From the Mayor: Brighton Council embraces nurturing our natural environment

A message from the Mayor – Leigh Gray

As part of our 2050 Vision, we have committed to ensuring we do all we can to support initiatives that achieve our goal of a truly sustainable environment for our people, wildlife, plants and waterways.

I’m pleased to see great steps towards this in the last six months and we can pride ourselves on the partnerships Council is forging in the community to make this happen both at a grass roots level and with dedicated organisations who specialise in supporting communities and councils achieve their sustainability goals.

In this edition of the Brighton Community News, you’ll read about many of these initiatives but I would like to highlight just a few here that we should acknowledge and celebrate as great steps forward.

Towards the end of last year, we saw the creation of the 300th Landcare Tasmania group, brought together in time to celebrate National Tree Day. The Bridgewater based group marked its beginnings by planting trees and shrubs in the Bridgewater/Green Point foreshore area to create wildlife habitats.

Council has long had a very valued relationship with the Derwent Estuary Program and UTAS in caring for our wetland areas and the recent launch of new signage at the Old Beach Saltmarsh highlights the importance of this partnership in ensuring the area is cared for and protected into the future, illuminating why our saltmarsh environments are so important to the health of our environment overall. I strongly encourage you to take a walk along the Old Beach Foreshore walking track and immerse in the saltmarsh area and all there is to learn from the new installations.

This year Council has commenced working with the Derwent Catchment Project (DCP) to improve the way we manage our natural resources. A Natural Resource Management (NRM) strategy will be created by the DCP to help manage and improve our land, water and soil quality as well as habitats for plants and animals. A focus for us as a Council will be foreshore restoration through a weed management plan. The DCP will also advise and support awareness and education in the community and have already been active in this space working with the Old Beach Neighbourhood Watch group on Clean Up Australia Day to identify and clear a dense patch of boneseed on the Old Beach Foreshore.

I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our community members who participated in Clean Up Australia Day or have a clean-up scheduled for later in the year. We were fortunate to have a group in Bridgewater cleaning up the foreshore there and the Old Beach Neighbourhood Watch group working on the Old Beach Foreshore area with the Derwent Catchment Project, learning a little about the effective removal of boneseed.

Council’s dedicated Climate Resilience Officer, Alison Johnson, continues to manage some exciting projects that really push us forward including ongoing ‘Greening Brighton’/ tree planting initiatives, solar energy installations and overseeing our WasteWise Schools Program in conjunction with Gwen Harper, from JustWaste Consulting. It’s truly gratifying to observe the effectiveness of our FOGO service and the great results being achieved at all levels with very low opt-out rates and absolutely minimal contamination.

Congratulations to all of our residents on embracing this important initiative to save thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill and keep our waste management costs down in an environment where costs are rising.

All of this work is testament to our commitment to ensuring we do the very best we can as a Council in climate adaptation and working towards being legitimately sustainable into the future. After all, we all know there is no ‘Planet B’.

Brighton Mayor
Leigh Gray