One Pot Wonder

Words and images: Sarah Ugazio

A quick search for ‘one pot wonders’ on the net will reveal endless recipe options. This chicken risotto is as easy as it is tasty!

Everything in the pot

Roast Chicken & Brown Rice Risotto

Serves 6
Prep time – 20mins
Cooking Time – 1hr 40mins

Ingredients

  • 1.5 – 2kg fresh whole chicken
  • 1 whole orange or lemon,
  • pierced all over with deep cuts
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 4 sticks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled
  • and diced
  • 150g mushrooms, sliced or
  • small quarters
  • 2 cups brown rice (or if using
  • Arborio rice slightly reduce
  • baking time)
  • 500ml chicken or beef stock
  • (or 2 stock cubes in 500 ml
  • boiling water)
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • 1.5 tbsp rosemary, finely
  • chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Grated parmesan, to serve

Method
Preheat the oven to 200C. Heat a splash of oil in a large 30cm (min) stovetop casserole dish with lid (a Dutch Oven) over a medium-high heat. Add onion, sweet potato, carrot and celery, stirring occasionally. After 15 mins add the garlic. Season well with salt and pepper. Fry until all veg are caramelised with colour, approx 20 mins. Meanwhile, stuff the orange or lemon into the chicken’s cavity. Drizzle oil and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper over the entire chicken. Place chicken over the browned vegetables, and place the pot in the oven (middle shelf) uncovered for approx 40 mins or until chicken skin is crispy golden brown. After 20mins check the veg aren’t scorching – if they are, then pour 1/4 cup wine or water around the chicken. Bring stock to boil, or boil kettle if using stock cubes. Remove pot from oven and evenly sprinkle (in order) rosemary, rice then mushrooms around the chicken. Pour stock around chicken until rice is covered by approx 1.5cm of liquid (top up with boiling water if need
be). Cover with lid, place pot back in the oven and turn the temperature down to 180C. Bake for another 40 mins or until the chicken is cooked through (juices will run clear when cut), and rice is cooked but firm. Cool the pot with lid off for 10 mins, then remove chicken and slice into portions. It’s ok to see some liquid
pooling over the rice – just stir through risotto and spoon a generous amount onto each plate and top with parmesan.

Notes
*Experiment with different root vegetables and woody herbs to play around with flavours
*If using stock cubes, reduce the amount of salt added to season the vegetables
*Leftovers – slice up leftover chicken into bite size pieces and stir through remaining risotto. Refrigerate in an airtight container.

You can follow Sarah for more recipes on Instagram @madamesaisons.

The finished product. Yum!

Take the Bloody Oath

Jen Butler MP giving blood

Here’s a reminder to all those eligible to give blood, to roll up your sleeve and donate! Jen Butler MP Labor Member for Lyons is a regular blood donor and she is helping Australia Red Cross in asking Tasmanians to roll up their sleeves and donate. There’s a nation-wide shortage of donated blood right now, and Tasmanian health services and the Australian Red Cross need help. A series of disasters across Australia have meant that blood is more precious than ever. COVID-19 has affected supply chain, staffing, and regular donors. The floods in New South Wales and Queensland have also impacted the blood supply.

The most pressing need is for A or O blood types, as they make up the majority
of people in hospital who require donated blood. “One in three people will need donated blood in their lifetime. The person you are saving could be a friend, family member or loved one,” Ms Butler shared. “Take the Bloody Oath and give life. There is no better time than the present to roll up your sleeves and save lives.”

Head to www.lifeblood.com.au or call The Australian Red Cross on 6235 6077 for more information.

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
Coordinator.

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. www.fao.org/food-loss-and-food-waste/flw-data

** www.reuters.com/business/environment/nearly-90-countries-join-pact-slash-planet-warming-methane-emissions-2021-11-02/

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 rod.headlam@gmail.com

Over 60s – Spencer Woolley 0409254812 or spencer.woolley55@gmail.com

New Early Learning initiative to help ease childcare shortage

A new purpose-built early learning facility at St Paul’s Catholic School in Bridgewater opened its doors in February. Ludo is a CatholicCare initiative which was developed in partnership with Catholic Education Tasmania. Named after the Latin word for ‘I play’, Ludo is a new play based learning and care environment for children and their families, with the design to support children’s transition to school.

