Don’t be misled, local government is doing okay

 By TONY FOSTER*

 WITH the political goings on in Canberra and concern over the issues of hospitals, health services and the like in State Parliament, it seems that some of the focus has shifted from local government and the spotlight is now firmly on the other two tiers of government.

Of course, the concentration may soon come back on councils as our State and Federal politicians attempt to deflect attention from their in-fighting, poor policy decisions and failings, and they’ll no doubt be supported by the vested interest groups who want to see residential ratepayers bear a greater cost of the local rates burden. Continue reading “Don’t be misled, local government is doing okay”

Senior school ramps up for national skills week

By MAREE CONRAD WILSON*

JRLF skills week front page pic
From left Sandy Menadue, Principal JRLF Senior School and Roslyn McGuiness Principal Oatlands District High with students Brady Watson, Nicole Brooks

JORDAN River Learning Federation Senior School (JRLF SS) and Southern Central Trade Training Centre (SCTTC) were proud to be participating in National Skills Week recently.  Staff, students, adult learners and members of the community rolled up their sleeves in order to showcase the excellent programs and state-of-the-art facilities which exist in this wonderful educational organisation. Continue reading “Senior school ramps up for national skills week”

Brighton a proven Tasmanian leader in local government

AN advertisement in the December 2010 issue of Brighton Community News demonstrated how Brighton led Tasmanian Councils across a range of services and activities.

Mayor Tony Foster says eight years later, Brighton is maintaining its position as the best performing Council in the State. Continue reading “Brighton a proven Tasmanian leader in local government”

Unique Brighton software firm wins excellence award

BRIGHTON Council’s unique local government information technology business CouncilWise has won a major award for excellence presented by the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT).

Brighton received the LGAT award for delivering excellence for large councils with a population more than 15,000 through its wholly-owned CounciWise subsidiary partnering with Microsoft and other major technology firms.

From left, Dr Katrena Stephenson of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, James Dryburgh from Brighton Council and Ald Doug Chipman of the Local Government Association of Tasmania. Photo:  Eagle Eye Photography
From left, Dr Katrena Stephenson of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, James Dryburgh from Brighton Council and Ald Doug Chipman of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
Photo: Eagle Eye Photography

 

Mayor Tony Foster said winning the award was a major achievement for Brighton Council which has been a leader in technology development for local government for more than 20 years. Continue reading “Unique Brighton software firm wins excellence award”

‘Christmas Parade King William’ celebrates milestone

By MARGIE NOLAN*

WELL-KNOWN local identity in the municipality, Bill Griffiths turned 90 in July celebrating this significant event over the weekend with his close family. Red Cross and tagari lia Child and Family Centre also combined resources to recognise Bill’s birthday and to celebrate with his wife Fay, and many other members of the community.

Most people know Bill for his kind contribution towards the local community, his life stories and his wicked sense of humour.

Ninety-year-old Bill Griffiths with his wife, Fay
Ninety-year-old Bill Griffiths with his wife, Fay

Bill grew up in Liverpool in the United Kingdom and learned to fend for himself from a very young age. He was separated from his twin sister, Peggy and brothers at the age of eight years. Continue reading “‘Christmas Parade King William’ celebrates milestone”

‘Mousey’ Jacobs takes on Thai champ

By ADRIAN LOVELL*

TAZZY-AZ crew will be the new fight promotion and management team to produce the next instalment of current boxing talent throughout Tasmania and will work alongside already established promoters from Victoria.  The team consists of Lyndon Hosking HP Promotion, which looks after the Maloney twins and Adam Wilcock who looks after Tasmania’s own Luke Jackson and Jayden Joseph.

Krystina (Mousey) Jacobs with Brighton Fighting and   Adrian Lovell of the Fitness Boxing Club
Krystina (Mousey) Jacobs with Brighton Fighting and Adrian Lovell of the Fitness Boxing Club

Krystina (Mousey) Jacobs, who the first-ever female professional boxer to come out of this state will take on Thailand’s Siriphon Chanbuala in her much-anticipated professional debut. Siriphon is an experienced campaigner and will be a tough test for Mousey’s first fight. Siriphon boasts a 12-win, six-loss and two-draw fight record to date. Continue reading “‘Mousey’ Jacobs takes on Thai champ”

Brighton on the cusp of exciting period

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor, Brighton municipality 

 THE Brighton municipality is on the cusp of an exciting period of growth and development with a promising future in store for our region and community.

The past decade and more has already been a period of considerable achievement but I am confident that even better years lay ahead. Continue reading “Brighton on the cusp of exciting period”

Municipality’s major works in full swing

BRIGHTON municipality residents are benefiting from a range of projects currently being undertaken within the community. Council’s major projects for the municipality this financial year are well underway with some already completed.

The new jetty at Old Beach
The new jetty at Old Beach

Below is a brief summary of the main proposed works over coming weeks:

Bridgewater Park

The main park area is now completed and opened (see story this issue) with fencing removed. The majority of the Council works are finished other than some landscaping. There have been a few delays on finalising the toilet block. While the main park area has been opened fencing remains around the toilet area and webbing around the grassed areas. Continue reading “Municipality’s major works in full swing”

New parkland opened for the community

THE new $1 million Bridgewater Parkland Community Playground, built by Brighton Council, is now open to the community.

Brighton Council received $430,000 Federal Grant from the Building Better Regions Fund as well as $150,000 contribution from Affordable Community Housing Alliance Tasmania Limited with Council making up the balance.park 2

The playground has new swings, slide, water pumps, climbing nest, see-saws and a whole range of informal play features. Continue reading “New parkland opened for the community”