Brighton confirms rate rise held to CPI for 23rd year running

BRIGHTON Council has confirmed that it will keep its rate increase in line with the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 23rd year in succession.  This is quite an achievement for any Tasmanian council. Twenty-three years with only a CPI increase, or less, compared to other councils that have imposed significant increases over the years on their ratepayers.

After approving the budget for 2018/19 in principal at its May meeting, Council formally approved the rates for the coming year at this week’s meeting. Continue reading “Brighton confirms rate rise held to CPI for 23rd year running”

 Mayor takes up the fight to keep down rate increases

BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster has continued his fight to hold down rate increases, calling on local councils that raise their charges higher than the annual rate of inflation to have to justify this to ratepayers.

 Cr Foster wrote an extensive column in the Mercury newspaper following Brighton Council’s decision to hold down its rate rise to the annual movement in the Consumer Price Index for the 23rdyear in succession.

 Following is an updated version of Mayor Foster’s Mercury column:

 

BY TONY FOSTER

DURING June, Tasmania’s local councils set their rates for the forthcoming year and the outcome revealed how effective their elected representatives and managers had been in managing the affairs of their city or municipality.

Yes, costs for councils are rising, as they are for everybody, but council rates also contribute to household costs and councils need to recognise the financial pressures confronting their ratepayers. Continue reading ” Mayor takes up the fight to keep down rate increases”

Brighton continues to hold down rates for its municipality

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

BRIGHTON Council has approved its budget for the next financial year, keeping the increase to the annual rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Hobart of just two percent. The increase for householders amounts to $17 a year, or a little more than $1.40 a month.

This is the 23rdconsecutive year Brighton Council has kept it rate increase at or below the CPI rise and we are particularly proud of this achievement. We’ve been able to do this with other sources of revenue, particularly as many State and Commonwealth Government grants to local government have reduced or disappeared. Continue reading “Brighton continues to hold down rates for its municipality”

Big tick for rating system and Council efficiency  

BRIGHTON’S fair rating system and Council’s financial management received big ticks in the recent community online survey conducted in association with the development of the Brighton Structure Plan.

Residents were invited to put forward their opinions on issues ranging from the provision of Council services to the benefits of living in the Brighton Municipality.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the public input was vital to ensure that Council’s future planning focused on the issues that mattered most to the local community.Pontville-pub Continue reading “Big tick for rating system and Council efficiency  “

Brighton rates to rise just 2% – that’s fair

FOR the 23rd year in succession, Brighton Council will keep its rate increase in line with inflation with the general rate rise pegged to the CPI for 2018-19.

The rise next financial year will amount to just two percent or $17 a year for all residential households.

While Councils must wait until its June meeting to formally fix rates for the coming year, Brighton Council’s May workshop adopted the recommended budget in principle, including the two percent CPI increase. Continue reading “Brighton rates to rise just 2% – that’s fair”

Jobs, education, retail services, parks major issues for community

GROWING local employment, increased education opportunities, improved retail precincts and parks and open spaces are four key issues that are particularly important to the Brighton community.

This is a major finding of Brighton Council’s survey of community opinions conducted in February and March this year.

The 2018 Structure Plan that will direct Brighton Municipality’s future development will provide recommendations to help Council address these issues. Continue reading “Jobs, education, retail services, parks major issues for community”

Bright future for Brighton’s new community centre

THE successful conversion of the Brighton Bowls Club has created a valuable new community space for locals in the Tasmanian town to meet, socialise and host events.

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President Van Ransley and Senator Jonathon Duniam cut the ribbon with Brighton Council’s Anna Wilson and Callum Pearce-Rassmussen.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said regional towns like Brighton have often suffered from a lack of suitable public meeting spaces. Continue reading “Bright future for Brighton’s new community centre”

Innovative alternative program leads to employment for local youth

 

FINDING that elusive first job can be a tough ask for many young people, which is apparent with the recent release of statistics showing that youth unemployment rate in Southern Tasmania is on the rise again.

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Eighteen-year-old Isobelle Banfield of Bridgewater joined the initiative after finishing school and was determined to find her first job in retail.

To combat this trend, the Youth Entrepreneurial Services (YES) initiative, working in partnership with Vicinity Centres, is showcasing young Tasmanians’ creative skills and employment potential through experiential learning in the world of entrepreneurship.

Continue reading “Innovative alternative program leads to employment for local youth”

Cabinet visit the first regional meeting since the election and a boost for Brighton

By TONY FOSTER

STATE Cabinet’s April meeting with the Brighton Council was extremely positive and represents an important step in our working together with the newly re-elected Hodgman Government.

As Brighton Community Newsreaders will note, the Government took the opportunity to announce the commencement of consultation for the new Brighton High School. This is really positive as is the expectation that actual construction will commence next year.

Brighton Council has been promoting the high school project for many years to cater for our population growth, support the good work being undertaken at the Jordan River Learning Federation and also to cater for students from the surrounding region. Continue reading “Cabinet visit the first regional meeting since the election and a boost for Brighton”

Consultation announced – Brighton High School a step closer

THE State Government has announced that consultation will begin on the promised new Year 7-12 High School in Brighton, with actual construction expected to start next year.

Education and Training Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the high school would meet the growing demand in Brighton and the surrounding district and encourage even more Tasmanian students to complete Years 11 and 12. Continue reading “Consultation announced – Brighton High School a step closer”