Mayor and Deputy returned in strong Council vote

BRIGHTON’S Mayor Tony Foster and Deputy Mayor Barbara Curran have been re-elected with increased personal votes in the October local government elections.

Tasmania’s longest-serving Mayor, Cr Foster secured a healthy 58 per cent of first preference votes in the Mayoral election, easily defeating Cr Phil Owen and Cr Leigh Gray. Cr Curran won just over 50 per cent of votes to secure the deputy’s position without the need for preferences. Continue reading “Mayor and Deputy returned in strong Council vote”

Have your say on school developments

By TONY FOSTER*

THE Brighton community is being invited to have a say on the development of the new Brighton High School and the upgrade of Jordan River Learning Federation School Farm.

The $30 million new high school development and the $4.3 million School Farm upgrading were major election promises by the Liberal Government, with the high school to be completed over the next four years. The initial planning funds were allocated in the most recent State Budget. Continue reading “Have your say on school developments”

School role model presented inspirational award

 

HERDSMANS Cove resident and Groundsman at Herdsmans Cove Primary School, Steven Bennett was presented with the Tasplan Together We Inspire award at the 2018 Department of Education awards event last month.

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We Inspire award winner Steven Bennett was chosen from the finalists in this year’s awards because of his commitment to Herdsmans Cove students, the school and the community that goes above and beyond his groundsman role.

The humble, yet dedicated, groundsman at Herdsman Cove Primary School was chosen from the finalists in this year’s awards because of his commitment to the students, the school and the community that goes above and beyond his groundsman role.  Continue reading “School role model presented inspirational award”

Brighton Council candidates have their say

BRIGHTON Community News has provided space for candidates vying for election in the 2018 Local Government elections for Brighton municipality. This is to allow candidates to say why they are standing for election and why you should consider them in your vote.  Remember, it is important to vote – ballot papers will be sent out early this month (October 8) and you must return your ballot to the Tasmanian Electoral Office by 10am, October 30. Remember this is your opportunity to have your say. Continue reading “Brighton Council candidates have their say”

Centre’s little scientists win in national program

THE Bagdad Education and Care Tasmanian has won the 2018 Little Scientists Early STEM Award.

The award celebrates the commitment and dedication of early childhood educators to inquiry-based learning in early STEM education, providing opportunities for children to learn as they explore, discover, create, improvise, test theories and imagine.

The centre’s educators are from left Tammy Bennett, Tania Keates, Karina Jones (director), Ellie Hall, Tiana Williams and Rebekah Smith.
The centre’s educators are from left Tammy Bennett, Tania Keates, Karina Jones (director), Ellie Hall, Tiana Williams and Rebekah Smith.

Continue reading “Centre’s little scientists win in national program”

Don’t be misled, local government is doing okay

 By TONY FOSTER*

 WITH the political goings on in Canberra and concern over the issues of hospitals, health services and the like in State Parliament, it seems that some of the focus has shifted from local government and the spotlight is now firmly on the other two tiers of government.

Of course, the concentration may soon come back on councils as our State and Federal politicians attempt to deflect attention from their in-fighting, poor policy decisions and failings, and they’ll no doubt be supported by the vested interest groups who want to see residential ratepayers bear a greater cost of the local rates burden. Continue reading “Don’t be misled, local government is doing okay”

Senior school ramps up for national skills week

By MAREE CONRAD WILSON*

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From left Sandy Menadue, Principal JRLF Senior School and Roslyn McGuiness Principal Oatlands District High with students Brady Watson, Nicole Brooks

JORDAN River Learning Federation Senior School (JRLF SS) and Southern Central Trade Training Centre (SCTTC) were proud to be participating in National Skills Week recently.  Staff, students, adult learners and members of the community rolled up their sleeves in order to showcase the excellent programs and state-of-the-art facilities which exist in this wonderful educational organisation. Continue reading “Senior school ramps up for national skills week”

Brighton a proven Tasmanian leader in local government

AN advertisement in the December 2010 issue of Brighton Community News demonstrated how Brighton led Tasmanian Councils across a range of services and activities.

Mayor Tony Foster says eight years later, Brighton is maintaining its position as the best performing Council in the State. Continue reading “Brighton a proven Tasmanian leader in local government”

Unique Brighton software firm wins excellence award

BRIGHTON Council’s unique local government information technology business CouncilWise has won a major award for excellence presented by the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT).

Brighton received the LGAT award for delivering excellence for large councils with a population more than 15,000 through its wholly-owned CounciWise subsidiary partnering with Microsoft and other major technology firms.

From left, Dr Katrena Stephenson of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, James Dryburgh from Brighton Council and Ald Doug Chipman of the Local Government Association of Tasmania. Photo:  Eagle Eye Photography
From left, Dr Katrena Stephenson of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, James Dryburgh from Brighton Council and Ald Doug Chipman of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
Photo: Eagle Eye Photography

 

Mayor Tony Foster said winning the award was a major achievement for Brighton Council which has been a leader in technology development for local government for more than 20 years. Continue reading “Unique Brighton software firm wins excellence award”

‘Christmas Parade King William’ celebrates milestone

By MARGIE NOLAN*

WELL-KNOWN local identity in the municipality, Bill Griffiths turned 90 in July celebrating this significant event over the weekend with his close family. Red Cross and tagari lia Child and Family Centre also combined resources to recognise Bill’s birthday and to celebrate with his wife Fay, and many other members of the community.

Most people know Bill for his kind contribution towards the local community, his life stories and his wicked sense of humour.

Ninety-year-old Bill Griffiths with his wife, Fay
Ninety-year-old Bill Griffiths with his wife, Fay

Bill grew up in Liverpool in the United Kingdom and learned to fend for himself from a very young age. He was separated from his twin sister, Peggy and brothers at the age of eight years. Continue reading “‘Christmas Parade King William’ celebrates milestone”