The centre caters to children aged 3-5, offering a play-based learning program. The centre provides short and long day options, before and after school care, and vacation care.

Play in action

Toni, a community and family engagement officer at Ludo, supports families whose children need help with learning and adjusting to a structured environment. Kristy Gilroy, a lead educator at the centre, makes sure that Ludo is a democratic space for children. “We recognise that children are competent and creative and that they have a right to participate in the process of learning,” Kristy said. “We view children as unique and promote a collaborative process in our journey together. We gauge the children’s interests, and plan our activities based on that.”

Ludo is a valuable addition to the area but may not quite ease the demand for parents living in Brighton. According to a 2022 report released by the Mitchell Institute and Victoria University, 61% of Tasmanians live in an area with an acute childcare shortage, with Brighton being named as the local government area with the lowest childcare availability.

Get excited for Get Fit Get Healthy

Get Fit Get Healthy is bringing fun and energetic Zumba classes to Bridgewater. The free fitness classes are open to everyone. This term Rhonda Anthony from Zumba is sharing her knowledge over 10 weeks of fun at the Brighton Civic Centre, every Friday morning from 10am to 11am.

Rhonda and a happy class

Project Coordinator Barb Daly said, “After I completed the Centacare Evolve Housing’s Neighbourhood Leadership program, I was given the chance to come up with an idea for a project for the community. This is just one of the fantastic ideas that was presented and here I am six months later making it a reality.”

Barb hopes the project will help community members struggling with isolation, depression and mental health, to help build and maintain relationships, mental wellbeing and self confidence in a fun, safe and supportive environment. “My hope is with enough community involvement I can continue to build this project and have classes of all ranges,” she said.

Barb has already applied for a Community grant for some Spring/Summer classes. For more information on the free classes you can follow the group on Facebook at Brighton Zumba Classes.

Old Beach Cricket Club sports new solar system

A new 7kW rooftop solar system installed on the Old Beach Cricket Club shed is expected to save the club significantly on power bills.

Old Beach Cricket Club chairperson and office bearer, Ross Wooldridge, said the solar system would alleviate increasing electricity costs for the club. “The Old Beach Cricket Club would like to thank Brighton Council for the very generous $4,500 contribution to make the solar project happen, which was matched by the Tasmanian Government Department of Communities, through the Solar Power for Sporting Clubs Program,” Ross said. The Old Beach Cricket Club have wanted to install solar panels for many years and are glad the upfront cost and other barriers could be overcome.

Ross Woolridge is proud of the newly installed solar system on the Old Beach Cricket Club shed

Brighton Mayor Leigh Gray congratulated the Old Beach Cricket Club for leading by example. “Brighton Council were pleased to see the ingenuity of the Old Beach Cricket Club in finding co-contributions towards the upfront cost of the system and commend the idea coming from the Club to begin with.”

“Brighton Council is deeply committed to reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 on the pathway to zero emission by 2040. Community groups and local government are working together to reduce emissions one step at a time by installing solar, improving energy efficiency, conserving our resources, and reducing waste to landfill through the introduction of the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste collection service,” said Mayor Gray.

Brighton Council’s action on climate change is outlined in the Climate Change and Resilience Strategy 2019 and is demonstrated through the implementation of 15 greenhouse gas emission reduction measures, saving over 1,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released each year.

For further information on Brighton Council’s climate change measures, such as the sustainability in schools program see: www.brighton.tas.gov.au/community/environment

Centacare Evolve Housing: 2022 Youth Week Event

Over 110 young people within the Brighton community came together to celebrate our amazing youth at the Gagebrook Skate Park in an event hosted
by Centacare Evolve Housing.

Youth enjoying BMX activity by Southern City BMX

Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people within the Tasmanian youth calendar, providing an opportunity for young people aged 12-25 to
be heard, celebrated, and to have fun. The 2022 theme, ‘Youth: Next Gen’ recognises Tasmania’s future – the next generation of young leaders, changemakers, influencers and visionaries who are shaping our State.

Centacare Evolve Housing’s annual youth week event was first created in 2021 through local consultation from community and the want to celebrate our talented young people who contribute to local community wellbeing.

“There is a lot of stigma about youth and we wanted to do something positive and challenge the view,” said Elise, Centacare Evolve Housing Community Wellbeing Officer.

