SES life membership awarded to Cr Geard

L-R Brighton SES members Danny Pross, Peter Geard and Ryon Smith
Picture: Luke Bowen

Congratulations to Councillor Peter Geard, OAM ESM JP FAIES who was recently recognised for his extensive work with the SES, receiving the SES Life Membership Award.

Since joining the Brighton SES in 1976, Peter has been an integral member of the unit. This award will cement him as a SES Honorary Life Member upon resignation or retirement. “I must mention the wonderful support not only from the SES family but my wife Jannene, who fully supports me and also gets involved with helping the SES unit and community,” said Peter. “I too am extremely proud of our two sons: Simon who is an ambulance intensive care paramedic and Andrew who is a career firefighter with Tasmania Fire Service. They are also both members of Brighton SES.”

Currently, Peter is a unit manager and trainer but also held previous roles in a South Region SES training capacity and within the SES Volunteers Association. His recognition comes after years of attending local and statewide calls outs for flash floods, high winds, vehicle accidents, evidence and missing person searches, animal rescue and assisting in fires.

Peter has attended the Natural Disaster College in Victoria and completed four deployments to help in Queensland with cyclones, floods and storms. He is also a director of the Australasian Institute of Emergency Service Tasmanian Division.

What a feat, congratulations Peter on your significant achievement!

RECIPE: Caramel Peanut Butter Biscuits

These ugly little biscuits are simple and delicious. They’re easy to make with three simple ingredients and can be adapted to be gluten free. And the mixture is just as good raw as it is cooked – the sign of a great biscuit!


1 can condensed milk
2 heaped tablespoons of peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
5 cups Cornflakes (can also use gluten free Cornflakes)


Empty the condensed milk into a large bowl and mix in the peanut butter until it’s smooth. Add the Cornflakes and mix until they are all coated. Be gentle but give it a good mix and make sure they’re all coated. Spoon large clumps (a generous tablespoon each) onto a baking tray lined with paper or a silicone baking sheet. Cook in a moderate oven (180 degrees Celsius) for about 15 mins or until golden brown. Keep your eyes on them as they can burn quickly.

Carefully use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack once they leave the oven, they will still be malleable. As they cool, they will harden up. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Bridgewater Jerry sculpture on the move!

Image: Scott Percey

Your eyes are not deceiving you. The Bridgewater Jerry sculpture at Green Point was temporarily removed late last year by a team from Brighton Council and contractors. They carefully lifted and transported him to the Council depot, to start the process of receiving some much needed maintenance and restoration work.

Jerry was created by sculptor Tony Woodward, who has sadly now passed away. Tony was well known for his sense of humour and funny, joyful sculptures that make people laugh. Jerry was created from mosaic tiles, which over time, can deteriorate.

Jerry will undergo some repairs and restoration to give him a new lease on life before being relocated. Members of the Cafe Connections community group are driving the campaign to refresh Jerry and the Brighton Council look forward to working with Tony’s sister Margaret to restore Jerry to his former glory. A new location is yet to be decided, but we look forward to Jerry enjoying a prominent position in Bridgewater.

Maintaining stormwater swale drains: what you need to know

Brighton has a mix of both suburban and rural residential areas, but is surrounded by countryside. When it comes to land management during times of higher-than-average rainfall like we’ve seen recently, storm- water swale drain maintenance becomes very important for those in rural areas with less infrastructure than their suburban counterparts.

What is a swale?
Swales are surface drains designed to carry excess water to catchments and rivers. They might look like a low open ditch or an enclosed concrete gutter. They have a very slight fall which allows water to drain away and along to natural waterways.

Left: A typical rock lined road edge swale drain.
Right: A typical swale and culvert junction requiring a clean out.

How do swales help?
To avoid flooding, stormwater swales help to mimic the natural fall of the land. Sometimes things like houses, fences and dams may have changed how an area would naturally react. These catchments may be lined with grass or rock, sealed or unfinished and will guide excess water off the property, and into either the Derwent or Jordan Rivers.

