Brighton football club reflects on great year

By DONNA HOWLETT*

THE Brighton Football Club  has had a fantastic year, in many ways which is all looking great for the future.   We were extremely  proud of our reserves who made it to the  preliminary  final, finishing second and the senior side who were unfortunately knocked out in the second semi final having finished in sixth position this year. Continue reading “Brighton football club reflects on great year”

Students heed ban at Green Point Plaza

GREEN Point Plaza is now off-limits to students during school hours, and the ban will soon be extended to the Cove Hill shopping precinct.

The Green Point ban came into effect on August 1 after meetings between shopkeepers, property developer Robert Rockefeller, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster and representatives from the new Jordan River Learning Federation – lead principal Steve Lewis and parents’ association chairperson Leanne Wakerell.

Shopkeepers get behind the initiative, from left, Leanne Wakerell (Bakery), Glen Smith (Woolworths),  Karen Shaw (Bakery) and Shirley Gill (Woolworths).
Shopkeepers get behind the initiative, from left, Leanne Wakerell (Bakery), Glen Smith (Woolworths), Karen Shaw (Bakery) and Shirley Gill (Woolworths).

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Aussie cricketers show true colours for Kandy’s children

By TONY FOSTER

IT was Sunday September 4 and we were driving back from Galle to Colombo in Sri Lanka and our son Stephen said to me “Dad I have to go up to Kandy on Tuesday would you like to come with me?”

I said: “Steve I have been to Kandy twice before and I really do not like that drive up there.” Four hours to travel 106 kilometres does not do a lot for me and you are going up and back in the one day, that means eight hours on the road.

The Australian team, with students and members of the excited local community that watched the memorable day unfold.
The Australian team, with students and members of the excited local community that watched the memorable day unfold.

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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”

Online Access Centre marks 10 years of operations

THE Bridgewater Online Access Centre recently commemorated 10 years of community-based operations in the Brighton municipality.

The significant milestone was celebrated with a community event that featured eLearn and information technology presentations.

Among the invited guests were Brighton Council Mayor Cr Tony Foster and general manager Ron Sanderson, representatives from the Tasmanian Polytechnic, Sandra Laird and Cheryl Williams, past and present centre advisory committee members and volunteers, certificate representatives and centre patrons and friends. Continue reading “Online Access Centre marks 10 years of operations”

Barefoot bowls craze rolls Brighton’s way

THE barefoot bowls craze that has swept Tasmania is coming to the Brighton Bowls Club in October.

Barefoot Bowls offers men and women the chance to experience the fun of competitive bowls in a comfortable social environment.

Barefoot bowls is a great way to socialise and practise your spin.
Barefoot bowls is a great way to socialise and practise your spin.

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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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Progressive council ensures growth of region

By TONY FOSTER

WITH a number a major developments in Brighton underway and pending, it is timely that we also review where we are now and what we have achieved.

The Brighton Bypass, the revolutionary Jordon River Learning Federation, the transport hub, the Brighton industrial estate, the growth of our technology business Microwise, the walking and bike trails and other community amenities that have been developed in recent years, are all developments of which I am extremely proud. Continue reading “Progressive council ensures growth of region”

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”