Planting seeds for new Landcare group

In March, plant propagation expert Ruth Mollison from Island Seeds and Landcare Tasmania’s Peter Stronach and Evie Drinnan facilitated a native plants workshop with the Bridgewater Foreshore Landcare Group, local families, local school and Brighton Council representatives and 24 Carrot Gardens staff. Held at the Botanical Institute, the Grow Your Own Native Plants
workshop taught participants how to identify different plants, collect seeds and nurture them to grow. The workshop began with a visit to the ‘mother’ Prickly Box (Bursaria spinosa) tree along the foreshore to collect seeds. While on the walk, Peter from Landcare talked about how significant the site was and what participants can do as a group to help. The tree has been growing there since 1930, with many ‘babies’ grown from the ‘mother’ tree over the years. Prickly Box is notoriously hard to germinate, and quite difficult to buy at nurseries. The group is hopeful that the seeds from this workshop will germinate. After an introduction into growing plants, a delicious lunch was prepared by Vlad – fresh pizzas and a salad using tomatoes, basil and vegetables picked that morning from the Material Institute garden.

Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to watching the new Bridgewater Foreshore Landcare Group grow. Brighton Council funded this workshop, with Councillor Phil Owen in attendance.

If you would like to join the Bridgewater Landcare Group and participate in their working bees for details contact Evie Drinnan –

Left: Vlad making pizza, Right: Collecting Seeds

Did You Know?

The population of the Brighton Municipality is the largest in the Southcentral region (which is made up of the Derwent Valley, Central Highlands and Southern Midlands councils) at 18073 people.

We have the youngest median age at 35 years in the Southcentral region, you spring chickens!

The Brighton population has a younger age distribution than Greater Hobart overall too, with an average age of 35.2 years, compared to 39.8 years (ABS, 2018)

According to a KPMG report by 2042 our area will have grown by 28%.

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Asthma and smoking: It’s not just hot air

Australia recently released new information explaining the link between asthma and smoking. Asthma is a condition that affects the airways and makes it difficult to breathe. One of the most common triggers is cigarette smoke. Smoking can trigger asthma not only in the person that smokes, but also in the people around them, including family members, friends, and work colleagues. It can even harm unborn children.

If someone with asthma smokes, it has the potential to make their asthma worse by increasing the severity of symptoms and the frequency of asthma flare-ups, and by reducing the effect of preventer medications. Passive smoking, which means exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke, can impact children in particularly harmful ways. It puts them at risk of developing asthma, makes them more prone to respiratory infections, reduces lung function, and increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Asthma Australia supports those trying to quit smoking.

Their advice is:
• Speak to your doctor about medications that help you quit
• Call the Quitline on 137 848 for information about quitting, or talk to a counsellor
• Call 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) to speak to an asthma educator

To find more information about the connection between smoking and asthma visit

New artwork marks 10 years of Bridgewater Library

In April, the Bridgewater Library celebrated 10 years at its Green Point Road address. Current staff were joined by former staff, volunteers and library supporters and management to recognise the occasion.

The library’s new art installation was officially launched on the day. The stunning piece of Tasmanian Aboriginal artwork reflects the kutalayna River (Jordan River) and the five communities that have made their homes alongside it – Bridgewater, Brighton, Gagebrook, Herdsmans Cove and Old Beach.

It’s best seen in person so pop into the library to get the best view.

Michelle from the popular Makebelieve Children’s Entertainment was on hand to entertain the visiting children with pipe cleaner figures and to sing some catchy tunes.

Bridgewater Library staff at the birthday celebrations

Got a cool snap of the Bridgewater Jerry?

Café Connections is hosting a competition to highlight the artistic talents of Brighton residents. Take a snap of Bridgewater Jerry and upload your photo to the Café Connections Facebook page by Friday 5 August, 2022 for your chance to win.

Entry is free and there’s no limit to the number of entries you submit. Entrants must reside, work, or spend time in the Brighton Municipality. All ages are welcome, however if you are under 18 you will need a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. 1st place will be awarded $200, 2nd place $100, and 3rd place $50.

