Asthma and smoking: It’s not just hot air

Australia recently released new information explaining the link between asthma and smoking. Asthma is a condition that affects the airways and makes it difficult to breathe. One of the most common triggers is cigarette smoke. Smoking can trigger asthma not only in the person that smokes, but also in the people around them, including family members, friends, and work colleagues. It can even harm unborn children.

If someone with asthma smokes, it has the potential to make their asthma worse by increasing the severity of symptoms and the frequency of asthma flare-ups, and by reducing the effect of preventer medications. Passive smoking, which means exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke, can impact children in particularly harmful ways. It puts them at risk of developing asthma, makes them more prone to respiratory infections, reduces lung function, and increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Asthma Australia supports those trying to quit smoking.

Their advice is:
• Speak to your doctor about medications that help you quit
• Call the Quitline on 137 848 for information about quitting, or talk to a counsellor
• Call 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) to speak to an asthma educator

To find more information about the connection between smoking and asthma visit

Planting seeds for new Landcare group

In March, plant propagation expert Ruth Mollison from Island Seeds and Landcare Tasmania’s Peter Stronach and Evie Drinnan facilitated a native plants workshop with the Bridgewater Foreshore Landcare Group, local families, local school and Brighton Council representatives and 24 Carrot Gardens staff. Held at the Botanical Institute, the Grow Your Own Native Plants
workshop taught participants how to identify different plants, collect seeds and nurture them to grow. The workshop began with a visit to the ‘mother’ Prickly Box (Bursaria spinosa) tree along the foreshore to collect seeds. While on the walk, Peter from Landcare talked about how significant the site was and what participants can do as a group to help. The tree has been growing there since 1930, with many ‘babies’ grown from the ‘mother’ tree over the years. Prickly Box is notoriously hard to germinate, and quite difficult to buy at nurseries. The group is hopeful that the seeds from this workshop will germinate. After an introduction into growing plants, a delicious lunch was prepared by Vlad – fresh pizzas and a salad using tomatoes, basil and vegetables picked that morning from the Material Institute garden.

Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to watching the new Bridgewater Foreshore Landcare Group grow. Brighton Council funded this workshop, with Councillor Phil Owen in attendance.

If you would like to join the Bridgewater Landcare Group and participate in their working bees for details contact Evie Drinnan –

Left: Vlad making pizza, Right: Collecting Seeds

Got a cool snap of the Bridgewater Jerry?

Café Connections is hosting a competition to highlight the artistic talents of Brighton residents. Take a snap of Bridgewater Jerry and upload your photo to the Café Connections Facebook page by Friday 5 August, 2022 for your chance to win.

Entry is free and there’s no limit to the number of entries you submit. Entrants must reside, work, or spend time in the Brighton Municipality. All ages are welcome, however if you are under 18 you will need a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. 1st place will be awarded $200, 2nd place $100, and 3rd place $50.

You don’t need any fancy equipment – just a camera on your phone! Think about how you can show the Bridgewater Jerry in all its glory.

Winners will be announced on the Café Connections Facebook page and printed in the Brighton Community News.

New artwork marks 10 years of Bridgewater Library

In April, the Bridgewater Library celebrated 10 years at its Green Point Road address. Current staff were joined by former staff, volunteers and library supporters and management to recognise the occasion.

The library’s new art installation was officially launched on the day. The stunning piece of Tasmanian Aboriginal artwork reflects the kutalayna River (Jordan River) and the five communities that have made their homes alongside it – Bridgewater, Brighton, Gagebrook, Herdsmans Cove and Old Beach.

It’s best seen in person so pop into the library to get the best view.

Michelle from the popular Makebelieve Children’s Entertainment was on hand to entertain the visiting children with pipe cleaner figures and to sing some catchy tunes.

Bridgewater Library staff at the birthday celebrations

Did You Know?

The population of the Brighton Municipality is the largest in the Southcentral region (which is made up of the Derwent Valley, Central Highlands and Southern Midlands councils) at 18073 people.

We have the youngest median age at 35 years in the Southcentral region, you spring chickens!

The Brighton population has a younger age distribution than Greater Hobart overall too, with an average age of 35.2 years, compared to 39.8 years (ABS, 2018)

According to a KPMG report by 2042 our area will have grown by 28%.

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Brighton Schools tackle food waste with FOGO

East Derwent Primary sustainability champions. L-R: Bronte, Albert, Ruby-Jean and Sieanna

Canteen managers and teachers and are all-too-familiar with food waste in schools – it can fill up classroom bins as fast as paper and, cumulatively, is a major contributor to external waste bins.

Brighton Council recognised that schools are both challenged by food waste and also have ‘sustainability’ as a cross-curriculum focus.

“As a Council we wanted to help schools achieve sustainability goals, so we’re offering them a free organics waste collection as part of our Council’s FOGO roll-out to residents”, General Manager, James Dryburgh said.

FOGO stands for Food Organic Garden Organic, where food and garden waste gets composted for agricultural use instead of buried in landfill making greenhouse gases.

