Families target of early years program

RESEARCH of parents’ attitudes reveals that nearly 70 per cent of parents believe parenting does not come naturally.

Parents also feel less supported and more judged today than 20 years ago, 36 per cent of parents believe they will be negatively judged if they admit to having problems and nearly one in 10 research respondents did not know where they might seek assistance if needed.

From left, TEYF CEO Rebecca Moles, Rowena Bird and ACF CEO Dr Joe Tucci.
From left, TEYF CEO Rebecca Moles, Rowena Bird and ACF CEO Dr Joe Tucci.

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Wanted: voices for gender balance

THE renowned Bagdad Singers  is looking for more female singers to balance its strong male singing component.

The group  was formed more than 16 years ago when the musical director, Chris Fehlberg, was living in Bagdad. While most of the original members lived in the district, other long-standing participants were drawn from the surrounding areas.

• The  Bagdad Singers who are providing  plenty of pleasure to all age groups.
• The Bagdad Singers who are providing plenty of pleasure to all age groups.

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Microwise wins contract with NSW water authority

SPECIALISED local government software technology developed by a Brighton Council business has won a contract with a New South Wales water authority to provide a billing and land information system.

Microwise Australia, wholly owned by Brighton Council, won a competitive tender to provide a billing system as well as associated land information management for Rous Water in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Continue reading “Microwise wins contract with NSW water authority”

MPs polled on rates system

BRIGHTON Council has sought the views of Lyons MHAs on the recommendations of Access Economics’ report that threatens Brighton’s fair rating system.

The report into Tasmania’s local government rating system was prepared for the Local Government Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and its recommendations, if accepted by government, would force the abandonment of Brighton’s current rating system which sees rate rises kept at or below the rate of inflation each year. Continue reading “MPs polled on rates system”

Students get taste for new adventures in holiday program

MORE than 80 parents and children from the Bridgewater and Gagebrook communities recently enjoyed a variety of fun, healthy and engaging activities as part of The Smith Family’s Good Beginnings school holiday program.

The sessions were jam-packed with a smorgasbord of activities including tasty ‘sit-down’ shared lunches, an Antarctic ‘adventure day’, a recycled toy-making session, a community walk complete with a morning tea and jumping castle, several fun-filled rural combined play sessions and even a playground ‘discovery mystery tour’ on the double-decker Fun Bus! Continue reading “Students get taste for new adventures in holiday program”

Program aims to keep kids excited by reading

THE Children’s Book Council of Australia Tasmanian branch has launched a program to get kids reading – and keep them reading – following special funding from the Tasmanian Community Fund.

Books To Keep Kids Reading began last month at community health centres across the state. Continue reading “Program aims to keep kids excited by reading”

Brighton joins coalition for women’s day

BRIGHTON has joined the National Rural Women’s Coalition to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8.

Proving that rural, regional and remote Australian women are just as tech-savvy as their urban sisters, the coalition has invited cities and towns in these areas to share in hosting a special morning tea and interactive ‘webinar’ on the day, with ABC radio and television host Geraldine Doogue. Continue reading “Brighton joins coalition for women’s day”

Brighton offers community grants for 2011/12

BRIGHTON Council has a policy of offering grant assistance to sporting and community groups.

Applications for assistance in the 2011/12 financial year are invited to be submitted by March31 2011.  Policy guidelines, funding criteria and application form can be obtained from Council’s website www.brighton.tas.gov.au or Cathy Harper on 6268 7035. Continue reading “Brighton offers community grants for 2011/12”

Brighton’s citizens honoured for their community spirit

BRIGHTON Council held its annual volunteers and Australia Day Awards civic ceremony on January 25, with a reception at the Brighton Civic Centre well attended by more than 120 invited guests.

Mayor Tony Foster OAM conducted an Australia Day citizenship ceremony for Ms Karin Harris of Pontville, before presenting his Australia Day message before introducing the Woolworths Australia Day Ambassador.

Rear, from left, Elizabeth Holloway, Christine Sturzaker, Mayor Tony Foster, Cheynee Hanlon Front, from left, Andrew Lawson and Bradley Holzberger.
Rear, from left, Elizabeth Holloway, Christine Sturzaker, Mayor Tony Foster, Cheynee Hanlon Front, from left, Andrew Lawson and Bradley Holzberger.

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