Brighton Council steps up on roadside clean-up

BRIGHTON Council has reached an historical agreement with the State Government to take over the roadside maintenance of the East Derwent Highway and major roundabouts in the municipality.

Brighton Council is the first council in the State to sign a formal agreement with the Government that allows Council to control roadside maintenance.

From left, deputy Mayor Geoff Taylor, Cr Sonya Williams, Cr Phil Owen, Cr Leigh Gray, Brighton Council maintenance staff, Matt Dillon (seated on the mower) and Nick Slater, Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding, Mayor Tony Foster and Shane Gregory from the Department of State Growth.
Seated: Brighton Council maintenance staff Simon Jackson and Dane Cordwell.

The roadside mowing, litter pick-up and planting work was previously the responsibility of the Department of Infrastructure, now the Department of State Growth.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said he had been working for more than a decade and had discussion with successive State Governments to have the Council take on the roadside beautification work, but without success.

“Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding and his Department have seen the merit in this and we’ve now reached an agreement that sees the State Government and Brighton Council sharing the costs,” Cr Foster said.

The beautification agreement was launched by Minister Hidding and Mayor Foster in Bridgewater.

Mr Hidding said the State Government welcomed the collaborative agreement.

“The Brighton road maintenance partnership is a great example of two tiers of government working collaboratively to deliver better infrastructure for the community.

“The new Department of State Growth is about creating jobs, driving economic growth and delivering innovative solutions to provide better infrastructure for the community,” Mr Hidding said.

Brighton Council’s external workforce is now undertaking the work and the results are already evident.

“Our staff have taken ownership and have great civic pride in their work. The result is that the road verges and roundabouts are already looking significantly neater, litter has been reduced and new plantings undertaken.

“I am proud that Brighton is the first Council in the State to reach such an agreement with the Government, and the results are already evident.

“I hope we are setting an example for other municipalities to follow and that they negotiate similar agreements. The outcome will be neat and clean road verges, adding to the beauty of our State for both locals and visitors alike,” Cr Foster said.

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