Council sells software business

BRIGHTON Council has agreed to sell its software business Microwise Australia.The business has been purchased by Dornier Digital. It will continue to be based in Brighton with all staff transferring across to the new owner.

BRIGHTON Council has agreed to sell its software business Microwise Australia.

Brighton Council General Manager James Dryburgh said the sale was a good outcome for Council, the local community and for Microwise’s clients.

The business has been purchased by Dornier Digital. It will continue to be based in Brighton with all staff transferring across to the new owner.

“Now is the right time to sell the business. It has reached a critical point in its evolution and requires significant investment to take it to the next level to grow its national operations,” Mr Dryburgh said.

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Brighton Mayor Tony Foster retires after 34 years service to community

BRIGHTON Municipality’s long-time Mayor and councillor, Tony Foster has retired from Council after 34 years’ service to the Municipality, with 28 years continuous service as Mayor.

Tony Foster AM OAM, Mayor and Councillor

Brighton Municipality, 1985-1988 and 1990-2021

BRIGHTON Municipality’s long-time Mayor and councillor, Tony Foster has retired from Council after 34 years’ service to the Municipality, with 28 years continuous service as Mayor. 

During that time and under Mayor Foster’s leadership, Brighton Municipality has experienced exponential growth, improved, and expanded services to ratepayers and the community, key innovations introduced, and the Council managed in a highly efficient and cost-effective manner.

At the same time, Cr Foster has made an outstanding contribution to local government affairs and has been a strong advocate for the sector to the State and Commonwealth Governments.

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Mayor’s constructive work for his community

“I RECOGNISE and thank you, Tony Foster for your valuable contribution to the Brighton municipality and the local government sector in general over the last 36 years.” Peter Gutwein Premier of Tasmania

PETER GUTWEIN Premier of Tasmania:

“I RECOGNISE and thank you, Tony Foster for your valuable contribution to the Brighton municipality and the local government sector in general over the last 36 years.

Thank you for your tireless service motivated by your desire to give back to the community and help those less fortunate than yourself. It is particularly noteworthy that you have led the Brighton Council as Mayor for the last 28 years. Maintaining the role of Mayor for 28 years reflects the level of support you have received from the community and that you have clearly understood and represented them well during your time as Mayor.

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Brighton’s bakers again the best

BRIGHTON’S Best Bakehouse has shown its quality once again, with one of its apprentices, Crystal Stewart taking out a major award in the recent Excellence in Baking Awards in Sydney.

BRIGHTON’S Best Bakehouse has shown its quality once again, with one of its apprentices taking out a major award in the recent Excellence in Baking Awards in Sydney.

The annual competition, which the Baking Association of Australia runs, is open to all baking and pastry apprentices in the country and attracts apprentices from bakeries across Australia.

“Brighton’s Best Bakehouse was excited to have one of its apprentices, Crystal Stewart, participating in the Excellence in Baking competition against apprentices from around the country,” said owner Scott Donaghy.

After six hours of preparing and baking designated products under strict guidelines and stressful conditions, Hobart-based Apprentice Crystal Stewart was announced at the presentation dinner as Australian Apprentice Pastry Cook of the year.

Australian Apprentice Pastry Cook of the Year Crystal Stewart of Brighton’s Best Bakehouse. 
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Jobs program powers ahead

BUILD Up Tassie is in full swing this year. The crew for 2021 is entering its final few days in the construction work orientation program.

BUILD Up Tassie is in full swing this year. The crew for 2021 is entering its final few days in the construction work orientation program.

It’s worked through various tasks over the past nine weeks, including finance, general health and well-being topics, construction related maths, reading and understanding building plans, and small scale construction projects such as dog kennels and garden beds to build skills and confidence using power tools.

Learning to build garden beds is one of the many skills taught in the Build Up Tassie program
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Green Brighton grows healthier spaces

AFTER planting more than 400 trees, Brighton Council’s street tree planting program is continuing to grow. With an annual budget of $30,000, Brighton Council aims to increase the tree canopy across urban areas through strategic tree planting.

