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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.