New look for Brighton Community News

You may have noticed the Brighton Community News has had a facelift for the first bi-monthly edition of 2022. The new Brighton Community News is full of good news stories and showcases the people, businesses, community groups and sporting clubs that make our area great. We will continue to grow our event calendar with listings of what’s on in our local area.

We will share bigger picture Council planning for the future, and updates on the initiatives and projects we’re working on. There’s even some fun activities and facts to keep your mind active! Readers are encouraged to contribute to the newspaper by sharing stories, photographs and local tips via communitynews@brighton.tas.gov.au.

Our new editor Steph Williams has worked with us to develop a look and feel that’s easy and enjoyable to read. All the stories will also be on our Brighton Community News website and shared via our Brighton Council Facebook page. After growing up in Devonport Steph left Tasmania to study and work, and returned with her young family a few years ago to settle in Hobart. Steph is experienced in creating community publications and looks forward to hearing your feedback about the refreshed Brighton Community News.

RECIPE: Caramel Peanut Butter Biscuits



These ugly little biscuits are simple and delicious. They’re easy to make with three simple ingredients and can be adapted to be gluten free. And the mixture is just as good raw as it is cooked – the sign of a great biscuit!

Ingredients

1 can condensed milk
2 heaped tablespoons of peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
5 cups Cornflakes (can also use gluten free Cornflakes)

Method

Empty the condensed milk into a large bowl and mix in the peanut butter until it’s smooth. Add the Cornflakes and mix until they are all coated. Be gentle but give it a good mix and make sure they’re all coated. Spoon large clumps (a generous tablespoon each) onto a baking tray lined with paper or a silicone baking sheet. Cook in a moderate oven (180 degrees Celsius) for about 15 mins or until golden brown. Keep your eyes on them as they can burn quickly.

Carefully use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack once they leave the oven, they will still be malleable. As they cool, they will harden up. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Maintaining stormwater swale drains: what you need to know

Brighton has a mix of both suburban and rural residential areas, but is surrounded by countryside. When it comes to land management during times of higher-than-average rainfall like we’ve seen recently, storm- water swale drain maintenance becomes very important for those in rural areas with less infrastructure than their suburban counterparts.

What is a swale?
Swales are surface drains designed to carry excess water to catchments and rivers. They might look like a low open ditch or an enclosed concrete gutter. They have a very slight fall which allows water to drain away and along to natural waterways.

Left: A typical rock lined road edge swale drain.
Right: A typical swale and culvert junction requiring a clean out.

How do swales help?
To avoid flooding, stormwater swales help to mimic the natural fall of the land. Sometimes things like houses, fences and dams may have changed how an area would naturally react. These catchments may be lined with grass or rock, sealed or unfinished and will guide excess water off the property, and into either the Derwent or Jordan Rivers.

What do I need to do?
Over time with grass growth, erosion, and litter, these drains will alter in shape and size. Some drains are located on private property, sometimes within a registered easement or along a boundary, so it is important to know their function and how you can help them do their job. If you have a swale on your property, or nearby:

• Walk around and familiarise yourself with your property and its characteristics (driveways, frontages, fall of land).
• Look at where water pools in heavy rains.
• Remove any litter and larger objects from drains.
• Resist installing fencing or planting trees that may restrict flow.
• Mow or ‘whipper snip’ the grass drains, the entry to culverts and remove the grass from the trimmed area.
• Regularly remove any silt build-up with a spade. A little done over time adds up when it pours down.
• Talk to your neighbour about what you can do together.

Swale drains on private property are the responsibility of the property owner to maintain; however Brighton Council will work with property owners to maintain drains, your crossover and any road neighbouring drains. Technical assistance is available from the Brighton Council Asset Services Unit as over the counter advice, via an email to admin@brighton.tas. gov.au or by phone.

Exciting times ahead for all at ‘Our Place’

N this my first report as Mayor, I would like to start by thanking our residents and ratepayers for allowing me to lead Brighton Municipality. I am extremely honoured to have been successful at the recent by-election to replace long-standing Mayor Tony Foster. I can assure you I will work hard, listen to your comments and concerns, and do my very best to repay the faith you have shown in me.

By LEIGH GRAY*

IN this my first report as Mayor, I would like to start by thanking our residents and ratepayers for allowing me to lead Brighton Municipality. I am extremely honoured to have been successful at the recent by-election to replace long-standing Mayor Tony Foster. I can assure you I will work hard, listen to your comments and concerns, and do my very best to repay the faith you have shown in me. 

