Local boutique winery named State’s best vineyard

CLOVER Hill wines at Tea Tree has been named the Tasmanian vineyard of the year. The recognition comes at an exciting time for Clover Hill, as it plans to open a new cellar door  investing more than $1million at its main Lebrina site due to be open later in the year.

Clover Hill, which was established in 1986 on the site of an old dairy farm in North-East Tasmania by the Goelet family, is one of the country’s principal producers of sparkling wine.

Clover Hill’s vineyards dominates the landscape in the Coal River Valley.
Clover Hill’s vineyards dominates the landscape in the Coal River Valley.

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Brighton agrees to ‘big picture’ water and sewerage dividend freeze


BRIGHTON Council has agreed to a freeze on dividends from TasWater for a further seven years as a contribution to the water and sewerage authority’s 10-year capital expenditure program.

Councils agreed to a three-year freeze on dividend distributions in April 2015 and TasWater has asked that this be extended for a further seven years. Continue reading “Brighton agrees to ‘big picture’ water and sewerage dividend freeze”

Volunteers: your community needs you and thanks you

Brighton councillor urges more community involvement in volunteering

 BRIGHTON Councillor Phil Owen was a special guest speaker at this year’s Brighton Australia Day ceremony.  Mayor Tony Foster asked Councillor Owen to reflect on his more than 30 years of  volunteering in our community, which was a theme of this year’s Australia Day event.   Here is a precis of Councillor Owen’s speech.

 FIVE months after moving to Old Beach the Fire Brigade was burning off at the back of my place. I went down to see them and was invited to come to the fire station on a Wednesday night. That is how my work as a volunteer started and I have now been a volunteer with Old Beach Fire Brigade for 33 years. Continue reading “Volunteers: your community needs you and thanks you”

Vet clinic a vital service for locals


WHEN two young mothers were chatting at a children’s play group at Tea Tree Hall seven years ago, neither thought their conversation would lead to setting up a much-needed and successful local business.

But it did.  Those two young mothers are now joint partners in Brighton Veterinary Services.  The clinic is just three years old, but already it has a team of seven staff – three vets, a practice manager, two veterinary nurses (one qualified, one in training) and a receptionist.

The team at Brighton Veterinary Services:
From left, back row: Sharyn Tilgner (vet), Margaret Thompson (vet), Sally Nus (practice manager), Natasha Williams (vet) middle row: Brooke Parker (trainee vet nurse), Kelly Figgel (vet nurse), Julie Daft (receptionist) front row: Zoe Brown (volunteer trainee vet nurse), Hillary Ramirez (exchange student from Costa Rica)

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Lots of Play2Learn fun at St Paul’s

GOOD Beginnings and St Paul’s Catholic School host Play 2 Learn every Monday morning 9am-11am.

Play 2 Learn is a fun, family-friendly playgroup open to all families. Come along and enjoy some great activities with your child and make some new friends.

Rebecca and Ruthie look forward to seeing you.

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Culinary arts program focuses on health and wellbeing

STUDENTS from schools in the lordan River Learning Federation and Risdon Vale Primary swapped pizza­making tips with some of best, as the first of a series of 24 Carrot Gardens Culinary Arts workshops launches  at the  Bridgewater  Community  Centre.

The launch comes as the 24 Carrot Gardens Project design and construction phase is nearing completion, with the 12 participating schools planting and tending vegetable patches in their newly­ built garden beds.

AFL footballers Will Fordham and Andrew Swallow teach children about the benefits of healthy food. (Photo: MONA/Rémi Chauvin Images Courtesy of the artist and MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) 

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This year’s Brighton Show another crowd pleaser

EVERYONE will be able to enjoy a little bit of country at this year’s Brighton Show on Sunday November 9.

There will be family fun entertainment with a new exciting Kiddies Corner on Ferguson Oval with The Girls Brigade of Tasmania in the craft corner, balloons creations by Sally Sunshine, face painting by Mona Leesa Face Painting, dance moves with Mazza’s the House of Dance, kiddies activities with Life Be In It and PCYC – Bridgewater or Lasertag with Tazorb.

All these activities are free for children to have fun and enjoy. Southern Childcare Services will provide  breastfeeding areas and changing facilities.

Thompson Oval will host a Get Ready for Speed Shear 2014 competition. Heiniger Australia and all the sponsors are supporting this new competition.

Always popular is sideshow alley with fun entertainment, rides and amusement for all ages.

In the main hall will be a deer display in the main hall sponsored by the Deer Association and a number of inside stalls from home made goods to hand puppets, baby wear, wooden toys. For the first time the CWA will be selling biscuits and fresh produce.  Don’t forget to drop into the CWA Rooms located in the Pontville Hall to see the range of home creations, from cookery, flowers, knitting and crocheting, art, craft and needlework, gemstone and jewellery. Even the men have a section so hopefully there will be a number of ‘man’ cakes in the competition.

