Unique project to boost jobs and business across region

A new employment and business support initiative is being taken by the South Central Sub-region group of councils and will bring with it the promise of significant benefits for Brighton Municipality and surrounding municipalities.

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

THIS issue of Brighton Community News reports on a new employment and business support initiative being taken by our South Central Sub-region group of councils that brings with it the promise of significant benefits for Brighton and surrounding municipalities.

The four councils comprising the sub-region group are Brighton, Central Highlands, Derwent Valley and Southern Midlands and we’ve been working cooperatively and successfully on a range of projects over the past 15 years.

But this is one of the most ambitious projects we’ve undertaken and one that is crucially important for Brighton and our three partner councils. The key objectives are to identify employment needs and opportunities in the sub-region, the skills shortages and training requirements of business and industry, and to successfully connect the local workforce to local jobs.

We want to see more local businesses employing local people and to this end, we’ve announced the appointment of experienced specialist Anthony McConnon as the workforce development coordinator to oversee the project. Anthony has already begun work and his initial three-year appointment has been made possible through a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund, with additional financial and logistical support from the four councils.

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Anna engineers outdoor life

Brighton Council’s project engineer Anna Wilson is a firm believer in collaboration at every level which she says is the key to any council project’s success. Anna says collaboration is important between council departments, with residents, key stakeholders and often other councils.

BRIGHTON Council’s project engineer Anna Wilson is a firm believer in collaboration at every level which she says is the key to any council project’s success. Anna says collaboration is important between council departments, with residents, key stakeholders and often other councils.

Anna, who was the project engineer of Brighton’s new Regional Sports Centre Project a revitalised multi-purpose facility to cater for the needs of local sports clubs and the community and which was highlighted in last month’s Brighton Community News, said collaboration was the key to a project’s success.

“We’re not out to compete with each other so working together internally as well as resource-sharing our expertise with other councils is a valuable and rewarding part of a council engineer’s role.” 

Anna was instrumental in managing the early design work of the new sports centre which included community consultation and successful grant applications to fund the major project. 

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New park plan improvements on the table

Brighton Council has engaged consultants to prepare a master plan for Gagebrook’s Cris Fitzpatrick Park in Tottenham Road.

BRIGHTON Council has engaged consultants to prepare a master plan for Gagebrook’s Cris Fitzpatrick Park in Tottenham Road.

Council’s general manager James Dryburgh said the master plan would help make the park more accessible, safe, desirable and activated for community use.

BRIGHTON Council has engaged consultants to prepare a master plan for Gagebrook’s Cris Fitzpatrick Park in Tottenham Road.

During late August school, children and parents from Gagebrook Primary School had their say about the park at the Spring launch of Bond Place community garden.

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Littlies loving it being back in the gym

After a very silent Term 2 at Hobart Gymnastics Academy (HGA), the happy noise of youngsters revelling in their training was a welcome sound.

AFTER a very silent Term 2 at Hobart Gymnastics Academy (HGA), the happy noise of youngsters revelling in their training was a welcome sound.

Things may not be quite as they were but, despite COVID restrictions, extra cleaning and limited spectator space in the gym, the Academy was back in full swing throughout Term 3 and is now preparing to cartwheel through to the end of 2020.

Hobart Gymnastics Academy offers a broad range of options for both boys and girls, from toddlers through to adults.
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Key new role will marry jobs with regional opportunities

In his new workplace development coordinator role, Anthony McConnon (centre) will work to develop additional and better employment outcomes for people in the sub-region comprising the Brighton, Central Highlands, Derwent Valley and Southern Midlands Council areas.

AN experienced manager and employment recruitment specialist has been appointed to a key role to improve job opportunities for people in Tasmania’s south central sub-region.

Anthony McConnon comes to the role with extensive experience across a number of industries including workforce recruitment, hospitality, health and fitness, retail, telecommunications, automotive industries and sport.

Mr McConnon, who has taken up his position, was most recently a team manager with employment consultants Searson Buck providing leadership and mentoring for a statewide recruitment team.

From left, Derwent Valley Mayor Ben Shaw with Anthony McConnon who is the region’s new workplace development coordinator, and Brighton Mayor Tony Foster.

