Bridgewater local area structure plan takes shape

THE proposed Bridgewater Local Area Structure Plan lays the future for Bridgewater to include focused development precincts, commercial opportunities, community centres and residential change supported by traffic and infrastructure improvements.

Over the past few months, strategic planning consultants from Aurecon and urban designers from Inspiring Place have been undertaking on-site investigations and targeted consultation with key stakeholders.  This has led to the development of the Bridgewater Local Area Structure Plan.

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Local olive growers awarded for their tasty work

By FRANK GIBSON

BRIGHTON residents Belinda and Richard Weston were thrilled to be awarded a silver medal for their olive oil recently at the Sydney Royal fine food awards.

Renaissance Olives won second prize for their Australian extra virgin olive oil in the Boutique Commercial class judged in early September.

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Full water savings passed on to ratepayers

Brighton Council passed on the full savings of the transfer of water and sewerage services to the new State Government established authority, to ratepayers this year.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said Council had deducted the entire cost of its provision of water and sewerage services and due to its own sound financial management, the average rate increase in the municipality for 2009/10 was just 2.5 percent.

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Brighton crowds roll up for circus festival

EVER wanted to run away and joint the circus? If the huge crowds who turned up for Brighton’s Circus Festival are anything to go by – it looks like a few locals have had this dream. About 400 people came along to learn circus tricks, meet the crazy clown and some brave children even showed off their new tricks in the circus show.

Circus performers, Hamish and Amelia show what circus performing is all about.
Circus performers, Hamish and Amelia show what circus performing is all about.

Dynamic acrobatic brother and sister duo performed to an entranced audience. Hamish and Amelia Anderson made it to the semi-finals of the hit television show Australia’s Got Talent. Their fabulous tricks and unique costumes wowed the notoriously hard to please judge, Red Symonds who invited the duo back for an exciting encore performance on the shows last night.

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Woodchopping makes a welcome show return

WOODCHOPPING is returning to the Brighton show on November 8.  After last year’s absence, organisers say they are looking forward to seeing the ‘chips fly’at the new site on the dog arena, right next to the new animal nursery.  Mums and dads will be able to keep an eye on the children at the nursery while watching the chopping.

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Brighton venue for first women’s festival

WOMEN’S health has long been a major priority of the Brighton Council, so much so that this month sees the inaugural Women’s Health Festival at the Brighton Civic Centre.

Community podiatrist, Fairlie Collins at least year’s community health expo and who is looking forward to this year’s women’s health event.
Community podiatrist, Fairlie Collins at least year’s community health expo and who is looking forward to this year’s women’s health event.

Developed in partnership with the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services, the festival will be a celebration of women’s health in the municipality with dozens of community groups and services represented,

Community health social worker and coordinator of the Women’s Health Festival, Robyn Bishop said one of the key aims of the festival was to increase women’s knowledge of the myriad of services and support available in the district.

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Businesses urged to help fund PCYC programs

LOCAL Brighton businesses are being urged to ‘fill the void’ left by the loss of funding for the existing YouthLinx program, which ceases in January next year.

The Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations, (DEEWR) provided approximately $81,000 a year to Bridgewater PCYC to provide services for ‘at risk’ youth and their families as well a family liaison role where youth and their families receive support, information, referrals . When this funding ceases next year, it will be difficult for Bridgewater PCYC to offer any meaningful youth programs catering to the most ‘at risk’ in the community.

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Brighton signs road pact on road repairs

BRIGHTON Council and Stornoway Maintenance have signed a mutual resourcing agreement which will see sharing of plant, equipment and labour for the delivery of road construction and maintenance works between the two organisations.

Brighton Council and Stornoway Maintenance have formally agreed to share resources to maintain roads across the municipality. From left, Brighton Council’s Danny Cleaver with Council general manager Ron Sanderson, Stornoway’s Bob Brown, Adam Wilson of Brighton Council and Tim Gardner of Stornoway
Brighton Council and Stornoway Maintenance have formally agreed to share resources to maintain roads across the municipality. From left, Brighton Council’s Danny Cleaver with Council general manager Ron Sanderson, Stornoway’s Bob Brown, Adam Wilson of Brighton Council and Tim Gardner of Stornoway

The program aims to create a single pool of resources to support the Council’s municipal works program, while giving Stornoway an enlarged pool of expertise and equipment to draw from in delivering its own contracts.

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