Leigh Gray elected Brighton Mayor

LONG-Serving Brighton councillor Leigh Gray has been elected Brighton Municipality’s new Mayor, replacing formerMayor Tony Foster who retired at the end of June this year.

BRIGHTON councillor Leigh Gray has been elected Brighton Municipality’s new Mayor, replacing formerMayor Tony Foster who retired at the end of June this year.

Cr Gray was elected with 55.47 percent of the final vote.

Community leader Aaron De La Torre has been elected Brighton councillor, receiving 60.85 percent of the vote afterthe distribution of preferences.

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Parkland Phase 2 is spot-on

THE second phase of Brighton Council’s Bridgewater Parkland project is open for use. Brighton Council endorsed the Bridgewater Parkland Master Plan 2016-2026 following extensive stakeholder and community consultation with the first phase opening to the community two years ago.

THE second phase of Brighton Council’s Bridgewater Parkland project is open for use. 

Brighton Council endorsed the Bridgewater Parkland Master Plan 2016-2026 following extensive stakeholder and community consultation with the first phase opening to the community two years ago.

The second phase of this important project is already a very popular park with significant daily use by families in the community.

Parkland Stage 2 is located on the Bridgewater foreshore in the Green Point Reserve area with impressive views over the River Derwent and back to Mount Wellington. 

Parkland Stage 2 is located on the Bridgewater foreshore in the Green Point Reserve area with impressive views over the River Derwent and back to Mount Wellington. 

Brighton Council’s General Manager James Dryburgh said residents would have noticed some elements to the parkland area were still to be completed over coming months.

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Check in to help contact tracers check out

THE Tasmanian Government now requires use of the free Check in TAS smartphone app to collect contact tracing information about everyone who spends time at a relevant location.

THE Tasmanian Government now requires use of the free Check in TAS smartphone app to collect contact tracing information about everyone who spends time at a relevant location.

All people aged 16 years and over who enter a relevant location (including staff) are required to provide their contact information through the Check in TAS app, wherever possible.

The purpose of Check in TAS is to support contact tracing if a case or an outbreak of COVID-19 in Tasmania.

In the event of a case of COVID-19 in the community, we need to act quickly to contain the spread of disease. Check in TAS ensures that contact tracing information is collected in a format that is readily accessible for Public Health to use. If there are delays in getting contact tracing information, if information is incomplete or provided in a way that is difficult for Public Health to use, it costs time.

The purpose of Check in TAS is to support contact tracing if a case or an outbreak of COVID-19 in Tasmania
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Covid relief fund seeds agritourism enterprise

An AGRITOURISM business development program designed to help Tasmanian farmers, food producers and existing agritourism businesses explore and embrace new agritourism opportunities to diversify, value-add and connect with visitors, has been launched in the state.

An AGRITOURISM business development program designed to help Tasmanian farmers, food producers and existing agritourism businesses explore and embrace new agritourism opportunities to diversify, value-add and connect with visitors, has been launched in the state.

The program made possible through grant funding by the Federal Government under the Recovery for Regional Tourism program is an initiative of the $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund. The Tasmanian Government is delivering it in partnership with Tasmania’s four regional tourism organisations, including Destination Southern Tasmania (DST).

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$2000 tagged trout is angler’s cash of the day

CONGRATULATIONS to Brighton’s Michael Deppeler who started the opening weekend of the trout season with a bang by catching the first of 50 tagged brown trout worth $2000 each.

CONGRATULATIONS to Brighton’s Michael Deppeler who started the opening weekend of the trout season with a bang by catching the first of 50 tagged brown trout worth $2000 each.

Michael was fishing in the River Derwent, near Boyer, with his children Lucy and Liam, when they caught the tagged fish. He plans to spend the prize on more fishing gear.

Brighton’s Michael Deppeler proudly shows his successful catch, his children Lucy and Liam, and Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett.

The Tasmanian tagged trout program is an initiative by the Tasmanian Government to stimulate the recreational trout fishery and boost tourism into regional communities.

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Off-track design grates

BRIGHTON Council has expressed its disappointment at the decision to remove the rail link across the Derwent River with the construction of the replacement Bridgewater Bridge.

BRIGHTON Council has expressed its disappointment at the decision to remove the rail link across the Derwent River with the construction of the replacement Bridgewater Bridge.