I would also like to acknowledge the candidates who put their names forward for mayoral and councillor roles. It is not easy to do, and I thank them all for their efforts and continuing interest in our community. Please keep being involved, as without input from the community, we cannot fulfil our roles.

I must also congratulate Aaron De La Torre on his election as councillor. I am sure he will make an important contribution to our future deliberations.

Brighton is a great place to live, work and play. I am confident our Municipality can look forward to a very positive future. We see growth across the board in our population, development, infrastructure business and industry, and I know this will help us maintain our community’s positive direction.

Brighton’s new Mayor Leigh Gray
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High School Master plan goes on view

THE site master plan for the new $50 million Brighton High School has been released for public comment as part of the Tasmanian Government’s plan to improve education outcomes.

THE site master plan for the new $50 million Brighton High School has been released for public comment as part of the Tasmanian Government’s plan to improve education outcomes.

An architectural consortium led by local firm Jaws Architects has developed the master plan for the new high school at 1 Elderslie Road following extensive consultation with educators, students from nearby primary schools, and the broader Brighton community.

The new high school will include a gymnasium and performing arts space, as well as onsite sporting facilities which can be used by the local community outside school hours
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Clean-up unearths issues to be sorted

THE third Sea Shepherd Marine Debris clean-up was conducted successfully last month however, disappointingly, there was again a significant amount of rubbish along the foreshore and in the waterways.

THE third Sea Shepherd Marine Debris clean-up was conducted successfully last month however, disappointingly, there was again a significant amount of rubbish along the foreshore and in the waterways.

Debris clean-up coordinator Sarah Briggs said the group was up to the challenge, with 40 participants helping to get the job done.  

The group picked up 3072 items with 326 pieces of paper packaging, most from fast food outlets. There were 215 aluminium cans, 102 plastic drink bottles, 276 pieces of plastic food packaging and 137 foil wrappers and packets. Sea Shepherd Marine Debris says the Bridgewater clean-up sites are popular places for people to come to eat, drink and leave their rubbish.
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New councillor to give voice to forgotten

NEW Brighton councillor Aaron De La Torre is proud of the community he and his wife chose to call home.

NEW Brighton councillor Aaron De La Torre is proud of the community he and his wife chose to call home. 

“We decided to buy a block of land and to build in Brighton as it was exactly the kind of area we were looking for; something suburban within a country setting, affordable, and with lots of young families just like ours and a beautiful school within walking distance,” Aaron said. 

“We moved into our new home the day before our first child was born. Waking at 2am and heading to hospital following a big move was not a fun experience.” 

Aaron said he loved how the community was so close, with everyone keeping an eye out for each other and happy to lend a hand when someone was going through tough times. 

New Brighton councillor Aaron De La Torre says there are many challenges for Council to find solutions for, but he believes Council is in good hands with its new Mayor, nine passionate Councillors and a great group of Council staff .
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Garden skills a meal ticket

THE East Derwent Primary School Kitchen Garden Program continues to teach students the valuable life skills of growing and harvesting fresh fruit and vegetables to prepare nutritious meals. Twice a week, grades three and four students learn new skills in the garden and kitchen and then sit down together at our dining table for a meal.

By CHRISTINE KNIGHT*

THE East Derwent Primary School Kitchen Garden Program continues to teach students the valuable life skills of growing and harvesting fresh fruit and vegetables to prepare nutritious meals. Twice a week, grades three and four students learn new skills in the garden and kitchen and then sit down together at our dining table for a meal.

The Kitchen Garden Program recently received a welcome boost with a pallet of coir from Tasmanian Botanics. 

This will be used as part of our composting and seed raising programs.

From left, David Webster assistant principal of East Derwent Primary, Katie Wilson, who is a garden specialist,Tom Knight, Ray Raymond and Hayden Tonks from Tasmanian Botanics and student Kayden Murtagh.
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Sustainability support for schools

ELEVEN Tasmanian schools, including Brighton Primary School, are being supported by the Tasmanian Government through the Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmanian 2021 Sustainable Schools awards

ELEVEN Tasmanian schools are being supported by the Tasmanian Government through the Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmanian 2021 Sustainable Schools awards.

The awards provide funding to improve sustainability in schools and are supported by the Government, together with Hydro Tasmania and Mars Wrigley.

Member for Lyons Guy Barnett with Brighton Primary assistant principal, Natasha Bannerman and students from the grades 3 / 4 class.
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