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.

Veterans sought to pad up for Tassie

L-R: Patrick Henry (who has represented Australia), current captain Kelvyn Anderson and Spencer Woolley

Veterans Cricket Tasmania is seeking over 60s cricketers to join our squads for upcoming National Carnivals to be held in November.

Their over 70s teams will be playing against all states in Launceston from November 10 to 15. The over 60s will play in the Geelong region from 26 November to 1 December with four matches over five days. Over 40 teams representing all states across five divisions will compete, with most matches played on turf pitches. Tasmania will be aiming to field three sides in divisions 1, 3 and 5.

Over 60s coordinator, Spencer Woolley shared, “We’re inviting players of all abilities to nominate for our teams. Whilst there are still plenty of ‘veterans’ playing in regular competitions, we also encourage those who have been out of the game for a while to give it a go! We’re also keen for new players to join our regular summer roster.”

For further information, contact:

Over 70s – Rod Headlam 0439256378 or

Over 60s – Spencer Woolley 0409254812 or

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.

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!

Centacare Evolve Housing: 2022 Youth Week Event

Over 110 young people within the Brighton community came together to celebrate our amazing youth at the Gagebrook Skate Park in an event hosted
by Centacare Evolve Housing.

Youth enjoying BMX activity by Southern City BMX

Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people within the Tasmanian youth calendar, providing an opportunity for young people aged 12-25 to
be heard, celebrated, and to have fun. The 2022 theme, ‘Youth: Next Gen’ recognises Tasmania’s future – the next generation of young leaders, changemakers, influencers and visionaries who are shaping our State.

Centacare Evolve Housing’s annual youth week event was first created in 2021 through local consultation from community and the want to celebrate our talented young people who contribute to local community wellbeing.

“There is a lot of stigma about youth and we wanted to do something positive and challenge the view,” said Elise, Centacare Evolve Housing Community Wellbeing Officer.

Participants and Centacare Evolve Housing event organiser enjoying the event held at Gagebrook Skate Park

Centacare Evolve Housing partnered with 11 local youth and community services in area to provide access, exposure, and opportunity to fun healthy activities to get involved in.

The BMX bikes were a great hit and a special thanks to Southern City BMX for providing the free bikes and lessons.

Over 110 young people braved the icy weather and wind to join us and participate in activities by Southern City BMX, Bridgewater PCYC, Deadly Choices, Bridgewater Library, Create Crew, The Australian International
Youth Association, Kombi Krew, Kutalayna Collective, Adventure Patch, CFC and many more.

Brighton Youth Week participants contributing to a community art project

Centacare Evolve Housing have expressed thanks to everyone involved in making the event happen, in particular Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) for the grant funding.

“We wanted to shine a light on emerging young leaders and the talent that exists in community.” said Christina, Centacare Evolve Housing Community Wellbeing Manager.

Visit Centacare Evolve Housing’s Facebook page to view more photos and receive updates on our upcoming events.

New Early Learning initiative to help ease childcare shortage

A new purpose-built early learning facility at St Paul’s Catholic School in Bridgewater opened its doors in February. Ludo is a CatholicCare initiative which was developed in partnership with Catholic Education Tasmania. Named after the Latin word for ‘I play’, Ludo is a new play based learning and care environment for children and their families, with the design to support children’s transition to school.

The centre caters to children aged 3-5, offering a play-based learning program. The centre provides short and long day options, before and after school care, and vacation care.

Play in action

Toni, a community and family engagement officer at Ludo, supports families whose children need help with learning and adjusting to a structured environment. Kristy Gilroy, a lead educator at the centre, makes sure that Ludo is a democratic space for children. “We recognise that children are competent and creative and that they have a right to participate in the process of learning,” Kristy said. “We view children as unique and promote a collaborative process in our journey together. We gauge the children’s interests, and plan our activities based on that.”

Ludo is a valuable addition to the area but may not quite ease the demand for parents living in Brighton. According to a 2022 report released by the Mitchell Institute and Victoria University, 61% of Tasmanians live in an area with an acute childcare shortage, with Brighton being named as the local government area with the lowest childcare availability.

Old Beach Cricket Club sports new solar system

A new 7kW rooftop solar system installed on the Old Beach Cricket Club shed is expected to save the club significantly on power bills.

Old Beach Cricket Club chairperson and office bearer, Ross Wooldridge, said the solar system would alleviate increasing electricity costs for the club. “The Old Beach Cricket Club would like to thank Brighton Council for the very generous $4,500 contribution to make the solar project happen, which was matched by the Tasmanian Government Department of Communities, through the Solar Power for Sporting Clubs Program,” Ross said. The Old Beach Cricket Club have wanted to install solar panels for many years and are glad the upfront cost and other barriers could be overcome.

Ross Woolridge is proud of the newly installed solar system on the Old Beach Cricket Club shed

Brighton Mayor Leigh Gray congratulated the Old Beach Cricket Club for leading by example. “Brighton Council were pleased to see the ingenuity of the Old Beach Cricket Club in finding co-contributions towards the upfront cost of the system and commend the idea coming from the Club to begin with.”

“Brighton Council is deeply committed to reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 on the pathway to zero emission by 2040. Community groups and local government are working together to reduce emissions one step at a time by installing solar, improving energy efficiency, conserving our resources, and reducing waste to landfill through the introduction of the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste collection service,” said Mayor Gray.

