Secret to art successes revealed

GRADE 8  Bridgewater High School student Tasmin (‘Minnie’) Pullen is the latest of a string of Bridgewater High students to achieve outstanding success in Tasmanian art competitions.

Bridgewater High student Minnie Pullen with her prize-winning art work.
Bridgewater High student Minnie Pullen with her prize-winning art work.

Minnie won both the grades 7/8 division and the overall first prize in the youth art competition held at the Royal Hobart Show last year.

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Another year of MADness at Gagebrook Primary School

THIS year has once again seen students from Prep to Grade 6 at Gagebrook Primary actively involved in the ruMAD? (are you making a difference) program.

Students in Units A,B & D meet Brightside Farm pet pig with owner Emma Haswell.
Students in Units A,B & D meet Brightside Farm pet pig with owner Emma Haswell.

Gagebrook Primary School’s ruMAD? coordinator Steve Robinson said students explored and researched a diverse range of topics over the course of 2009.

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Brighton streetscape plans and report ready for review

THE process of planning to revitalise the town centre of Brighton is well underway and it is now at a stage where draft plans are being put to the community for input and consultation.

Brighton Council commissioned Tasmanian environmental planning and landscape architecture firm Inspiring Place Pty Ltd to look at ways of improving the general appearance, accessibility, safety and functionality of the Brighton town centre along the Midlands Highway between Elderslie Road in the south and Pontville to the north to coincide with the start of the Brighton bypass.

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Education leaders

THE first inspection of the new multi-million dollar Bridgewater and Southern Midlands Learning Federation sites was undertaken at an official ceremony marking the start of the gymnasium for the complex, this month.

Gathered at the beginning of construction of the new gymnasium for the Bridgewater and Southern Midlands Learning Federation are Brighton mayor Tony Foster, Learning Federation manager Andy Bennett, Premier David Bartlett and Senator Carol Brown representing the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard with grades seven and eight Bridgewater High students who will be among the first to use the gym as well as students from Gagebrook and East Derwent primary schools. (In the background is the fenced-off area between Bridgewater High and Eddington Street where the new gymnasium and sport science block will be built.)
Gathered at the beginning of construction of the new gymnasium for the Bridgewater and Southern Midlands Learning Federation are Brighton mayor Tony Foster, Learning Federation manager Andy Bennett, Premier David Bartlett and Senator Carol Brown representing the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard with grades seven and eight Bridgewater High students who will be among the first to use the gym as well as students from Gagebrook and East Derwent primary schools. (In the background is the fenced-off area between Bridgewater High and Eddington Street where the new gymnasium and sport science block will be built.)

At the same event, Council re-signed its partnership with the Tasmanian Government and it was also presented with $1 million worth of government funding for a major street and public space landscaping project for Brighton (see story this page) and Bridgewater. Continue reading “Education leaders”

Locals benefit from state and federal funding

LOCAL residents in need will benefit from increased funding for emergency relief organisations from both state and federal governments.

Looking over the items in the UnitingCare Op Shop are, from left, Jo Kelly (UnitingCare), Op Shop Manager Olive McVicar, Senator Carol Brown, Labor Candidate for Lyons Rebecca White and Minister Jenny Macklin.
Looking over the items in the UnitingCare Op Shop are, from left, Jo Kelly (UnitingCare), Op Shop Manager Olive McVicar, Senator Carol Brown, Labor Candidate for Lyons Rebecca White and Minister Jenny Macklin.

Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin visited UnitingCare Bridgewater/Gagebrook recently to announce additional funding for the church.

Tasmanian Senator, Carol Brown and State Minister for Human Services, Lin Thorp also announced additional emergency relief funding of over $134,000 for UnitingCare Tasmania.

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Mayor re-elected in recent local elections

BRIGHTON’S long standing Mayor, Tony Foster has been re-elected with more than 60 per cent of the vote in the recent local government elections.

He was opposed by Cr Philip Owen who recorded 39.8 per cent of the vote for the top job.  Cr Foster has been mayor since 1993 after first being elected as a councillor in 1985.

Deputy Mayor, Geoff Taylor , who has been a councillor for 24 years and who was opposed in the position by Moya Jeffries, was also re-elected with 53.7 per cent of the vote.  Cr Jeffries received 46.3 per cent.

Sitting councillors, Tony Foster, Philip Owen, Leigh Gray, Wayne Garlick and Sonya Williams were all reelected.

Truck wash puts water conservation first

SRT LOGISTICS has just completed a $600,000 truck washing facility that captures and recycles rain water at its distribution facility at the Brighton Industrial Estate.

From left, Robert Hazell of Hazell Bros, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster, Jim Miller of SRT Logistics, Brighton municipal engineer Heath MacPherson and David Beattie from STEPS Tasmania.
From left, Robert Hazell of Hazell Bros, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster, Jim Miller of SRT Logistics, Brighton municipal engineer Heath MacPherson and David Beattie from STEPS Tasmania.

With the support of the Brighton City Council, SRT Logistics applied for funding assistance from the Federal Community Water Grants Scheme and received a grant of $190,000.

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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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