Thumbs up for new community garden

ABLE Australia and Campbell Page were proud to have the opening of the garden and literacy building at the Learning Centre Bridgewater early last month.

The garden was donated by Bunnings, with volunteers who to make the project  a reality.

From left, Natalie Howell, Celestine Hare, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster, Labor MHR Dick Adams, Tim Long and John Klug.
From left, Natalie Howell, Celestine Hare, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster, Labor MHR Dick Adams, Tim Long and John Klug.

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Promoting and marketing the Industrial Estate

BRIGHTON Council has launched a new marketing campaign to bring new business and employment to the municipality.

Mayor Tony Foster released a new flyer and brochure promoting the Brighton Industrial Estate to senior business leaders at a Property Council luncheon in Hobart. The launch followed the recent decision by Brighton Council to establish a specialist body to advise on investment and business development in the municipality. Continue reading “Promoting and marketing the Industrial Estate”

Community youth group ‘airs its dirty laundry’

TWO young people with a strong community vision have brainstormed a creative way to spread the message about the negative effects of violent behaviour.

Chris Hyland and Mary Nichols from Bridgewater’s Young People in Action (YPiA) group have launched the ‘airing our dirty laundry project’, with the assistance of their fellow YPiA members.

The Young People in Action Group is uniting to make its voices heard in the community.
The Young People in Action Group is uniting to make its voices heard in the community.

The innovative has project come into force as a result of discussions among the group’s members concerning their feelings being at blame for the violence that occurs within the community. Continue reading “Community youth group ‘airs its dirty laundry’”

New body to focus on growth

BRIGHTON Council is establishing a specialist body to advise on investment and business development in the municipality.

Mayor Tony Foster said the Brighton Industry and Housing Corporation’s role would be to maximise the economic and social benefits from Council owned land and generally support growth and development in the region. Continue reading “New body to focus on growth”

Collaboration helps create connections

THE Tasmanian Early Years’ Foundation (TEYF), in conjunction with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s (TMAG) AccessArt educators, recently launched Creative Connections in the Early Years (Creative Connections).

Creative Connections is a 12-month project, funded through the Myer Foundation and the TEYF, which will investigate opportunities to increase creative and arts experiences for children in the first six years of life.

Creative Connections TEYF project consultant Leigh Tesch, three-year-old Claudia Todd, TMAG art educator Rosie McKeand and Jemma Voss, also three, engage in drawing.
Creative Connections TEYF project consultant Leigh Tesch, three-year-old Claudia Todd, TMAG art educator Rosie McKeand and Jemma Voss, also three, engage in drawing.

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Rates law far from perfect

BRIGHTON Council says the State Government-proposed local government legislation, promised to clear up any questions surrounding Brighton’s fair rating system is workable but far from perfect.

The proposed legislation lacks flexibility. It would only allow councils to set one minimum rate and restrict this to only 35 percent of total properties in a municipality. As well the legislation clearly states that rates are a form of taxation and the value of a ratepayer’s land is the key indicator of capacity to pay, so relying on the outdated Assessed Annual Value (AAV) system. The Government’s legislation is based on the questionable Access Economics findings. Continue reading “Rates law far from perfect”

Doors open for Pontville detention centre

THE first stage of the Pontville Immigration Detention Centre is ready for use to cater for up to 400 clients. The first clients arrived earlier this month.

The clients, all single adult men, are being accommodated in the former Brighton army huts that originally were located on the site.

The huts have been refurbished to provide dormitory-style accommodation with each one sleeping up to 20 people.

Inside one of the accommodation buildings at the Pontville immigration detention centre.
Inside one of the accommodation buildings at the Pontville immigration detention centre.

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Retention rates lift is target

THE new Jordan River Learning Federation, with construction almost complete and students already settling into the $40 million campus environment, is targeting a dramatic lift in the retention rate of its senior students.

Currently only 15 per cent of students in Brighton municipality attain Year 12 level or embark on a sustainable career path – well below the national average of 80 per cent and the State average of 70 per cent.  The gap will begin to dramatically close next year with the Federation offering Year 12 studies on its senior school campus, built on the site of the old Bridgewater High destroyed by fire in 2007. Continue reading “Retention rates lift is target”

Community kept informed as detention centre progresses

CONSTRUCTION work on the Pontville Immigration Detention Centre began at the end of June and is progressing well.

Several local businesses have won tenders to supply goods and services for the site, including Park Homes which is providing transportable buildings to be used for accommodation, administration and recreation at the centre. Continue reading “Community kept informed as detention centre progresses”

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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