You don’t need any fancy equipment – just a camera on your phone! Think about how you can show the Bridgewater Jerry in all its glory.

Winners will be announced on the Café Connections Facebook page and printed in the Brighton Community News.

Uniting thankful for local support

Uniting appreciates funding from Communities for Children to run programs in the Brighton Council area. Communities for Children funding has provided a family support worker role for several years. There’s a new position developed in collaboration with kutalayna collective and funded through Communities for Children.

Uniting recruited Len, an Aboriginal Family Support Worker for the district. With a focus on supporting families with children under the age of 12 years. Len is an Aboriginal man from the Southern Midlands and has a passion for encouraging positive health and well-being. A part of the role will to be develop a school holiday program that will be delivered in the district, engaging Aboriginal youth. Meanwhile, a Communities for Children grant has brought to life the Home Grown program coordinated by Family Support Worker, Val. Six families from the Brighton Council area have been busy getting their hands dirty to set up their own raised garden bed full of vegetables of their choosing. It’s timely with the cost of living steadily increasing. “It’s been brilliant getting outside with the families; they have so much knowledge to share and are excited to grow their own healthy food,” Val said.

The Communities for Children funding for Home Grown finishes at the end of June and Val hopes to work in this way again with families and/or wider the community.

Road Opening Permits – Your ticket to doing work on the road or nature strip

Are you considering undertaking works, having a contractor do work on your behalf or wanting to occupy the road for a short period? If you are, you’ll need permission before you start.

Brighton Council can help you and also advise if the particular piece of land you want to work on or occupy is actually Council property. In some cases it may
be privately owned, or State Government controlled. Some classes of work may require a planning permit before they commence, be the condition of a planning permit or require building/plumbing co-approvals.

Undertaking works on the road itself, or the footpath and in the nature strip (all collectively known as the road reservation) also requires a permit.

You can get a permit by completing the application form available from the Brighton Council website and submitting it for approval. The form is straight forward and easy to complete.

Along with the form, you’ll also need some supporting documentation such as:

• A plan professionally drawn or sketched by yourself to illustrate your requirements
• A description of the works, its scope and duration
• Details of insurance if the undertaking has a commercial activity
• Pedestrian and vehicle (traffic) management plans.

You may not need all of those requirements – it depends on the project’s size and complexity. Some requirements may need a professional or consultant to provide them, which will be at a cost to you. You can submit your completed form and its supplementary information over the counter, by email or post.

We’re here to help!
Having trouble with filling out the form, understanding what is required, needing to know what a traffic management plan entails and what the cost
will be? We can help you. We strongly suggest you drop in and discuss the process if it’s not an activity you undertake regularly or have experience in.

We can confirm if there’s a need for planning approval, the fees applicable, your obligations and risks involved.

Dial before you dig.
We have all seen the advertising and the message is simple. Undertake investigation via this service to understand what infrastructure is below ground. Not undertaking this investigation can lead to serious injury or expense. Not all underground assets are visible or known so always proceed with caution.

Inspections and completion.
In order for us to know it has been constructed adequately and to the correct standards, inspections are requested. This is to make sure the finished work meets the life span and performance standards expected. If you’ve been issued
with a permit, requested any inspections, and completed the works, you need to let Brighton Council know when all the work is complete. This means we can
close out the permit and inspect it the finished work.

Why all the red tape?
As the owner of the road reservation, or the authority vested in maintaining it, we have a legislated obligation to know what your intentions are. Our job is
to keep all road users safe and to keep roads open and accessible. Brighton Council invests ratepayers’ money in upgrading assets and has a strong desire
to see that any work undertaken does not shorten their life.

Brighton Council Asset Services looks forward to your enquiry and processing your road opening permit application.

One Pot Wonder

Words and images: Sarah Ugazio

A quick search for ‘one pot wonders’ on the net will reveal endless recipe options. This chicken risotto is as easy as it is tasty!

