, touch, taste, see or hear.

From left,  Alyson Watts (Community Health Social Worker) receiving grounding bags from Advocacy Group members Shirley Williams and Sharleen Fawkner. 
From left,  Alyson Watts (Community Health Social Worker) receiving grounding bags from Advocacy Group members Shirley Williams and Sharleen Fawkner.

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Lisa’s voyage a life-changing experience

IMAGINE sailing the seas on a ship that looked like something straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean. Well, that’s exactly what Tasmanian trainee Lisa Guerin from Gagebrook, decided to do and she says it was the best experience of her life.

The ambitious 17-year-old wanted to give herself a challenge, so she took up the offer to be a part of the Youth Development Training Voyage which saw 18 young students sail from Hobart to Strahan on the famous traditional tall ship, the Windeward Bound.

Trainee sailor, Lisa Guerin of Gagebrook uncovered a new-found confidence that she says will help her through life.
Trainee sailor, Lisa Guerin of Gagebrook uncovered a new-found confidence that she says will help her through life.

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Innovating land sales’ initiative funds new community park

BRIGHTON Council is developing a new community park at Old Beach funded by the proceeds of sales of land not needed to meet the municipality’s future vision.

The Old Beach Neighbourhood Park, to be built between the East Derwent Highway and Childs Drive, will include an extensive grassed area, creative children’s play area, a skateboard and bike path, community fruit orchard, a nature-based play area and extensive tree and garden plantings. Continue reading “Innovating land sales’ initiative funds new community park”

Cricket club makes pitch for girls’ team

By PHIL OWEN*

OLD Beach Cricket Club is working towards introducing a girl’s cricket team into the Club this coming 2017/18 season.

In preliminary talks with Mia Blignaut, who is cricket promotions officer for Cricket Tasmania, the club will be aiming to field a team in a female under-14 roster. The modified format of the game in this roster is seven a-side, T20 games on a Tuesday afternoon, playing on 16 metre pitches, with every player getting to bowl and to bat. Cricket Tasmania has a three to five-year plan to grow the female pathway from under-14, under-15 to a female under-17 youth division and who knows where that might lead to? Our girls can ‘dare to dream’.

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 22:  during the Hurricanes Girls Leaguw U14 match on November 22, 2016 in Hobart, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
HOBART, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 22: during the Hurricanes Girls League U14 match on November 22, 2016 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

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