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.

Brighton Council Planning Team Celebrates Graduate Achievements

L-R: Andres Perez-Roca and Kelly Min at their graduation

Two team members from the Brighton Council’s Development Services (Planning) team recently made some significant professional achievements. Kelly Min and Andres Perez-Roca both graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Master of Planning at the end of last year.

For Andres it has been a double celebration, being named the 2021 recipient of the Planning Institute of Australia (Tasmanian Division) Mike Shield Award. At the end of each year, the student graduating with the best overall academic performance who is anticipated to be resident in Tasmania in the year following the award, in honour of long-serving PIA member and local planner, Mike Shield.

Andres is originally from Colombia. Prior to planning, his background is in Law and Business Administration. During his studies at the University of Tasmania, he co-founded and served as the first President of the UTAS Planning Society. The society provides students with a platform to explore and develop their shared interests in planning. His research thesis explored ideas around liveability in three suburbs in Tasmania, emphasising social capital as an important contributor to liveability. Andres currently works as a Planning Officer with the Council where he provides professional land use services advice on statutory planning to the community. He also volunteers for PIA, serving as a Member of the Tasmania Policy and Advocacy Subcommittee and the Tasmanian Young Planners. Congratulations to these very talented members of the planning team.

Sustainability champions in school-wide effort

These clever students received an energy efficient light bulb to continue their great work at school in the home environment –  Indiana Curtain, Hamish McCord, Bella Kamaric, Bella Daly, Declan McCarthy, Zoey Smith, Charli Gill, Thomas Forrest, Levi Muir, Heath Rose, Grace Mathews, Grace Pearson, Amarni Sharman and Cleopatra Cowen)

St Paul’s Primary School is kicking some big sustainability goals, highlighted during a recent visit from Brighton Council staff.

They have environmental champions across the school, from the principal who is involved in organic waste recycling and teachers introducing new waste stream collection points to collect and recycle food waste, to students volunteering to conduct plastic recycling.

During the visit, Grade Two and Six students participated enthusiastically in a range of activities from how to reduce energy bills through to wise energy use and waste reduction ideas around the school and home.

Ms Donna Wolff’s Grade Six class seemed particularly clued up on how wise waste and energy resource use reduces our impact on the environment by reducing harmful emissions that contribute to global warming. They also enjoyed running a micro hydro turbine to generate electricity.

Ms Tashina Wolff’s Grade Two class were incredibly enthusiastic and enjoyed hearing frog calls as well as seeing pictures of the local sea eagles, Eastern barred bandicoots, spotted tail quolls, the masked owl, and skinks.

To help young people get used to new ways of recycling waste and to undertake climate action, Brighton Council is collaborating with schools and developing educational resources they can incorporate into their learning.

Brighton Council’s goal is a wastewise, environment and climate change program for schools, and providing information on sustainability initiatives, including questions on the recently introduced Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside bin service and classroom material.

Darcy Wilson from Grade Two is pictured here identifying real life eucalypt leaves with a EucaFlip booklet.

For more information, please contact wastewise@brighton. tas.gov.au or 0447 833 507, environment@brighton.tas.gov. au or alison.johnson@brighton. tas.gov.au on 6268 7048 or for Brighton Council’s sustainability programs visit www.brighton.tas.gov.au

A big thanks to the students and staff at St Paul’s Primary School for sharing their initiative and easy ideas on how to create a more sustainable future for years to come.

Love your local library


Libraries are more than just a home for books. They can be places to seek adventure, research a curiosity or access resources you might not have at home. On Library Lovers Day this year, celebrate all the things that you love about the Bridgewater Library.

Share a quote on love from your favourite book or poem, or perhaps borrow an old favourite and reminisce on what you loved about it with a loved one.

You can help pass on a love of libraries to the little ones with heaps of kids activities too.

Everyday, your local Bridgewater Library is also home to:
• Free wifi
• Public computers
• Scanners, printers and laminators
• Digital support like setting up MyGov and accessing vaccination certificates.

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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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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So, where does it FOGO from here?

WELCOME to Brighton Council’s FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) service. At the end of last month, Council started delivering FOGO wheelie bins (240L bin with a lime green lid) and kitchen caddies to households in the Municipality.

WELCOME to Brighton Council’s FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) service. At the end of last month, Council started delivering FOGO wheelie bins (240L bin with a lime green lid) and kitchen caddies to households in the Municipality. 

The kitchen caddy has information on how to look after both the caddy and FOGO wheelie bin. A magnet for your fridge shows you what can go in FOGO. Pop it on your fridge to help you remember and learn how to use FOGO.

It might take a while to get used to putting food scraps in the kitchen caddy. Find a system that works best. Perhaps discuss FOGO as a household regarding such things as where the kitchen caddy will be kept – near your normal rubbish bin, on your bench near where you prepare food, or under the kitchen sink? When you need to, empty the caddy into your FOGO wheelie bin – more often if there are scraps that might begin to smell, such as meat, fish or dairy products, which you wouldn’t perhaps typically have put in a home compost. That is one of the advantages of a FOGO service.

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Fruity idea has huge a’peel

WHAT do a school fruit box program, a community hall renovation, a sustainable heating project, a student ‘work ready’ program and a new dishwasher all have in common? They’re among the recipients of Hydro Tasmania’s latest round of grant funding, with more than $50,000 going to worthy organisations.

WHAT do a school fruit box program, a community hall renovation, a sustainable heating project, a student ‘work ready’ program and a new dishwasher all have in common? They’re among the recipients of Hydro Tasmania’s latest round of grant funding, with more than $50,000 going to worthy organisations. 

Hydro Tasmania was delighted to join the Jordan River Service Inc – Gagebrook Community Centre to celebrate their $4500 funding boost. This will expand the schools’ breakfast program to include weekly fresh fruit boxes for five local schools and over 1000 students. Thanks to Jordan River Learning Federation Herdsmans Cove Primary School for acting as hosts.

The school fruit program at Jordan River Learning Federation Herdsmans Cove Primary School is much welcomed by students.
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