No short cuts for Brighton’s computer software developers

By JOHN HALL

WHEN Simon Morgan left Bridgewater High 28 years ago he could not have imagined one day working with a Brighton Council-owned software business, Microwise, with local government clients across Australia and in the Pacific.

Simon, a computer software developer, is working alongside Scott Smith who created the PropertyWise program, now sold to 19 local governments in Australia and the Suva City Council in Fiji.

PropertyWise is a valuable asset wholly owned by Brighton Council.  It was developed by Scott, Council’s in-house IT manager, 21 years ago.

Simon Morgan, left, with Scott Smith who are further developing Microwise as a valuable Brighton Council asset
Simon Morgan, left, with Scott Smith who are further developing Microwise as a valuable Brighton Council asset

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Time to have your say on the pokies

By MARGIE LAW*

POKER machines are rigged to fool and addict you They are computers that are programmed to make it look like you have almost won a prize but the computer knows you were not going to win. However, the user is encouraged to keep putting money in because you think you are close to a win. The lights and sounds of the machines give the impression you have won even when you have actually lost money. Users of the machines don’t stand a chance. You just can’t win in the long run. Continue reading “Time to have your say on the pokies”

School showcases successful student artwork

By STUART KELLY*

LAST month St Paul’s Catholic School was transformed into a magical art gallery showcasing the talents of students from Kindergarten to Grade Six.

The Art Show, titled ‘Colour My World’ displayed more than 1000 pieces of student art work and several collaborative installations that demonstrated outstanding creativity. Continue reading “School showcases successful student artwork”

TasNetworks to trial new tariff in Brighton area

IN a Tasmanian first, electricity network provider TasNetworks is working with some of its Brighton customers to trial new electricity technology in order to better understand when and how people use energy in their homes.

The trial will help participants better understand their household energy use by using metering technologies and smart phone apps that help track household energy use and aim to help participants make smarter energy choices to suit their lifestyle. Continue reading “TasNetworks to trial new tariff in Brighton area”

Local student takes out State apprentice of the year award

By HELEN RANSOM*

STAFF at Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School (JRLF) – particularly Sandy Menadue, principal, and Maree Conrad Wilson, assistant principal for years 11 and 12 – are delighted that an unprecedented four students represented the school at the recent Tasmanian Training Awards.

From left, JRLF finalists, Bradley Cate, Brooke Faltusz-Cashion, Corey Burgess and Sharnie Clark who was announced the 2016 winner of the Australian School-based apprentice of the year category.
From left, JRLF finalists, Bradley Cate, Brooke Faltusz-Cashion, Corey Burgess and Sharnie Clark who was announced the 2016 winner of the Australian School-based apprentice of the year category.

The four nominated students, Corey Burgess, Brooke Faltusz-Cashion, and Sharnie Clark for Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year and Bradley Cate for Vocational Student of the Year went through a rigorous selection and interview process, and were outstanding at the awards dinner at Wrest Point Casino. Continue reading “Local student takes out State apprentice of the year award”

Clean up group needs you for its major community cleanup day

THE recently formed and very committed Bridgewater/Gagebrook clean up group will be holding a major cleanup on October 22.

Mark Bartlett and Angela Knight, the two locals behind the Bridgewater/Gagebrook clean up group which is dedicated to cleaning up rubbish in the area, have organised the day for the Gagebrook and Herdsman’s Cove areas

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Barrelful of jobs, that’s the spirit!

By JAMES DRYBURGH

ADAM Bone was a stonemason in 1997 when he began learning the art of making the perfect cask at a small cooperage in the Huon Valley. Eventually, he decided to buy the business, figuring if he could complete two or three casks a week he would be able to sustain himself. Not long after this decision, the Tasmanian whisky industry began to really take off. Now Adam’s Tasmanian Cask Company employs nine other people at the factory in Bridgewater and supplies casks to premium whisky and spirit producers across Tasmania, Australia and even Scotland.

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The team at The Tasmanian Cask Company

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Success means Anne’s on her way to the nationals

BRIDGEWATER’S Anne Smith is continuing to succeed in figure skating competitions throughout the country.

She recently competed in the Crystal Challenge Trophy 2016, National Ranking figure skating competition, which was held in Melbourne and which hosted all levels of figure skating from throughout Australia.

Anne Smith hopes to represent Tasmania and Australia on International championships in near future.
Anne Smith hopes to represent Tasmania and Australia on International championships in near future.

Anne competed in three events: solo dance, free dance and single ladies. She placed first in Solo dance, first in free dance, and third in ISA Ladies in the elementary division with a score of 27, which was a personal best. Anne said the best part of a great experience was landing a double Salchow jump which she previously had not been able to do. Continue reading “Success means Anne’s on her way to the nationals”

Brighton hails tyre recycling venture

BRIGHTON Council has welcomed the recent announcement by local business Barwick’s Landscape Supplies to partner with Australia’s oldest and largest waste tyre recycler to establish an operation in Bridgewater.

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At the announcement from left, Jan Barwick, Barry Barwick, Brighton Council’s general manager Ron Sanderson, Scott Barwick, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster and Tyronn Barwick.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said as well as a new business establishing in the municipality, it would also make a positive impact on the Tasmanian environment. Continue reading “Brighton hails tyre recycling venture”