Council’s station leads the charge

Brighton Council’s senior project engineer Callum Pearce-Rasmussen said the EV Charger install was undertaken to align with Brighton Council’s Climate Change and Resilience Strategy adopted last year

BRIGHTON Council has installed its first electric vehicle charger in the Municipality.

The EV charger is now in the Council car park and its use during business hours is free to all Municipality residents.

The charger was funded by a grant under the Tasmanian Government’s Electric Vehicle ChargeSmart Destination Charging Program.

Council’s senior project engineer Callum Pearce-Rasmussen (below) said the install was undertaken to align with Brighton Council’s Climate Change and Resilience Strategy adopted by Council last year

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How our actions now will pay off down the track

Recently installed energy efficient LED street lighting will see a net reduction in Brighton Municipality’s carbon footprint of 36 tonnes of CO2 annually, equating to a 720-tonne saving over the 20-year life span of the fittings.

By TONY FOSTER

Brighton Mayor

THE Brighton Municipality is recognised as one of the most progressive in Tasmania and Council is proud if its many initiatives that not only protect our environment and surroundings, but also save valuable resources and indeed money that can be directed to other services.

As one of the State’s fastest-growing municipalities, Brighton has recognised the need to ensure there is community ownership of how it can be more sustainable and self-sufficient. Council is already doing this by increasing education programs on waste minimisation such as composting home waste, lessening single-use plastic in the home, and encouraging residents to start worm farms. We all know that waste management is a major cost for the community and Brighton, like all councils, is working hard to develop the most efficient systems and practices.

There is much we can do around the home and in coming months we will promote a range of practical ideas to help the community manage its waste footprint. With waste costs increasing and the possibility of levies being introduced, actions we take now to minimise waste and maximise resource recovery will save ratepayers money in the long term.

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Community garden’s special bond

Rebecca Taylor and brother David Hall are creating a wonderful memory in honour of their mum in Brighton Municipality’s Bond Place Community Garden. They have donated a number of fruit trees in Margaret Hall’s name because she lived at 7 Bond Place prior to her death 14 years ago.

REBECCA Taylor and brother David Hall are creating a wonderful memory in honour of their mum in Brighton Municipality’s Bond Place Community Garden.

Brother and sister David and Rebecca have donated some magnificent fruit trees to be planted in the garden in honour of their mum Margaret Hall, and the time she lived in the very same area in the early 2000s.

Rebecca, who lives in Geelong and David who is in Burnie, heard about Bond Place community garden from a friend who still lives in the municipality and realised that the garden is close by to where their mum lived before she passed away 14 years ago. Both kept up to date and in touch with Bond Place through Facebook and this inspired them to make the donation.  

The fruit trees donated by Rebecca Taylor and David Hall in honour of their mother, Margaret Hall who lived at 7 Bond Place.
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Residents urged to ask questions to get answers

Brighton councillor Phil Owen is urging residents to ask questions. He says if residents in the Municipality have a question about a particular subject or what is going on in their neighbourhood, they should ask the question of their elected officials

By PHIL OWEN*

WHY don’t I have a footpath? 

This is a question I often receive in my capacity as a Brighton councillor and the answer is one that many ratepayers have difficulty accepting.  

When Old Beach was first subdivided in the 1960s for example, there were next to no subdivision requirements other than for a gravel road. Blocks were cheap but came without reticulated water, footpaths, sewer, stormwater, kerbs or gutters.

Some houses began to be built on the Old Beach blocks and by the 1980s when no more than 20 houses had been built, the septic tanks became a major problem.  

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Police urge caution in road and bike behaviour

BRIDGEWATER Police has noticed a reduction in vehicle and pedestrian traffic within the last few months due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, as restrictions ease vehicle and pedestrian traffic is becoming more prevalent on our roads.

By JARED FAWKNER*

BRIDGEWATER Police has noticed a reduction in vehicle and pedestrian traffic within the last few months due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, as restrictions ease vehicle and pedestrian traffic is becoming more prevalent on our roads. There have already been complaints about driver behaviour at Brighton Primary School and within the Brighton community generally, particularly parents double parking outside the school.

Jared Fawkner is acting sergeant of Bridgewater Police.
Jared Fawkner is acting sergeant of Bridgewater Police.

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School makes space for woodcraft

BRIGHTON Primary students will enjoy an exciting new learning opportunity beginning in Term 3. The school recently bought a shipping container to house its Maker Space program focusing on woodcraft projects. The Maker Space program will allow students to apply classroom maths, reading and writing, learning to design as well as creating personal interest projects.

Brighton Primary Year five to six students, from left, Felix Williams, Mason Thompson, Milly Holmes and Elise Smith.
Brighton Primary Year five to six students, from left, Felix Williams, Mason Thompson, Milly Holmes and Elise Smith.

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Carbon reduction encourages a healthier community

BRIGHTON Council and Spring Bay Mill have collaborated with Hobart Airport to plant 1000 native trees and bushes at Polonia Bridge Park to create a native ecosystem and habitat on the banks of the Jordan River.

The Brighton tree planting project is one of Hobart Airport’s airport carbon reduction initiatives. The airport is planting a tree a day in Tasmania for 2020 plus a further 29 trees because this year is a leap year.

The project is creating a native ecosystem and habitat on the banks of the Jordan River.
The project is creating a native ecosystem and habitat on the banks of the Jordan River.

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New Brighton education projects move forward

Work on the highly-anticipated Brighton High School is progressing, with the Tasmanian Government advancing plans for the state-of-the-art education facilities for future generations of learners.

WORK on the highly-anticipated Brighton High School is progressing, with the Tasmanian Government advancing plans for the state-of-the-art education facilities for future generations of learners.

“The construction of a new high school is a highly anticipated project for the fast-growing community of Brighton, catering for this growth by providing state-of-the-art education facilities for future generations of learners is a priority for our Government,” said Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster with Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff review the concept plans for the High School.
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster with Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff review the concept plans for the High School.

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Next step in Bridgewater Bridge project

THE State Government has released approved design requirements for the replacement Bridgewater Bridge, a positive sign of progress for this important infrastructure project.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said the eight design requirements were broadly consistent with those determined through previous community consultation and engagement with Infrastructure Australia, and include the number of traffic lanes, road height and the inclusion of pedestrian and cycle facilities.

It was previously thought the design requirements may need to be substantially reduced in order to achieve the project budget, however, a range of possible bridge designs are capable of meeting the requirements and two high-level concept designs have been released.

One of the new Bridgewater Bridge concepts
One of the new Bridgewater Bridge concepts

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Major developments significant lift for Brighton

By TONY FOSTER*

THE Brighton Municipality received a positive boost in July with further confirmation of three highly-anticipated, much-needed and welcomed major developments – the replacement Bridgewater Bridge, the new Brighton High School and the upgrading of the Jordan River Learning Centre School Farm.

Each of these projects is strongly supported by Brighton Council and individually and collectively they will provide a significant lift to our local economy and social fabric.

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