Council sells software business

BRIGHTON Council has agreed to sell its software business Microwise Australia.The business has been purchased by Dornier Digital. It will continue to be based in Brighton with all staff transferring across to the new owner.

BRIGHTON Council has agreed to sell its software business Microwise Australia.

Brighton Council General Manager James Dryburgh said the sale was a good outcome for Council, the local community and for Microwise’s clients.

The business has been purchased by Dornier Digital. It will continue to be based in Brighton with all staff transferring across to the new owner.

“Now is the right time to sell the business. It has reached a critical point in its evolution and requires significant investment to take it to the next level to grow its national operations,” Mr Dryburgh said.

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Brighton Mayor Tony Foster retires after 34 years service to community

BRIGHTON Municipality’s long-time Mayor and councillor, Tony Foster has retired from Council after 34 years’ service to the Municipality, with 28 years continuous service as Mayor.

Tony Foster AM OAM, Mayor and Councillor

Brighton Municipality, 1985-1988 and 1990-2021

BRIGHTON Municipality’s long-time Mayor and councillor, Tony Foster has retired from Council after 34 years’ service to the Municipality, with 28 years continuous service as Mayor. 

During that time and under Mayor Foster’s leadership, Brighton Municipality has experienced exponential growth, improved, and expanded services to ratepayers and the community, key innovations introduced, and the Council managed in a highly efficient and cost-effective manner.

At the same time, Cr Foster has made an outstanding contribution to local government affairs and has been a strong advocate for the sector to the State and Commonwealth Governments.

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A fond farewell to the community I’ve served

AFTER 28 years as Mayor and hundreds of columns in Brighton Community News, this will be my final one following my retirement on June 30.

By TONY FOSTER

AFTER 28 years as Mayor and hundreds of columns in Brighton Community News, this will be my final one following my retirement on June 30.

I write this with mixed feelings – satisfaction that our municipality has achieved so much over the past more than three decades I spent on Council, proud that through the efforts of Councillors and staff we have positioned Brighton as the best-performing Council in the State, pleasure in the thousands of friends I have made over my time here, but some sadness that I will no longer be involved with the day-to-day running of the Brighton Council and that I will not directly participate in the many future opportunities that lay before us.

But retirement as Mayor and Councillor does not mean I will no longer be interested in what happens in Brighton. I will continue to delight in the progress, growth and development of our municipality and the achievements of our community groups and people.

Retiring Mayor Tony Foster

When my wife Noeline and I moved to Brighton 40 years ago, the municipality was essentially rural and the Council dominated by those farming interests. Now Brighton is a much more urban place where ratepayers deserve and demand the same services and facilities as people living in other towns and cities throughout Tasmania. That we have delivered those services and facilities more efficiently while charging lower rates is a significant achievement of all those who have served and worked for Brighton Council over the years.

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Mayor’s constructive work for his community

“I RECOGNISE and thank you, Tony Foster for your valuable contribution to the Brighton municipality and the local government sector in general over the last 36 years.” Peter Gutwein Premier of Tasmania

PETER GUTWEIN Premier of Tasmania:

“I RECOGNISE and thank you, Tony Foster for your valuable contribution to the Brighton municipality and the local government sector in general over the last 36 years.

Thank you for your tireless service motivated by your desire to give back to the community and help those less fortunate than yourself. It is particularly noteworthy that you have led the Brighton Council as Mayor for the last 28 years. Maintaining the role of Mayor for 28 years reflects the level of support you have received from the community and that you have clearly understood and represented them well during your time as Mayor.

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Brighton’s bakers again the best

BRIGHTON’S Best Bakehouse has shown its quality once again, with one of its apprentices, Crystal Stewart taking out a major award in the recent Excellence in Baking Awards in Sydney.

BRIGHTON’S Best Bakehouse has shown its quality once again, with one of its apprentices taking out a major award in the recent Excellence in Baking Awards in Sydney.

The annual competition, which the Baking Association of Australia runs, is open to all baking and pastry apprentices in the country and attracts apprentices from bakeries across Australia.

