Fund supports Op Shop extension

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.
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Trade training centre gets federal funding

By ANDY BENNETT*

FIRST the good news.

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.
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Working to improve roads and footpaths

By TONY FOSTER
Mayor of Brighton

2009 has begun and it looks like this year will be another exciting one for our community.

Brighton has much on the drawing board and the signs are positive that this year will be another year of significant achievement.

One of the most exciting developments will see the transition to the new education concept announced last year by Premier and Minister for Education David Bartlett and his government in accepting the major recommendations of the Southern Midlands Education Renewal Taskforce.   New manager of the Bridgewater/Brighton Learning Federation Andy Bennett is already out and about in our community and consulting with stakeholders to ensure that the transition is a smooth one. A profile on Andy and his most immediate priorities is featured in this edition of Brighton Community News.  The future of education in our community remains our top priority and we will be working closely with Andy to ensure that the major initiatives of the recommendations are implemented.
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International deal boosts export potential

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.

Marking the sale from left, Suva City Council’s director of engineering Jagdish Singh, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster, Premier David Bartlett and Suva City Council’s director of finance Apaitia Veiogo.
Marking the sale from left, Suva City Council’s director of engineering Jagdish Singh, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster, Premier David Bartlett and Suva City Council’s director of finance Apaitia Veiogo.

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.

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One step ahead on upgrade

THE Federal Government’s recent approval of $10.5 million to start work on the $164-million Brighton Bypass this April has been a welcome announcement for the community.  However, the Brighton Council had already begun the process of planning to revitalise the town centre long before the official announcement was made.

Brighton Council has commissioned Tasmanian environmental planning and landscape architecture firm Inspiring Place Pty Ltd to look at ways of improving the general appearance, accessibility, safety and functionality of the Brighton town centre along the Midlands Highway between Elderslie Road in the south and Pontville to the north.

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Brighton market adds new events

THE ever-popular Brighton Market, which runs on the first Sunday of every month, is combining other popular events such as Speed Art and Miniature Pony judging in coming months.

The market, which runs from 9am-2pm at the Pontville Hall has been established in the area since June last year and it is literally going from strength to strength growing in size from about 40 stalls when it first opened to approx 80 stalls now

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Three tenders awarded for major projects

THREE joint ventures have tendered for the $243-million Brighton Bypass and Transport Hub when tenders closed recently.

Minister for Infrastructure, Graeme Sturges, said the projects were vital components of joint Tasmanian-Australian Government plans to upgrade the northern approaches to Hobart.

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New Learning Federation leader maps out a course for the future

BRIDGEWATER/Brighton Learning Federation manager Andrew Bennett certainly has his work cut out.

Just a month into his new job of  overseeing the recommendations of the Bridgewater and Southern Midlands Educational Renewal Taskforce [BASMERT] taskforce, Andrew has established some key priorities for ensuring that the revolutionary educational concept becomes reality, sooner rather than later.

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Planning decisions a challenging role for councillors

By GRAEME TODD*

ONE of the most challenging roles for local government councillors involves making decisions on planning applications for the use and or development of land.

Most people would be aware that under the Local Government Act the main functions of elected councillors are to represent the community, to act in the best interests of the community and to undertake duties and responsibilities as authorised by council.

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