What do I need to do?
Over time with grass growth, erosion, and litter, these drains will alter in shape and size. Some drains are located on private property, sometimes within a registered easement or along a boundary, so it is important to know their function and how you can help them do their job. If you have a swale on your property, or nearby:

• Walk around and familiarise yourself with your property and its characteristics (driveways, frontages, fall of land).
• Look at where water pools in heavy rains.
• Remove any litter and larger objects from drains.
• Resist installing fencing or planting trees that may restrict flow.
• Mow or ‘whipper snip’ the grass drains, the entry to culverts and remove the grass from the trimmed area.
• Regularly remove any silt build-up with a spade. A little done over time adds up when it pours down.
• Talk to your neighbour about what you can do together.

Swale drains on private property are the responsibility of the property owner to maintain; however Brighton Council will work with property owners to maintain drains, your crossover and any road neighbouring drains. Technical assistance is available from the Brighton Council Asset Services Unit as over the counter advice, via an email to admin@brighton.tas. or by phone.

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.

DOSA Soccer Club embarks on a new sporting chapter at Weily Park

The DOSA Soccer Club (Dominic Old Scholars Association) was formed in 1989 after a group of friends from Dominic College had been playing in the Sunday afternoon ‘churches’ competition and doing well. They decided to field a team in the 11-a-side league with Soccer Tasmania.

In their first season, the team won Division 4 and was promoted to Division 3. The following season, the club fielded teams in both Divisions 3 and 4, winning both, and being promoted again – this time to Divisions 2 and 3. Two years later the club won Division 2 and was promoted to Division 1. The club competed at this level throughout the 90s, adding a third men’s team and a women’s team. In 2000 the men’s team was promoted to the Premier League and the women’s team won the Division 1 league.

At the end of 2003 the club was relegated from Premier League back to Division 1, winning the Division 1 Knockout Cup in extra time in an exciting final against Hobart United. In 2011 the club struck financial difficulties and was only able to sustain one team in the men’s social league. Their home ground was originally at Bell Street in New Town and training at Guilford Young College gym, before moving to Seymour Street in Brighton.

By 2018 the club had erased all debts and worked themselves into a strong financial position. With recruitment from Guilford Young College, a second men’s team was added and the club moved to a larger ground and facilities at Weily Park. It’s here that DOSA have been able to finally establish a “home” at which they can train and play. The facilities were recently upgraded at Weily Park, and the statistics have shown that the club achieves better results at Weily Park than at ‘away’ games. The club has really made Weily Park their home. The club currently enjoys a membership base of around 60, which includes players, coaches and committee members. Players don’t have to be a current or past Dominic College student, and the fees are among the cheapest of any southern club. The club’s plan has always been to build back up to multiple men’s, women’s and junior teams. This process hasn’t been rushed in order to remain financially viable. For this reason, it has taken until now to establish a women’s team.

It has also taken some time to attract a quality coach for the women’s team of the calibre of Cassie Rosenzweig. It was recognised that for the first season of the women’s team, a knowledgeable, experienced and patient coach would be essential to ensure players enjoyed their season enough to return the following year. A lot of work has also gone into the development of junior teams which we’re confident will eventuate in 2023.

Many younger players are attracted to the club’s egalitarian culture. All players are given equal game time, regardless of ability, as long as they conduct themselves in a respectful way. The club provides a relaxed atmosphere, recognising that people have important priorities in their lives outside of soccer.

The DOSA Soccer Club currently has three men’s social teams and one women’s team but they hope to expand in the coming seasons to include a junior team from season 2023. Pre-season training sessions are currently held at Dominic College (Tolosa St) on Thursday evenings from 6pm but will be moving back to Weily Park from 10 February. Games are usually played on Sunday.

Brighton protects its ratepayers



YOU may have noticed some activity in the media highlighting Brighton Council’s opposition to the current campaign by property owners to force local government amalgamations.

We are doing this in the very best interests of ratepayers as the campaign being conducted by the group Tasmanians for Reform, is little more than an attempt by big city property owners to get rate reductions at the expense of householders. Continue reading “Brighton protects its ratepayers”