2023/24 – The Year Ahead for Brighton Council
by Brighton Council
As a Council, we have now approved the budget for 2023-24 and have a busy year ahead of us. As we’ve witnessed this year, many municipal areas around Tasmania have seen rates increase substantially. I’m pleased to advise that our rates have, once again, been kept to a minimum despite the escalation of costs.
For many years, our policy at Brighton Council has been to raise rates in line with CPI. We continue to do that. On average our residential rates will increase by just $70 in total, less than $1.50 per week. And we’re pleased to be able to continue to offer the lowest rates in Tasmania to assist our community to manage soaring household expenses.
Despite this minimal increase in rates, we have been able to deliver a budget that will continue to see many projects and initiatives undertaken to meet the needs of our growing population and maintain our assets.
Council’s Annual Plan for 2023-2024, developed in line with our 2050 Vision, is now endorsed by Council and available for your review on Council’s website. I would like to share for your information here, just a few of the key projects that will be undertaken this financial year.
Ted Jeffries Memorial Park Masterplan, Brighton Works to establish a quality recreation and sporting precinct across Ted Jeffries Memorial Park will continue, in keeping with Council’s commitment to plan for and provide infrastructure to support our rapidly growing community. This includes construction of carparks and bus stops to make our community safer, together with soccer grounds, clubroom, changerooms and a long-awaited dog park.
Brighton Town Square Council will complete planning and design for a town square in Brighton and commence construction.
Cris Fitzpatrick Park, Gagebrook Commence Stage 1 of the Cris Fitzpatrick Park master plan. This project will see a new playground constructed in the park as well as significant upgrades to the connecting pathways between Bridgewater and Gagebrook.
Swan Park, Herdsmans Cove Based on the consultation that was undertaken with the local community last year, commence construction to complete the upgrades of the park.
Climate Resilience Council will investigate coastal hazard impacts and building resilience through the Brighton Derwent River Foreshore Coastal Hazards Project.
There will be the ongoing implementation of our Weed Management Strategy, Natural Resource Management Strategy and Foreshore Management Plan.
Road Infrastructure This financial year will see the:
- Reconstruction of some sections of Andrew Street, Scott Road, Elderslie Road and Myna Park Road.
- Resealing sections of Childs Drive, Landermere Drive, Harvest Lane and Mollineaux Drive.
- Sealing parts of Millvale Drive and Rifle Range Road.
- Formalisation of the overland flow path from Andrew Street to Jordan River to improve stormwater and reduce flooding risk in the area.
We continue to work in line with our Council-endorsed 10-year Asset Management Plan and 10-year Financial Management Plan, both approved in July 2021 and due for review later this year.
Social Infrastructure Development
- Council will prioritise and implement recommendations from Council’s Social Infrastructure Plan.
- Continue to advocate for improved public transport access, including ferry infrastructure and services.
- Continue to advocate for the significant freight route between Brighton and Cambridge to be taken over as a State Road and upgraded accordingly.
- We will advocate for Pontville Park to be considered as a high-performance facility for a Tasmanian AFL team.
Community Development Our commitment to engaging with and enabling our community will continue in earnest. Council is all too aware of the social challenges facing our community and the importance of supporting our incredible volunteers who are filling the gaps in regard to issues facing young people, food security and health services.
We have committed to reviewing and optimising Council property and assets for community benefit. Council will continue to support the Brighton Alive and Brighton Alive Youth Network, the Brighton Youth Action Group (BYAG) and Brighton Food Hub as invaluable services and networks in keeping our community connected and able to not just survive but thrive.
Our budget is one that reflects we are a place and community that continues to plan for the future. We understand that our communities are experiencing more challenges than ever before but please rest assured, Council will continue to listen, learn and work with our community to try and overcome these challenges. More than ever, we believe in the strength of our community.
Brighton Mayor Leigh Gray