Bypass a catalyst for growth

THE completed Brighton Bypass will be the catalyst for further growth and development in the Brighton municipality.

This is the prediction from Brighton Mayor Tony Foster, speaking about the official opening of the multi-million dollar highway development early this month

Cr Foster said undoubtedly, the bypass and associated infrastructure would encourage the further development of the Brighton municipality, providing business and employment opportunities and enhancing the well-being of the community.

“Importantly, while it will certainly reduce traffic through the towns of Brighton and Pontville, the Bypass will also greatly improve transport efficiency between the southern and northern regions of Tasmania.

“With the Brighton Transport Hub and our Brighton Industrial Estate, it will make this area a focus of important industrial, transport and economic infrastructure, particularly for the southern part of the State.

“Of course, this has not been a short-term project. The highway bypassing Brighton and Pontville has been on the agenda for well over 20 years.

“I remember when I first joined Council in the 1980s, The possibility of a bypass was being discussed when I first joined the Council in the 1980s and I pushed for its development since that time I became Mayor in 1993.”

The Mayor commended the Federal and State Governments that funded the Bypass project and all the designers, contractors and the workforce who had constructed it.

He said opening of the bypass would enable the restoration of Brighton and Pontville to community towns.

“Brighton Council has plans for the beautification of our municipality and indeed this work has already commenced.

“We have recently approved a Brighton Town Centre local area plan for the central area of the Brighton township so we are taking a proactive planning approach to manage the projected high population growth and to harness new development opportunities flowing from the completion of the Brighton Bypass.

“This provides a framework for future land use and development in Brighton and was developed in consultation key stakeholders and the Brighton community during late July and August of this year.

“So Council did not sit back and wait for the impact of the completion of the bypass. We planned for the changes to ensure the best outcomes for the community.”

Cr Foster said the completion of the bypass would dramatically change the character of Brighton and Pontville.

“They will again become townships rather than clusters of buildings divided by a busy highway and as a community, we are determined to get the best out of this change and to better plan for the growth we are already experiencing.

“In Brighton, our planning is aimed at determining a suitable mix and location of land uses within the township centre, facilitating commercial growth, improving access and movement of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists throughout the area, and facilitating urban design and townscape improvements.

“Pontville is a magnificent, historic village and the reduction, particularly in heavy and through traffic, will only add to the amenity of residents, broaden its appeal to visitors, as well as enhance the safety and attraction of the important Pontville Recreation Park sporting complex,” Cr Foster said.