Footy stalwart continues service to club off field

By DONNA HOWLETT

THE Brighton Football Club is extremely proud to share the following information about one of our most respected and valued members of the club, Ziggy Harezma.

The 58-year-old can be found in our trainer’s room every training night and game day, assisting our players with pre and post-match treatment. Continue reading “Footy stalwart continues service to club off field”

Construction starts on Pontville detention centre

CONSTRUCTION work has begun at the site to be used for the Pontville Immigration Detention Centre (IDC), following the appointment of Tasmanian company Fairbrother as head contractor.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) had previously appointed Hobart architects Bush Parkes Shugg & Moon to design and manage the project. Tenders for some of the construction work have still to be decided. Continue reading “Construction starts on Pontville detention centre”

Plenty of positives for the Brighton community

By TONY FOSTER

IT has certainly been an interesting past few weeks for our community with a number of positive issues that I can happily report on.

The first of course is the fact that once again Brighton is leading other municipalities in its rates increases by keeping the increase to just over $20 for each residential property in line with the Hobart Consumer Price Index.  When you compare us with other councils, particularly in the south, where some councils are increasing rates by three times our 2.9 per cent, the rate increases we announced yet again prove the value and benefit of our successful flat rating system for ratepayers and our community. Continue reading “Plenty of positives for the Brighton community”

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).

Continue reading “Technology alliance a boost for Microwise”

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.