2011 brings much to look forward to for Brighton

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

HOPEFULLY everyone has had a great start to 2011.  Christmas seemed like yesterday, and here it is already March.

Brighton certainly has a busy year ahead and top of the list is, of course, the recommencement of the Brighton Bypass.  There is still to be a signoff on paperwork and then it’s all systems go. As you know, we have been talking about this major piece of infrastructure for our municipality for almost 30 years, and now it really is time to move on and get the Bypass to completion. Continue reading “2011 brings much to look forward to for Brighton”

Gagebrook check savours sweet taste of success

AN apprentice chef from Gagebrook has made his culinary mark, winning a bronze medal in the third-year apprentice category of the Australian culinary federation (ACF) competition.

Anthony McCallum was one of only three Tasmanian chefs selected to represent the State in the annual one-day contest, held in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

Anthony McCallum at work.
Anthony McCallum at work.

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Access rate recommendations would result in big rate rises

THE State Government’s acceptance of the recommendations of the Access Economics’ review of valuation and local government rating in Tasmania could result in significant rate increases for Brighton residents.

Access Economics has recommended an end to Brighton’s flat rate system and for all councils to be forced to adopt a system based on property values. Continue reading “Access rate recommendations would result in big rate rises”

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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