Brighton celebrates 150th anniversary

 BRIGHTON last month celebrated the 150th anniversary of its formation as a municipality and the first meeting of its Council.

The historic anniversary was marked by a community celebration at the Brighton Civic Centre, a performance by the Brighton Primary School choir, the unveiling of a commemorative sculpture by local artist Folko Kooper and a montage of photographs spanning 150 years, as well as a reception for representatives of local groups and organisations.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster with long-time Brighton
residents Marysia Wright, left, and Anna Keiselis.

New branding was also launched  to identify and promote Brighton within the municipality, throughout Tasmania and beyond. It will be used by the Brighton Council and be available to local businesses, community groups, sporting clubs and other organisations in the municipality.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the 150th anniversary was an important event for Brighton.

“While the Brighton Municipality was proclaimed on October  5 1863, the first Council meeting was actually held on November 19 of that year,” Cr Foster said.

“Brighton Council also met today, so we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of that first meeting to the very day.

“In keeping with the local flavour, as well as the Brighton Primary school choir and unveiling the work of local sculptor Folko Kooper, our 150th birthday cake was baked by Alastair and Teena Wise of Sweet Envy. Alastair grew up in Bridgewater and has returned to Hobart after heading up Gordon Ramsay’s pastry department in London and New York.”

Cr Foster said Brighton was one of the most dynamic and fastest growing municipalities in Tasmania.

“With major developments such as the now completed Brighton Bypass, the Transport Hub, the Brighton Industrial Estate and our major affordable housing project, this growth is set to continue well into the future.

“We have very good reason to celebrate our achievements,” Cr Foster said.