So far three schools have signed up and early results are very
promising. St Paul’s Catholic School, East Derwent Primary and Gagebrook Primary all have FOGO wheelie bins and classroom caddies for students’ leftover food. Council also provided FOGO caddies for canteens and staffrooms.

“As part of our SmartFood Platinum Accreditation we offer compostable serve-ware. It’s great that this now goes into FOGO bins and actually gets composted instead of going into landfill,” said Heather Reeve, the canteen manager at Gagebrook Primary.

“One of the most satisfying things is seeing how much the kids love emptying the classroom caddies and doing something positive for the planet” said Leah Turnbull, East Derwent’s 3/4 teacher and co-head of their student Environment Club.

“FOGO is great for us since we don’t have school compost bins. Like our soft plastics and Tops for Tots recycling programs, the students are really enthusiastic participants” said Casey Moore, St Paul’s Religious Education

So why is this such an important initiative?

Food waste, when sent to landfill, decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen) which releases not just CO2 but another greenhouse gas called methane, now recognised as a major climate change lever. Methane is over 20 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, with the UN calculating that global food waste emits more greenhouse gas emissions than every country in the world except China and the USA.*

The good news is that it doesn’t last long in the atmosphere, so a big drop in methane will have a big impact on global warming. Reducing methane was a major focus of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, resulting in a Global Methane Pledge** to drop methane emissions by 30% by 2030.

Gwen Harper, Brighton Council’s Waste Education Officer, noted that “Everywhere you look these days there’s a strong focus on sustainability so the children we raise and teach can live on a planet with a hospitable climate and resource circularity. By teaching students to separate food waste and send it back to farmers through FOGO, this is a huge step forward.”

* Global Food Waste emits more greenhouse gas emission than every country in the world except China and USA. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


Veterans sought to pad up for Tassie

L-R: Patrick Henry (who has represented Australia), current captain Kelvyn Anderson and Spencer Woolley

Veterans Cricket Tasmania is seeking over 60s cricketers to join our squads for upcoming National Carnivals to be held in November.

Their over 70s teams will be playing against all states in Launceston from November 10 to 15. The over 60s will play in the Geelong region from 26 November to 1 December with four matches over five days. Over 40 teams representing all states across five divisions will compete, with most matches played on turf pitches. Tasmania will be aiming to field three sides in divisions 1, 3 and 5.

Over 60s coordinator, Spencer Woolley shared, “We’re inviting players of all abilities to nominate for our teams. Whilst there are still plenty of ‘veterans’ playing in regular competitions, we also encourage those who have been out of the game for a while to give it a go! We’re also keen for new players to join our regular summer roster.”

For further information, contact:

Over 70s – Rod Headlam 0439256378 or

Over 60s – Spencer Woolley 0409254812 or

Road Opening Permits – Your ticket to doing work on the road or nature strip

Are you considering undertaking works, having a contractor do work on your behalf or wanting to occupy the road for a short period? If you are, you’ll need permission before you start.

Brighton Council can help you and also advise if the particular piece of land you want to work on or occupy is actually Council property. In some cases it may
be privately owned, or State Government controlled. Some classes of work may require a planning permit before they commence, be the condition of a planning permit or require building/plumbing co-approvals.

Undertaking works on the road itself, or the footpath and in the nature strip (all collectively known as the road reservation) also requires a permit.

You can get a permit by completing the application form available from the Brighton Council website and submitting it for approval. The form is straight forward and easy to complete.

Along with the form, you’ll also need some supporting documentation such as:

• A plan professionally drawn or sketched by yourself to illustrate your requirements
• A description of the works, its scope and duration
• Details of insurance if the undertaking has a commercial activity
• Pedestrian and vehicle (traffic) management plans.

You may not need all of those requirements – it depends on the project’s size and complexity. Some requirements may need a professional or consultant to provide them, which will be at a cost to you. You can submit your completed form and its supplementary information over the counter, by email or post.

We’re here to help!
Having trouble with filling out the form, understanding what is required, needing to know what a traffic management plan entails and what the cost
will be? We can help you. We strongly suggest you drop in and discuss the process if it’s not an activity you undertake regularly or have experience in.

We can confirm if there’s a need for planning approval, the fees applicable, your obligations and risks involved.

Dial before you dig.
We have all seen the advertising and the message is simple. Undertake investigation via this service to understand what infrastructure is below ground. Not undertaking this investigation can lead to serious injury or expense. Not all underground assets are visible or known so always proceed with caution.

Inspections and completion.
In order for us to know it has been constructed adequately and to the correct standards, inspections are requested. This is to make sure the finished work meets the life span and performance standards expected. If you’ve been issued
with a permit, requested any inspections, and completed the works, you need to let Brighton Council know when all the work is complete. This means we can
close out the permit and inspect it the finished work.

Why all the red tape?
As the owner of the road reservation, or the authority vested in maintaining it, we have a legislated obligation to know what your intentions are. Our job is
to keep all road users safe and to keep roads open and accessible. Brighton Council invests ratepayers’ money in upgrading assets and has a strong desire
to see that any work undertaken does not shorten their life.

Brighton Council Asset Services looks forward to your enquiry and processing your road opening permit application.