A busy year highlights Council’s work

By TONY FOSTER

GIVEN the amount of negative publicity about local government over the past few months, people could be forgiven for thinking that councils are not doing a lot to benefit ratepayers and support their communities.

In fact, the opposite is the case and certainly, as far as Brighton is concerned, Councillors and our staff have been working extremely hard to ensure we operate as efficiently as possible and provide the best possible services and facilities for our community. Continue reading “A busy year highlights Council’s work”

No facts provided to support council amalgamations

BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster has called on the Property Council to come up with factual information and not just mouth cheap propaganda calling for local government amalgamations.

Cr Foster, who is Tasmania’s longest-serving Mayor, said the latest call from Property Council State Executive Director Brian Wightman for the State Government to impose amalgamations on councils was short on facts and hypocritical in the extreme. Continue reading “No facts provided to support council amalgamations”

Council votes unanimously to join anti-pokies’ groups

BRIGHTON Council has joined the National Alliance for Gambling Reform as well as a Tasmanian community coalition campaigning for a curb on poker machines in hotels and clubs.

At its November meeting, the Council voted unanimously to join the two groups, reinforcing its opposition to poker machines in Tasmania’s hotels and clubs because of their adverse impact on the community. Continue reading “Council votes unanimously to join anti-pokies’ groups”

Children get into the Aussie Christmas spirit

By NATASHA TOMLINSON*

BRIGHTON Childcare  recently participated in the Hobart Christmas Pageant. The children, parents and staff joined together in getting in to the Christmas spirit with the theme of an Aussie Christmas.

They all walked proudly through the streets of Hobart, children wearing cardboard ‘utes’ that they made at the centre and parents holding emus and parrots made by the educators and parents at the centre.

Brighton Childcare children, parents and carers took part in the Hobart Christmas Pageant using the theme of an Ausssie Christmas which helped everyone get into the Christmas spirit

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Lily takes aim at a berth in the Rio Olympics

BRIGHTON’S vivacious Lily Kelly, 17, has a degenerative muscular condition but that hasn’t prevented her from reaching for her life’s goals.

When she was still in primary school, Kevin Faulkner, from the Paraquad Association, introduced her to playing Boccia and since then, she hasn’t looked back. Continue reading “Lily takes aim at a berth in the Rio Olympics”

Basketball tournament proves success for young and old

By JAYDEN THORTON

IN SEPTEMBER, Bridgewater PCYC, supported by Smart City Hobart and SeaFM, hosted a three-on-three basketball tournament.

The tournament has been in planning by Smart City and PCYC for a few months and was a massive success on the night with the attendance of more than 70 people. Continue reading “Basketball tournament proves success for young and old”

Brighton club’s new artificial green officially launched

By VAN RANSLEY

ALMOST 100 members and guests witnessed Rene Hidding, Minister for Police and Emergency Management and Infrastructure, deliver the first official bowl on the Brighton Bowls & Community Club’s new artificial green, after declaring it officially open on late last month.

Minister for Police and Emergency Management and Infrastructure Rene Hidding officially launches the new artificial green for the Brighton Bowls and Community Centre.

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Mayor calls for major study into pokies’ impact

BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster has called for a new comprehensive study into the social and economic impact of poker machines on the Tasmanian community.

Mayor Foster says previous studies and anecdotal evidence point to gambling on poker machines as having a significant adverse effect on Tasmanian families, small business and general economic activity. The public is entitled to the most up-to-date information to enable it to make an informed judgement. Continue reading “Mayor calls for major study into pokies’ impact”

The teddy bears (and families) have their picnic

BRIGHTON Childcare and `Friends of Brighton’ held its first annual teddy bears’ picnic last month. The day was a great success with approximately 20 families joining from Brighton and surrounding areas. The day was loads of fun with the children and parents participating in the teddy bears parade and some fun games using a parachute. The highlight of this event was bring together families within the Brighton and surrounding communities also seeing the children smiling and having a great time. As this was the first held teddy bears picnic in the Brighton area I think we achieved a great turnout and many families looking forward to next years event.

The highlight of this event was bring together families within the Brighton and surrounding communities also seeing the children smiling and having a great time.

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Waterbridge hosts festival of fun and fare

By GWEN HARPER*

AFTER many months of planning the Spring Food Festival sprang into life at the Gagebrook Community Centre last month.  The idea for the festival was to raise awareness of healthy food options, the profile of Waterbridge Food Co-op and launch the 24 Carrot/Community Blitz ‘My Vegi Patch’ project.    Festival goers were tempted with a variety of delicious healthy food options and by 1000s of vegetable seeds, seedlings and kitchen garden plants on offer.

Young festival goers eat some freshly picked peas from the Waterbridge Garden.

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