Governor visits Brighton and meets community members

BRIGHTON municipality welcomed the Governor of Tasmania Mr Peter Underwood and Mrs Frances Underwood for the first time to its community recently.

From left, the Governor of Tasmania  Peter Underwood with Rosie Engler, Janet Fedczyszyn, Mrs Frances Underwood and Kym Lynch.
From left, the Governor of Tasmania Peter Underwood with Rosie Engler, Janet Fedczyszyn, Mrs Frances Underwood and Kym Lynch.

The couple visited the East Derwent Primary School, Pete’s Shed,  the Gagebrook Community Centre and the Riverside Community Garden before being officially welcomed to the municipality at a reception at the Brighton Civic Centre.

Mayor Tony Foster said he was delighted to be able to welcome the Governor to the municipality and hoped that he had felt the sense of community that prevailed within the community.

“As a council, this sense of community is very much instilled in our long-term community planning for the municipality to 2040 and beyond,” Cr Foster said.

“From the major projects that are occurring in terms of new infrastructure within the municipality in new roads, bright new streetscapes, connecting walking and cycling tracks, the expanding industrial and transport hubs providing important input into our local economy, through to the revolutionary new education model that is currently being constructed by The Learning Federation, I am confident that the Governor could see that Brighton is a very vibrant and forward-thinking municipality,” he said.

Cr Foster said the hub of community activity was in the Brighton Civic Centre which had opened just two years ago.

“This centre is providing a significant community amenity for local groups and schools to meet and hold major events.

“It is also providing residents with fantastic meeting facilities for a vast number of community groups and for an array of live performances by visiting arts and entertainment groups as well as local residents.

“Our schools are able to conduct school assemblies and special events and the new theatrette is becoming a very popular venue. Apart from local community use, we also have the capacity to entice conferences, forums and seminars from other areas in the state, and even interstate.

Cr Foster said ‘community’ was an important part of Brighton’s makeup and something for which the municipality was fiercely proud.

“We are pleased to have had the opportunity to show Mr and Mrs Underwood just some of the activities that we are undertaking and to give them some time to talk members of the community here about what they are doing to make Brighton an even better place in which to live and work,” Cr Foster said.