Work set to start on primary schools upgrade

By ANDY BENNETT
Manager of the Bridgewater/Brighton Learning Federation

EARLIER this month Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced that schools in the Bridgewater area will receive a total of $6.5 million under the second round of the Federal Government’s Building the education revolution primary schools for the 21st century program.
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Tapping into the power of positive thinking

A WORKSHOP focusing on encouraging Brighton residents to think positively during difficult times was held at Pontville in May.  The ‘Positive Thinking in Negative Times’ workshop was sponsored through Brighton Council’s community grants program.

Rhea Ahlanu who is regional president of the Penguin Club at the workshop with Robyn Gray of Bridgewater, facilitator Leiz Moore and Mina Gericke of Honeywood.
Rhea Ahlanu who is regional president of the Penguin Club at the workshop with Robyn Gray of Bridgewater, facilitator Leiz Moore and Mina Gericke of Honeywood.

Twenty seven women participated in the workshop which was presented by Leiz Moore. It challenged participants to review the effects of stress and negativity in their lives and to keep life’s issues in perspective. Strategies for dealing with stress were discussed and the rules for being a human being as well as the ‘joy’ of stress were interesting concepts that the audience also considered.
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Brighton’s programs endorsed with local government accolade

BRIGHTON Council has received yet more strong endorsement of its community programs winning this year’s  ‘Delivering Excellence for our Communities Award’ presented by the Local Government of Tasmania.

The recognition is for the municipality’s  Brighton Alive initiative, which has provided the community with more than 50 events including a range of social, educational and sporting programs over the past three years. Continue reading “Brighton’s programs endorsed with local government accolade”

Premier says thanks to all our volunteers

PREMIER David Bartlett recently hosted a morning tea to thank 100 of Tasmania’s volunteers as part of Volunteer Week.

Mr Bartlett said each volunteer had been selected by his or her organisation for representation because their passion and commitment to volunteering stood out and was an inspiration to others.

Premier David Bartlett with Bridgewater Library and Online Access Centre volunteer Val Cooke at the morning tea.
Premier David Bartlett with Bridgewater Library and Online Access Centre volunteer Val Cooke at the morning tea.

“I have often said that though Tasmania is the smallest State, it has by far the biggest heart, and our rates of volunteering have consistently been above the national average,” Mr Bartlett said.
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Rates up only 2.5 pc Water and sewerage savings passed on in full

BRIGHTON ratepayers are facing minimal rate increases next financial year as a result of the Council’s efficiency and its decision to pass on the full savings of the transfer of water and sewerage services.

Due to its sound financial management, Council has been able to approve in principle, a rate increase of an average 2.5 per cent for 2009/10.
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Transport hub operator sought

THE Tasmanian Government has advertised nationally for expressions of interest in operating the $79-million Brighton transport hub in Brighton.

The hub,  expected to be operational by September 2011,  will provide a modern road-rail interchange and freight distribution centre to improve the efficiency of freight movement into and out of southern Tasmania, especially to the northern ports.
The Government is also seeking expressions of interest in the development of land located at the new hub which it is proposed to set aside for industrial development. Continue reading “Transport hub operator sought”

Former student’s turn to teach her teacher

FOR Shirley Williams, co-ordinator of the Bridgewater Online Access Centre, it started out as just another enrolment.

At the tender age of 70, Roberto Fogagnolo of Dromedary thought it was time he learned a little more about computers so he enrolled in a 10 week computer basics course at Bridgewater Library.
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Education centre up by 2011

By ANDY BENNETT*

ON April 29 the Federal Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, announced Commonwealth funding of approximately $8 million to establish and operate a children and family centre in the Bridgewater area.

The children and family centre will provide valuable services that focus on quality early learning, childcare and parent and family support in the Bridgewater area. It will also have an outreach service based at Geeveston in the State’s far south. Continue reading “Education centre up by 2011”