Everything in the pot

Roast Chicken & Brown Rice Risotto

Serves 6
Prep time – 20mins
Cooking Time – 1hr 40mins


  • 1.5 – 2kg fresh whole chicken
  • 1 whole orange or lemon,
  • pierced all over with deep cuts
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 4 sticks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled
  • and diced
  • 150g mushrooms, sliced or
  • small quarters
  • 2 cups brown rice (or if using
  • Arborio rice slightly reduce
  • baking time)
  • 500ml chicken or beef stock
  • (or 2 stock cubes in 500 ml
  • boiling water)
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • 1.5 tbsp rosemary, finely
  • chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Grated parmesan, to serve

Preheat the oven to 200C. Heat a splash of oil in a large 30cm (min) stovetop casserole dish with lid (a Dutch Oven) over a medium-high heat. Add onion, sweet potato, carrot and celery, stirring occasionally. After 15 mins add the garlic. Season well with salt and pepper. Fry until all veg are caramelised with colour, approx 20 mins. Meanwhile, stuff the orange or lemon into the chicken’s cavity. Drizzle oil and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper over the entire chicken. Place chicken over the browned vegetables, and place the pot in the oven (middle shelf) uncovered for approx 40 mins or until chicken skin is crispy golden brown. After 20mins check the veg aren’t scorching – if they are, then pour 1/4 cup wine or water around the chicken. Bring stock to boil, or boil kettle if using stock cubes. Remove pot from oven and evenly sprinkle (in order) rosemary, rice then mushrooms around the chicken. Pour stock around chicken until rice is covered by approx 1.5cm of liquid (top up with boiling water if need
be). Cover with lid, place pot back in the oven and turn the temperature down to 180C. Bake for another 40 mins or until the chicken is cooked through (juices will run clear when cut), and rice is cooked but firm. Cool the pot with lid off for 10 mins, then remove chicken and slice into portions. It’s ok to see some liquid
pooling over the rice – just stir through risotto and spoon a generous amount onto each plate and top with parmesan.

*Experiment with different root vegetables and woody herbs to play around with flavours
*If using stock cubes, reduce the amount of salt added to season the vegetables
*Leftovers – slice up leftover chicken into bite size pieces and stir through remaining risotto. Refrigerate in an airtight container.

You can follow Sarah for more recipes on Instagram @madamesaisons.

The finished product. Yum!

Brighton Alive wins at the Tasmanian LiFE Awards

Words: Sheryl Rainbird

Congratulations to the Brighton Alive Network, which was deservedly awarded as joint winner of the Lifeline Tasmania Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention LiFE Award at the recent Tasmanian LiFE Awards. These awards are now in their seventeenth year and recognise the valuable contribution by individuals, communities, businesses and government in suicide prevention. This year there was a record 30 nominations for the LiFE Awards with eight in the Lifeline Tasmania Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention award.

Brighton Alive is a network of service providers and community members which is facilitated by Brighton Council. The group meets each month with the aim of building a strong and healthy future for Brighton.

In 2019 community members recognised the increase in suicidal behaviours and self-harm in our community and worked with Relationships Australia to create a Brighton Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan. Many community members and service providers were surveyed to identify local needs, skills and support shortages for the area, with the results being used to develop the community action plan.

This plan identified key activities of which the following been carried out in the last two years.

• Offer access to free Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training on suicide prevention conversations to residents and service providers.
• Conducted an audit of rooms and spaces across the Brighton LGA to identify suitable spaces to offer to service providers on a regular basis to improve service delivery and equity.
• Created community fundraising activities to fund further mental health and suicide prevention programs for the community.
• Training provided for Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid and LGBTQIA+ Inclusive training.
• Engaging youth and LBGTQIA+ community members.

The other nominations in the Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention category were:
• PFlag Cygnet Community Hub
• Run for Tarkyn
• Cygnet Cares
• Stronger Together Group
• Derwent Valley Suicide Awareness Group
• Dorset Suicide Prevention Network
• Rural Alive and Well in partnership with Boots on the Ground

The other joint winner along with Brighton Alive in this category was PFlag – Cygnet Community Hub. Congratulations to all the worthy nominees.