Tribute to long-time Brighton former deputy mayor and councillor

 

Tribute to long-time Brighton former deputy mayor and councillor

FORMER deputy mayor and long-time and respected councillor on Brighton Council passed away last month. His son-in-law Leigh Gray, who is also on Brighton Council, provided the following which was part of his eulogy at Geoff’s funeral.

By LEIGH GRAY

GEOFF Taylor has a history of community involvement along with his long involvement with Brighton Council. Geoff was founding District Commissioner of the Brighton Pony Club, was part of the committee that provided housing for our elderly in Brighton, all funded by the Brighton Rotary Club, a long-time member of the Brighton Bowls Club and a founding member of the Brighton Lions Club.

Cr Geoff Taylor - a strong supporter of his community.
Cr Geoff Taylor – a strong supporter of his community.

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Local government serves its community

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor

THERE is certainly a focus on local government at the moment – on its effectiveness and efficiency, the services it provides for ratepayers and the community, and importantly the level of rates and charges it levies to provide those essential services.

This level of public scrutiny should certainly not be a problem for councils. Indeed, all levels of government, be they state, federal or local, must be answerable to the community, to the taxpayers and ratepayers who provide the revenue to pay for the services and sustain the bureaucracies that manage them. Continue reading “Local government serves its community”

No short cuts for Brighton’s computer software developers

By JOHN HALL

WHEN Simon Morgan left Bridgewater High 28 years ago he could not have imagined one day working with a Brighton Council-owned software business, Microwise, with local government clients across Australia and in the Pacific.

Simon, a computer software developer, is working alongside Scott Smith who created the PropertyWise program, now sold to 19 local governments in Australia and the Suva City Council in Fiji.

PropertyWise is a valuable asset wholly owned by Brighton Council.  It was developed by Scott, Council’s in-house IT manager, 21 years ago.

Simon Morgan, left, with Scott Smith who are further developing Microwise as a valuable Brighton Council asset
Simon Morgan, left, with Scott Smith who are further developing Microwise as a valuable Brighton Council asset

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Time to have your say on the pokies

By MARGIE LAW*

POKER machines are rigged to fool and addict you They are computers that are programmed to make it look like you have almost won a prize but the computer knows you were not going to win. However, the user is encouraged to keep putting money in because you think you are close to a win. The lights and sounds of the machines give the impression you have won even when you have actually lost money. Users of the machines don’t stand a chance. You just can’t win in the long run. Continue reading “Time to have your say on the pokies”

School showcases successful student artwork

By STUART KELLY*

LAST month St Paul’s Catholic School was transformed into a magical art gallery showcasing the talents of students from Kindergarten to Grade Six.

The Art Show, titled ‘Colour My World’ displayed more than 1000 pieces of student art work and several collaborative installations that demonstrated outstanding creativity. Continue reading “School showcases successful student artwork”

TasNetworks to trial new tariff in Brighton area

IN a Tasmanian first, electricity network provider TasNetworks is working with some of its Brighton customers to trial new electricity technology in order to better understand when and how people use energy in their homes.

The trial will help participants better understand their household energy use by using metering technologies and smart phone apps that help track household energy use and aim to help participants make smarter energy choices to suit their lifestyle. Continue reading “TasNetworks to trial new tariff in Brighton area”

Local student takes out State apprentice of the year award

By HELEN RANSOM*

STAFF at Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School (JRLF) – particularly Sandy Menadue, principal, and Maree Conrad Wilson, assistant principal for years 11 and 12 – are delighted that an unprecedented four students represented the school at the recent Tasmanian Training Awards.

From left, JRLF finalists, Bradley Cate, Brooke Faltusz-Cashion, Corey Burgess and Sharnie Clark who was announced the 2016 winner of the Australian School-based apprentice of the year category.
From left, JRLF finalists, Bradley Cate, Brooke Faltusz-Cashion, Corey Burgess and Sharnie Clark who was announced the 2016 winner of the Australian School-based apprentice of the year category.

The four nominated students, Corey Burgess, Brooke Faltusz-Cashion, and Sharnie Clark for Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year and Bradley Cate for Vocational Student of the Year went through a rigorous selection and interview process, and were outstanding at the awards dinner at Wrest Point Casino. Continue reading “Local student takes out State apprentice of the year award”

Tough day at office for under 18s and reserves finals

By LEESA SHAW*

AT the recent  Southern Football League grand final day  Brighton had both its under 18s and Reserves teams facing off against teams from Claremont in what we knew was going to be some tough football.

The under 18s got off to a nervous start, despite some great play by Jakob Best, Mithcell Jakubiszyn, Jeremy Trinder, Ryan Jones and Jordan Percey, they went down 16.6.102 – 6.9.45. Continue reading “Tough day at office for under 18s and reserves finals”

New club bowls patrons over

By VAN RANSLEY

A COOL drizzly Sunday didn’t deter more than 50 bowlers and spectators witnessing the official opening of the 2016/2017 bowls season on the Brighton Bowls and Community Club’s artificial surface in September.

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Max Tonks puts down the first bowl of what promises to be a very positive season.

We invited popular couple Jan and Max Tonks to put down the season’s first official kitty and bowl respectively, after which bowlers enjoyed 10 ends of social bowls, followed by a barbecue lunch Continue reading “New club bowls patrons over”

Council continues to serve the community

By TONY FOSTER

BRIGHTON Council continues to serve our local community, providing the full range of services, efficiently and effectively.

We continue to enjoy the lowest and fairest rates in Tasmania. Our Council is consistently judged as the most efficient in the State and among the most innovative local government bodies in Australia. We are indeed fortunate that both the elected Councillors, and our Council management and staff, share a common aim and that is to provide the best local government service and support for our community. We work together to achieve this objective, with the Councillors providing the leadership and strategic direction and our management and staff responsible for implementing our plans and providing services to the community. Continue reading “Council continues to serve the community”