Old Beach cricket club gets set for season 103

OLD Beach cricket club is getting ready for it 103rd season and in that time it has seen its fair share of cricket associations come and go.

Club secretary Davin Wooldridge said the Old Beach cricket club started off in the Monmouthshire cricket association in 1896 and then joined the Central Cricket Association and then the Brighton Cricket Association.

“They were still hard at it when teams started to fold and the associations merged to become Brighton Central Cricket Association,” Davin said.

“When this association folded in 1991, after more teams in the municipality couldn’t field enough players, the remaining teams joined the Derwent Valley Cricket Association.

“In 2001 Old Beach joined the Southern Cricket Association (SCA) and this season for the first time we hope to field four teams.”

“Pre-season training has started at Cloak Oval, Jetty Road and will continue to the third week of September.

“From Tuesday, September 22, training will revert to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm onwards,” Davin said.

The club currently fields three teams in the SCA , and has chosen to try and field four teams this season to encourage more people from the community to become involved in the club.

“Pre-season numbers will decide if the club enters four teams or not, so anyone thinking about having a game is encouraged to come down and have a go and check us out. The more the merrier,” he said.

“We have appointed our coaches for the coming season and they are led by head coach Brian Davison with Neil Faulks and Phil Hyatt coming on board as assistant coaches.”

The season starts on October 10 and you can contact the club at oldbeachcc@bigpond.com.au or can contact club secretary Davin Wooldridge on 0417 110 937.

Brighton signs road pact on road repairs

BRIGHTON Council and Stornoway Maintenance have signed a mutual resourcing agreement which will see sharing of plant, equipment and labour for the delivery of road construction and maintenance works between the two organisations.

Brighton Council and Stornoway Maintenance have formally agreed to share resources to maintain roads across the municipality. From left, Brighton Council’s Danny Cleaver with Council general manager Ron Sanderson, Stornoway’s Bob Brown, Adam Wilson of Brighton Council and Tim Gardner of Stornoway
Brighton Council and Stornoway Maintenance have formally agreed to share resources to maintain roads across the municipality. From left, Brighton Council’s Danny Cleaver with Council general manager Ron Sanderson, Stornoway’s Bob Brown, Adam Wilson of Brighton Council and Tim Gardner of Stornoway

The program aims to create a single pool of resources to support the Council’s municipal works program, while giving Stornoway an enlarged pool of expertise and equipment to draw from in delivering its own contracts.

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Work progresses on Brighton’s primary schools

By ANDY BENNETT*

IF you visit our primary schools over the next few weeks you will notice some changes. Work has begun on renovation of buildings at East Derwent Primary School and will soon begin at Herdsmans Cove and Gagebrook Primary Schools.

Phil Novak, left, with Andy Bennett at a recent workshop to develop the middle school educational concept brief.  Phil went through Gagebrook Primary as a student then Bridgewater High and Claremont College.  He has since graduated with two degrees at the University of Tasmania in science and teaching and has been appointed as a teacher at East Derwent primary school.
Phil Novak, right, with Andy Bennett at a recent workshop to develop the middle school educational concept brief. Phil went through Gagebrook Primary as a student then Bridgewater High and Claremont College. He has since graduated with two degrees at the University of Tasmania in science and teaching and has been appointed as a teacher at East Derwent primary school.

The work, which is the second stage of our building program after the Bridgewater High School MDT Centre completion, is funded under the Australian Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan Building the Education Revolution (BER) Primary Schools for the 21st century program.

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Hard work and loyal customers pay off for Brighton Hardware

BRIGHTON Hardware owners Paul Diaz and Leanne Taylor are absolutely over the moon with their recent win in the Telstra Small Business Awards but the say the win is “all down to their wonderful customers”.

Brighton Hardware’s award-winning combination of Paul Diaz and Leanne Taylor-Diaz with Telstra Country Wide manager Noel Hunt.
Brighton Hardware’s award-winning combination of Paul Diaz and Leanne Taylor-Diaz with Telstra Country Wide manager Noel Hunt.

Paul and Leanne won the Tasmanian business owner micro-business award after turning around a business to be the success that it is today.

“We couldn’t have done this without our wonderfully loyal customer base and we would really like to thank them for helping us achieve what we have been able to achieve,” Leanne said.

A customer-focused hardware store, Brighton Hardware took out the Telstra businessowner micro-business award turning around what Paul described as a dying business and in its place, maintaining and establishing a loyal group of customers in a very competitive market.

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80 new jobs in bridge upgrade

THE $14-million upgrade of the historic Bridgewater Bridge is one step closer with the recent signing of contracts.

McConnell Dowell Constructors (Australia) was awarded the contract to undertake construction.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Anthony Albanese said the works would begin next month supporting up to 80 jobs during construction.

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Residents urged to vote in their local elections

THE 2009 local government elections will be held next month and Brighton residents are encouraged to vote.

The statewide roll for local government elections closes on September 17 and you can check your status by phoning 13 23 26 or going online at www.aec.gov.au

If you are currently on the State electoral roll you are automatically on the local government roll for the Council in which your enrolled address is located.

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Brighton’s flat rating system comes out on top

By TONY FOSTER

BRIGHTON can be proud that it is once again leading the way, this time in current and ongoing discussion about council rates.  Over the past few weeks, and at the instigation of northern media and councils in the region, the issue of a flat rating structure for all Tasmanian councils has been gaining momentum.   Brighton Council adopted the revolutionary flat rating system two years ago – the first council to adopt the more equitable system and abandoning the Assessed Annual Value System (AAV) of rating .

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