Brighton’s programs endorsed with local government accolade

BRIGHTON Council has received yet more strong endorsement of its community programs winning this year’s  ‘Delivering Excellence for our Communities Award’ presented by the Local Government of Tasmania.

The recognition is for the municipality’s  Brighton Alive initiative, which has provided the community with more than 50 events including a range of social, educational and sporting programs over the past three years.

The accolade follows Brighton winning the Community of the Year Award for 2008, as well as the Tidy Towns and Active Towns awards in 2007.

With events such as the annual Christmas Pageant, Anzac Day ceremonies, Street Cricket, the ‘Best You Can Be’ Personal Growth Competition and a Health Expo, Brighton Alive has brought enormous benefits to the 15,000 residents living in the municipality, bringing together disparate parts of the community.

Mayor Tony Foster said the latest award recognised Brighton’s very strong commitment to its community.

“Through Brighton Alive, we work together as a community to bring a fantastic selection of community events throughout the year from wonderful sporting events to stunning arts and cultural activities that everyone can enjoy.

Brighton Alive was established in 2006, when there was a general concern that local recreational activity was not well organised and not addressing the needs of the community.

These concerns led to the creation of Brighton Alive, which brought together residents, schools, Tasmania Police and government representatives – their common goal being to enhance local community capacity.

Cr Foster said that Brighton Alive as a collective, works to provide sustainable programs.

“An example of this is the re-establishment of the Riverside Community Nursery which now provides employment for four staff and programs for more than 50 families per week.

“Brighton Alive is an evolving project, but continues to add enormous benefit to all of our community.  It also provides an invaluable template for developing the project through the wider community of Tasmania.

“We have been successful in seeking more than $1 million in grants for concepts the collective has formulated. These grants help ensure the projects are ongoing. Importantly, through Brighton Alive, there has been a reduction in duplication of programs and gaps in programs such as parenting programs due to improved communication and coordination.

“Brighton Alive never stops learning or improving, and its early and ongoing successes with the local community have been enormous.   The State Government’s Stronger Community Task Force and other Councils have viewed Brighton Alive as a model to replicate.

“Programs such as Core of Life, a teenage pregnancy education program, and a music creation concept called the ‘Hip Hop Program’ are just two of the many Brighton Alive initiatives that could be adopted by other councils,” Cr Foster said.

“Brighton Council believes that Brighton Alive now provides a template for other councils in Tasmania and interstate to develop similar programs to enhance the lifestyle and well being of members of their communities.

“This really is testimony to the hard work that our community puts in to make sure everyone is involved in what is going on.  It really is a big thank you to all Brighton Alive members who coordinate, communicate, consult and cooperate to make sure that the events that are of interest and enjoyment for the community are organise and happen.  Congratulations and well done to everyone involved,” Cr Foster said.