Elections provide time for reflection


Mayor of Brighton

FIRSTLY may I say thank you to the community of Brighton for giving me the opportunity to again serve you as Mayor of our municipality. After many years as team leader of our council and working with such a brilliant and dedicated staff, it is still very humbling to receive your endorsement to continue in the role of Mayor.

While elections can be a busy time for everyone involved it does give us the time to reflect on some of the major achievements within our municipality and I am proud to have been a leader throughout the culmination of these achievements. Continue reading “Elections provide time for reflection”

Brighton bypass must proceed for whole community


YOU would be aware of the discussion surrounding our much-awaited Brighton bypass.  In the past couple of weeks the legal manager of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Michael Mansell has called for all work to be halted claiming the site could have the largest deposit of Aboriginal artefacts in the State.

He said reports show the area is ‘full of Aboriginal artefacts and was probably one of the most extensive in the State’.  He has now suggested that the bypass be stopped and rerouted, even claiming that the existing road could be widened to accommodate the community’s need.

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Brighton’s flat rating system comes out on top


BRIGHTON can be proud that it is once again leading the way, this time in current and ongoing discussion about council rates.  Over the past few weeks, and at the instigation of northern media and councils in the region, the issue of a flat rating structure for all Tasmanian councils has been gaining momentum.   Brighton Council adopted the revolutionary flat rating system two years ago – the first council to adopt the more equitable system and abandoning the Assessed Annual Value System (AAV) of rating .

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New pathway shows we’re on the right track


Mayor of Brighton

PREMIER David Bartlett visited our community to officially open our recently completed shared-use pathway that runs for three kilometres from Gunn Street near the Bridgewater Bridge around to the East Derwent Highway Bridge that spans the Jordan River.

The Premier brought his mountain bike and enjoyed a ride along the track with children from East Derwent Primary School. The pathway designed to meet the needs of cyclists, walkers, joggers and prams has opened up an area for all of us to use that until now was not accessible. When I first walked the track I was amazed at the views across the River Derwent to Mt Wellington and the abundance of wildlife on the river from swans to pelicans and the other various birdlife that exist there. I encourage everyone to do the walk particularly on a lovely sunny day.  I can guarantee you will certainly enjoy it and appreciate what a beautiful part of our municipality this is. We have now completed close on eight kilometres of shared-use pathways in our municipality, the 1.8 kilometre Old Beach section from the Jetty to Cassidy’s Bay, at Brighton there is now a 2.9 kilometre section completed which runs from Andrew Street in Brighton along the Jordan River through Pontville along the back of Pontville Park sporting complex to Blackburn Avenue.

Council is in the process of completing a further 1.6 kilometres from Blackburn Avenue to Cameron Road which gives us an excellent flat pathway for 4.5 kilometres along the banks of the Jordan River which incidentally is flowing now due to the recent rains we have enjoyed. Other pathways planned and due to start soon are the 2.2 kilometre route around Green Point itself and there is a further 1.4 kilometre stretch from the East Derwent Highway Bridge along the foreshore at Herdsman’s Cove. Our Council is committed to investing in recreational facilities that provide the opportunity for our community to improve their health and wellbeing by exercising on a regular basis.

I have included a map showing our completed pathways and those that are currently being planned or under construction.  I encourage everyone to experience allof our walking tracks they are all easy walking and the Brighton/Pontville pathway is different as it follows along the route of the Jordan River whereby our other completed paths are along the River Derwent.

I would love feedback from our track users with any comments you may have be they be favourable or otherwise and if you have any suggestions on improvements we can make.   Please let me know by email mayor@brighton.tas.gov.au.

Brighton community programs deliver excellence

Mayor of Brighton

IT was with huge pride that I recently received, on behalf of our community’ the ‘Delivering Excellence for our Communities Award’ presented by the Local Government of Tasmania.

The award recognises the fantastic efforts and achievements of our community in delivering programs and events that benefit the whole of the municipality, through Brighton Alive.  Brighton Alive was established just three years ago to address an organisational void in recreational and other activity in the Brighton municipality
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Brighton proves bigger is not always better

Mayor of Brighton

BRIGHTON Council has achieved a great deal over recent years and we, and our community, have much to be proud of.

Our sound financial management with our revolutionary flat rate system means that Brighton residents and businesses will face minimal rate increases this year – up just 2.5 percent or $20 a year for homes and $5 for residential land – and we are passing on in full, the savings from the new water and sewerage arrangements.
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Sleepless night worth the wait for major project

Mayor of Brighton

WHEN I woke up at 2.30 am on Tuesday April 21, I knew it was going to be hard to get back to sleep. The day was to be the official ceremony to mark the start of the Brighton transport hub and bypass projects.

I had been asked to speak at the ceremony along with Senator Mark Arbib,Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery, representing the Federal Government and Premier David Bartlett and I did not want to go back to sleep in case it was all a dream. Continue reading “Sleepless night worth the wait for major project”

Working to improve roads and footpaths

Mayor of Brighton

2009 has begun and it looks like this year will be another exciting one for our community.

Brighton has much on the drawing board and the signs are positive that this year will be another year of significant achievement.

One of the most exciting developments will see the transition to the new education concept announced last year by Premier and Minister for Education David Bartlett and his government in accepting the major recommendations of the Southern Midlands Education Renewal Taskforce.   New manager of the Bridgewater/Brighton Learning Federation Andy Bennett is already out and about in our community and consulting with stakeholders to ensure that the transition is a smooth one. A profile on Andy and his most immediate priorities is featured in this edition of Brighton Community News.  The future of education in our community remains our top priority and we will be working closely with Andy to ensure that the major initiatives of the recommendations are implemented.
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