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”

Youngsters enjoy a day on the farm

GAGEBROOK Primary School Grades 5 and 6 recently visited Hagley farm and some of the students put pen to paper to relay their experiences.
Jessica May Knight thought that all of the activities were “heaps of fun”.  Another student Brad Stieger said there were “creepy crawlies in the pond” which everyone was able to collect.  Continue reading “Youngsters enjoy a day on the farm”

Work begins on $243m Brighton bypass

THE first sod has been turned on Tasmania’s largest-ever transport infrastructure projects – the $243-million Brighton bypass and transport hub.

Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett and the Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery, Senator Mark Arbib, recently inspected the site and turned the first sod on the project – six months ahead of schedule.

From left Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery, Senator Mark Arbib, Premier David Bartlett, Mayor of Brighton Tony Foster and Minister for Economic Development and Member for Derwent Michael Aird.
From left Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery, Senator Mark Arbib, Premier David Bartlett, Mayor of Brighton Tony Foster and Minister for Economic Development and Member for Derwent Michael Aird.

Premier David Bartlett, said that the projects were vital components of joint State – Federal Government plans to upgrade the northern approaches to Hobart. Continue reading “Work begins on $243m Brighton bypass”

Experience of a lifetime

A GROUP of Bridgewater High grade 9 and 10 students recently spent three days being trained to operate the sail training vessel Windeward Bound.

Teacher Philip Oddie said the students had to learn a lot of new terminology very quickly and to be able to understand the instructions shouted by the first mate.

Amber Mathews climbs the rigging on the sail training vessel Windeward Bound.
Amber Mathews climbs the rigging on the sail training vessel Windeward Bound.

“They were exemplary in paying attention and cooperating,” he said.

“On the first day they were trained in how to handle the square sails and yard arms to which they were attached.

“Students formed one crew on the starboard side and one on the port side.
“By the second day they were not only operating correctly but the two sides were working successfully in unison in the way they manoeuvred the yards.”
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Fund supports Op Shop extension

THE Uniting Church Op Shop, serving Bridgewater and Gagebrook, has been extended as a result of a partnership between the church, community and the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF).

The Op Shop in Gagebrook has been serving the local community for more than 10 years and provides an outlet for affordable clothes, furniture and homewares. The extension was required to provide a new and improved display area and restore the shop’s storage and processing facilities. The new shop was opened by the Brighton Mayor Tony Foster on 23 January this year.
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Trade training centre gets federal funding

By ANDY BENNETT*

FIRST the good news.

On March 5,  the Commonwealth Government approved funding of up to $4.35 million to build the Bridgewater Regional Trade Training Centre on Bridgewater High School land. This is a wonderful development that will complement our plans to build a new Grade 9 to Adult Learning Centre on the site.

The centre will add great value to the education and training opportunities we provide to our community through the Bridgewater Brighton Learning Federation by improving student access to trade training facilities for secondary students undertaking trade-related pathways as well as assisting people in the community to re-enter education and training and on to work.
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