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”

Ratepayers face prospect of theft of their assets


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TASMANIANS are currently confronted by the prospect of a robbery of public assets of unprecedented proportions, fuelled by political ambition with the prospect that the proceeds of that robbery will be paid for by Tasmanians for years to come.

The irony is that this attempted robbery is being perpetrated by the State Treasurer Peter Gutwein who is the person in government with the responsibility for protecting public assets and funds.Page 3 Peter-gutwein-print Continue reading “Ratepayers face prospect of theft of their assets”

‘Crisis’ claim is biggest lie

BRIGHTON Council has strongly rejected the move by Treasurer Peter Gutwein to take over Tasmania’s water and sewerage services and says the Minister is pandering to vested interests rather than looking after ordinary people.

At its March meeting, Council voted unanimously to oppose the State Government takeover of TasWater and expressed its determination to take up the fight to protect its ratepayers and community. Continue reading “‘Crisis’ claim is biggest lie”

Community views must be considered in pokies’ review


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


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”