Huge clean-up roll-up

The Marine Debris Campaign in the Brighton Municipality saw a total haul of 2402 items. There were 178 plastic drink bottles, 131 aluminium cans and 485 soft plastic remnant pieces.

By SARAH BRIGGS*

IT was a lovely day it was for a clean-up on the Brighton Municipality foreshore.  Great weather and a good turn out of 12 Chapter volunteers and 14 members of the general public.  The other good news was seeing what a difference our previous clean up had made.  We were there four months ago and there was so much rubbish we were only able to tackle about 150m of the foreshore.  This time there was noticeably less rubbish in that area so we were able to spread out and cover nearly 800m which was very encouraging.

Our total haul was 2402 items.  There was again a lot of broken glass, in total 887 pieces.  There were 178 plastic drink bottles, 131 aluminium cans and 485 soft plastic remnant pieces.  Once again we saved a lot of lives.

The cleanup team celebrates a haul of some 2400 items.

It was really helpful that everyone stayed to sort and count what they had collected.  Not only does this help organisers but it gives participants a greater understanding of exactly what they had put in their bags and then to see it as part of what the whole group collected.

Continue reading “Huge clean-up roll-up”

Speedster Stevie fast tracks her life

Former Brighton Municipality resident 15-year-old Stevie Smith is a girl on a mission. Stevie, who now lives in Managalore, has been involved in kart and car racing since she was seven years old is now eyeing a sprint car racing career taking her around Australia.

FORMER Brighton Municipality resident 15-year-old Stevie Smith is a girl on a mission.  Stevie, who now lives in Managalore, has been involved in kart and car racing since she was seven years old is now eyeing a sprint car racing career taking her around Australia.

Currently Stevie is racing in the 10-17 years of age Speedway Sedans Australia Junior category and is a keen participant in meets both in Tasmania and interstate.

“I love racing and have done so since I was a little girl. I guess having a father, who is a keen car racer and a brother, who also races, it was inevitable I would end up racing too.

“My dad started racing and pit crewed when he was 14 and then he got into speedway racing and has been in it for 30 years. My brother Josh raced for six years in juniors too,” Stevie said.

Stevie Smith has competed in many state titles in Tasmania even though some haven’t been blue ribbon events.
Continue reading “Speedster Stevie fast tracks her life”

Clearer view of reconciliation

AT the start of this year, Brighton Council agreed it should develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and staff began investigating what this process would involve, including undertaking training webinars on what, why and how. An eight-person working group has been formed including two elected members councillors Phil Owen and Tennille Murtagh and Council’s general manager James Dryburgh. The working group will hold regular meetings over coming months.

AT the start of this year, Brighton Council agreed it should develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and staff began investigating what this process would involve, including undertaking training webinars on what, why and how. 

A RAP moves an organisation beyond conducting Acknowledgements of Country and starts the process of integrating other actions and relationships that gets the organisation closer to the vision of reconciliation in Australia. Reconciliation Action Plans help organisations create a workplace culture that understands, values and respects the histories, cultures and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make up approximately 9.4 per cent of Brighton’s population in the municipal area compared to 4.6 per cent for Tasmania overall. 

An eight-person working group has been formed including two elected members councillors Phil Owen and Tennille Murtagh and Council’s general manager James Dryburgh. The working group will hold regular meetings over coming months.

Brighton’s General Manager James Dryburgh is a member of the eight-person working group developing the Reconciliation Action Plan.

Discussions have begun with Tasmanian Aboriginal organisations including Kutalayna Health, to begin to understand the needs and general thoughts of the community. So far, the reaction has been very positive.

Continue reading “Clearer view of reconciliation”

Landfill a waste in every respect

WE all have to face facts and the facts are that sending our waste to landfill is not a long-term solution. For decades we’ve been using landfill as our waste option but as research has shown there are considerable issues associated with this type of waste disposal.

By PHIL OWEN*

WE all have to face facts and the facts are that sending our waste to landfill is not a long-term solution. 

For decades we’ve been using landfill as our waste option but as research has shown there are considerable issues associated with this type of waste disposal. 

The three most important issues with waste in landfill are toxins and the leachate it generates, and the greenhouse gases that are emitted.

The three most important issues with waste in landfill are toxins and the leachate it generates, and the greenhouse gases that are emitted.

