New parkland opened for the community

THE new $1 million Bridgewater Parkland Community Playground, built by Brighton Council, is now open to the community.

Brighton Council received $430,000 Federal Grant from the Building Better Regions Fund as well as $150,000 contribution from Affordable Community Housing Alliance Tasmania Limited with Council making up the balance.park 2

The playground has new swings, slide, water pumps, climbing nest, see-saws and a whole range of informal play features. Continue reading “New parkland opened for the community”

Spike in overnight burglaries of cars in Bridgewater


SINCE the beginning of July a number of break-ins to cars parked in driveways has occurred in Bridgewater.  These have mainly occurred in the area surrounded by Eddington Street, Green Point Road and Finlay Street.  The main times have been from midnight to 7am.  On two recent occasions alert residents disturbed hoodie-wearing males who ran away.  The break-ins involved smashing windows and have not been restricted to any particular model of car.   Continue reading “Spike in overnight burglaries of cars in Bridgewater”

Trade centre draws accolades from key stakeholders


Trade training centre tour
The recent tour hosted representatives from Brighton Council, Beacon Foundation, The Smith Family, Gunn Street Discovery Early Learning Centre, Horticultural and Landscape Supplies and TasBGAS.

WE love working together to make things happen. To help community, industry and businesses gain a better understanding of our goals and aspirations for our students, the collective education team at Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School regularly conducts tours of the school and the Southern Central Trade Training Centre.
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Education is our future


I HAVE long believed that education holds the key to the future growth and development of the whole Brighton municipality as well as the prosperity and well-being of our community.

That is why I supported the development of the unique Jordan River Learning Federation and why I have campaigned long and hard for a new high school at Brighton. Continue reading “Education is our future”

Public meeting hears from experts on possible sites for Brighton’s new high school

A PUBLIC meeting was held in the Brighton Bowls and Community Club last month to discuss site options for the new Brighton High School which was agreed to by the Tasmanian Government at the last State Election.  A total $3 million has been put aside in the current State Budget to begin the planning and consultation process.   A total $4.3 million was put aside for the modernisation and upgrade of the Education Department’s School Farm. The site options and preferred site for the new high school which will be owned and built by the Tasmanian Government will be presented to the Government and the Education Department. Below is the presentation made to last month’s public meeting which was attended by approximately 70 Brighton municipality residents.


INSPIRING Place has enjoyed working with Brighton for nearly 30 years now, most recently around the redevelopment of the Brighton village centre following the construction of the Brighton by-pass.  The by-pass offered the possibility for the creation of a vibrant village centre with an active streetscape that is safe, convenient and beautiful. This is now being achieved. Continue reading “Public meeting hears from experts on possible sites for Brighton’s new high school”

Brighton Lions wants your help for Veronika’s fund-raiser



WE’D like to introduce Brighton resident Veronika Davie.  In many ways she’s a regular 10-year-old. Veronika attends a main stream school, she loves her two big brothers Jordan and Jakob, loves bowling, TV dance shows, music, horse-riding, ParkRun, her iPad and especially her mum Kylee and dad Marcus.

But Veronika was unlucky in the womb.  She had bilateral strokes in utero, the size of which would kill an adult.  She wasn’t expected to survive her birth, but against the odds she did.  Diagnosed with a heart defect, Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and cerebral palsy, Veronika  wasn’t ever supposed to walk.   Against the odds, she walked into kindergarten on her first day of school supported by her trusty walking frameUnknown

Veronika has had 12 operations so far, and a heavy schedule of physio, hydrotherapy and occupational therapy exercises just to develop her muscle tone to do things we take for granted, like sitting, standing and holding a cup.

Veronika’s disabilities also make it hard for her to use AUSLAN sign language, so she’s developed her own.  Veronika began having seizures when she was four-years-old, which affect many of her hard-earned physical skills, so she learns them again.  Veronika, like her mum, doesn’t give up.   Continue reading “Brighton Lions wants your help for Veronika’s fund-raiser”

High School commitment good for municipality  


Mayor of Brighton

THE development of a new high school at Brighton is great news for our municipality and will add to the valuable education outcomes being achieved by the Jordan River Learning Federation.

The State Government’s $3-million funding commitment in its most recent State budget to enable the initial planning and community consultation, is a great start as is its promise to complete the development in this four-year parliamentary term. Continue reading “High School commitment good for municipality  “

Helen’s community work recognised in Queen’s Honours list

BRIGHTON municipality’s Helen Manser has dedicated her working life to the Bridgewater and Gagebrook community.

The 60-year-old founder and manager of the Jordan River Service has been named a Member of the Order of Australia in the general division (AM) for significant service to the community of Tasmania, particularly through the establishment and management of regional development initiatives.IMG_5457 Continue reading “Helen’s community work recognised in Queen’s Honours list”

tagari lia community learns bush-to-plate cooking skills

Centre’s children learn  bush to plate cooking skills


tagari lia Child Family Centre has been running a project aimed at increasing the local community’s knowledge of, and confidence in using Tasmanian native bush foods. The sessions are held every Thursday morning for two hours during school terms. Everyone who participates in the cooking gets to enjoy eating the delicious food while sitting together and chatting. Continue reading “tagari lia community learns bush-to-plate cooking skills”