“Brighton’s Best Bakehouse was excited to have one of its apprentices, Crystal Stewart, participating in the Excellence in Baking competition against apprentices from around the country,” said owner Scott Donaghy.

After six hours of preparing and baking designated products under strict guidelines and stressful conditions, Hobart-based Apprentice Crystal Stewart was announced at the presentation dinner as Australian Apprentice Pastry Cook of the year.

Australian Apprentice Pastry Cook of the Year Crystal Stewart of Brighton’s Best Bakehouse. 
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Jobs program powers ahead

BUILD Up Tassie is in full swing this year. The crew for 2021 is entering its final few days in the construction work orientation program.

BUILD Up Tassie is in full swing this year. The crew for 2021 is entering its final few days in the construction work orientation program.

It’s worked through various tasks over the past nine weeks, including finance, general health and well-being topics, construction related maths, reading and understanding building plans, and small scale construction projects such as dog kennels and garden beds to build skills and confidence using power tools.

Learning to build garden beds is one of the many skills taught in the Build Up Tassie program
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Green Brighton grows healthier spaces

AFTER planting more than 400 trees, Brighton Council’s street tree planting program is continuing to grow. With an annual budget of $30,000, Brighton Council aims to increase the tree canopy across urban areas through strategic tree planting.

AFTER planting more than 400 trees, Brighton Council’s street tree planting program is continuing to grow. With an annual budget of $30,000, Brighton Council aims to increase the tree canopy across urban areas through strategic tree planting.

Improving the attractiveness and shading of highly used footpaths and roads are essential when considering where to plant, alongside the constraints such as existing telecommunications, plumbing, electricity, and other infrastructure.

The Greening Brighton Strategy 2016-2021 and Brighton Council Street Tree Strategy have helped determine which species of tree best suits local growing conditions.

Brighton Council’s Tim Pursell is responsible for overseeing planting street trees in Brighton. 
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FOGO FAQs in the know

BRIGHTON Community News continues the FAQs regarding a FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) service in the Brighton Municipality. This month we cover off a couple of essential questions.

BRIGHTON Community News continues the FAQs regarding a FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) service in the Brighton Municipality. This month we cover off a couple of essential questions.

What do I get as part of the FOGO service?

All residential properties will receive a 240-litre wheelie bin for FOGO with a lime green lid, the same size as your recycling bin. If you currently live in a dwelling where there are multiple units and shared bins, you won’t automatically receive a FOGO bin when they are delivered but you will receive one on request. 

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Foursomes’ fun tests the friendship

THE Tea Tree Golf Club recently held its Foursomes championship, one of our major competitions of the year played over 54 holes and two weekends. For those who do not play golf, Foursomes is a team golf competition format, in which a team is comprised of two golfers.

By MATT SHAW*

THE Tea Tree Golf Club recently held its Foursomes championship, one of our major competitions of the year played over 54 holes and two weekends. For those who do not play golf, Foursomes is a team golf competition format, in which a team is comprised of two golfers. 

Those two golfers alternate hitting the same golf ball until the ball is holed. Foursomes is a competition that can test friendships within the team and but often results in some hilarious stories.

The event attracted a large field and resulted in tight competition across two divisions. 

From left, Paul Howard Club president with Kyedon Grueber, Dylan Backhouse and David Manning,  Foursomes captain.
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Angler action catches on

THE Bridgewater Anglers’ Association, first established in January 1913 at the Derwent Hotel, Bridgewater as a branch of the Southern Tasmanian Anglers has been doing its bit for its community for more than 100 years.

THE Bridgewater Anglers’ Association, first established in January 1913 at the Derwent Hotel, Bridgewater as a branch of the Southern Tasmanian Anglers has been doing its bit for its community for more than 100 years. 

Referred to early on as the ‘Bridge Anglers’ the Association is still operating successfully and is an integral part of the community’s local history in the Bridgewater area.

During the 1920s and the early years of the Depression, membership decreased however the Association was re-established after a meeting at the Railway Hotel, Bridgewater. Eleven anglers attended and many became the backbone of the Association for years to come.  

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