Leachate is the liquid formed when waste breaks down in landfill and water filters through that waste. This liquid is highly toxic and can pollute surrounding land, groundwater and our waterways.

Continue reading “Landfill a waste in every respect”

Season to play it safe

AS the weather warms, Brighton Municipality residents are being urged to check that they have the required safety measures in place around their swimming pools and spas.

AS the weather warms, Brighton Municipality residents are being urged to check that they have the required safety measures in place around their swimming pools and spas.

Council’s General Manager James Dryburgh said in Tasmania pool and spa barriers were mandatory and have been legislated for pools and spas built since 1994. 

“It is important our community abides by the laws that govern all pools and spas because they are there for the safety of everyone.” 

Firstly, residents should check to see if they need to instal a pool barrier. 

Firstly, residents should check to see if they need to instal a pool barrier. 

Residents should check to see if they need to instal a pool barrier.

If your swimming pool or spa holds a depth of water of 300mm (30cm) or more and was installed from 1994 onwards, then you must install a pool safety barrier around your pool. A pool or hot tub cover is not regarded as a compliant barrier.

Continue reading “Season to play it safe”

Beauty of Shed is the sharing

PETE’S Community Work Shed on Sorell Street in Bridgewater has been providing a safe workspace or anyone in the community to tinker or build for many years. In October the Shed held a barbecue and invited community members to attend as a way of thanking people for their support and to encourage new people to learn more about what the Shed offers.

PETE’S Community Work Shed on Sorell Street in Bridgewater has been providing a safe workspace or anyone in the community to tinker or build for many years. 

In October the Shed held a barbecue and invited community members to attend as a way of thanking people for their support and to encourage new people to learn more about what the Shed offers. 

Local Labor Members, Rebecca White, Craig Farrell and Jen Butler, have been long-time supporters of the Shed and were happy to help with its fundraising efforts by buying some of their handcrafted wares. 

Opposition leader Rebecca White MP, Craig Farrell MLC, Jen Butler MP along with many happy people at Pete’s Community Shed.

“Pete’s Community Work Shed has been a big part of this community and continues to offer people of all ages and abilities the chance to learn to make something with their hands,” Mr Farrell said. 

Continue reading “Beauty of Shed is the sharing”

A Place of Pride – Survey sets community aspirations

BRIGHTON Municipality should be a place to feel proud of, that is clean and tidy with great local services and liveable neighbourhoods and housing. Those are some of the key findings of a recent community survey conducted by Brighton Council as part of a goal to develop a 30-year vision.

BRIGHTON Municipality should be a place to feel proud of, that is clean and tidy with great local services and liveable neighbourhoods and housing.

Those are some of the key findings of a recent community survey conducted by Brighton Council as part of a goal to develop a 30-year vision.

The online survey, which was held from August 27 until September 18, attracted more than 600 responses from every suburb in the Municipality, particularly from residents and local property owners.

Asked how the Municipality should be different in 2050, almost one in five called for more parks, trees, footpaths and bike and walking tracks.

Other top answers included more shopping and food options (16%), better transport (19%), opportunities for children and young people (11%), better planning and design (11%), a safer place to live (9%) and action on climate change and sustainability (9%).

Continue reading “A Place of Pride – Survey sets community aspirations”

Parkland Project Milestone

THE second phase of Brighton Council’s Bridgewater Parkland project, which will feature exciting signature pieces of equipment directly chosen by the Brighton community, is expected to be completed early next year.

THE second phase of Brighton Council’s Bridgewater Parkland project, which will feature exciting signature pieces of equipment directly chosen by the Brighton community, is expected to be completed early next year.

The Bridgewater Parkland Master Plan 2016-2026, developed by landscape architects Play St, was endorsed by Brighton Council following extensive stakeholder and community consultation.

The master plan consists of two major components, the first a community parkland behind the Brighton Civic Centre and the second, a regional parkland on the Derwent River foreshore.

Mayor Tony Foster with Senator Claire Chandler and Brighton Council’s senior engineer project manager review the plans with work on Phase 2 of the project progressing in the background.

The first stage, which was completed and opened in spring two years ago, has been welcomed by the community, and the park is being used by a broad cross section of residents and families.

Continue reading “Parkland Project Milestone”

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.

Continue reading “Brighton Mayor announces decision to retire”

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.

Continue reading “Dry spell hits hard”