Brighton growth pushes towards city status

At the end of last year, Mayor Tony Foster delivered his annual ‘State of the Council’ report, outlining some of the highlights of the past year and looking forward to 2020. His report is reproduced following:

SOME years ago, I introduced ‘State of the Council’ reports for presentation to Council in November each year. Although not required under legislation, I believed it important to give my view on where we were and indeed where we were going. This initiative is part of my commitment to transparency and I fully appreciate that future Mayors may or may not wish to do the same.

The University of Tasmania recently produced a regional report on population trends for Council areas in Tasmania which showed that populations would decline in 15 Council areas and grow in the other 14 Council areas. In percentage terms Brighton was expected to grow at 1.18 % which means that city status is not that far off.

Brighton Municipality has carefully followed its long-term asset and financial plan.
Brighton Municipality has carefully followed its long-term asset and financial plan.

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Take note of the right way to recycle

By PHIL OWEN*

EVER since China slapped a ban on many categories of foreign waste, it’s become more important for all of us to adopt good recycling habits.

Our waste collectors now have to meet much higher standards of waste product if they are hoping to export the waste to China following its crackdown.

There’s plenty of room for improvement and there are some basic rules we as residents can adopt to ensure we are recycling effectively. Continue reading “Take note of the right way to recycle”

Billy brings the world to Brighton – no bull

DROMEDARY cattle farmer and vegetable producer Craig Frost certainly knows a thing or two about promoting what he does to his potential suppliers not only in Tasmania, the mainland but also markets around the world.

Craig, who is the owner of Woodly Farm, has learnt to use social media to great effect to promote the farm, the beautiful scenery, his cattle, particularly his bull Billy, who has become a huge cult hero on Twitter, as well as Craig’s latest acquisition, Lily the dog. Craig goes under the Twitter handle Farmgate 138, the road access to the farm and he boasts almost 8500 followers worldwide.

Billy plays up for his fans.
Billy plays up for his fans.

“The farm was an original free settlers’ grant in the later 1800s and has been in our family since that original grant,” Craig said.

Originally, blackcurrants and other small fruit were grown on the farm but in the mid, to late 1900s the farm was a greyhound training facility. Continue reading “Billy brings the world to Brighton – no bull”

Brighton growth pushes towards city status

At the end of last year, Mayor Tony Foster delivered his annual ‘State of the Council’ report, outlining some of the highlights of the past year and looking forward to 2020. His report is reproduced following:

SOME years ago, I introduced ‘State of the Council’ reports for presentation to Council in November each year. Although not required under legislation, I believed it important to give my view on where we were and indeed where we were going. This initiative is part of my commitment to transparency and I fully appreciate that future Mayors may or may not wish to do the same. Continue reading “Brighton growth pushes towards city status”

Long-time volunteer named municipality’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year

LOCAL Bridgewater long-time volunteer and community service participant Janet Fedczyszyn has been named this year’s Brighton Council Australia Day Citizen of the Year.

Council’s Australia Day awards were announced by Acting Mayor Leigh Gray.

The other recipients are the Australia Day Volunteer of the Year, Peter Geard, who is also a Brighton councillor, the Event of the Year, The Spring Food Festival coordinated by Jordan River Service Inc’s Cheynee Pullen, and the Young Citizen of the Year, young athlete Sam Walker.

Waqar Akram Alizai formerly from Pakistan and who now lives in Bridgewater, was conferred with Australian citizenship.

Award recipients  Peter Geard, Susan Walker (on behalf of Sam Walker), Cheynee Pullen for The Spring Food Festival and  Janet Fedczyszyn with acting Mayor Leigh Gray and Australia Day Ambassador Bernadette Black.
Award recipients Peter Geard, Susan Walker (on behalf of Sam Walker), Cheynee Pullen for The Spring Food Festival and Janet Fedczyszyn with acting Mayor Leigh Gray and Australia Day Ambassador Bernadette Black.

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Joint movement good for arthritis

Participant Michael with strength trainer, Emma for Arthritis Tasmania’s program starting in January in Brighton municipality at the Old Beach Community Centre.

NO matter what your age or how much pain you feel, the evidence is loud and clear: simple exercises can and will help people living with arthritis.

In the New Year, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania is launching The Joint Movement strength training program at the Old Beach Community Centre.  Continue reading “Joint movement good for arthritis”

Brighton Football Club welcomes new players, new coach and new board

By DARREN CLARK*

THE Brighton Football Club has elected a new board at its recent annual general meeting –  the final piece in the rebuilding of the club.

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Brighton Football Club office bearers, from left, Phil Dodge treasurer, Chris Goodluck, vice president, Darren Clark, president, Braden Howlett, vice president and Kelly Penman, secretary.

In the past few months, we have seen new coach Byron Howard return as senior coach. Byron and his coaching panel, including son Jacob, have been busy recruiting new and former players back to the club. Continue reading “Brighton Football Club welcomes new players, new coach and new board”

On the road to a safer future

By MAREE CONRAD WILSON*

JORDAN River Learning Federation Senior School recently hosted a major media event to launch a State Government Road Safety Campaign targeting and educating young people and their supervisors about the importance of Quality Time.

The Quality Time Campaign program aligns with the work the Senior School is undertaking in the highly successful Driving For Jobs Program (DFJ).  Driving for Jobs means that students can progress safely through the graduated licencing system at the same time as undertaking their studies in Year 11/12.  DFH is funded by the Tasmanian Government.

Minister for Transport Michael Ferguson, FIA Formula 3 Driver Alex Peroni and students from the Jordan River Learning Federation.
Minister for Transport Michael Ferguson, FIA Formula 3 Driver Alex Peroni and students from the Jordan River Learning Federation.

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Show a shining light on region’s agriculture and produce

 

THIS year’s Brighton Show was a huge success with gate numbers well up from last year.

Brighton Agricultural Society president Geoff Jackson said he was delighted to see Tasmanians continuing to show their love for traditional agricultural shows, with about 20,000 visiting the Brighton Show at the Pontville Recreation Ground. Continue reading “Show a shining light on region’s agriculture and produce”

Brighton puts on a Show for its region and community

By TONY FOSTER

 THIS year’s Brighton Show was a fantastic success, with some 20,000 people attending the one-day event.

The Brighton success certainly disproves the theory that agricultural shows are on the demise, based on dwindling attendances and even cancellations of shows in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.

Show president Geoff Jackson with Brighton Deputy Mayor Barbara Curran and Lyons MHR Brian Mitchell.
Show president Geoff Jackson with Brighton Deputy Mayor Barbara Curran and Lyons MHR Brian Mitchell.

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