Child care forum focuses child learning on landscapes

By NICKI KASTNER*

EACH year all the Child and Family Centres (CFCs) from around Tasmania come together for a day. This year Clarence Plains CFC and Wayraparatte CFC (Geeveston) joined forces to present a forum at Clarendon Vale. The theme was to get dirty with the major drawcard, the famous Dirt Girl from ABCTV’s Get Grubby series. Dirt Girl takes pre-schoolers on adventures which are all about the planet and the wonderful landscapes of rural, urban and suburban Australia.

tagari lia,Bridgewater CFC was delighted to be a part of this amazing day, taking a handful of local families along with tagari liastaff to participate in and enjoy the experience of rediscovering outdoor nature play.

ABC TV’s Dirt Girl, left, with Margi Nolan from tagari lia enjoying some of the fun in the dirt
ABC TV’s Dirt Girl, left, with Margi Nolan from tagari lia enjoying some of the fun in the dirt

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Council stability a key to the future growth of our community

 By TONY FOSTER*

In late November, Mayor Tony Foster delivered his annual ‘State of the Council’ report, outlining some of the highlights of the past year and looking forward to 2019. His report is reproduced below:

BRIGHTON Council is very stable, and rarely have we seen changes to our elected representatives, except for resignations after long periods of service, or sadly when some councillors have passed away. The old adage that you can’t escape death or taxes is particularly pertinent here at Brighton.

This year is an exception and I warmly greet our two newest Councillors, Councillor Whelan and Councillor Murtagh. Congratulations to you both and as well, may I say congratulations to all returning Councillors on your re-election.

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Brighton confident about the future

BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster has expressed great confidence in the future of the municipality and says the growth of the region sees it on the cusp of perhaps the most exciting time in his more than 25 years in the leadership role.

In his annual ‘State of the Council’ address, delivered in late November, Mayor Foster said he was looking forward to the next four years with great optimism and confidence. Continue reading “Brighton confident about the future”

Mayor and Deputy returned in strong Council vote

BRIGHTON’S Mayor Tony Foster and Deputy Mayor Barbara Curran have been re-elected with increased personal votes in the October local government elections.

Tasmania’s longest-serving Mayor, Cr Foster secured a healthy 58 per cent of first preference votes in the Mayoral election, easily defeating Cr Phil Owen and Cr Leigh Gray. Cr Curran won just over 50 per cent of votes to secure the deputy’s position without the need for preferences. Continue reading “Mayor and Deputy returned in strong Council vote”

Have your say on school developments

By TONY FOSTER*

THE Brighton community is being invited to have a say on the development of the new Brighton High School and the upgrade of Jordan River Learning Federation School Farm.

The $30 million new high school development and the $4.3 million School Farm upgrading were major election promises by the Liberal Government, with the high school to be completed over the next four years. The initial planning funds were allocated in the most recent State Budget. Continue reading “Have your say on school developments”

School role model presented inspirational award

 

HERDSMANS Cove resident and Groundsman at Herdsmans Cove Primary School, Steven Bennett was presented with the Tasplan Together We Inspire award at the 2018 Department of Education awards event last month.

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We Inspire award winner Steven Bennett was chosen from the finalists in this year’s awards because of his commitment to Herdsmans Cove students, the school and the community that goes above and beyond his groundsman role.

The humble, yet dedicated, groundsman at Herdsman Cove Primary School was chosen from the finalists in this year’s awards because of his commitment to the students, the school and the community that goes above and beyond his groundsman role.  Continue reading “School role model presented inspirational award”

Brighton Council candidates have their say

BRIGHTON Community News has provided space for candidates vying for election in the 2018 Local Government elections for Brighton municipality. This is to allow candidates to say why they are standing for election and why you should consider them in your vote.  Remember, it is important to vote – ballot papers will be sent out early this month (October 8) and you must return your ballot to the Tasmanian Electoral Office by 10am, October 30. Remember this is your opportunity to have your say. Continue reading “Brighton Council candidates have their say”

Centre’s little scientists win in national program

THE Bagdad Education and Care Tasmanian has won the 2018 Little Scientists Early STEM Award.

The award celebrates the commitment and dedication of early childhood educators to inquiry-based learning in early STEM education, providing opportunities for children to learn as they explore, discover, create, improvise, test theories and imagine.

The centre’s educators are from left Tammy Bennett, Tania Keates, Karina Jones (director), Ellie Hall, Tiana Williams and Rebekah Smith.
The centre’s educators are from left Tammy Bennett, Tania Keates, Karina Jones (director), Ellie Hall, Tiana Williams and Rebekah Smith.

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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*

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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”