Worm farms a good way to foster waste reduction

 

By RICHARD CUSKELLY*

TONNES of avoidable food waste goes to landfill every day, which can present a financial loss for households as well as a negative environmental impact. Because of the way food waste breaks down in landfill it can create methane – a harmful greenhouse gas. A fun and effective way to reduce your waste is to feed your food scraps to a worm farm. The waste the worms produce (called ‘castings’) is rich in nutrients and great for feeding house plants, adding to seedling mixes and potting soils or top-dressing around veggies.

Starting a worm farm is a fantastic way to start fostering a child's responsibility and environmental conscience
Starting a worm farm is a fantastic way to start fostering a child’s responsibility and environmental conscience

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Brighton growth pushes towards city status

At the end of last year, Mayor Tony Foster delivered his annual ‘State of the Council’ report, outlining some of the highlights of the past year and looking forward to 2020. His report is reproduced following:

SOME years ago, I introduced ‘State of the Council’ reports for presentation to Council in November each year. Although not required under legislation, I believed it important to give my view on where we were and indeed where we were going. This initiative is part of my commitment to transparency and I fully appreciate that future Mayors may or may not wish to do the same.

The University of Tasmania recently produced a regional report on population trends for Council areas in Tasmania which showed that populations would decline in 15 Council areas and grow in the other 14 Council areas. In percentage terms Brighton was expected to grow at 1.18 % which means that city status is not that far off.

Brighton Municipality has carefully followed its long-term asset and financial plan.
Brighton Municipality has carefully followed its long-term asset and financial plan.

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Take note of the right way to recycle

By PHIL OWEN*

EVER since China slapped a ban on many categories of foreign waste, it’s become more important for all of us to adopt good recycling habits.

Our waste collectors now have to meet much higher standards of waste product if they are hoping to export the waste to China following its crackdown.

There’s plenty of room for improvement and there are some basic rules we as residents can adopt to ensure we are recycling effectively. Continue reading “Take note of the right way to recycle”

Local duo boasts bowling arms state champions

By ROB MCGUIRE*

BRIGHTON Bowls and Community Club’s Geoff Munro and Kevin Booth are on top of the world following the recent Tasmanian Bowling Arms Pairs championship played in the north of the state mid last month.

Playing at Launceston’s Trevallyn Club, the final saw the two Brighton representatives take on local players, Joe Reissig and Ian Morley, who leapt to an eight-shot lead after just four ends.

Geoff Monroe left with bowls partner, Kevin Booth after winning the Tasmanian Bowling Arms Pairs Championship.
Geoff Monroe left with bowls partner, Kevin Booth after winning the Tasmanian Bowling Arms Pairs Championship.

However, Munro and Booth fought back to be in front after nine ends of the 15-end game. Continue reading “Local duo boasts bowling arms state champions”

A year of improvements for Brighton Football Club

By DARREN CLARK*

WITH so much happening at the Brighton Football Club it seems a good time to update the community.

It has been a busy few months since taking on the President role in November.

With only a couple of months away from the start of the season, the teams are looking forward to a few practice games to blow out the cobwebs.

Brighton Football Club office bearers, from left, Phil Dodge treasurer, Chris Goodluck, vice president, Darren Clark, president, Braden Howlett, vice president and Kelly Penman, secretary.
Brighton Football Club office bearers, from left, Phil Dodge treasurer, Chris Goodluck, vice president, Darren Clark, president, Braden Howlett, vice president and Kelly Penman, secretary.

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Billy brings the world to Brighton – no bull

DROMEDARY cattle farmer and vegetable producer Craig Frost certainly knows a thing or two about promoting what he does to his potential suppliers not only in Tasmania, the mainland but also markets around the world.

Craig, who is the owner of Woodly Farm, has learnt to use social media to great effect to promote the farm, the beautiful scenery, his cattle, particularly his bull Billy, who has become a huge cult hero on Twitter, as well as Craig’s latest acquisition, Lily the dog. Craig goes under the Twitter handle Farmgate 138, the road access to the farm and he boasts almost 8500 followers worldwide.

Billy plays up for his fans.
Billy plays up for his fans.

“The farm was an original free settlers’ grant in the later 1800s and has been in our family since that original grant,” Craig said.

Originally, blackcurrants and other small fruit were grown on the farm but in the mid, to late 1900s the farm was a greyhound training facility. Continue reading “Billy brings the world to Brighton – no bull”

Brighton growth pushes towards city status

At the end of last year, Mayor Tony Foster delivered his annual ‘State of the Council’ report, outlining some of the highlights of the past year and looking forward to 2020. His report is reproduced following:

SOME years ago, I introduced ‘State of the Council’ reports for presentation to Council in November each year. Although not required under legislation, I believed it important to give my view on where we were and indeed where we were going. This initiative is part of my commitment to transparency and I fully appreciate that future Mayors may or may not wish to do the same. Continue reading “Brighton growth pushes towards city status”

Long-time volunteer named municipality’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year

LOCAL Bridgewater long-time volunteer and community service participant Janet Fedczyszyn has been named this year’s Brighton Council Australia Day Citizen of the Year.

Council’s Australia Day awards were announced by Acting Mayor Leigh Gray.

The other recipients are the Australia Day Volunteer of the Year, Peter Geard, who is also a Brighton councillor, the Event of the Year, The Spring Food Festival coordinated by Jordan River Service Inc’s Cheynee Pullen, and the Young Citizen of the Year, young athlete Sam Walker.

Waqar Akram Alizai formerly from Pakistan and who now lives in Bridgewater, was conferred with Australian citizenship.

Award recipients  Peter Geard, Susan Walker (on behalf of Sam Walker), Cheynee Pullen for The Spring Food Festival and  Janet Fedczyszyn with acting Mayor Leigh Gray and Australia Day Ambassador Bernadette Black.
Award recipients Peter Geard, Susan Walker (on behalf of Sam Walker), Cheynee Pullen for The Spring Food Festival and Janet Fedczyszyn with acting Mayor Leigh Gray and Australia Day Ambassador Bernadette Black.

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