AFTER planting more than 400 trees, Brighton Council’s street tree planting program is continuing to grow. With an annual budget of $30,000, Brighton Council aims to increase the tree canopy across urban areas through strategic tree planting.

Improving the attractiveness and shading of highly used footpaths and roads are essential when considering where to plant, alongside the constraints such as existing telecommunications, plumbing, electricity, and other infrastructure.

The Greening Brighton Strategy 2016-2021 and Brighton Council Street Tree Strategy have helped determine which species of tree best suits local growing conditions.

Brighton Council’s Tim Pursell is responsible for overseeing planting street trees in Brighton. 
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FOGO FAQs in the know

BRIGHTON Community News continues the FAQs regarding a FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) service in the Brighton Municipality. This month we cover off a couple of essential questions.

BRIGHTON Community News continues the FAQs regarding a FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) service in the Brighton Municipality. This month we cover off a couple of essential questions.

What do I get as part of the FOGO service?

All residential properties will receive a 240-litre wheelie bin for FOGO with a lime green lid, the same size as your recycling bin. If you currently live in a dwelling where there are multiple units and shared bins, you won’t automatically receive a FOGO bin when they are delivered but you will receive one on request. 

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Angler action catches on

THE Bridgewater Anglers’ Association, first established in January 1913 at the Derwent Hotel, Bridgewater as a branch of the Southern Tasmanian Anglers has been doing its bit for its community for more than 100 years.

THE Bridgewater Anglers’ Association, first established in January 1913 at the Derwent Hotel, Bridgewater as a branch of the Southern Tasmanian Anglers has been doing its bit for its community for more than 100 years. 

Referred to early on as the ‘Bridge Anglers’ the Association is still operating successfully and is an integral part of the community’s local history in the Bridgewater area.

During the 1920s and the early years of the Depression, membership decreased however the Association was re-established after a meeting at the Railway Hotel, Bridgewater. Eleven anglers attended and many became the backbone of the Association for years to come.  

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Brighton to benefit big time from government promises

THE Brighton Municipality will be a major beneficiary of State and Federal Government funding over the next three to four years as a result of project commitments and election promises.

THE Brighton Municipality will be a major beneficiary of State and Federal Government funding over the next three to four years as a result of project commitments and election promises.

The two big ticket items are the $576 million replacement Bridgewater Bridge and the new $50 million Brighton High School. The new Bridgewater Bridge is part of the Hobart City Deal with the Federal Government and is the largest single transport infrastructure project in Tasmania’s history and the Brighton High School will provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for Years seven to 12 students.

The recent state election saw the re-elected Liberal Government make a range of promises to improve services and facilities for the Brighton community.

Brighton Council will receive $250,000 for a neighbourhood park in Herdsmans Cove and a further $250,000 towards the Cris Fitzpatrick Park master plan in Gagebrook.

Brighton Council will receive $250,000 for a neighbourhood park in Herdsmans Cove and a further $250,000 towards the Cris Fitzpatrick Park master plan in Gagebrook.
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Prompt action needed on election pledges

NOW the State Election has concluded, and the Liberal Government is installed for a further four years Brighton, like all Tasmanian regions, is looking forward to the early implementation of the promises made in the lead up to the May 1 poll.

By TONY FOSTER Mayor of Brighton

NOW the State Election has concluded, and the Liberal Government is installed for a further four years Brighton, like all Tasmanian regions, is looking forward to the early implementation of the promises made in the lead up to the May 1 poll.

To this point, I have written to Premier Peter Gutwein, firstly congratulating him on his election win, but more importantly, seeking advice on the timetable for converting the promises made for the Brighton Municipality into reality.

Of course, our municipality and community will benefit from two major initiatives already announced prior to the election – the new Brighton High School and the replacement Bridgewater Bridge, as well as many of the state-wide initiatives announced during the campaign.

Two major initiatives were announced prior to the election – the new Brighton High School and the replacement Bridgewater Bridge, as well as many of the statewide initiatives announced during the campaign.

Planning is already well-advanced for the replacement Bridgewater Bridge and the construction of the Brighton High School and this new term of government should see both projects through to completion. 

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