The Hall of Industries Competition includes photography, Lego construction and a children’s section. Check the website below for details.

All the regular events will also be staged again including wood chopping, the agricultural competition sections, stud sheep, goat, beef cattle, pigeon, poultry, fleece, pet guinea pig, dog and pet parade competitions  as well as the horse competitions including the miniatures competition in the Western Quarter Horse Arena.

As in other years, there will be an animal nursery, chainsaw carving by Eddie Freeman, the bullock display, a demonstration of blade shearing and the vintage display.

Boxing demonstrations and the Bugeido Karate School will also be staged for those who like action activities. The Sundown band will be playing throughout the day.

The Ute competition is also  back with a new host Central Highlands Rural Youth, which will be meeting at the Brighton Bakehouse and convoying to the Show.

The very popular baby quest and show girl and show boy competition will be on Fergusson Oval this year.

The Dog High Jump will be on Thompson Oval. Organisers are calling for entries in this event which is the only State Championship Dog High Jump in Tasmania.

Brighton Show is a smoke free event with designated areas for smoking.  The Brighton Football Club’s bar will be open with a designated wet area.

Costs this year are adult $10, children (aged 6 to 16) and concession (must provide card at gate) $5, (5yrs and under free) $25 family pass available at the gate (includes two adults, three children which is a saving of $10. There is limited general parking on site and cars must enter by Glen Lea Road, Pontville.  All schedules are on the website www.brightonshow.com

For further information contact the secretary -Trudy 0407 356 257 or email secretary@brightonshow.com


Residents to be surveyed for their views on positive changes

A NUMBER of exciting community projects are now gaining momentum in the Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsmans Cove areas.

Centacare Evolve Housing’s (CEH) state manager, housing operations Kim Bomford said that in addition to the day-to-day business of providing tenant and property management services over the next 10 years, Centacare Evolve Housing would also focus on revitalising and renewing the community as a thriving, inclusive and sustainable place to live and work.

“We know that we can’t do this alone and that there are many fantastic ideas out there that need to be captured before we embark on any major course of action” said Ms Bomford.

To begin this process, CEH will soon be undertaking a survey giving local residents the opportunity to voice their opinions about what could be done in the future to encourage positive change. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a community development and engagement reference group to help with those changes.

It is early days yet but already Centacare Evolve Housing is involved in a number of small projects to start the ball rolling.

  • Talking to Council about improvements to amenity in certain areas.
  • Developing a parenting program focused on assisting young mums and dads to begin the sometimes challenging task of raising young children.
  • Assisting the local community centres to expand their capacity to provide emergency food relief to clients by delivering food hampers daily to the centres.
  • Employing a tenancy engagement worker who will be available to work one on one with residents who are struggling to sustain their tenancies.

Centacare Evolve Housing is also a partner with four other key organisations that have been working on a large-scale project which will have significant benefits for the community.  More will be outlined later.

Centacare Evolve Housing has now signed more than 480 residents to new social housing leases. Ms Bomford siad the take up had been remarkable, with an average of 20 new leases being signed every week since the program launched in May.

“Residents signing to new Centacare Evolve Housing leases are still eligible for priority access to the property upgrade program with new heat pump installations and kitchen and bathroom upgrades currently underway.

A reminder that these can only be undertaken in a staged approach and that to give yourself the best chance of being first cab off he rank, make sure that you are paying your rent, keeping your property in good order and being a respectful neighbour.

We expect the 500th lease will be signed in the coming weeks, and we will celebrate the milestone with a community barbecue free for all local residents,” Ms Bomford said.



First community blitz a great success

COMMUNITY Blitz’s first community-based activities began on March 15 when members of the Mates Are Great team, from the Jordan River Learning Federation Gagebrook Primary campus, formalised their partnership with the Community Blitz initiative.

Community Blitz is a community-based enterprise that seeks to support positive change made by the community for the community.

Kerry, Seth and Geoff from Mates Are Great which formalised its partnership with Community Blitz.
Kerry, Seth and Geoff from Mates Are Great which formalised its partnership with Community Blitz.

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Trade training and senior school helps Alan to realise his future

ALAN Horne, a 17-year-old year 12 student, is studying at both the Bridgewater Trade Training Centre (BTTC) and Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School.

He is combining his education by attending three days a week at the BTTC completing his course in Certificate II Construction run by the Tasmanian Polytechnic.

Alan Horne in the workshop in the Certificate II Construction course at the Bridgewater Trade Training Centre
Alan Horne in the workshop in the Certificate II Construction course at the Bridgewater Trade Training Centre.

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