Brighton on the cusp of exciting period

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor, Brighton municipality 

 THE Brighton municipality is on the cusp of an exciting period of growth and development with a promising future in store for our region and community.

The past decade and more has already been a period of considerable achievement but I am confident that even better years lay ahead. Continue reading “Brighton on the cusp of exciting period”

Municipality’s major works in full swing

BRIGHTON municipality residents are benefiting from a range of projects currently being undertaken within the community. Council’s major projects for the municipality this financial year are well underway with some already completed.

The new jetty at Old Beach
The new jetty at Old Beach

Below is a brief summary of the main proposed works over coming weeks:

Bridgewater Park

The main park area is now completed and opened (see story this issue) with fencing removed. The majority of the Council works are finished other than some landscaping. There have been a few delays on finalising the toilet block. While the main park area has been opened fencing remains around the toilet area and webbing around the grassed areas. Continue reading “Municipality’s major works in full swing”

New parkland opened for the community

THE new $1 million Bridgewater Parkland Community Playground, built by Brighton Council, is now open to the community.

Brighton Council received $430,000 Federal Grant from the Building Better Regions Fund as well as $150,000 contribution from Affordable Community Housing Alliance Tasmania Limited with Council making up the balance.park 2

The playground has new swings, slide, water pumps, climbing nest, see-saws and a whole range of informal play features. Continue reading “New parkland opened for the community”

Spike in overnight burglaries of cars in Bridgewater

By GEORGE CRETU*

SINCE the beginning of July a number of break-ins to cars parked in driveways has occurred in Bridgewater.  These have mainly occurred in the area surrounded by Eddington Street, Green Point Road and Finlay Street.  The main times have been from midnight to 7am.  On two recent occasions alert residents disturbed hoodie-wearing males who ran away.  The break-ins involved smashing windows and have not been restricted to any particular model of car.   Continue reading “Spike in overnight burglaries of cars in Bridgewater”

Trade centre draws accolades from key stakeholders

By HELEN RANSOM*

Trade training centre tour
The recent tour hosted representatives from Brighton Council, Beacon Foundation, The Smith Family, Gunn Street Discovery Early Learning Centre, Horticultural and Landscape Supplies and TasBGAS.

WE love working together to make things happen. To help community, industry and businesses gain a better understanding of our goals and aspirations for our students, the collective education team at Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School regularly conducts tours of the school and the Southern Central Trade Training Centre.
Continue reading “Trade centre draws accolades from key stakeholders”

Education is our future

By TONY FOSTER*

I HAVE long believed that education holds the key to the future growth and development of the whole Brighton municipality as well as the prosperity and well-being of our community.

That is why I supported the development of the unique Jordan River Learning Federation and why I have campaigned long and hard for a new high school at Brighton. Continue reading “Education is our future”

Public meeting hears from experts on possible sites for Brighton’s new high school

A PUBLIC meeting was held in the Brighton Bowls and Community Club last month to discuss site options for the new Brighton High School which was agreed to by the Tasmanian Government at the last State Election.  A total $3 million has been put aside in the current State Budget to begin the planning and consultation process.   A total $4.3 million was put aside for the modernisation and upgrade of the Education Department’s School Farm. The site options and preferred site for the new high school which will be owned and built by the Tasmanian Government will be presented to the Government and the Education Department. Below is the presentation made to last month’s public meeting which was attended by approximately 70 Brighton municipality residents.

 By JERRY DE GRYSE*

INSPIRING Place has enjoyed working with Brighton for nearly 30 years now, most recently around the redevelopment of the Brighton village centre following the construction of the Brighton by-pass.  The by-pass offered the possibility for the creation of a vibrant village centre with an active streetscape that is safe, convenient and beautiful. This is now being achieved. Continue reading “Public meeting hears from experts on possible sites for Brighton’s new high school”

Brighton Lions wants your help for Veronika’s fund-raiser

 

By GWEN HARPER*

WE’D like to introduce Brighton resident Veronika Davie.  In many ways she’s a regular 10-year-old. Veronika attends a main stream school, she loves her two big brothers Jordan and Jakob, loves bowling, TV dance shows, music, horse-riding, ParkRun, her iPad and especially her mum Kylee and dad Marcus.

But Veronika was unlucky in the womb.  She had bilateral strokes in utero, the size of which would kill an adult.  She wasn’t expected to survive her birth, but against the odds she did.  Diagnosed with a heart defect, Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and cerebral palsy, Veronika  wasn’t ever supposed to walk.   Against the odds, she walked into kindergarten on her first day of school supported by her trusty walking frameUnknown

Veronika has had 12 operations so far, and a heavy schedule of physio, hydrotherapy and occupational therapy exercises just to develop her muscle tone to do things we take for granted, like sitting, standing and holding a cup.

Veronika’s disabilities also make it hard for her to use AUSLAN sign language, so she’s developed her own.  Veronika began having seizures when she was four-years-old, which affect many of her hard-earned physical skills, so she learns them again.  Veronika, like her mum, doesn’t give up.   Continue reading “Brighton Lions wants your help for Veronika’s fund-raiser”