Participants and Centacare Evolve Housing event organiser enjoying the event held at Gagebrook Skate Park

Centacare Evolve Housing partnered with 11 local youth and community services in area to provide access, exposure, and opportunity to fun healthy activities to get involved in.

The BMX bikes were a great hit and a special thanks to Southern City BMX for providing the free bikes and lessons.

Over 110 young people braved the icy weather and wind to join us and participate in activities by Southern City BMX, Bridgewater PCYC, Deadly Choices, Bridgewater Library, Create Crew, The Australian International
Youth Association, Kombi Krew, Kutalayna Collective, Adventure Patch, CFC and many more.

Brighton Youth Week participants contributing to a community art project

Centacare Evolve Housing have expressed thanks to everyone involved in making the event happen, in particular Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) for the grant funding.

“We wanted to shine a light on emerging young leaders and the talent that exists in community.” said Christina, Centacare Evolve Housing Community Wellbeing Manager.

Visit Centacare Evolve Housing’s Facebook page to view more photos and receive updates on our upcoming events.

A message from the Mayor, Leigh Gray: Working with all levels of government to achieve our budget goals

From time to time and particularly during our budget planning process for 2022/23, we get questioned about what we can do and achieve in the next 12 months.

We have the responsibility to ensure that we upgrade all our current assets and maintain them in good condition, as well as provide the community with a wide range of services. We also need to plan for new investments in the Brighton Municipality so we can achieve our 2050 Vision to be a thriving place; a proud community; ensure a good life at every age for all our residents and provide a sustainable environment.

We balance all of these things, while we keep a balanced budget, spending no more than we can afford, just like we all do at home. We all know how difficult this is at times, especially with the huge increase in costs.

Council has approved a 10-year Financial Management Plan and a 10-year Asset Management Plan. This sets out our renewal and replacement program for our roads, footpaths, buildings and all other assets.

We are certainly aware that from time to time we need to change the plans to accommodate situations where repairs and upgrades are more urgently required. Our Asset Management team is constantly reviewing these documents when situations arise. As councillors, we put forward your enquiries for assessment and prioritisation, if required. Our Council tries to ensure our assets are at the optimal intervention point when we repair or upgrade. We try not to let assets get to a point of disrepair that involve big costs to fix. It’s far better to repair at that optimal time to save ongoing costs. If you let an asset deteriorate past this point, it can result in rapidly increasing repair costs, however repairing before this stage means we won’t be getting the best value out of our original investment. It’s a balancing act!

This brings me to the subject of new assets that we either acquire, in the form of road and public open space contributions for new developments undertaken, or through the purchase of new builds we undertake in the area. These cover all our parks, walking tracks and public buildings. Council now owns $216 million worth of assets that all cost money to maintain.

With our plans for the future, we always look for co-operative arrangements with other levels of government to move our new infrastructure developments forward. We have many plans for upgrades of parks and facilities for the community. We work on staging these new developments over several budgets and although we don’t get the final product for several years, it’s delivered in a very economically responsible way. However, from time to time, we join forces with our Federal or State counterparts and receive assistance on some projects that make it possible to produce a build in one go instead of in stages. Your council works hard – staff and councillors – to ensure that opportunities are not missed along the way.

We have a very cooperative approach to all major infrastructure projects. For example, during this Federal Election we saw both major parties commit $2.3 million to deliver the master plan for the Ted Jeffries Memorial Park in Seymour Street, Brighton. The $2.3 million commitment plus a $1.1 million contribution from Brighton Council will deliver some of the most important elements of the Ted Jeffries Memorial Park Masterplan. I look forward to seeing what more can
be achieved in cooperation with all levels of government in the near future.

I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank former Premier Peter Gutwein for his 20 years service to Tasmania. Mr Gutwein demonstrated the most outstanding leadership through the toughest of times and effectively navigated us all through the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to acknowledge and thank him for his positive and progressive stance on issues such as climate change and truth-telling/treaty during his time as Premier, setting an important precedent for future leaders.

Finally, on behalf of Brighton Council, I would like to congratulate Premier Jeremy Rockcliff on becoming Tasmania’s 47th Premier. We look forward
to working with Premier Rockcliff and feel confident that his experience in government and understanding of what it is to be part of a more regional community, will make our working relationship effective and productive.

Brighton Mayor
Leigh Gray