Our children grow and learn

EACH Friday morning, the Riverside Community Garden and Nursery, plays host to an early years program called ‘Grow and Learn’.  It is a great program where parents, grandparents, carers and their young children meet to grow and maintain communal fruit and vegetable gardens while learning about gardening and healthy food.

Grow and Learn is an initiative of The Smith Family in partnership with Campbell Paige and the Education Department.  Recently, the children and parents experienced the ‘full lifecycle’ of growing and eating fresh corn and even making popcorn!

The children work with Chelsea to prepare for planting.
The children work with Chelsea to prepare for planting.

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Brighton leads the way in its resource-sharing business model

BRIGHTON Council’s successful resource-sharing initiatives have been recognised by its local government peers.

Council’s unique business model has been rewarded for demonstrating operational excellence with an award presented at this year’s Local Government Association (LGAT) awards for excellence.  The award is for Council’s outstanding common service provision model that allows it to share its staff and resources with other councils both in Tasmania and more recently in its partnerships with interstate councils as well as the development of a sister city relationship with Suva in Fiji.

At the awards event, Mayor of Brighton Council Tony Foster with Brighton’s business development manager Robert Higgins.
At the awards event, Mayor of Brighton Council Tony Foster with Brighton’s business development manager Robert Higgins.

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Bright new dawn for Brighton

A MAJOR housing development comprising 400 dwellings is underway at the former Brighton Army Camp site north of Hobart. The largest housing development in Brighton for 30 years, the project has been officially launched by Brighton Mayor Tony Foster.

Brighton Council has approved the development of 328 lots to accommodate 400 new dwellings on the 62-hectare former Army Camp Estate at a value of about $120 million.

•  At the development launch from left, Mayor Tony Foster with Deputy Mayor Geoff Taylor and  Simon Touma, Director of Touma International Pty Ltd the owners of the site.
• At the development launch from left, Mayor Tony Foster with Deputy Mayor Geoff Taylor and Simon Touma, Director of Touma International Pty Ltd the owners of the site.

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Housing site has history and heritage preserved

By JOHN HALL

THROUGHOUT the 20th century, Brighton was the centre of military training in Tasmania. Troops going to the Boer War and the First World War trained in paddocks near the Jordan River.

Then in 1939 the Brighton Army Camp on Midland Highway was built to train soldiers going to fight in the Second World War. The final chapter on these military achievements has concluded with the subdivision of the 68-hectare Brighton Army Camp. Continue reading “Housing site has history and heritage preserved”

Natural gas delivers cost cuts for Roadways

ROADWAYS Pty Ltd’s decision to switch from LPG to natural gas at its asphalt manufacturing plant at Bridgewater was not a difficult one to make.

Managing director Phil Sidney said when we looked at the company’s requirements and sat down and did the sums, the figures showed that natural gas was up to 60 per cent cheaper than LPG.

Roadways Pty Ltd managing director Phil Sidney at the company’s asphalt manufacturing plant at Bridgewater.
Roadways Pty Ltd managing director Phil Sidney at the company’s asphalt manufacturing plant at Bridgewater.

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Brighton does its bit on Clean Up Australia Day

SUNDAY March 7 was national cleanup Australia Day right across the country and iin our municipality it was no different. A small dedicated group cleaned an area from Cassidys Bay on the East Derwent highway towards Otago Bay. This group was predominately friends of local woman Stacey Turner who, along with Brent Lees, owns and operates a landscape and garden maintenance business called Earth Impressions.

Clean Up Australia Day volunteers, from left Mackenzie-Rose Penwright, Stacey Turner, Larissa Murtagh, Ken Turner, Brent Lees, Natalie Turner, Vick and Ryan Liderth take a well-earned break.
Clean Up Australia Day volunteers, from left Mackenzie-Rose Penwright, Stacey Turner, Larissa Murtagh, Ken Turner, Brent Lees, Natalie Turner, Vick and Ryan Liderth take a well-earned break.

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Guides celebrate centenary with challenges

WITH Girl Guides celebrating its centenary year, 2010 is a great time for girls of all ages to become involved! Girl Guides Tasmania offers opportunities for women of all ages, cultures, faiths and abilities to become involved in Guiding.

Support and development officer for Girl Guides Tasmania, Susan Northcott said that being a unit leader, assistant or helper provides opportunities to develop skills, take on new challenges, provide amazing experiences for girls and young women, make new friends and have fun.

Guides is all about fun and friendship.
Guides is all about fun and friendship.

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Brighton streetscape plans and report ready for review

THE process of planning to revitalise the town centre of Brighton is well underway and it is now at a stage where draft plans are being put to the community for input and consultation.

Brighton Council commissioned Tasmanian environmental planning and landscape architecture firm Inspiring Place Pty Ltd to look at ways of improving the general appearance, accessibility, safety and functionality of the Brighton town centre along the Midlands Highway between Elderslie Road in the south and Pontville to the north to coincide with the start of the Brighton bypass.

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Education leaders

THE first inspection of the new multi-million dollar Bridgewater and Southern Midlands Learning Federation sites was undertaken at an official ceremony marking the start of the gymnasium for the complex, this month.

Gathered at the beginning of construction of the new gymnasium for the Bridgewater and Southern Midlands Learning Federation are Brighton mayor Tony Foster, Learning Federation manager Andy Bennett, Premier David Bartlett and Senator Carol Brown representing the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard with grades seven and eight Bridgewater High students who will be among the first to use the gym as well as students from Gagebrook and East Derwent primary schools. (In the background is the fenced-off area between Bridgewater High and Eddington Street where the new gymnasium and sport science block will be built.)
Gathered at the beginning of construction of the new gymnasium for the Bridgewater and Southern Midlands Learning Federation are Brighton mayor Tony Foster, Learning Federation manager Andy Bennett, Premier David Bartlett and Senator Carol Brown representing the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard with grades seven and eight Bridgewater High students who will be among the first to use the gym as well as students from Gagebrook and East Derwent primary schools. (In the background is the fenced-off area between Bridgewater High and Eddington Street where the new gymnasium and sport science block will be built.)

At the same event, Council re-signed its partnership with the Tasmanian Government and it was also presented with $1 million worth of government funding for a major street and public space landscaping project for Brighton (see story this page) and Bridgewater. Continue reading “Education leaders”