Men take up challenge at Northern Christian School

IT can be hard to find male primary school teachers but one school bucking the trend is Northern Christian School in Bridgewater.

School principal, Bethany Armstrong, said this year the school would have a record five male teachers.

“It’s great to have so many great male role models for the students at the school,” she said. “When we look for staff we are looking for the best candidates. It’s terrific so many men put their hand up to teach at Northern. We know in Australia there has been a decline in male primary school teachers in the past decade yet research has shown there are many benefits of having both male and female teachers for boys and girls.”

Male teachers at the Northern Christian School, from left, Luke Lamont, Samuel Whittle, Will Davis, Dean Prentice and Chris Banham.
Male teachers at the Northern Christian School, from left, Luke Lamont, Samuel Whittle, Will Davis, Dean Prentice and Chris Banham.

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Garage sales stats put second-hand first

BRIGHTON municipality’s participation in last year’s Garage Sale Trail was well supported by members within the community, but more can still be done. The Garage Sale Trail’s Impact report from last year’s national program shows some positive statistics from people within the municipality who participated in the sale trail to help reduce and re-use waste in the region.

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Second phase of Bridgewater Parkland gets high five in community consultation

THE second phase of the Bridgewater Parkland project is well underway with a very successful community consultation program now complete and a re-design to include the recommendations from the community, about to begin.

The proposed foreshore playground is the second stage in the Bridgewater Parkland Master Plan, which establishes the future direction for the reserve by providing improved recreational opportunities. The site is off Eddington Street in Bridgewater, and is adjacent to Vinnie’s Growth Centre and the Derwent River.

A range of consultation methods was used including direct contact with schools in the area, community groups, community centres and the Bridgewater Library. Special Brighton Alive meetings were also held to gauge public opinion and an ‘Our Say’ forum held to build on this.  Representatives from a range of groups attended including Brighton Council, Save the Children, The Smith Family, Australian Early Development Census, Department of Justice, Clarence Council, Tas Water, Uniting Church, 26/TEN, Communities for Children, Salt Anglican, Centacare Evolve Housing. Social media was effectively used to spread the message.

The overwhelming elements agreed on for the new recreation areas were a climbing forest and a pump track.  There were also a number of other suggestions for elements which will be incorporated into the design.

A pump park was one of the suggestions from the community consultation for the next phase of the Bridgewater Parkland project,
A pump park was one of the suggestions from the community consultation for the next phase of the Bridgewater Parkland project,

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New off-lead dog park opens at Old Beach

BRIGHTON Council has received some excellent positive feedback from the municipality’s new off-lead dog park which has recently been completed at Lennox Park.

The park, for dogs to exercise, socialise and run free still requires some minor works to be completed but dog owners are now welcome to visit with their dogs and try it out.

“The dog park was developed based following feedback from the community,” said acting Mayor Barbara Curran.

The new off-lead park that is now open for Brighton Municipality residents (and their pooches).
The new off-lead park that is now open for Brighton Municipality residents (and their pooches).

“Residents told us this was something really needed in our area and it is really pleasing we are receiving such positive feedback. Brighton Council staff looked at off-lead dog parks in other areas around greater Hobart and as a result, has developed an excellent facility for our local dog owners to use. We do, of course, still welcome any suggestions for improvement and have had feedback on the area needing some fine-tuning including more seating and perhaps some dog agility equipment as the park evolves. Council has certainly taken this on board.”

For those who are new to fenced off-lead dog exercise areas, there are some useful tips and rules that are pointed out on park signage to ensure it is an enjoyable experience for everyone. Access near the Jetty Road end will not be completed until this month but two other access points have are ready for use.

“Off-lead parks allow our four-legged friends to exercise and socialise, as well as allowing owners to watch their dogs running around. It certainly seems to be equally as enjoyable and sociable for dog owners especially given the feedback we have seen on our Brighton Council Facebook page, with residents making dates with friends and neighbours to meet up at the park.

“The dog park really is another way Council is supporting healthy living in our area, encouraging residents to get out and about.

“Although Old Beach is Brighton Council’s first fenced, off-lead dog exercise area, other future off-lead areas will include Eddington Street in Bridgewater as part of the staged Bridgewater Parkland development and in Brighton/Pontville in an area yet to be determined,” Cr Curran said.

“We are delighted with the early response to the opening of our first dog park and look forward to the community enjoying the amenity with their families and friends, and of course, their dogs.”

Council plans to hold an official opening of the Old Beach dog park in due course.

 

Brighton Council leads the way calling for an increase to Newstart Allowance

BRIGHTON Council has unanimously agreed to advocate for the Newstart Allowance to be significantly increased to help people who are struggling to make ends meet.

At its meeting this week, Council unanimously supported a motion by Cr Tennille Murtagh that the Newstart Allowance is insufficient to cover the rising costs of living and is adversely impacting on residents who live in Brighton and similar municipalities.

Cr Murtagh said it was a travesty people who relied on the allowance were being forced to live below the poverty line with virtually no money to see them through an entire fortnight once rent and other essentials were taken out.

Cr Tennille Murtagh
Cr Tennille Murtagh

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Pete’s Shed impact improves self-worth

A HANDFUL of dedicated volunteers is making a big impact in developing confidence and social networks in the Bridgwater community.

Pete’s Community Workshed is built on the foundations of improving self-worth and developing confidence and social networks by providing a place to meet others and not only learn skills but also share knowledge and friendship.

From left, Jen Butler MP, Opposition leader Rebecca White, volunteer Pete Taylor with Craig Farrell MLC.
From left, Jen Butler MP, Opposition leader Rebecca White, volunteer Pete Taylor with Craig Farrell MLC.

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Brighton Cricket Club praised as good sports

BRIGHTON District Cricket Club has been praised for its strong commitment to building a healthy, family-friendly club environment, through the Good Sports program.

Having reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, Brighton District Cricket Club has implemented policies around alcohol management, tobacco, safe transport, mental health, and healthy eating.

Above and beyond the Good Sports program, Brighton District Cricket Club prides itself on its efforts in encouraging female participation.

Having reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, Brighton District Cricket Club has implemented policies around alcohol management, tobacco, safe transport, mental health, and healthy eating.
Having reached the highest level of the Good Sports program, Brighton District Cricket Club has implemented policies around alcohol management, tobacco, safe transport, mental health, and healthy eating. It also prides itself in encouraging female participation.

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Bridgewater market now a monthly regular

THE first Bridgewater Market was a huge success with more than 50 sites booked out. The Brighton Civic Centre car park was a hive of activity with stallholders and members of the community enjoying all the market had to offer.

The Brighton Lions Club sausage sizzle was a popular place around lunch-time and coffee was well worth the wait according to those who attended. There was a wide variety of goods for sale along with a busker for
entertainment and a face painter for the children.

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Brighton calls for urgent increase in Newstart Allowance

BRIGHTON Council has called on the Federal Government to increase the Newstart Allowance in an urgent measure to alleviate poverty and its associated disadvantages.

Acting Mayor Barbara Curran said while Councillors conceded that setting the Newstart Allowance was a Commonwealth responsibility Brighton Council had an overriding responsibility to advocate on behalf of its community.

“At its most recent meeting, Council unanimously supported a motion put forward by Cr Tennille Murtagh that the Newstart Allowance is insufficient to cover the rising costs of living and is adversely impacting on residents who live in Brighton and similar municipalities.

Cr Tennille Murtagh
Cr Tennille Murtagh

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