Good Scouts do troops proud

TWO local scouts have been awarded prestigious Australian Scout Medallions by the Chief Commissioner of Scouts, Tasmania.

Elliot Coulson, 15, and Thomas Weeding, 13, from Old Beach Scout Group received their awards at the 57th Scout/ Guide regatta at Snug last month.

The Australian Scout Medallion is the highest award in the scout section and is achieved by only the top five per cent of scouts in Australia. These boys are only the second and third scouts from Old Beach Scout Group to have attained this award.

Their journeys toward this award required them to demonstrate active leadership in scouting, including the planning, implementation and review of a three-day hike where they were required to be totally self-sufficient.

From left, David Coulson, Thomas Weeding, Elliot Coulson, Susan Weeding, Emma Roberts and Don Fitzpatrick of Old Beach Scout Group.
From left, David Coulson, Thomas Weeding, Elliot Coulson, Susan Weeding, Emma Roberts and Don Fitzpatrick of Old Beach Scout Group.

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Green he may be but Riley’s on a roll

BY VAN RANSLEY*

RILEY Davie is proving that lawn bowls is certainly not just the province of senior citizens.

Riley began his association with bowls a couple of years ago when he and twin sister Grace tried barefoot bowls at the Brighton Bowls and Community Club.

While bowls wasn’t to be for Grace, Riley took to it like the proverbial ‘duck to water’ and hasn’t looked back.

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Riley Davie with his pop and mentor, Kevin Booth.

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COVID-19 brings unprecedented times

 

By TONY FOSTER

Brighton Mayor 

WE are experiencing unprecedented times amid a national emergency that is creating challenges that we’ve never previously had to deal with, perhaps the exception is the two World Wars and the Great Depression.

I don’t want to be alarmist, but we do have to face reality. The COVID-19 pandemic means that travel has been severely curtailed and for many people, even close contact with family and friends has been restricted. We’ve seen panic buying of many staples, even toilet paper and tissues, although we’ve been assured that there are no shortages and Australia has plenty of supplies to meet the community’s need and demand. Continue reading “COVID-19 brings unprecedented times”

Big division’s great stats

By PHILIPPA BURK*

THE Bridgewater Police Division, the largest geographic operational Division statewide for Tasmania Police, encompasses Bridgewater as well as the sub-divisions of Oatlands Police Station and New Norfolk Police Station. Oatlands also has single-person stations at Bothwell, Kempton and Liawenee. New Norfolk also has the single-person stations of Bushy Park, Maydena and Hamilton with police officers attached to each.

While Bridgewater Police is open from 9am until 4.30pm for public inquiries, the station is a 24-hour station. You can contact the station on 131 444 for non-urgent matters and 000 for urgent or life-threatening matters. Continue reading “Big division’s great stats”

Brighton joins push for updated land use strategy

BRIGHTON Council has joined with other southern Tasmanian councils to call on the State Government to update the Southern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy (STRLUS).

The strategy underpins growth and development in the south of the State and is designed to ensure that council planning and land use policies are relevant and responsive to community needs. Continue reading “Brighton joins push for updated land use strategy”

Brighton Council urges calm and constraint

BRIGHTON Council has called for public calm and restraint for the duration of the coronavirus virus emergency.

As national emergency measures were implemented in March, acting Mayor Barbara Curran called on the community to avoid unnecessary and panic-buying of goods that put pressure on retailers and could impact adversely on low-income earners, the elderly and infirmed. Continue reading “Brighton Council urges calm and constraint”

Pete’s Shed a proud place helps improve 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.

The Shed recently benefited from donations by Labor Members, Rebecca White MP, Jen Butler MP, Craig Farrell MLC and Brian Mitchell Federal MP for Lyons, who all helped fund the purchase of materials when they visited in late last year. Continue reading “Pete’s Shed a proud place helps improve self-worth”

Brighton Council welcomes high school site announcement

BRIGHTON Council has welcomed the State Government announcement that is will develop the promised new Brighton High School on a 10-hectare site on Elderslie Road.

Mayor Tony Foster said the announcement by Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff, including advice that the first enrolments would be accepted in 2025, provided important certainty for the community. Continue reading “Brighton Council welcomes high school site announcement”