Debt-free status from hard work and fiscal responsibility

By TONY FOSTER

AS 2010 draws to a close I can happily report to you that Brighton Council is  now totally debt-free.

Council recently unanimously voted to pay off from its cash reserves, all outstanding loans amounting to $1,058 million meaning that your council is debt-free. Continue reading “Debt-free status from hard work and fiscal responsibility”

Bypass solution support from councils welcomed

BRIGHTON Council is delighted it has received the support of the majority of Tasmanian councils for the Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources (DIER) solution to construct a bridge across the site of Aboriginal artifacts as part of the Brighton Bypass.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said he was heartened by the support of the recent Local Government Association  (LGAT) quarterly meeting of councils, which overwhelmingly supported the DIER solution. Continue reading “Bypass solution support from councils welcomed”

Rates report slammed

THE Brighton Council has slammed the Access Economics report into Tasmania’s local government rating system saying it fails to address rates volatility and could lead to significant rate increases.

The report was commissioned by the Local Government Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, to examine Tasmania’s valuation and local government rating system, and recommends a framework for the future. Continue reading “Rates report slammed”

Half century of farming at Tea Tree

By JOHN HALL

MAURICE Barwick began his farming career at the age of nine. Then, as now, it was a great success.

“Dad gave me nine acres at ‘Merriworth’ in Tea Tree to plant my first crop of peas,” Maurice recalls of the time half a century ago. “They were grey peas for pigeon fanciers.  I sold them, with Dad’s help, for an incredible 700 pounds.”  That was as much as some farm workers then earned in a year.

Maurice with his wife Peggy in front of their beautiful sandstone fireplace.
Maurice with his wife Peggy in front of their beautiful sandstone fireplace.

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Junior soccer’s stylish swansong

By GRAHAM GILL

BEING the last year for our junior under 12 kids we thought we would do something special so they would take this experience away with them and have something to show for it other than trophies or medals.

We wanted to make them look professional and proud of their achievements and we came up with the idea of a team jacket.

The under-12 team proudly wearing their jackets.
The under-12 team proudly wearing their jackets.

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Governor visits Brighton and meets community members

BRIGHTON municipality welcomed the Governor of Tasmania Mr Peter Underwood and Mrs Frances Underwood for the first time to its community recently.

From left, the Governor of Tasmania  Peter Underwood with Rosie Engler, Janet Fedczyszyn, Mrs Frances Underwood and Kym Lynch.
From left, the Governor of Tasmania Peter Underwood with Rosie Engler, Janet Fedczyszyn, Mrs Frances Underwood and Kym Lynch.

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Brighton bypass: why we have fought so hard for it

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

WHILE we have seen many changes in the Brighton municipality over the past 10 -15 years or so, it is probably fair to say that none will affect our region as much as the new Brighton Bypass.

We have been talking about this major piece of infrastructure for our municipality for almost 30 years, and now that it is on the verge of completion, it is important to outline the major reasons why we have fought long and hard for the bypass to become reality. Continue reading “Brighton bypass: why we have fought so hard for it”

Brighton Primary bounces with netball success

BRIGHTON Primary school had another successful season in the after school winter roster at Creek Road netball centre.

The grade five/six team came a very credible second in division one against some very tough competition.

Brighton Primary School grade three/four Maroon netball team topped the ladder with an incredible 14 wins from 14 games.
Brighton Primary School grade three/four Maroon netball team topped the ladder with an incredible 14 wins from 14 games.

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