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”

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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