Your chance to name community club

 LOCALS are being given the opportunity to name the new sport and wellbeing community club to be established in Bridgewater.

The club, the first of its type in Australia, is being established by Grassroots Community Development Pty Ltd, a company established to create social change outcomes in grassroots communities. Continue reading “Your chance to name community club”

Rockers on a roll in seesawing grand final

BRIGHTON’S Weily Park Rockers finished their season in style last month winning the fourth grade grand final.

The team took on the Hobart Lions in the SCA fourth grade grand final at Risdon Vale Oval.

The jubilant Weily Park Rockers grand final winners proudly display the winning shield.

After a successful T20 tournament winning the premiership, the Weily Park Rockers finished top of the ladder in the fourth grade one-day series meeting the Hobart Lions (placed second on the ladder) in the semi-final. The Rockers just fell short and Hobart went straight through to the grand final.

Fortunately, the Weily Park Rockers were given a second chance against the Montagu Bay Sharks to earn their spot in the grand final. Continue reading “Rockers on a roll in seesawing grand final”

Jye kicks some goals in winning statewide writing competition


BRIGHTON Primary School’s Jye Martin, recently entered an Australian writing competition and won. The competition was called the Australia Post ‘Raise a Reader’ competition in the Mercury newspaper requiring him to write about someone who inspires him, and why.

Jye Chose North Melbourne’s Shaun Higgins and while there were a large number of entries in the competition the judges recognised his as a stand-out. Plus he wrote this in his own time in the holidays.

Jye Martin wins writing competition
Brighton Primary School’s Jye Martin proudly displays his letter advising him of his win.

We have been working this term on looking at people who inspire us and how we can be a positive member of our community and it would be amazing if his efforts could be recognised beyond just the school newsletter. It would also be an awesome celebration of his writing.  Continue reading “Jye kicks some goals in winning statewide writing competition”

Family fun event gives children lots of play opportunities


FAMILIES and children from Bridgewater, Gagebrook, Herdsman Cove and Brighton came together last month for a fantastic community fun evening. The new park behind tagari liaChild and Family Centre and the Bridgewater Library proved to be a great venue as young children had lots of play opportunities. It was really wonderful to see how the community came together.

Families and children had a wonderful time with a community fun evening to celebrate the official launch of Jordan River Connected Beginnings initiative. The initiative aims to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children to be well prepared for school.

Aboriginal culture was threaded throughout the event, which was mostly organised by Aboriginal people. The local Jennings mob performed a cleansing dance, and there were muttons birds for everyone. 20190322_160535
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Time to start building the new Bridgewater Bridge


THE most recent reconfirmation of funding for a new Bridgewater Bridge, announced again by the Prime Minister as part of the much-vaunted Hobart City Deal, should signal and early start to this major infrastructure project.

The replacement of the current 75-year-old bridge has been promised for years and funding now comprises a key component of the city deal, with $461 million promised by the Commonwealth Government and a further $115 million from the State.

So, let the construction begin. Continue reading “Time to start building the new Bridgewater Bridge”

Councils must work together to tackle climate change and waste management



UNDOUBTEDLY, waste management and the impact of climate change are two of the most challenging issues confronting the Tasmanian community over the coming year and beyond.

These issues are the responsibility of all tiers of government, indeed for the entire community and local councils have an important role to play. Continue reading “Councils must work together to tackle climate change and waste management”

Vice-regal visit tops a great day for Brighton municipality

 HER Excellency the Governor of Tasmania Professor Kate Warner and husband, Mr Richard Warner recently visited Brighton Municipality and took a first-hand look at many of the community and school activities during the visit.

Her first visit was at Herdsmans Cove Primary School where Brighton Council’s Australian Day citizen of the year, Steve Bennett, accompanied by principal teacher Carolyn Brown gave Her Excellency an overview of the school’s new bike track.

A visit to tagari lia child and family centre gave the Governor an insight into the wonderful programs being conducted for the children and their families. A ‘little mob’ session introduced by Katalyna Health from TAC Health Services was a highlight.

Governor Warner visited the Community Men’s shed and was taken on the tour by the manager of Jordan River Services Helen Manser along with staff of the shed. Helen received a Member of the Order of Australia in the general division (AM) for significant service to the community of Tasmania particularly through the establishment and management of regional development initiatives.

Next on the visit was the Bonorong Wildlife Park where Her Excellency spoke at length with director Greg Irons and toured the impressive new wildlife veterinary facility. She particularly made mention of this important work at a civic reception at the Brighton Bowls and Community Club.

From left, Mr Richard Warner with Bonorong Wildlife Centre's Greg Irons and Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania Professor Kate Warner.
Brighton municipality recently enjoyed the company of Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania Professor Kate Warner, right, with husband Richard, left, and Bonorong Wildlife Park’s Greg Irons.

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Students driven to improve their job prospects


Driving for Jobs program, which is running in the Year 11/12 program at Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School, has been busy from day one this year.20190214_133713 20190215_101732 20190218_145744

The enthusiasm and motivation shown by students to participate in driving lessons, is outstanding.

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Joeys learn to HOP at Old Beach Scouts


MOST adults will agree that children between five and seven years are pretty irresistible. It’s that wonderful age when kids wriggle and skip when they’re happy, when they stare at you with huge wondrous eyes and a grin full of teeny-tiny teeth.  For this age group, the world is exciting and everything new is to be explored and enjoyed.  Story-telling and singing is a normal part of everyday life; and (let’s face it, some pretty dodgy) craft-work is an immense source of pride.

A new Joey Scout is invested at a special ceremony to welcome them to the Scouting family
A new Joey Scout is invested at a special ceremony to welcome them to the Scouting family

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Children to benefit from sports shoes gift to PCYC

RECLINK has delivered more than 50 pairs of shoes to the Bridgewater PCYC which will go towards sport and recreation activities in the Brighton region.

State manager Richard Allanby was alerted to a shortage of footwear for people who accessed the PCYC and was delighted with the response when he asked for assistance from the Reclink community.

PCYC volunteer Emma with Reclink’s state manager Richard Allanby.

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