Fairies and farmers put fun back into education

MORE than to 80 parents and children came together as guests of children’s charity The Smith Family to experience an interactive educational theatre performance at the Brighton Civic Centre in April.

Initially the event was planned to take place at the Riverside Community Garden and Nursery, but due to bad weather, was transferred to the Civic Centre which was transformed into a beautiful make-believe garden setting using garden materials.

The Grow and Learn program encourages parents and children to play together, to learn how to grow fruit and vegetables as well as prepare healthy meals.
The Grow and Learn program encourages parents and children to play together, to learn how to grow fruit and vegetables as well as prepare healthy meals.

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Streetscape project launched for the community

THE BRIGHTON community recently celebrated the launch of the first phase of the municipality’s main street project.

The project was funded through the Rudd Labor Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP and the Brighton Council, and has created 12 jobs during the construction phase of the project. Continue reading “Streetscape project launched for the community”

Our children grow and learn

EACH Friday morning, the Riverside Community Garden and Nursery, plays host to an early years program called ‘Grow and Learn’.  It is a great program where parents, grandparents, carers and their young children meet to grow and maintain communal fruit and vegetable gardens while learning about gardening and healthy food.

Grow and Learn is an initiative of The Smith Family in partnership with Campbell Paige and the Education Department.  Recently, the children and parents experienced the ‘full lifecycle’ of growing and eating fresh corn and even making popcorn!

The children work with Chelsea to prepare for planting.
The children work with Chelsea to prepare for planting.

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Brighton leads the way in its resource-sharing business model

BRIGHTON Council’s successful resource-sharing initiatives have been recognised by its local government peers.

Council’s unique business model has been rewarded for demonstrating operational excellence with an award presented at this year’s Local Government Association (LGAT) awards for excellence.  The award is for Council’s outstanding common service provision model that allows it to share its staff and resources with other councils both in Tasmania and more recently in its partnerships with interstate councils as well as the development of a sister city relationship with Suva in Fiji.

At the awards event, Mayor of Brighton Council Tony Foster with Brighton’s business development manager Robert Higgins.
At the awards event, Mayor of Brighton Council Tony Foster with Brighton’s business development manager Robert Higgins.

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Campbell Gunn was one of of nature’s true gentlemen

CAMPBELL Gunn, who died last month, was one of the senior statesmen of the Brighton community – a former municipal councillor, Rotarian, bowls enthusiast and farmer.

Mr Gunn was, as he would have said with a whimsical smile, “in active retirement”.  The patriarch of Tea Tree’s well-known family of farmers passed away suddenly on Friday March 12.  The funeral was held one week later, on what would have been Mr Gunn’s 82nd birthday. Continue reading “Campbell Gunn was one of of nature’s true gentlemen”

Federation will lead to range of outcomes

By ANDY BENNETT*

MOST often my columns are about progress with the building program at our schools and I have included a quick update at the end of this piece. However this time I wanted to write about why we are undertaking such a major building construction program in light of what we are aiming to achieve. Continue reading “Federation will lead to range of outcomes”

Athletics club aims for 150 members this year

AFTER last year’s record breaking winter season, the northern suburbs athletics club is hoping for even bigger things this year. Having exceeded 100 winter registrations for the first time last year, they are trying for 150 members this season.

The Northern Suburbs Athletic Club is looking forward to even bigger things this year.
The Northern Suburbs Athletic Club is looking forward to even bigger things this year.

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Cooking teacher toasts gold medal

BRIDGEWATER High home economics teacher and keen soccer player Georgie Roberts is enjoying her team’s victory at the World Masters Games at the end of last year.As a member of the Tassie Strikers, Tasmania’s over-35 women’s football team, she made it through to the nail-biting final.

• Bridgewater High home economics teacher and World Masters gold medal winner Georgie Roberts with grade 8 students Skye Fitzpatrick, left, Carly Saunders and Kristen Swan.
• Bridgewater High home economics teacher and World Masters gold medal winner Georgie Roberts with grade 8 students Skye Fitzpatrick, left, Carly Saunders and Kristen Swan.

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