Brighton gets active with government grant

BRIGHTON Council has received a grant of almost $35,000 from the State Government to deliver its Active Brighton! program across the municipality.

Labor MLC for Derwent, Michael Aird said Active Brighton! was addressing barriers to participation as outlined in the Brighton Council’s 2005 community survey.

Some of the municipality’s young Active Brighton! Program  participants with Labor MLC for Derwent, Michael Aird.
Some of the municipality’s young Active Brighton! Program participants with Labor MLC for Derwent, Michael Aird.

Mr Aird visited a group of young people involved an Active Brighton! program in conjunction with the Tassie Tigers Cricket team.

Brighton Street Cricket was held in Seymour Street among a crowd of enthusiastic young people, including members of the Tassie Tigers team.

“The Brighton area has produced some very good local and State cricketers over the years,” Mr Aird said.

“Luke Butterworth, a former student of Bridgewater High School, is a fine example of that talent.

The Tasmanian Tigers were represented not only by young batsman Jonathon Wells, but also by Australian Test off-spinner, Jason Krejza at the event.

Mr Aird said a 2005 Brighton Council survey found that 80 per cent of people do not participate in organised sport  and cited barriers such as transport and finance.

“It is really important that we provide positive, practical and interesting activities for young people to be involved in,” Mr Aird said.

“Having Tasmania’s best cricketers here in Brighton is a great way to encourage young people to get out in the community, and get active.

“Cricket is not only good for keeping active, but it’s also great for building relationships and forming new friendships.”

The first stage of the Active Brighton! project commenced in 2008, involving a review of existing sport and recreational activities run by Brighton Council.

John Klug, Brighton Council’s community liaison officer, said the program would improve the Brighton community’s capacity to support a variety of new and already established sport and recreational activities.

“Extensive research went into finding out exactly what this community required when it came to getting involved in sport and recreation,” he said.

This involved a survey of about 280 students from the seven primary schools in the Brighton area to identify sports that children are interested in playing, and what barriers need to be overcome for them to participate.

Survey responses were also sought via the Brighton Alive newsletter, website and radio show.

New activities offered by the Brighton Council have already included bushwalking, surfing, gardening, cooking, yoga, mental health classes, and boot camp.  It is also hoped that white water rafting, kayaking, golf and lawn bowls will eventually be included in the exciting range of activities.

As well as cricket, popular sports such as football and softball will continue to be offered with the aim of Brighton Council to provide a maximum of 12 activities and programs.

Activities such as basketball, netball, rock-climbing and orienteering, are planned for some of the schools within the area.

Each school will provide students with the opportunity to participate in several sports after school, with the focus on having students take up at least one of the sports offered.

The grant will also give students with the chance to participate in one off-campus activity.

“It’s pleasing to see that Brighton Council recognises the needs of the public through the delivery of programs that give everyone a chance to get fit and healthy,” Mr Aird said.