Better times as Brighton moves forward

 By TONY FOSTER

Mayor

WITH coronavirus restrictions now being eased, some normality is returning and I am confident that we can at last look to better times ahead.

Restaurants, hotels and clubs, playgrounds and recreation areas are opening up, sporting and leisure activities are again possible and where appropriate, people are returning to their places of work. This is all good news for our community. Continue reading “Better times as Brighton moves forward”

Record capital program a positive response to COVID-19

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

BRIGHTON Council will not increase general rates for the next financial year and will implement a record capital works program as the Municipality responds to the impact of the coronavirus shutdown.

Undoubtedly, the shutdown, with many businesses closed, people working reduced hours, others working from home, and sadly some losing their jobs, Council sees this as a positive, but the responsible response to the current economic environment. Continue reading “Record capital program a positive response to COVID-19”

A healthy community is everyone’s responsibility

By TONY FOSTER

Brighton Mayor

WE are certainly in changing times. Social distancing, working from home or remote locations, only venturing out for essential reasons, closures of hotels, restaurants and public venues and a range of other sacrifices have become the new normal as the world attempts to overcome the unprecedented coronavirus emergency.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the Brighton Municipality who is acting responsibly and heeding the messages and advice that we are being given by our State and Federal Governments and the State and National health authorities. Continue reading “A healthy community is everyone’s responsibility”

COVID-19 brings unprecedented times

 

By TONY FOSTER

Brighton Mayor 

WE are experiencing unprecedented times amid a national emergency that is creating challenges that we’ve never previously had to deal with, perhaps the exception is the two World Wars and the Great Depression.

I don’t want to be alarmist, but we do have to face reality. The COVID-19 pandemic means that travel has been severely curtailed and for many people, even close contact with family and friends has been restricted. We’ve seen panic buying of many staples, even toilet paper and tissues, although we’ve been assured that there are no shortages and Australia has plenty of supplies to meet the community’s need and demand. Continue reading “COVID-19 brings unprecedented times”

Brighton municipality in good shape

By TONY FOSTER

AT the end of November, I had the opportunity to deliver my State of the Council address for 2017 and I was pleased to report Brighton is in extremely good shape.

Travelling around our municipality, I must say it has never looked better. And it will look even better by this time next year on the completion of the major work projects Council now has underway. These include the Brighton Streetscape, the Brighton Bowls Club upgrading, Covehill Bridge, Bridgewater and Old Beach Parks, the Old Beach Jetty and the planting of trees on East Derwent Highway. Continue reading “Brighton municipality in good shape”

It’s time Labor revealed its policy on pokies

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

WITH less than six months to go before the next State election, we are about to be bombarded with promises, policy announcements and claims of past achievements from political parties and candidates seeking to win our votes for parliament.

The key issues for Brighton remain the same as they have been in past elections – health, education, economic development, employment, roads and transport, public safety and the provision of essential community services. Continue reading “It’s time Labor revealed its policy on pokies”

Brighton’s success story in gaining grant funding

By TONY FOSTER*

BRIGHTON Council has long been successful in gaining Commonwealth and State Government grant funding for important community projects in our municipality.

And deservedly so. As a diverse, outer suburban and rural municipality, we do not have the advantages of a central business district or major industry to provide the rate base to finance everything that we, as a Council, would like to do. Continue reading “Brighton’s success story in gaining grant funding”

Bridgewater Bridge must be built for the future

 By TONY FOSTER*

THE design for a new Bridgewater Bridge must meet future needs and not just current-day demands.

As a vital link in the north-south network, Bridgewater needs a bridge that will meet Tasmania’s requirements, not just today, but for next 100 years.

Looking forward a century is the sort of vision and leadership that Tasmania requires, but sadly, leadership and a real vision for the future is lacking with the current proposal to replace the Bridgewater Bridge. Continue reading “Bridgewater Bridge must be built for the future”

Council determined to protect ratepayers’ interests

 

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor

THE fight to retain local government ownership of TasWater continues, with the State Government recently releasing a highly biased report from Infrastructure Tasmania to support its crude takeover bid.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein also called on councils to back off and allow him to take control of this multi-billion-dollar asset free of any opposition.

Continue reading “Council determined to protect ratepayers’ interests”

State Government can’t be trusted to run TasWater

 

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

TASMANIANS are currently being bombarded by a wave of propaganda from the State Government and business groups such as the Property Council, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other vested interests attempting to persuade them that the proposed takeover of TasWater will benefit the community.

But public be warned. This is a clear case of spin over substance. Continue reading “State Government can’t be trusted to run TasWater”