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”
FORMER Bridgewater High School student Sarah Everett continues to go from strength to strength with her talent. She recently received first prize of $800 and a framed certificate as the national secondary schools winner of a singer-songwriting contest. Continue reading “Our Sarah is a national talent”
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”
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.
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.
“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.” Continue reading “Experience of a lifetime”
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. Continue reading “Fund supports Op Shop extension”
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. Continue reading “Trade training centre gets federal funding”
A TASMANIAN-developed local government management software program has been sold to the Suva City Council in Fiji, opening up a potential export market for the local technology.
The PropertyWise software application, to manage local government operations such as property rating, animal control, development applications and property management, was developed by Brighton Council and is marketed by its wholly-owned company MicroWise Australia Pty Ltd.
The software is already used by 14 local government authorities in Australia, with 10 in Tasmania, three in Western Australia and one in New South Wales. The installation at Suva City Council represents the first international purchase and Brighton Mayor Tony Foster says it could be the forerunner of increased national and international sales.