Advisory committee for Bridgewater and Gagebrook formed

BRIGHTON Council is establishing a special advisory committee to coordinate input on community issues affecting Bridgewater and Gagebrook.

The Bridgewater Community Special Advisory Committee will be chaired by councillor  Leigh Gray and will be made up of council and community representatives. It will meet regularly and advise the Council on key issues, as well as present community views and enhance communication with the community. Continue reading “Advisory committee for Bridgewater and Gagebrook formed”

Developments a source of pride for the community

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Tony Foster, Mayor of Brighton

THE decision by the Tasmanian Government to release a management plan for the important Aboriginal heritage areas near the new Brighton Bypass is fantastic news for our municipality (see story on the Home Page).

The Bypass construction was halted earlier this year when significant and historical remains were located near the route of the Bypass.  Since that time consultation has taken place with all parties to determine an outcome that would see the completion of the Bypass while at the same time, ensure that this area of cultural and historical significance remains undisturbed. Continue reading “Developments a source of pride for the community”

Bypass move welcomed

BRIGHTON Council has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s announcement of a management plan to protect the Aboriginal heritage values in and around the proposed Brighton bypass.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the decision to institute a management plan that will protect approximately nine kilometres of the bypass route was commendable and was welcomed by Council and the municipality. Continue reading “Bypass move welcomed”

Old Beach Cricket Club puts positive spin on disappointing end to season

By GREG HUNT*

THE 2009/10 cricket season has been and gone, and after a promising start before Christmas we struggled as a club to get many more wins on the board.

With only the second division making the finals it was a disappointing end to the season, but something we hope to build on for the 2010/11 season.

Our trophy night was held recently at the Derwent Tavern, our major sponsor. It was very well attended with 85 people coming along to enjoy the night.

Ivan Jozeljic, left, OBCC member and Commonwealth Bank employee presents OBCC Treasurer Garry Faulks with a $1,000 grant cheque at the Club’s annual dinner.
Ivan Jozeljic, left, OBCC member and Commonwealth Bank employee presents OBCC Treasurer Garry Faulks with a $1000 grant cheque at the Club’s annual dinner.

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Community fund grant keeps YouthLinx running

A GRANT from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) has enabled the important Bridgwater YouthLinx program to continue despite a change in Federal Government policy that resulted in a loss of funding support.

The YouthLinx program operated by the Bridgewater Police and Citizens Youth Club has received $53,120 from the TCF to maintain the program while additional funding is secured. Continue reading “Community fund grant keeps YouthLinx running”

Brighton continues to punch above its weight

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

RECOGNITION of Brighton Council’s resource-sharing initiatives by the Local Government Association in the recent awards for excellence demonstrate how our Council continues to lead the way.

It was pleasing to see the recognition given to Brighton’s unique business model of resource sharing built around our talented staff, which is providing significant economies of scale for other councils while at the same time benefiting Brighton ratepayers through increased revenue.

This outstanding common service provision model allows us to share our staff and resources with other councils both in Tasmania and more recently in its partnerships with interstate councils and with Suva in Fiji where we have established a sister city partnership.

Our model enables us to manage our resources in a way that not only provides assistance to other councils, but also brings in revenue for the benefit of Brighton’s ratepayers. The Brighton community benefits through enhanced services and minimal rates increases.

It is an example of how entrepreneurship and resource sharing can help local government achieve sustainability in the long-term. In addition to outsourcing resources in Tasmania, through our wholly owned business Microwise Australia Pty Ltd, we have also developed operational software that is now used by nine Tasmanian councils, three councils in Western Australia, two in New South Wales and the Suva City Council in Fiji.

Indeed, the establishment of sister city links between Brighton is the culmination of the strong business links we have established over the past few years and I am confident it will generate real business and significant benefits for our ratepayers and community.

But it is all built on Brighton’s innovative approach to resource-sharing and the provision of professional and technology services to other councils.

Recent years have seen a dramatic change in emphasis on how local government services are delivered. While communities demand increased and improved services and service delivery, there is an ever-increasing requirement for cost competitiveness and efficiency. With this in mind, it is vital that local government thinks smarter and is better at its business.

Pressures on local government in service delivery, increasing regulatory roles and the challenges of obtaining and maintaining high quality staff, ensure that councils must work together to draw on their collective knowledge and skills. Regional and rural councils in particular have quite distinct challenges and operational issues compared to metropolitan councils.  This has reinforced the importance of working with and engaging staff and organisations that truly understand the collective core business of local government.

This is where Brighton comes into its own.

We provide a range of important and vital ongoing services to other councils, ranging from the provision of senior management personnel, engineering and technical services and other advice and support, to unique information technology and software development and implementation that facilitates the business of local government.

Brighton has been able to successfully transfer into a range of local government environments in Tasmania, Australia and internationally because our people know the business from the inside.

The benefits for Council and ratepayers include the further development of our talented staff, the efficiencies and economies of scale we achieve, as well as the income Brighton earns that helps fund services for the community and keep rate rises at a minimum.

Good progress on early years education aims

By ANDY BENNETT*

A MAJOR focus of the Learning Federation is to increase and enhance the range of quality early years education and care for very young children and their families.

We are doing so because there is a lot of evidence that the first few years of life are vital to helping children to achieve their potential

Our main strategies are to develop our three primary schools as birth to grade four education centres, to build a children and family centre locally, and work collaboratively with other early childhood service providers to develop a broader and more cohesive model for supporting the families of young children. We have made a lot of progress in that area in recent weeks.

A major emphasis for the new Learning Federation is on early years education.
A major emphasis for the new Learning Federation is on early years education.

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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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