Brighton holds rates to CPI for 22nd year, but it’s under threat

FOR 22 years in succession, Brighton Council will keep its rates in line with inflation, with the general rate increase pegged to the CPI.

The rise next financial year will amount to just $19 a year for all residential households.

But the Council has warned it may not be able to maintain its long-standing commitment to keep rates at CPI because of the State Government’s threatened hostile takeover of TasWater.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said while the annual rates would not be officially passed by Council until its June meeting, the rate determination had been workshopped and approved in principle at last night’s Council meeting. Continue reading ” Brighton holds rates to CPI for 22nd year, but it’s under threat”

State must respond to Bridge funding failure  

THE State Government must now tell Tasmanians when work will begin on the replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge following the failure to secure funding in last night’s Federal Budget.

In April last year Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding unveiled designs for a new four-lane bridge and said the State Government was preparing a case for Federal funding to meet the $535 million price tag.

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Brand survey destroys Treasurer’s claim that State’s reputation at risk

THE latest Tasmanian Brand Health Survey has put paid to claims by Treasurer Peter Gutwein that the State’s reputation as a clean, green destination was being threatened by the State’s water and sewerage systems.

The annual survey, conducted by Brand Tasmania and released this month, was described as overwhelmingly positive with respondents believing Tasmania’s reputation and perceptions of the State improving over the past year. The words most used by respondents in describing Tasmania were beautiful, clean and natural. Responses came in from across Australia and from 19 other countries. Continue reading “Brand survey destroys Treasurer’s claim that State’s reputation at risk”

PCYC Judo grows in numbers and competition success


THIS year has been a busy one for Bridgewater PCYC Judo Club. We have a large increase in numbers which now means we run three classes on Monday nights.  Beginners 1 is for our new little ones five years to seven or eight years, followed by beginners 2 for our eight-year-olds to 11 to 12-years-old followed by our intermediate class. Our Thursday night is also running for older Judoka.

Two of our members, Zack Moody from Gagebrook and Joshua Smith from Bridgewater have been training hard at club level and state level and attending every required training session for selection into the Tasmanian Judo team competing on the Gold Coast over the June long weekend.

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Gymnasts take top spots in tumbling discipline


THE Tasmanian Senior Gymnastics State championships which took place in southern Tasmania early last month included the full range of gymnastics disciplines such as women’s and men’s gymnastics, trampoline, tumbling and rhythmic (ribbon, ball and hoop).

Hobart Gymnastics Academy entered an increased number of participants in each discipline from previous years and it was fantastic to see our higher level gymnasts showcasing their skills.

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Teacher nominated for prestigious  award

JORDAN River Learning Federation Senior School is proud one of its staff has been nominated for Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards.

The awards aim to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age as of December 31 each year.


Dannica Green has been nominated for the University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award.
Dannica Green has been nominated for the University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award.

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Brighton Council open to and transparent with its community

BRIGHTON Council encourages ratepayers to attend Council meetings and the Mayor, Councillors and senior staff meet regularly with community groups and individuals to discuss key issues.

Mayor Tony Foster said Brighton was recognised as a leading council in the State for transparency of its operations, in keeping its community informed about Council business and in engaging with its community on important issues. Continue reading “Brighton Council open to and transparent with its community”

Council maintains highest standards of integrity, service and transparency


BRIGHTON Council has an impressive record of transparency and communicating with ratepayers and the local community.

As Mayor, I am proud of this achievement which is recognised throughout Tasmania and beyond. For example, we are one of the few councils in Tasmania that produces a community newspaper and invites local groups to contribute to this monthly publication.

Our Council meetings are open to the public, our people are accessible, and we provide regular reports on the Council’s finances and the full range of Council operations and business.

So, for a Councillor to accuse Council of not being transparent is more than disappointing. It is, in fact, insulting to all other Councillors and to our extremely professional Council management and staff. Continue reading “Council maintains highest standards of integrity, service and transparency”

Groups and residents pay respects at local Anzac Day services 


A COOL and cloudy day didn’t dampen enthusiasm for Brighton municipality’s ANZAC Day services with both the dawn and 11am services  well attended.

The dawn service was held at the Veteran’s Centre in the Coronation Hall in Bridgewater and the 11am service at Remembrance Park. Continue reading “Groups and residents pay respects at local Anzac Day services “

Libs snub requests for TasWater responses

BRIGHTON Council’s request for the views of local MPs on the proposed State Government takeover of TasWater has been ignored by Liberal Members in Lyons.

Brighton Council wrote to all Lyons Members of State Parliament as well as the Legislative Council Member for Derwent, seeking their views before it considered its position on the proposed takeover of the water and sewerage corporation. Continue reading “Libs snub requests for TasWater responses”