BRIGHTON Council has held a meeting with local business owners as part of its consultation and planning for the development of the township following the completion of the Brighton Bypass.
Mayor Tony Foster, Councillors and senior Council officers met the business leaders at the Brighton Hotel in December and discussed initiatives to attract people to the town.
Mayor Foster said he wanted to meet regularly with business leaders as a Focus on Brighton group.
“We are committed to create an environment that will encourage people to live, shop and do business in Brighton,” Cr Foster said.
“We can get more done if Council and the local business community co-operate and maximise their resources.”
Cr Foster said the opening of the Brighton Bypass has resulted in major changes for Brighton businesses.
“We no longer have motorists passing through the town, so we are missing that trade.
“But the future for Brighton is extremely bright, with the Transport Hub now progressing, the Brighton Industrial and Housing Corporation’s affordable home development gathering momentum, the new medical centre underway and another of other initiatives.
“Yes, Brighton is in transition, but like other centres that have been bypassed by highways, we can adapt to change and do better than ever.”
Cr Foster said rather than a town cut in two by a major highway, there were now opportunities to develop a true Brighton village and create a real sense of community.
“Council is taking a lead by retaining specialist business regeneration consultant David Engwicht of Creative Communities, to work with Brighton to develop a strategy for the future.
“David will visit Tasmania in coming weeks and I am confident his input will assist us to build on the great strengths of Brighton and the innovative energy of our businesses and community.”
Cr Foster said he looked forward to reporting back to local businesses at the next meeting of the Focus on Brighton group.