Advisory committee for Bridgewater and Gagebrook formed

BRIGHTON Council is establishing a special advisory committee to coordinate input on community issues affecting Bridgewater and Gagebrook.

The Bridgewater Community Special Advisory Committee will be chaired by councillor  Leigh Gray and will be made up of council and community representatives. It will meet regularly and advise the Council on key issues, as well as present community views and enhance communication with the community.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the initiative recognised the current and planned growth and development of Bridgewater and Gagebrook and the importance of effectively coordinating local community input on the rage of issues before Council,

“While the committee will not have any budgetary responsibility, it will advise Council and provide a direct link between the local community and its elected representatives,” Cr Foster said.

“It will play a key advisory role in the consideration of major issues such as the Local Area Strategy Plan and the forthcoming Recreation Study that will focus on Bridgewater, as well as other matters including the Bridgewater High School development, new land use planning provisions, town beautification etc, and issues that may be referred to if by Council from time to time.

“Importantly, it is envisaged that the Committee can also play a positive role in enhancing the image of Bridgewater and the Bridgewater community, both locally and in the wider public context.”

Cr Foster said clear terms of reference had been established for the committee. These were:

1.     To undertake approved activities and actions that will establish and enhance links between the community of Bridgewater / Gagebrook and the Brighton Council.

2.     To liaise with the Bridgewater community and local community groups on major issues affecting the Bridgewater and Gagebrook community.

3.     To advise Council on community views of key issues referred to it by Council.

4.     To advise Council of issues of major community concern that may be brought to the notice of the committee.

5.     As required, to provide commentary on local community issues and keep the community informed of appropriate Council and Committee initiatives.

6.     Liaise with the community and advise Council on any other issues that may be referred to the Committee from time-to-time.

If you are interested in being on the committee contact Cathy Harper at Brighton Council on  6268 7000 or write to the General Manager, 1 Tivoli Rd Gagebrook 7030 by July 31.