Brighton’s food van policy out for consultation

BRIGHTON Council is looking to upgrade provisions for the operation of food vans in the municipality and has approved a draft policy for mobile food vendors. It is now seeking input from the public.

Under the Tasmanian Food Act, food vans require a council permit as well as a mobile food licence to operate from specific locations.

Brighton’s draft Mobile Food Vendor Policy proposes an annual licence fee of $600 for food vans, or a three-month fee of $200.

Van Demons Café De Wheels, one of Brighton Municipality’s popular food vans.
Van Demons Café De Wheels, one of Brighton Municipality’s popular food vans.

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Praise given for COVID recovery work 

THE work of Brighton Council’s Recovery Working Group formed in May to deal with COVID-19 has been praised by Brighton Mayor Tony Foster.

The group, comprising the municipal emergency management coordinator Peter Geard, who is also a Brighton councillor, municipal recovery coordinator Cathy Harper, senior environmental health officer Brent Basstian, chief operations officer James Dryburgh with support roles from other council officers and elected councillors, developed a range of objectives and actions to deal with the COVID-19 impacts on Brighton Municipality. Continue reading “Praise given for COVID recovery work “

Sammi’s support shines in state awards

BRIDGEWATER PCYC’s Samantha Sutcliffe has been named as a finalist in this year’s Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards.  Sammi is the assistant manager at the Bridgewater PCYC and has been recognised in the Tasplan Create Change award category for her efforts in driving activities, programs and initiatives that promote or create change in her community.

PCYC's Samantha Sutcliffe a shining light for our community.
PCYC’s Samantha Sutcliffe a shining light for our community.

A local resident, Sammi grew up in Herdsmans Cove attending the primary school and later Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School, then Bridgewater High School.  She initially began her involvement with the Bridgewater PCYC almost 10 years ago as a teenager. Continue reading “Sammi’s support shines in state awards”

Brighton approves rates hold and budget

BRIGHTON Council has approved its budget for the next financial year and confirmed rates will be held at this year’s level.

Mayor Tony Foster said in view of the impact of the COVID-19 emergency, Council was determined there would be no increase in the general rate for all ratepayers in the municipality. Continue reading “Brighton approves rates hold and budget”

Ron’s satisfaction was in ‘making lives better’

Brighton’s long-serving General Manager Ron Sanderson retires at the end of June.  He reflects on his successes and what he will miss about the job: 

BRIGHTON Municipality’s long-serving general manager Ron Sanderson, who retires this month says his greatest satisfaction throughout his tenure was to be able to make a difference to the lives of ordinary people.

“As an engineer and previously working for hard-nosed, multi-national oil companies, it has been a very rewarding experience to come into local government and actually make a difference to the life of ordinary people and not work for a company just in it to make profits,” Ron said.

Brighton's general manager Ron Sanderson who retires at the end of June.
Brighton’s general manager Ron Sanderson who retires at the end of June.

“While many requests often mean little to a large bureaucracy, I have been particularly humbled that I have been able to make a difference to the life of someone in our community. Continue reading “Ron’s satisfaction was in ‘making lives better’”

Mayor’s tribute to superb municipal leader

Brighton’s General Manager Ron Sanderson retires at the end of June after long and loyal service to the municipality.  Here is what Mayor Tony Foster says about Ron’s tenure at the helm of one of the state’s most successful and fastest-growing municipalities:

RETIRING General Manager Ron Sanderson championed Brighton at every opportunity and has made an enormous contribution to the Council, municipality and the local community.

Mayor Tony Foster said for the past 15 years and more than a decade before that Ron Sanderson had dedicated himself to making life better for people living in the municipality.

Retiring Brighton general manager Ron Sanderson and Mayor Tony Foster
Retiring Brighton general manager Ron Sanderson and Mayor Tony Foster

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Engineer of our success. Brighton’s general manager Ron Sanderson retires

BRIGHTON Council’s beloved general manager, Ron Sanderson is retiring at the end of this month after 15 years at the helm of Council, and a total 32 years’ in local government. In his time in charge of Council’s administration, Ron has much of which to be proud.

Described by many as the quiet achiever, Ron is admired and respected in local government circles throughout the state as a man who just gets things done without any fuss and with a calmness that exudes confidence in those who work with him.

Brighton Council's general manager, Ron Sanderson with his wife, Maureen
Brighton Council’s general manager, Ron Sanderson with his wife, Maureen

Recognition of his achievements and the respect with which he is held was given when last year he received the Local Government Association of Tasmania Meritorious Service Award. Continue reading “Engineer of our success. Brighton’s general manager Ron Sanderson retires”

Record capital program a positive response to COVID-19

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

BRIGHTON Council will not increase general rates for the next financial year and will implement a record capital works program as the Municipality responds to the impact of the coronavirus shutdown.

Undoubtedly, the shutdown, with many businesses closed, people working reduced hours, others working from home, and sadly some losing their jobs, Council sees this as a positive, but the responsible response to the current economic environment. Continue reading “Record capital program a positive response to COVID-19”

Families make time to lock in the love

FAMILIES in Brighton Municipality enjoyed showing off what they were doing together during National Families Week last month (May 15-21) which coincided with many families working and learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

National Families Week is held every year between May 15 and 21. More than 100,000 people get involved in hundreds of community events during the week. The week is Australia’s largest celebration of families in all their diversity.

The De La Torre family bonded with lots of adventure-based activities,
The De La Torre family bonded with lots of adventure-based activities,

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Shene gets world-wide platinum sheen for its gin

SHENE Estate at Pontville has plenty of reason to celebrate even during these COVID-19 times after receiving an international platinum award for its gin for the second year in succession – the only gin distillery in the world to achieve this huge accolade.

The Kernke family has owned Shene Estate at Pontville  – which was once the ostentatious country residence of early colonialist Gamaliel Butler – since 2008. Shene’s rich history has direct links with King George III, Governor Lachlan Macquarie and World Heritage Sites.

Anne and distiller David with daughter Myfanwy Kernke with baby George. Photo courtesy of Chris Kidd, the Mercury newspaper.
Anne and distiller David with daughter Myfanwy Kernke with baby George. Photo courtesy of Chris Kidd, the Mercury newspaper.

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