Barrelful of jobs, that’s the spirit!


ADAM Bone was a stonemason in 1997 when he began learning the art of making the perfect cask at a small cooperage in the Huon Valley. Eventually, he decided to buy the business, figuring if he could complete two or three casks a week he would be able to sustain himself. Not long after this decision, the Tasmanian whisky industry began to really take off. Now Adam’s Tasmanian Cask Company employs nine other people at the factory in Bridgewater and supplies casks to premium whisky and spirit producers across Tasmania, Australia and even Scotland.

The team at The Tasmanian Cask Company

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Success means Anne’s on her way to the nationals

BRIDGEWATER’S Anne Smith is continuing to succeed in figure skating competitions throughout the country.

She recently competed in the Crystal Challenge Trophy 2016, National Ranking figure skating competition, which was held in Melbourne and which hosted all levels of figure skating from throughout Australia.

Anne Smith hopes to represent Tasmania and Australia on International championships in near future.
Anne Smith hopes to represent Tasmania and Australia on International championships in near future.

Anne competed in three events: solo dance, free dance and single ladies. She placed first in Solo dance, first in free dance, and third in ISA Ladies in the elementary division with a score of 27, which was a personal best. Anne said the best part of a great experience was landing a double Salchow jump which she previously had not been able to do. Continue reading “Success means Anne’s on her way to the nationals”

Brighton hails tyre recycling venture

BRIGHTON Council has welcomed the recent announcement by local business Barwick’s Landscape Supplies to partner with Australia’s oldest and largest waste tyre recycler to establish an operation in Bridgewater.

At the announcement from left, Jan Barwick, Barry Barwick, Brighton Council’s general manager Ron Sanderson, Scott Barwick, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster and Tyronn Barwick.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said as well as a new business establishing in the municipality, it would also make a positive impact on the Tasmanian environment. Continue reading “Brighton hails tyre recycling venture”

Brighton calls for end of Property Council bias

BRIGHTON Council has called on the Property Council to end its biased push for council amalgamations and support a serious consideration of resource sharing as a better and more acceptable alternative.

Acting Brighton Mayor Barbara Curran said the recent Property Council address by former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett was nothing more than a propaganda exercise, short on facts that simply pushed the big city property owners’ vested interests.

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Residents urged to have say on Dollery Park

BRIGHTON Council is currently considering options for implementing the former Brighton Army Camp Master Plan.Dollery

The Master Plan includes land from Brighton Main Road and the Remembrance Park back to and including the former Army Camp hospital building. It is hoped the former Hospital Building could be redeveloped for a range of community purposes. Continue reading “Residents urged to have say on Dollery Park”

Groups come together to fix school’s Aboriginal wall


GAGEBROOK Primary School, local volunteers and community members in partnership with Red Cross banded together recently to restore the school’s Aboriginal wall to its original state. The project, as part of national Reconciliation Week, was undertaken to save the wall from further disrepair, and with respect to the Aboriginal knowledge, history and Aboriginal elders. The mural was painted by artist Tina Burton 18 years ago.

The wall after the makeover.
The wall after the makeover.
The wall before the transformation.
The wall looking quite ‘sad’ before the beautiful transformation.

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Alice race walks her way into history

BRIGHTON’S 16-year-old Alice Randall has literally walked her way into race walking history. After coming third in the national race walking championships in Canberra recently, Alice has returned to discover she is now ranked fourth in the world in her age group over three kilometres.

Sixteen-year-old Alice Randall is really going places.
Sixteen-year-old Alice Randall is really going places.

“It is so crazy, I’m really happy and surprised,” Alice said on her return. Continue reading “Alice race walks her way into history”

Brighton’s budget highlight’s Council efficiency



BRIGHTON Council’s budget for the new financial year highlights the efficiency of our administration and the ability of our staff to provide services for other councils, so earning valuable revenue that helps to fund services for ratepayers.

As we’ve already announced, Brighton’s rates this year will rise only by 1.3 percent, the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Hobart. It’s the 20th year in succession that we’ve been able to hold down rates to the equivalent of the increase in the CPI and it’s fair to say that Brighton is the only council in Tasmania, and possibly Australia, able to make such a claim. Continue reading “Brighton’s budget highlight’s Council efficiency”