Brighton Mayor announces decision to retire

Tasmania’s longest-serving Mayor, Brighton’s Tony Foster has announced his intention to retire as Mayor and councillor on June 30 next year.

TASMANIA’S longest-serving Mayor, Brighton’s Tony Foster has announced his intention to retire on June 30 next year.

Cr Foster, who has served on Council for 35 years and the past 27 years as Mayor, last night advised Council of his intention to retire. Cr Foster said he was announcing his decision now to allow for a smooth and orderly transition to a new leadership.

Tasmania’s longest serving Mayor Brighton Mayor Tony Foster who has announced his intention to retire at the end of June 2021

The Mayor has overseen significant growth and development in Brighton over the past three and a half decades.

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Lowest rates remain our continuing commitment

Brighton Council has an ongoing commitment to offer the lowest rates as well as the full range of services and facilities for our community.

By TONY FOSTER, Brighton Mayor

BRIGHTON Council has an ongoing commitment to offer the lowest rates as well as the full range of services and facilities for our community.

Ratepayers will be aware that in response to the impact of the COVID-19 emergency, Council was determined there would be no increase in the general rate for all ratepayers in the municipality this financial year. At the same time, we approved record capital works spending of $12.5 million.

In this way, Council is doing all that it can to stimulate the local economy, generate opportunities for the local workforce while providing enhanced services for our community and playing a positive role supporting economic recovery.

Over the past 25 years, our Fair Rating Policy has ensured the Brighton Municipality has enjoyed the lowest per capita rates in Tasmania and benefited from the most efficient local government operations in the State. At the same time, we are one of Tasmania’s fastest-growing municipalities and this development has imposed additional costs as we have had to provide the services and facilities necessary to support more people, homes and a growing number of businesses.

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Dry spell hits hard

Brighton Council, with all Tasmanian councils, has been impacted by the loss of promised dividends from its investment in TasWater, as well as unprecedented costs of responding to the COVID-19 emergency.

BRIGHTON Council, with all Tasmanian councils, has been impacted by the loss of promised dividends from its investment in TasWater, as well as unprecedented costs of responding to the COVID-19 emergency.

TasWater is owned by local government, with the State Government taking a minority stake following its cash injection agreed in 2018. Councils had already accepted a reduction in dividends to assist the water and sewerage corporation’s accelerated 10-year capital program.

The dividend was suddenly halved last financial year. This year, the dividend payment has been cut completely.

TasWater was established in 2013, with councils handing over their water and sewerage infrastructure, built and paid for by ratepayers, in return for ‘guaranteed’ dividend payments every year.

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Great innings for Council stalwart

Brighton Council’s Gerald Smith has been a familiar face around the Municipality and you can understand why. He has just clocked up 40 years with Council as its leading hand – roads.

BRIGHTON Council’s Gerald Smith has been a familiar face around the Municipality and you can understand why. He has just clocked up 40 years with Council as its leading hand – roads.

In an era where five years in the same job is a long time for many, 40 years seems like a lifetime.

Gerald Smith, who loves the outdoors, has spent the past 40 years working for Brighton Council.
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Be ready to weather it

Tasmania’s weather can be wild and become severe sometimes without warning. Residents in Brighton Municipality can help to reduce the potential for damage to property and lives just by taking a few small steps.

By PETER GEARD* 

TASMANIA’S weather can be wild and become severe sometimes without warning. Residents in our wonderful municipality can help to reduce the potential for damage to property and lives just by taking a few small steps. 

Firstly, prepare yourself and property. Secondly, take notice of all-weather forecasts regarding flooding, high winds or severe storms, heatwaves and bushfires. You can reduce any damage to property or harm to life by minimising the effect of weather.

For floods ensure all gutters and downpipes are clean, drains are sufficiently cleared to cope with surface and underground water. Beware of mulch and bushes that can block drains. Never drive through flooded water. Brighton SES had to rescue two elderly residents only recently). Do not walk in flooded areas as water can be contaminated and drains or holes hidden. Listen to broadcast warnings or check Tasmanian weather websites and heed the advice.

Remember to be alert and prepared to protect your life and the lives of your loved ones

If high winds and severe storms are forecast ensure you secure all loose items in your yard, especially trampolines and outdoor furniture. Be aware of any trees that overhang fences or that can cause damage by falling limbs. Shelter from hailstorms and put vehicles undercover to prevent any damage. Remember to listen to warnings.

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Brave mum’s message out

As a result of her personal battles, Angela Wilton decided to organise a Disabilities Day Out for the Brighton Municipality to try to gauge how many people in the area needed services.

