Spike in overnight burglaries of cars in Bridgewater


SINCE the beginning of July a number of break-ins to cars parked in driveways has occurred in Bridgewater.  These have mainly occurred in the area surrounded by Eddington Street, Green Point Road and Finlay Street.  The main times have been from midnight to 7am.  On two recent occasions alert residents disturbed hoodie-wearing males who ran away.  The break-ins involved smashing windows and have not been restricted to any particular model of car.   Continue reading “Spike in overnight burglaries of cars in Bridgewater”

Child and family centre celebrates birthday


IT was our sixth birthday on early in July and we had plenty of fun celebrating. Children were welcomed by our Aboriginal community, and we sang and danced together.  Michelle from Make Believe also came along to make some fun music and to sing and play with the children. This year we had six delicious cakes too! Thank you to the many families who came to join us with our celebrations. We had a great birthday.

• Charlotte enjoys playing with the toys
• Charlotte enjoys playing with the toys

NAIDOC week followed and was another wonderful week of celebrations. This year’s NAIDOC theme, Because Of Her, We Can!, was embraced by Aboriginal communities around the nation. At tagari lia, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal friends joined to celebrate and share traditional culture and knowledge. One memorable moment for the children, was to learn that painting is such a beautiful way of sharing stories for Aboriginal people.

Children painted our cave in the sandpit, learnt to twine, listened to the didgeridoo animal sounds, made up animal adventures and sang a baby lullaby based on the theme of “Because Of Her, We Can!”

The food was magnificent and included delights from our bush food garden, and gourmet mutton birds and wallaby provided by volunteer chef, Stuart, and his team. Many thanks to everyone who contributed and joined is us in our celebrations.

*Margie Nolan is the centre leader of tagari lia


Beating family mealtime blues


ARE you finding mealtimes a struggle, spending more time worrying about what the kids eat than eating your own meal?

Here are some tips to reduce the mealtime blues and put a bit of joy back into family mealtimes.

And, if you don’t have family meals maybe these tips will help get you started.Beating mealtime blues

Despite the effort, it’s a lot easier to start a family mealtime habit when children are young, but it’s never too late to start.

It doesn’t matter if it’s not every meal or even every day, or if not all the family are there. You don’t even need a table – a family meal can be anywhere you’re sitting and eating. Continue reading “Beating family mealtime blues”

Club season kicks off for all teams



THE Brighton District Cricket Club’s 2018-19 season finally kicks off with our Southern Cricket Association, men’s senior side, Cricket Tasmania’s Premier League (CTPL) 3rd grade side, and our CTPL Boys under-17s commencing preseason training August 1, 8-9:30am at the TCA Indoor nets. Our under-15 CTPL Boys start September 5, at the time and place. The Cricket Tasmania Premier League under-17 girls begin on September 12 also at the TCA nets 8-9:30am. All of the above will train at the TCA nets until early October. All Hobart Junior League sides will be notified regarding pre-season training requirements asap. Continue reading “Club season kicks off for all teams”

Old Beach looks forward to a strong season



OLD Beach Cricket Club is looking forward to a successful 2018-19 season. This year’s committee is headed by chairman, Ross Wooldridge, assisted by treasurer Wendy Little, secretary Phil Owen and a committee of six.

Teams have been entered in grades 1, 3 and 7 in the SCA competition.Old Beachcc logo Continue reading “Old Beach looks forward to a strong season”

Trade centre draws accolades from key stakeholders


Trade training centre tour
The recent tour hosted representatives from Brighton Council, Beacon Foundation, The Smith Family, Gunn Street Discovery Early Learning Centre, Horticultural and Landscape Supplies and TasBGAS.

WE love working together to make things happen. To help community, industry and businesses gain a better understanding of our goals and aspirations for our students, the collective education team at Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School regularly conducts tours of the school and the Southern Central Trade Training Centre.
Continue reading “Trade centre draws accolades from key stakeholders”

Education is our future


I HAVE long believed that education holds the key to the future growth and development of the whole Brighton municipality as well as the prosperity and well-being of our community.

That is why I supported the development of the unique Jordan River Learning Federation and why I have campaigned long and hard for a new high school at Brighton. Continue reading “Education is our future”

Public meeting hears from experts on possible sites for Brighton’s new high school

A PUBLIC meeting was held in the Brighton Bowls and Community Club last month to discuss site options for the new Brighton High School which was agreed to by the Tasmanian Government at the last State Election.  A total $3 million has been put aside in the current State Budget to begin the planning and consultation process.   A total $4.3 million was put aside for the modernisation and upgrade of the Education Department’s School Farm. The site options and preferred site for the new high school which will be owned and built by the Tasmanian Government will be presented to the Government and the Education Department. Below is the presentation made to last month’s public meeting which was attended by approximately 70 Brighton municipality residents.


INSPIRING Place has enjoyed working with Brighton for nearly 30 years now, most recently around the redevelopment of the Brighton village centre following the construction of the Brighton by-pass.  The by-pass offered the possibility for the creation of a vibrant village centre with an active streetscape that is safe, convenient and beautiful. This is now being achieved. Continue reading “Public meeting hears from experts on possible sites for Brighton’s new high school”

Brighton Lions wants your help for Veronika’s fund-raiser



WE’D like to introduce Brighton resident Veronika Davie.  In many ways she’s a regular 10-year-old. Veronika attends a main stream school, she loves her two big brothers Jordan and Jakob, loves bowling, TV dance shows, music, horse-riding, ParkRun, her iPad and especially her mum Kylee and dad Marcus.

But Veronika was unlucky in the womb.  She had bilateral strokes in utero, the size of which would kill an adult.  She wasn’t expected to survive her birth, but against the odds she did.  Diagnosed with a heart defect, Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and cerebral palsy, Veronika  wasn’t ever supposed to walk.   Against the odds, she walked into kindergarten on her first day of school supported by her trusty walking frameUnknown

Veronika has had 12 operations so far, and a heavy schedule of physio, hydrotherapy and occupational therapy exercises just to develop her muscle tone to do things we take for granted, like sitting, standing and holding a cup.

Veronika’s disabilities also make it hard for her to use AUSLAN sign language, so she’s developed her own.  Veronika began having seizures when she was four-years-old, which affect many of her hard-earned physical skills, so she learns them again.  Veronika, like her mum, doesn’t give up.   Continue reading “Brighton Lions wants your help for Veronika’s fund-raiser”