By TONY FOSTER
FIRSTLY may I say thank you to the community of Brighton for giving me the opportunity to again serve you as Mayor of our municipality. After many years as leader of our council and working with such a brilliant and dedicated staff, it is still very humbling to receive your endorsement to continue in the role of Mayor.
I also thank you on behalf of our councilors for once again voting for the dedicated team of elected officials to look after the interest of our constituents and to ensure that Brighton continues to be the best place to live and work.While elections are a busy time for everyone involved it does give us the time to reflect on some of the major achievements within our municipality and I am proud to have been a leader throughout the culmination of these achievements.
I am enormously proud that under strong and stable leadership we have managed to meet a number of challenges and at the same time, plan for some exciting future opportunities. This has resulted in real growth and development in Brighton and has ensured improved and enhanced facilities for the whole community.
We have some exciting opportunities ahead of us that will add enormously to our municipality’s growth and help us provide the services that all ratepayers expect of their council.
While we have had some issues to resolve, I am pleased that we are now well into completing the Brighton Bypass which will provide the road infrastructure to complement the major developments within the municipality. Brighton is poised to become the regional transportation hub for southern Tasmania hosting major road and rail infrastructure and within close commuting distance to Hobart airport and the Port of Hobart. The Brighton Bypass is integral to both the continuing growth of the Brighton Industrial Estate and the development of the Brighton Transport Hub.
Other major issues that we will be focusing on in the immediate future include:
The launch of the Brighton Industry and Housing Corporation which is outlined in this edition of Brighton Community News.
- Ushering through legislation to entrench Brighton’s popular fair rating system. We have been working hard lobbying government with the legislation currently before the Legislative Council.
- Enhancing communication with ratepayers and the community and updating Brighton’s branding and promotion.
- Continuing to work with both the State and Federal governments and medical practitioners to see the reestablishment of a medical clinic at Brighton.
Perhaps one of the major issues facing our future is the current push for council amalgamations. Brighton Council wants to ensure that all stakeholders in the amalgamation debate understand the way your council operates, that Brighton is debt free, that we have the lowest per capita staff expense and the lowest rates, and that we clearly demonstrate that you can operate an efficient council no matter the size. Importantly, we do not want to see Brighton taking on the debts of poor performing councils.
While we have a busy agenda ahead of us I am confident our council can continue to meet the challenges and opportunities head on to grow our municipality for the benefit of all.