Acting Mayor Barbara Curran said the decision, made public at a recent Parliamentary Public Works Committee hearing, would effectively sound the death knell for any northern suburbs light rail project, but more importantly, would reduce public transport options for the rapidly growing Brighton Municipality.

Brighton Council has long called for the rail corridor across the bridge to be maintained, either for light rail, dedicated bus services or other transport options.

One of the new Bridgewater Bridge designs released by the Tasmanian Government last year.
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The charge that doesn’t cost a cent

A REMINDER for Brighton Municipality is the availability of a 22kW electric charger for free public use in the carpark at Council offices.

A REMINDER for Brighton Municipality is the availability of a 22kW electric charger for free public use in the carpark at Council offices.

Council installed the charger last year under the Tasmanian Government ChargeSmart Electric Vehicle Charging grant program. 

One of more than 14 measures Brighton Council has implemented from its Brighton Climate Change and Resilience Strategy 2019 to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The next step for Council will be to investigate electric vehicles suitable for its fleet to reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint further. Transport continues to be one of the most significant sources of Brighton Municipality’s community emissions.

Brighton Council installed the charger last year under the Tasmanian Government ChargeSmart Electric Vehicle Charging grant program. 
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Fruity idea has huge a’peel

WHAT do a school fruit box program, a community hall renovation, a sustainable heating project, a student ‘work ready’ program and a new dishwasher all have in common? They’re among the recipients of Hydro Tasmania’s latest round of grant funding, with more than $50,000 going to worthy organisations.

WHAT do a school fruit box program, a community hall renovation, a sustainable heating project, a student ‘work ready’ program and a new dishwasher all have in common? They’re among the recipients of Hydro Tasmania’s latest round of grant funding, with more than $50,000 going to worthy organisations. 

Hydro Tasmania was delighted to join the Jordan River Service Inc – Gagebrook Community Centre to celebrate their $4500 funding boost. This will expand the schools’ breakfast program to include weekly fresh fruit boxes for five local schools and over 1000 students. Thanks to Jordan River Learning Federation Herdsmans Cove Primary School for acting as hosts.

The school fruit program at Jordan River Learning Federation Herdsmans Cove Primary School is much welcomed by students.
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FOGO starts at the end of September

THIS month we continue our question and answer series on Food Organics and Garden Organics waste (FOGO). Brighton Council will be introducing a FOGO waste service beginning at the end of this month.

THIS month we continue our question and answer series on Food Organics and Garden Organics waste (FOGO). Brighton Council will be introducing a FOGO waste service beginning at the end of this month.

What will be delivered to my home as part of the FOGO roll-out?

From September 20 onwards, households in the Brighton Municipality will begin to receive their FOGO bins. The roll-out will include the delivery of a kitchen caddy and a FOGO wheelie bin.

The FOGO wheelie bin is a 240-litre bin with a lime green lid, the same size as your recycling bin. If you currently live in a dwelling where there are three or more units and shared bins you won’t automatically receive a FOGO bin when they are delivered, but you will receive one on request from December 1 onwards.

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Local firm steers waste revolution

BARWICKS traditionally a landscape supply business has now expanded to processing FOGO waste from southern councils and will be integral to Brighton Municipality’s FOGO service introduced later this year.

BARWICKS has traditionally been a landscape supply business with operations in several locations around greater Hobart including in the Brighton Municipality.  

Tyronn Barwick, who helps manage the family business, said the company had evolved since it began 44 years ago.

“Mum and Dad started the business in 1977, and my brother then started after he left school in 1988. I followed in 1993. My sister also works in the business as a cleaner. 

“Now we have the next generation, my daughter and two nephews on board.”

Over the past five years, the company has increased its role in the recycling area, recognising the industry’s growing importance to businesses, governments, and a sustainable future for populations.

The company has always composted pine bark on-site for nurseries and a range of other customers for potting mixes, but in 2012 it began a partnership to buy a compost site at Interlaken in Tasmania’s midlands.

The company recognised the increase in green and food waste being buried in landfill and saw a real need for more compost to be produced given the increase in demand. All of this has led to Barwicks processing FOGO waste from southern Councils and an array of other businesses, including the foodservice industry.

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