Engineering student awarded Brighton Council scholarship  


THE 2017 Warren Lee Scholarship recipient Smithton-born Luis McLaren, 20 was presented with the scholarship at the University’s Sandy Bay Campus last month.

Warren Lee scholarship
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster with Warren Lee Scholarship recipient Smithton-born Luis McLaren.

Luis was inspired to become a civil engineer after working as a volunteer on construction projects within a Cambodian school.
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Community urged to get their flu shots now

FEDERAL  Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell MP, has highlighted the value of getting a flu vaccination through your local community pharmacy by getting his shot this year at Brighton Pharmacy.

Mr Mitchell said receiving his flu shot at a local community pharmacy highlighted the value of the service.

We’re not sure whether Brian Mitchell received a jelly bean for being brave, but he’s still smiling.

“This demonstrates how much easier it is for anyone to get their flu shot with trained community pharmacists able to directly administer the flu vaccine,” Mr Mitchell said.
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Fundraisers donate important funds for hair cooling system


EARLY last month, at the Royal Hobart Hospital, The Pink Army team, along with Opposition Leader Rebecca White and Jen Butler attended an afternoon tea to present a cheque from their fundraising efforts for the Save Our Hair – Save our Identity campaign.  The money raised was for a hair cooling system for the chemo ward, 8A at the Royal Hobart Hospital.  The cheque was received by Dr Louise Knott.

Save my Hair donation
From left, rear, Margaret Britten, Tasmanian Leader of the Opposition, Rebecca White MHA, Christine Gimblett, Ala Gimblett, Wayne Garlick, Lyn Garlick, Jen Butler, Sue Argee. From left, front, Melissa Bennett, Amelia Bean, Jack Bennett, Belinda Bean

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 Brighton holds rates to CPI for 22nd year, but it’s under threat

FOR 22 years in succession, Brighton Council will keep its rates in line with inflation, with the general rate increase pegged to the CPI.

The rise next financial year will amount to just $19 a year for all residential households.

But the Council has warned it may not be able to maintain its long-standing commitment to keep rates at CPI because of the State Government’s threatened hostile takeover of TasWater.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said while the annual rates would not be officially passed by Council until its June meeting, the rate determination had been workshopped and approved in principle at last night’s Council meeting. Continue reading ” Brighton holds rates to CPI for 22nd year, but it’s under threat”

State must respond to Bridge funding failure  

THE State Government must now tell Tasmanians when work will begin on the replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge following the failure to secure funding in last night’s Federal Budget.

In April last year Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding unveiled designs for a new four-lane bridge and said the State Government was preparing a case for Federal funding to meet the $535 million price tag.

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Brand survey destroys Treasurer’s claim that State’s reputation at risk

THE latest Tasmanian Brand Health Survey has put paid to claims by Treasurer Peter Gutwein that the State’s reputation as a clean, green destination was being threatened by the State’s water and sewerage systems.

The annual survey, conducted by Brand Tasmania and released this month, was described as overwhelmingly positive with respondents believing Tasmania’s reputation and perceptions of the State improving over the past year. The words most used by respondents in describing Tasmania were beautiful, clean and natural. Responses came in from across Australia and from 19 other countries. Continue reading “Brand survey destroys Treasurer’s claim that State’s reputation at risk”

Brighton Council open to and transparent with its community

BRIGHTON Council encourages ratepayers to attend Council meetings and the Mayor, Councillors and senior staff meet regularly with community groups and individuals to discuss key issues.

Mayor Tony Foster said Brighton was recognised as a leading council in the State for transparency of its operations, in keeping its community informed about Council business and in engaging with its community on important issues. Continue reading “Brighton Council open to and transparent with its community”

Groups and residents pay respects at local Anzac Day services 


A COOL and cloudy day didn’t dampen enthusiasm for Brighton municipality’s ANZAC Day services with both the dawn and 11am services  well attended.

The dawn service was held at the Veteran’s Centre in the Coronation Hall in Bridgewater and the 11am service at Remembrance Park. Continue reading “Groups and residents pay respects at local Anzac Day services “

Libs snub requests for TasWater responses

BRIGHTON Council’s request for the views of local MPs on the proposed State Government takeover of TasWater has been ignored by Liberal Members in Lyons.

Brighton Council wrote to all Lyons Members of State Parliament as well as the Legislative Council Member for Derwent, seeking their views before it considered its position on the proposed takeover of the water and sewerage corporation. Continue reading “Libs snub requests for TasWater responses”

Ratepayers face prospect of theft of their assets


Brighton Mayor

TASMANIANS are currently confronted by the prospect of a robbery of public assets of unprecedented proportions, fuelled by political ambition with the prospect that the proceeds of that robbery will be paid for by Tasmanians for years to come.

The irony is that this attempted robbery is being perpetrated by the State Treasurer Peter Gutwein who is the person in government with the responsibility for protecting public assets and funds.Page 3 Peter-gutwein-print Continue reading “Ratepayers face prospect of theft of their assets”