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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Brighton venue for first women’s festival

WOMEN’S health has long been a major priority of the Brighton Council, so much so that this month sees the inaugural Women’s Health Festival at the Brighton Civic Centre.

Community podiatrist, Fairlie Collins at least year’s community health expo and who is looking forward to this year’s women’s health event.
Community podiatrist, Fairlie Collins at least year’s community health expo and who is looking forward to this year’s women’s health event.

Developed in partnership with the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services, the festival will be a celebration of women’s health in the municipality with dozens of community groups and services represented,

Community health social worker and coordinator of the Women’s Health Festival, Robyn Bishop said one of the key aims of the festival was to increase women’s knowledge of the myriad of services and support available in the district.

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