One step ahead on upgrade

THE Federal Government’s recent approval of $10.5 million to start work on the $164-million Brighton Bypass this April has been a welcome announcement for the community.  However, the Brighton Council had already begun the process of planning to revitalise the town centre long before the official announcement was made.

Brighton Council has 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.

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Brighton market adds new events

THE ever-popular Brighton Market, which runs on the first Sunday of every month, is combining other popular events such as Speed Art and Miniature Pony judging in coming months.

The market, which runs from 9am-2pm at the Pontville Hall has been established in the area since June last year and it is literally going from strength to strength growing in size from about 40 stalls when it first opened to approx 80 stalls now

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Three tenders awarded for major projects

THREE joint ventures have tendered for the $243-million Brighton Bypass and Transport Hub when tenders closed recently.

Minister for Infrastructure, Graeme Sturges, said the projects were vital components of joint Tasmanian-Australian Government plans to upgrade the northern approaches to Hobart.

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New Learning Federation leader maps out a course for the future

BRIDGEWATER/Brighton Learning Federation manager Andrew Bennett certainly has his work cut out.

Just a month into his new job of  overseeing the recommendations of the Bridgewater and Southern Midlands Educational Renewal Taskforce [BASMERT] taskforce, Andrew has established some key priorities for ensuring that the revolutionary educational concept becomes reality, sooner rather than later.

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Planning decisions a challenging role for councillors

By GRAEME TODD*

ONE of the most challenging roles for local government councillors involves making decisions on planning applications for the use and or development of land.

Most people would be aware that under the Local Government Act the main functions of elected councillors are to represent the community, to act in the best interests of the community and to undertake duties and responsibilities as authorised by council.

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Big truckin’ and ute event hits Pontville

BRIGHTON Agricultural Society’s first truck and ute competition, in conjunction with a music show, will be held at the Pontville Recreation Ground on Sunday, March 8.  As well as competition classes for all types of trucks and utes, there will be a wide range of vehicles and machinery on display.  Food and refreshments will also be available.  The Brighton Football Club will have its facilities open for those wanting some liquid refreshments with profits used in the community.

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