Learning the value of reconciliation

By STEFANIA CEFOLA

STUDENTS from the Gagebrook, Herdsmans Cove, East Derwent, Middle and Senior school campuses of the Jordan River Learning Federation, together with The Smith Family and friends and families within the community, joined to celebrate the recent Reconciliation Week. The reflective week marked the launch of The Smith Family’s Reconciliation Action Plan held at the Brighton Civic Centre in Bridgewater.

Students from the Young Persons in Action Group who assisted in the celebrations by conducting the important flag-raising ceremony.
Students from the Young Persons in Action Group who assisted in the celebrations by conducting the important flag-raising ceremony.

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Highway answer to bridge?

BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster says the development of a four-lane East Derwent Highway should be investigated as an immediate alternative to the replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge.

Cr Foster said duplicating the East Derwent Highway from East Risdon to Bridgewater was feasible, less costly and would take the pressure off the Bridgewater crossing so the best possible bridge option could be developed some time in the future. Continue reading “Highway answer to bridge?”

Technology alliance a boost for Microwise

A BUSINESS alliance between Tasmanian information technology firms Microwise Australia Pty Ltd and Point Duty Pty Ltd has been established to market and develop Tasmanian software solutions and ITC services throughout Australia and overseas.

From left, Tony Foster, Greg Davoren (Microwise) and Stan Kaine (Point Duty).
From left, Tony Foster, Greg Davoren (Microwise) and Stan Kaine (Point Duty).

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State pledge on our rates system

THE State Government has promised to legislate before the end of this year to confirm its support for Brighton’s fair rating system.

This follows a major lobbying effort by Mayor Tony Foster and the Council to protect Brighton’s system that has provided rate stability for the community and ensured that rate increases are kept at or below the rate of inflation.

The Government had introduced amendments to the Local Government Act that could have undermined Brighton’s rating system. It was unclear under the legislation, if Brighton’s system based on a flat residential rate, with a differential based on capacity to pay, would be allowed to continue.

However, after strenuous representations lead by Mayor Foster, the Government has provided verbal assurances that it supports the approach taken by the Brighton Council to rating and its outcomes. It has undertaken to legislate before the end of 2011 to clear up any uncertainty.

Cr Foster said the outcome was a victory for common sense and it would ensure that Brighton’s fair rating system was placed on a firm legislative footing.

“Brighton Council has been employing its fair rating methodology for the past five years, having first introduced it in the 2007-2008 financial year,” he said.

“We have, in fact, maintained annual rate increases at, or below, the rate of inflation for the past 15 years, an achievement no other Tasmanian council can boast, with a differential for the Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsman Cove suburbs, in recognition of capacity to pay.

“Our rates for 2011-12 will increase by just 2.9 percent, at a time when other municipalities are imposing increases up to three times this. Brighton’s rate increase represents $20 a year or 40 cents a week for a residential property.

“Our fair rating system enjoys the overwhelming support of Brighton ratepayers and having now maintained this system for some five years, we are determined to continue it into the future.”

Cr Foster said despite Brighton’s representation, the Local Government Act amendments passed the House of Assembly with the Labor Government and Greens combining to defeat a Liberal amendment introduced by Lyons Member Rene Hidding that would have confirmed the Brighton fair rating system.

When the Brighton amendment was introduced in the Legislative Council and strongly supported by Liberal Vanessa Goodwin and Independents Ruth Forrest and Jim Wilkinson, the Government was forced to concede that it needed to bring in new legislation to clear up any concerns.

The Leader for the Government in the Legislative Council, Doug Parkinson provided a commitment to address Brighton Council’s concerns.

Mr Parkinson said the Government supported the outcomes of Brighton’ rating policies for its community.

“We want to make sure that it is placed on a firm legislative foundation. The current amendment does not do that, but the bill we bring back before the end of the year will,” he said.

Cr Foster said the issue was of great importance to Brighton Council and its ratepayers.

“We will now wait on the Government to develop the promised appropriate legislative amendments to clear up any uncertainty.

“The Government’s commitment provides some comfort that it supports our rating policy and we will continue to promote what we have established is the best and fairest rating policy for Brighton.”

Cr Foster said he was sure other Tasmanian councils would look to follow Brighton’s lead once the Government enacted its legislation.

Competition brings out the best in DIY pizza

IN the Autumn edition of Brighton’s Uncle Chris mailout there were a number of featured DIY pizzas to encourage healthier eating habits in the community.

A competition seeking the best DIY pizza recipes resulted in some fantastic recipes and so Brighton Community News is reproducing these for our readers.

Kirra Youd (11), of Brighton at work on another prizewinning pizza.
Kirra Youd (11), of Brighton at work on another prizewinning pizza.

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Carissa takes on men at their own game – and wins

CARISSA Carpenter is fast becoming a role model for young women looking for a career in a male-dominated trade.

The 21 year-old carpenter-joiner from Brighton was recently named the Statewide Construction Apprentice of the Year.

Carissa Carpenter, 21, is a role model for young women looking to learn a trade.
Carissa Carpenter, 21, is a role model for young women looking to learn a trade.

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Our Luke’s a winner all round

LOCAL cricketer Luke Butterworth has enjoyed a great season with the Weet Bix Sheffield Shield -winning PKF Tasmanian Tigers cricket team.

The talented all-rounder was the leading wicket-taker in the Shield competition this past season, was runner up in the national interstate player of the Sheffield Shield series and named in the four-day team of the year.

Luke Butterworth salutes the crowd after his 50 in the Sheffield Shield final at Bellerive.
Luke Butterworth salutes the crowd after his 50 in the Sheffield Shield final at Bellerive.

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Rates kept at CPI low

BRIGHTON rates for 2011-12 will increase by just over $20 for each residential property, in line with the Hobart Consumer Price Index (CPI) rise, but lower than the national rate of inflation.

Annual household rates will rise by $20.80 or 40 cents per week, The 2.9 percent increase is in line with the Hobart CPI increase, but lower than the national CPI rise of 3.3 percent. Continue reading “Rates kept at CPI low”

Wanted: voices for gender balance

THE renowned Bagdad Singers  is looking for more female singers to balance its strong male singing component.

The group  was formed more than 16 years ago when the musical director, Chris Fehlberg, was living in Bagdad. While most of the original members lived in the district, other long-standing participants were drawn from the surrounding areas.

• The  Bagdad Singers who are providing  plenty of pleasure to all age groups.
• The Bagdad Singers who are providing plenty of pleasure to all age groups.

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Microwise wins contract with NSW water authority

SPECIALISED local government software technology developed by a Brighton Council business has won a contract with a New South Wales water authority to provide a billing and land information system.

Microwise Australia, wholly owned by Brighton Council, won a competitive tender to provide a billing system as well as associated land information management for Rous Water in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Continue reading “Microwise wins contract with NSW water authority”