Centre officially opened as neighbourhood house

THE newly completed extension at the Bridgewater Community Centre, one of 33 neighbourhood houses in Tasmania providing support and services to the local community was officially opened recently by Lyons MP Mark Shelton.

The extension was funded through the State Governments Neighbourhood House Capital Investment Program (NHH-CIP) and cost approximately $260,000.

At the official opening are from left,  Phil Leed, president of the Bridgewater Community Centre, with, Chelsea Barnes, who is coordinator of the Bridgewater Community Centre, Mark Shelton MP, Helen Manser from Jordan River Services Bridgewater Gagebrook and Cheynee Pullen, coordinator of the Gagebrook Community Centre.
At the official opening are from left, Phil Leed, president of the Bridgewater Community Centre, with, Chelsea Barnes, who is coordinator of the Bridgewater Community Centre, Mark Shelton MP, Helen Manser from Jordan River Services Bridgewater Gagebrook and Cheynee Pullen, coordinator of the Gagebrook Community Centre.

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School farm students show their shearing skills

TASMANIAN shearing trainer Jack Monks and Australian champion wool handler Mel Smith were at the Jordan River school farm last month to work with the VET agriculture students for a basic introduction to shearing.

They also worked with some grade 9 and 10s who are training to enter the Junior Wool Handling Competition at Campbell Town in June.

The students who took part included  Jordan River farm students Bradley Smith, Eliza Schofield, Jacob Swan, Jake Bryant, Kyle Spangler, Maddie Haigh, Sam Kemp, Stephany McManus and William McSherry.
The students who took part included Jordan River farm students Bradley Smith, Eliza Schofield, Jacob Swan, Jake Bryant, Kyle Spangler, Maddie Haigh, Sam Kemp, Stephany McManus and William McSherry.

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Learning centre receives major funding for new fit out

 

A BRIDGEWATER early learning centre development fitout has been given the go ahead with funding from a Federal Government initiative to create jobs and investment.

Federal Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson said the Tasmanian Jobs and Investment Fund package was designed to stimulate local economies and create employment. Continue reading “Learning centre receives major funding for new fit out”

Local boutique winery named State’s best vineyard

CLOVER Hill wines at Tea Tree has been named the Tasmanian vineyard of the year. The recognition comes at an exciting time for Clover Hill, as it plans to open a new cellar door  investing more than $1million at its main Lebrina site due to be open later in the year.

Clover Hill, which was established in 1986 on the site of an old dairy farm in North-East Tasmania by the Goelet family, is one of the country’s principal producers of sparkling wine.

Clover Hill’s vineyards dominates the landscape in the Coal River Valley.
Clover Hill’s vineyards dominates the landscape in the Coal River Valley.

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Brighton agrees to ‘big picture’ water and sewerage dividend freeze

 

BRIGHTON Council has agreed to a freeze on dividends from TasWater for a further seven years as a contribution to the water and sewerage authority’s 10-year capital expenditure program.

Councils agreed to a three-year freeze on dividend distributions in April 2015 and TasWater has asked that this be extended for a further seven years. Continue reading “Brighton agrees to ‘big picture’ water and sewerage dividend freeze”

Efficiency keeps Brighton’s rates down

By TONY FOSTER

MAYOR

LAST month, the Brighton Council considered its budget for the forthcoming financial year and our financial and capital works plan was approved in principle. It will now go to Council for formal approval at the June meeting.

The Budget provides for a rate increase of just 1.3 percent, in line with the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Hobart. This means that the largest rate increase for a residential home in the Brighton Municipality will be $11 a year or 21 cents per week. Continue reading “Efficiency keeps Brighton’s rates down”

Brighton holds rates to CPI for 20th consecutive year

BRIGHTON Council will keep its annual rate increase in line with the Consumer Price Index for the 20th year in succession, with its fair rating policy seeing household rates rise by just $11 for 2016-2017.

The Brighton Council’s budget for 2016-2017 was adopted in principle last month. This included a rate rise of 1.3 percent (the annual Consumer Price Index increase for Hobart) providing the highest increase across the municipality for a residential home of just $11 a year or 21c per week. Continue reading “Brighton holds rates to CPI for 20th consecutive year”

Centre benefits from work for the dole project

By CHEYNEE PULLEN

LAST September, the Jordan River Service Inc. began a Work for the Dole project at the Gagebrook Community Centre which has resulted in a wonderful new play facility for the Centre.

We employed a local resident, a single dad, who had previously been attending work experience at the centre. Ken showed great initiative while on work experience and had a wide variety of skills and knowledge which he could share with the Work for the Dole participants.

Some of the children enjoy the colourful bus one of the highlights of the new play centre which was built during in the Work for the Dole project.

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Footy club looks forward to 2016 season

By LEESA SHAW*

THE Brighton Robins are welcoming everyone to the 2016 Southern Football League season.

It’s been a busy off season in the Robins Nest as we look to continue the improvement shown by the club over the past few seasons.  This year we welcome several new faces to the club’s committee: president, Peter Spotswood; vice president, Phil Dodge; secretary,  Leesa Shaw; function coordinator, Leanne Spotswood. We also have many familiar faces returning for another year: vice president, Chris Goodluck; treasurer, Garry Arnold; committee members,Bronwyn Young and Brendan Parker

Over the past few months the club has hosted many events, weddings, birthdays and school functions.  If you are looking for a venue in the Brighton area, contact us and talk to our friendly staff about what we can do for you.

This season has also seen the introduction of Thursday night meals, come down and support the club and take up the offer of our great value $10 meals. Continue reading “Footy club looks forward to 2016 season”

Brighton initiative celebrates five years of ‘blitzing’ its community

COMMUNITY Blitz, a highly successful Brighton municipality partnership that provides local gardening and maintenance services as well as giving participants important life skills and employment, has celebrated its fifth birthday.

The initiative, a collaboration of local businesses, community groups and people from around the community, provides participants with important training and employment opportunities.

Traycee Di Virgilio, Michael Christie and Lisa Rudd.

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