By TONY FOSTER*
THE positive response to our survey for input into the future of Brighton municipality, in conjunction with the development of Brighton’s Structure Plan is a clear demonstration of our community’s commitment to the municipality.
We have received a wealth of information (see full story below) and all of this will be considered as we develop plans to take Brighton forward in the years ahead.
Council wanted to know the views of the people of the Brighton Municipality – the good and the not so good. We certainly received a great response and the input will help us plan and shape Brighton’s future.
The community survey was a key component of our consultation as we work to develop our Brighton Structure Plan 2018 and supports the public information and input sessions, public submissions and targeted public consultation being undertaken by Council.
On behalf of Council, I want to thank all those members of our community who contributed and provided their views on a very broad range of subjects.
As I have said before, planning for the future is a continuing responsibility for the Council and the community responses we have received will help our efforts to make Brighton a better place to live, work and play.
Some of the key responses are detailed in this issue of Brighton Community News and I am confident residents will agree that it makes interesting reading.
We’ve received a lot of suggestions and valuable input from throughout our municipality. We will review all the information, take the community responses on board and report further in subsequent issues of this newspaper, particularly on how ratepayers view Council’s performance and what they consider the best things about living in Brighton.
We’ll also highlight community views on matters including the push for local government amalgamations, possible light rail and ferry services, environmental sustainability and renewable energy.
As we all know, providing education opportunities for our children is perhaps the most important issue for all of us and this certainly was expressed loudly and strongly in the community survey. So, I was particularly pleased that a $30-million commitment to build a high school at Brighton, plus increased resources for our School Farm, were key planks in the Liberal Government’s re-election platform.
Now, with the re-election of the Hodgman Government, we can look forward to the high school being built progressively over the next four years. Brighton Council has campaigned long and hard to see a high school developed to support the fine achievements of the existing Jordan River Learning Federation and I assure the community we will maintain pressure on the Government to see construction work commence as soon as possible.
Credit where it is due, and I want to thank Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff for his support in achieving this great outcome for the Brighton community. He has listened to our representations and responded positively. It is pleasing to see that he has retained the education portfolio in the new ministry and I look forward to working with him to progress the high school project.
Now that the new Government is sworn in, we will be seeking early talks with Minister Rockliff to establish a firm timetable for planning and construction. And we won’t rest until the work is completed, the doors opened and the first students admitted.
This is a vitally important initiative for our community and we will not relax until the election promises become a reality.
The election campaign may be over for our politicians, but our effort to see a new high school is entering a new and exciting phase. Now the hard work commences, and we will be looking to the Government to deliver on its commitment to deliver the deserved education outcomes for our community.
*Tony Foster AM OAM JP is Brighton Mayor