Brighton Council’s action on climate change is outlined in the Climate Change and Resilience Strategy 2019 and is demonstrated through the implementation of 15 greenhouse gas emission reduction measures, saving over 1,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released each year.

For further information on Brighton Council’s climate change measures, such as the sustainability in schools program see:

A message from the Mayor, Leigh Gray: Working with all levels of government to achieve our budget goals

From time to time and particularly during our budget planning process for 2022/23, we get questioned about what we can do and achieve in the next 12 months.

We have the responsibility to ensure that we upgrade all our current assets and maintain them in good condition, as well as provide the community with a wide range of services. We also need to plan for new investments in the Brighton Municipality so we can achieve our 2050 Vision to be a thriving place; a proud community; ensure a good life at every age for all our residents and provide a sustainable environment.

We balance all of these things, while we keep a balanced budget, spending no more than we can afford, just like we all do at home. We all know how difficult this is at times, especially with the huge increase in costs.

Council has approved a 10-year Financial Management Plan and a 10-year Asset Management Plan. This sets out our renewal and replacement program for our roads, footpaths, buildings and all other assets.

We are certainly aware that from time to time we need to change the plans to accommodate situations where repairs and upgrades are more urgently required. Our Asset Management team is constantly reviewing these documents when situations arise. As councillors, we put forward your enquiries for assessment and prioritisation, if required. Our Council tries to ensure our assets are at the optimal intervention point when we repair or upgrade. We try not to let assets get to a point of disrepair that involve big costs to fix. It’s far better to repair at that optimal time to save ongoing costs. If you let an asset deteriorate past this point, it can result in rapidly increasing repair costs, however repairing before this stage means we won’t be getting the best value out of our original investment. It’s a balancing act!

This brings me to the subject of new assets that we either acquire, in the form of road and public open space contributions for new developments undertaken, or through the purchase of new builds we undertake in the area. These cover all our parks, walking tracks and public buildings. Council now owns $216 million worth of assets that all cost money to maintain.

With our plans for the future, we always look for co-operative arrangements with other levels of government to move our new infrastructure developments forward. We have many plans for upgrades of parks and facilities for the community. We work on staging these new developments over several budgets and although we don’t get the final product for several years, it’s delivered in a very economically responsible way. However, from time to time, we join forces with our Federal or State counterparts and receive assistance on some projects that make it possible to produce a build in one go instead of in stages. Your council works hard – staff and councillors – to ensure that opportunities are not missed along the way.

We have a very cooperative approach to all major infrastructure projects. For example, during this Federal Election we saw both major parties commit $2.3 million to deliver the master plan for the Ted Jeffries Memorial Park in Seymour Street, Brighton. The $2.3 million commitment plus a $1.1 million contribution from Brighton Council will deliver some of the most important elements of the Ted Jeffries Memorial Park Masterplan. I look forward to seeing what more can
be achieved in cooperation with all levels of government in the near future.

I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank former Premier Peter Gutwein for his 20 years service to Tasmania. Mr Gutwein demonstrated the most outstanding leadership through the toughest of times and effectively navigated us all through the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to acknowledge and thank him for his positive and progressive stance on issues such as climate change and truth-telling/treaty during his time as Premier, setting an important precedent for future leaders.

Finally, on behalf of Brighton Council, I would like to congratulate Premier Jeremy Rockcliff on becoming Tasmania’s 47th Premier. We look forward
to working with Premier Rockcliff and feel confident that his experience in government and understanding of what it is to be part of a more regional community, will make our working relationship effective and productive.

Brighton Mayor
Leigh Gray

Athlete Lacey Tilyard making Tassie proud

In March this year, local resident Lacey Tilyard travelled to Sydney to compete in the Australian Track and Field Championships.

Lacey in action at the Nationals

Two years ago, at the age of 11, Lacey joined the Little Athletics program. “She’s always been interested in sport, whether it be football, basketball, or distance running,” said Renee, Lacey’s mum. “She asked my husband and me if she could join the program for quite a few years, but initially I said no, as we knew it would involve a lot of time and effort. But she just did so well. She’s a natural.”

As the largest annual athletics event in Australia, over 3500 athletes of all ages competed over eight days. “I think it was a bit overwhelming for her to see
how amazingly talented Australian athletes are,” said Renee.

At Hobart Airport, on the way to Nationals

Nevertheless, Lacey placed fifth in U15 High Jump, third in the U15 400m, and recorded a new personal best in the U15 200m. Only two days after returning
from Nationals, Lacey competed at her school carnival. Despite being still tired from Nationals, she wound up the Year 8 champion, placing first in 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, and high jump. She even broke school records in both high jump (1.5m) and 400m (1:01.92)!

Lacey has represented her school at every interschool athletics carnival, cross country carnival and swimming carnival since she became eligible to compete. Lacey trains with her performance coach Joshua Mason two to three times a week. Earlier this year, Lacey competed in the State Little Athletics Championships in Penguin and broke a 10-year record in 400m with a time of 59.84. She also won triple jump, placed 2nd in high jump, and 4th in 200m. Lacey also won two gold medals at the Tasmanian Athletics Age Championships, and is currently ranked number one in Tasmania for U15 400m and number two in high jump. She is ranked number six in Australia
for U15 400m. In December this year, Lacey hopes to compete at the All Schools Track and Field Championships in Adelaide. Congratulations to Lacey on all her hard work paying off when it counts!