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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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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