PETER GUTWEIN Premier of Tasmania:
“I RECOGNISE and thank you, Tony Foster for your valuable contribution to the Brighton municipality and the local government sector in general over the last 36 years.
Thank you for your tireless service motivated by your desire to give back to the community and help those less fortunate than yourself. It is particularly noteworthy that you have led the Brighton Council as Mayor for the last 28 years. Maintaining the role of Mayor for 28 years reflects the level of support you have received from the community and that you have clearly understood and represented them well during your time as Mayor.
You and the Council have played a significant role in the long list of achievements that have strengthened the local economy and made Brighton a better place to live and work. This is testament to your ability to build strong working relationships with other elected members and Council staff, enabling you to work constructively to achieve significant outcomes for the Brighton community. Your skill in this regard was particularly apparent to me during my time as Minister for Local Government and Planning.
As the Minister for Climate Change, I would like to recognise the role you have played in establishing programs and initiatives to support improvements in climate change in your community. This includes the development of Council’s Climate Change and Resilience Strategy 2019, the installation of solar systems on council buildings and an electric vehicle charger, the management of two hybrid electric vehicles, the provision of local climate change science impacts information, and a Corporate Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2012.
I acknowledge that you have been formally recognised for your efforts with a Medal of the Order of Australia received in 2005. This was subsequently elevated to a Member of the Order of Australia in 20 15 for your significant service to local government through leadership roles, to professional governance associations, and to the community of Brighton. Congratulations on such noteworthy achievements.
While your retirement brings about a new chapter for you, your family and the community, I believe you have left the Council in good stead to help the community to continue to progress and prosper.”