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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Have your say on shape of things to come

Brighton Council is inviting local residents, businesses and visitors to share their thoughts about the future through an online survey. The survey is part of a project to develop a 2050 Vision for the Municipality

BRIGHTON Municipality is having its say on what the community will look like in 30 years from now.

Brighton Council is inviting local residents, businesses and visitors to share their thoughts about the future through an online survey. The survey is part of a project to develop a 2050 Vision for the Municipality.

“We appreciate the fact Brighton is home to an incredibly proud community with a strong sense of identity and optimism,” said Brighton Council general manager, James Dryburgh.

Your chance to be part of determining the future of the Brighton Municipality
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Pandemic pauses seniors school

Because of the pandemic, meetings for Bridgewater’a School for Seniors have been on hold since physical distancing was introduced in March. Currently it does not seem this will change any time in the immediate future.

By SHIRLEY MCKERROW*

BECAUSE of the pandemic, meetings for School for Seniors have been on hold since physical distancing was introduced in March. Currently it does not seem this will change any time in the immediate future.

I am sure that a lot of our members are suffering from withdrawal symptoms as we miss the socialising and our generous speakers every week.

As a designated at-risk group, we cannot take chances with the health of members or of our speakers by coming together too soon in an enclosed space for two hours.

Also , if we did meet with a limited numbers of members, I would be reluctant to ask speakers to spend their time and resources travelling to speak to half our group. There wouldn’t be the same atmosphere or interaction.

Schools for Seniors meetings have been on hold in Brighton Municipality since March.
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Glass half-full model keeps Lions topped up

The Bridgewater Market returned on Saturday August 29, at the Brighton Civic Centre car park at 25 Green Point Road, Bridgewater. The Bridgewater Market will be held on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10am until 2pm.

By CANDICE HOWARD

THE Lions Club of Brighton has been keeping busy during the Covid-19 period with smaller scale community activities including bread donations to community centres and schools, creating and distributing family activity packs, planning upcoming events and collecting glasses as part of the Recycle for Sight program.

We collect donated glasses on behalf of the Lions Clubs International Worldwide Eyeglass Recycling Program. 

The recycling program receives requests from humanitarian organisations either travelling to a developing country or supplying shipping container loads of suitable humanitarian aid.  If you have glasses that you no longer need and would like to see go to a good cause, you can donate them locally using one of our drop boxes which are located at Brighton Doctors and Greenpoint Medical Services.  If you are happy to host a collection point or are unable to get to a collection point, please contact us.

Candice Howard proudly displays the Bridgewater Market sign
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Get your ticket to play sport

Under the 2020 Tasmanian Government’s Ticket to Play program, parents of eligible children can now apply for two vouchers of up to $I00 each to go towards the cost of sporting club membership.

THE Tasmanian Government is urging Brighton Municipality parents and carers to take part in its Ticket to Play sports voucher program. After a successful pilot program in 2019 and early in 2020, the Tasmanian Government has committed $1 million a year to Ticket to Play for a further four years.

Minister for Sport Jane Howlett said cost was one of the major barriers to children participating in organised sport. 

The key objective of Ticket to Play is to increase the number of young Tasmanians playing sport by addressing the cost barrier to joining a club.
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Medal winners our belles of the bowls

The Club’s AGM elected Doug Holloway, president; Elizabeth Downward, secretary; Tony Bartninkaitis, treasurer; Judy Holloway, David Holmes, Glenda Rubock, Louise Cooper, Simon Hartgrove, as board members. Keith Roberts has since re-joined the board.

THE Brighton Bowls & Community Club’s AGM was a fitting opportunity for members to recognise the outstanding achievement of the Division 5 ladies team.

Team members proudly received their Division 5 premiership medallions, Bowls Tasmania South perpetual trophy and premiership plaque from retiring president, Van Ransley, to acknowledge their success which was the Club’s only premiership for the season. As a result of the win, the team has been promoted to Division 4 for the coming season.

Special congratulations on the success of new bowlers Pat Seabourne in her first year and Elizabeth Downward in just her second.

Division 5 ladies from left, Pat Seabourne, Maz Wiltshire, Jeanette Holmes, Connie Gilmour, Elizabeth Downward, Di Higgins, Louise Cooper. Absent: Pat Mitchelmore and Lorna Silvestor.
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Put your number where it counts

Brighton Deputy Mayor Barbara Curran is urging residents to ensure their homes have a visible street number on their houses.

BRIGHTON Deputy Mayor Barbara Curran is urging residents to ensure their homes have a visible street number on their houses.

Cr Curran said the inconsistency with street numbering came home to her when she was recently delivering Meals on Wheels in a new area in the Municipality.

“My previous run was very familiar to me but when I started delivering in a new area, I realised a number of homes either did not have street numbers or the numbers themselves were difficult to see.

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Local boutique winery named State’s best vineyard

CLOVER Hill wines at Tea Tree has been named the Tasmanian vineyard of the year. The recognition comes at an exciting time for Clover Hill, as it plans to open a new cellar door  investing more than $1million at its main Lebrina site due to be open later in the year.

Clover Hill, which was established in 1986 on the site of an old dairy farm in North-East Tasmania by the Goelet family, is one of the country’s principal producers of sparkling wine.

Clover Hill’s vineyards dominates the landscape in the Coal River Valley.
Clover Hill’s vineyards dominates the landscape in the Coal River Valley.

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Brighton agrees to ‘big picture’ water and sewerage dividend freeze

 

BRIGHTON Council has agreed to a freeze on dividends from TasWater for a further seven years as a contribution to the water and sewerage authority’s 10-year capital expenditure program.

Councils agreed to a three-year freeze on dividend distributions in April 2015 and TasWater has asked that this be extended for a further seven years. Continue reading “Brighton agrees to ‘big picture’ water and sewerage dividend freeze”

Volunteers: your community needs you and thanks you

Brighton councillor urges more community involvement in volunteering

 BRIGHTON Councillor Phil Owen was a special guest speaker at this year’s Brighton Australia Day ceremony.  Mayor Tony Foster asked Councillor Owen to reflect on his more than 30 years of  volunteering in our community, which was a theme of this year’s Australia Day event.   Here is a precis of Councillor Owen’s speech.

 FIVE months after moving to Old Beach the Fire Brigade was burning off at the back of my place. I went down to see them and was invited to come to the fire station on a Wednesday night. That is how my work as a volunteer started and I have now been a volunteer with Old Beach Fire Brigade for 33 years. Continue reading “Volunteers: your community needs you and thanks you”