Looking Forward: A New Council
by Brighton Council
I am honoured to have been re-elected as Mayor of Brighton and am humbled by the level of community support I’ve received during the recent local government elections.
I would like to sincerely say thank you. I’m very much looking forward to the hard work we, as a Council, have ahead of us in 2023 and over the next four years.
A huge congratulations to the other successful candidates and my fellow councillors. I am sorry for those who missed out on being elected this time around. Those who are brave enough to put their hand up to serve our community are to be admired.
The new Council will continue to work together to ensure we remain a Council with a clear plan for the future; a Council that actively and passionately embraces its role as a place maker, nurturing and building community, caring for our environment and attracting investment.
There are many exciting projects and developments on the horizon for Brighton in 2023. I would like to take a moment to highlight just a few that are very significant for our region and will be a focus for us as a Council in the new year.
Cris Fitzpatrick Park – Brighton Council has commenced works on a $1.26 million project to redevelop the Cris Fitzpatrick Park and deliver an exciting new community space with MONA at Bond Place in Gagebrook (affectionately known as Bondy). Council partnered with MONA and community housing provider Centacare Evolve Housing, who are also contributing financially, and gained support from both State and Federal Government to deliver the major redevelopment of Cris Fitzpatrick Park.
Swan Park, Herdsmans Cove – A design has been finalised for a ‘pocket park’, specifically based on the needs of the local residents, and construction will begin soon.
Ted Jeffries Memorial Park (Seymour Street) – A $2.3 million grant from the Federal Government enables work to commence on a $3.4 million project involving extensive upgrades of infrastructure and facilities.
New Medical Clinic – $1.5 million from the Federal Government will assist with the establishment of a new GP clinic and allied health rooms in Brighton, in conjunction with Dr Mary Lumsden.
Completion of Bridgewater Parkland Stage 2 – This work includes toilet facilities which are being installed in the next few months.
New Bridgewater Bridge Construction – Construction has commenced and other developments from subsidiary businesses involved in the project will come online in 2023. Council will be working closely with the State Government, master planning the surrounding areas.
Brighton High School – The Tasmanian Government is building a brand new high school at Elderslie Road to cater for 600 Year 7 – 12 students. Construction is expected to commence in the first half of 2023.
IGA Supermarket Development – The development includes a large state of the art IGA supermarket and four smaller retail tenancies with 84 car parking spaces. The frontage of the site will be a town square.
Point.B – This new development from the Young Group will be a mixed-use industrial precinct on Cove Hill Road and is currently going through the planning approval process.
In addition, Council will be looking at ways to accelerate our road maintenance and upgrades program over the next few years.
When it comes to the climate crisis, Brighton Council is not sitting back. Council set a zero-emission corporate target by 2040 and an interim target of a 30% reduction by 2030 based on 2021 levels. It is worth noting that we have achieved our 2030 target eight years early. Stay tuned for a new, more ambitious target and Council continuing with a range of initiatives to reduce our impact and help enhance our environment.
I am very proud that Brighton Council is a member of the Global Compact of Mayors for Climate and Energy and Carbon Development Program, in addition to the Australian Climate Council, Cities for Power Protection CPP program. Credit to staff for the innovative way they are approaching the task of ensuring we are doing our bit and taking action.
Lastly, on behalf of Council, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May the festive season be a truly happy and safe time for everyone. In these very turbulent times, I hope we can all find some peace and solace with family and friends. I look forward to leading our new Council in 2023 and getting on with achieving our goals.