BRIGHTON’S Angela Wilton is a woman on a mission. As a single parent of a child with autism, Angela has had to fight hard over the years to try to access services for her son, Michael, who is now 21 years old.

As a result of her personal battles, Angela decided to organise a Disabilities Day Out for the Brighton Municipality to try to gauge how many people in the area needed services.

“After years of struggling to get services in the local area I thought it was time that we looked at what is needed here and that is why I decided to organise this special day so that we could see what our community needs,” Angela said.

There were several service providers that made themselves available to talk to residents about their specific needs. Angela Wilton hopes to make this an annual event.

“It is really hard and there should be a lot more resources and facilities available so that people don’t have to travel long distances to access them.

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Council climate action boosted with Mel

Brighton Council’s new climate resilience officer Mel Fitzpatrick believes local government plays an important role in implementing climate change action.

AS Brighton Council’s new climate resilience officer Mel Fitzpatrick believes local government plays an important role in implementing climate change action.

Mel Fitzpatrick, Brighton’s climate resilience project officer is a keen cyclist.

Mel who studied physics at Sydney University before completing a PhD in geophysics is also a PhD in glaciology and was Australia’s first female glaciologist to conduct fieldwork on glaciers in Alaska, Greenland and Antarctica.

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Fehlberg’s bags milestones as seasons come and go

Brighton Municipality’s respected farm produce store Fehlberg’s Produce has been keeping the community stocked with farm products for almost 40 years, and it’s still going strong.

BRIGHTON Municipality’s respected farm produce store Fehlberg’s Produce has been keeping the community stocked with farm products for almost 40 years, and it’s still going strong.

Fehlberg’s Produce first started trading in 1982 when father, Ivan, and son, Ivan John, opened the farm shop selling the business’s quality grown products, oaten and Lucerne chaff, hay, straw and grain to the general public.  

The fabulous team at Fehlberg’s Produce that has been keeping the community stocked with farm products. From left, Jannene Geard, Brian Shorter, David Cash and Kareena Blackwell.

“Chaff was cut weekly with the help of local farmers and bags were hand sewn for a number of years. The business soon expanded to include equestrian supplies, racing harness, tack, horseshoes, farrier supplies, dog and cat food, agricultural sprays, animal health supplies, birds, poly pipe and fittings, pumps, electrical fencing, fencing wire, Koppers logs and gates, advantage feeders,” John Fehlberg said.

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Sale trail puts used in fashion

This year’s Garage Sale Trail is part of Brighton Council’s commitment to reducing landfill and supporting residents to reuse and reduce waste at home. The program is supported by more than 115 councils across Australia. Sellers can also set up virtual garage sales as an alternative to garage sales in local neighbourhoods.

BRIGHTON Municipality households, schools, community groups and local businesses are set to join more than 400,000 people across the country on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November as part of the tenth annual Garage Sale Trail, which will also be taking place online for the first time. 

Garage Sale Trail is part of Brighton Council’s commitment to reducing landfill and supporting residents to reuse and reduce waste at home. The program is supported by more than 115 councils across Australia. And for the first time ever sellers can also set up virtual garage sales as an alternative to garage sales in local neighbourhoods. 

The Garage Sale Trail is a great opportunity for people to connect with their community, have lots of fun and make some extra money at a time where many people need it most. 

Mayor Tony Foster said the Garage Sale Trail was a great opportunity for people to connect with their community, have lots of fun and make some extra money at a time where many people need it most. 

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Councils join forces to grow regional employment and economic outcomes

The Brighton, Central Highlands, Derwent Valley and Southern Midlands Councils have launched a unique workforce development initiative to increase employment opportunities for people in the four municipalities while at the same time provide potential employers with suitably trained, employment-ready employees.

FOUR Tasmanian councils comprising the South Central Sub-region are joining forces to improve job opportunities and business growth for their respective municipal areas.

The Brighton, Central Highlands, Derwent Valley and Southern Midlands Councils have launched a unique workforce development initiative to increase employment opportunities for people in the four municipalities while at the same time provide potential employers with suitably trained, employment-ready employees.

Following a grant of almost $400,000 from the Tasmanian Community Fund, a full-time coordinator has been appointed for an initial three-year term and has begun working with the councils to improve employment outcomes in the sub-region.

From left Derwent Valley Mayor Ben Shaw, who is chair of the workforce development coordinator group, with new workplace development coordinator Anthony McConnon and Brighton Mayor Tony Foster.

The newly appointed workplace development coordinator, Anthony McConnon, was most recently a senior manager with employment consultants Searson Buck and has extensive experience in a range of industry sectors.

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