Anne-Maree has world at her feet

LOCAL 14-year-old skater Anne-Maree Smith has been provisionally selected to compete and represent Tasmania and Australia in two international figure skating events. Anne-Maree will compete in the FMBA Trophy which is an annual figure skating competition held in January in Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates  and the Mentor Nestle Torun Cup in Poland in early January 2018.

Anne-Maree Smith shows off her skating talent.
Anne-Maree Smith shows off her skating talent.

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Police priority is to protect people in their community

By GEORGE CRETU*

REDUCING the fear of crime and making sure members of our community are safe and secure as they go about their daily lives are important to all areas of policing.  One of our basic aims is to make sure families and individuals can have confidence that when you leave for the day or go to bed at night, that you and your property are secure and as you go about your daily lives you are free from assaults and thuggery.   For my police at Bridgewater Police Division, which has responsibility for four municipalities including Brighton, this is no exception.   Continue reading “Police priority is to protect people in their community”

Legislative Council must do the right thing by Tasmanians

By TONY FOSTER*

FOLLOWING the House of Assembly’s passing of the State Government’s legislation to take over TasWater, the Legislative Council now has the responsibility to do the right thing by Tasmanians and reject the bill when it gets to the Upper House.

The Legislative Council Select Committee is currently taking evidence from interested parties and will report to the House before it formally considers the Government’s legislation in coming weeks. Continue reading “Legislative Council must do the right thing by Tasmanians”

$6 million grants bonanza for Brighton municipality

BRIGHTON municipality residents will benefit from more than $6 million worth of major project investments for the community as a result of recent significant successes in Federal Government grant applications.

The Commonwealth funds are being matched by Council.

Council has received in excess of $2.4 million worth of Federal Government grants in the past 18 months. These applications are being matched by Council funds which means in excess of $6 million worth of projects will be spread throughout the community over the next 12 months.

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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”