In his new workplace development coordinator role, Anthony will work to develop additional and better employment outcomes for people in the sub-region comprising the Brighton, Central Highlands, Derwent Valley and Southern Midlands Council areas.

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Have your say on shape of things to come

Brighton Council is inviting local residents, businesses and visitors to share their thoughts about the future through an online survey. The survey is part of a project to develop a 2050 Vision for the Municipality

BRIGHTON Municipality is having its say on what the community will look like in 30 years from now.

Brighton Council is inviting local residents, businesses and visitors to share their thoughts about the future through an online survey. The survey is part of a project to develop a 2050 Vision for the Municipality.

“We appreciate the fact Brighton is home to an incredibly proud community with a strong sense of identity and optimism,” said Brighton Council general manager, James Dryburgh.

Your chance to be part of determining the future of the Brighton Municipality
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Pandemic pauses seniors school

Because of the pandemic, meetings for Bridgewater’a School for Seniors have been on hold since physical distancing was introduced in March. Currently it does not seem this will change any time in the immediate future.

By SHIRLEY MCKERROW*

BECAUSE of the pandemic, meetings for School for Seniors have been on hold since physical distancing was introduced in March. Currently it does not seem this will change any time in the immediate future.

I am sure that a lot of our members are suffering from withdrawal symptoms as we miss the socialising and our generous speakers every week.

As a designated at-risk group, we cannot take chances with the health of members or of our speakers by coming together too soon in an enclosed space for two hours.

Also , if we did meet with a limited numbers of members, I would be reluctant to ask speakers to spend their time and resources travelling to speak to half our group. There wouldn’t be the same atmosphere or interaction.

Schools for Seniors meetings have been on hold in Brighton Municipality since March.
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Glass half-full model keeps Lions topped up

The Bridgewater Market returned on Saturday August 29, at the Brighton Civic Centre car park at 25 Green Point Road, Bridgewater. The Bridgewater Market will be held on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10am until 2pm.

By CANDICE HOWARD

THE Lions Club of Brighton has been keeping busy during the Covid-19 period with smaller scale community activities including bread donations to community centres and schools, creating and distributing family activity packs, planning upcoming events and collecting glasses as part of the Recycle for Sight program.

We collect donated glasses on behalf of the Lions Clubs International Worldwide Eyeglass Recycling Program. 

The recycling program receives requests from humanitarian organisations either travelling to a developing country or supplying shipping container loads of suitable humanitarian aid.  If you have glasses that you no longer need and would like to see go to a good cause, you can donate them locally using one of our drop boxes which are located at Brighton Doctors and Greenpoint Medical Services.  If you are happy to host a collection point or are unable to get to a collection point, please contact us.

Candice Howard proudly displays the Bridgewater Market sign
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Get your ticket to play sport

Under the 2020 Tasmanian Government’s Ticket to Play program, parents of eligible children can now apply for two vouchers of up to $I00 each to go towards the cost of sporting club membership.

THE Tasmanian Government is urging Brighton Municipality parents and carers to take part in its Ticket to Play sports voucher program. After a successful pilot program in 2019 and early in 2020, the Tasmanian Government has committed $1 million a year to Ticket to Play for a further four years.

Minister for Sport Jane Howlett said cost was one of the major barriers to children participating in organised sport. 

The key objective of Ticket to Play is to increase the number of young Tasmanians playing sport by addressing the cost barrier to joining a club.
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Medal winners our belles of the bowls

The Club’s AGM elected Doug Holloway, president; Elizabeth Downward, secretary; Tony Bartninkaitis, treasurer; Judy Holloway, David Holmes, Glenda Rubock, Louise Cooper, Simon Hartgrove, as board members. Keith Roberts has since re-joined the board.

THE Brighton Bowls & Community Club’s AGM was a fitting opportunity for members to recognise the outstanding achievement of the Division 5 ladies team.

Team members proudly received their Division 5 premiership medallions, Bowls Tasmania South perpetual trophy and premiership plaque from retiring president, Van Ransley, to acknowledge their success which was the Club’s only premiership for the season. As a result of the win, the team has been promoted to Division 4 for the coming season.

Special congratulations on the success of new bowlers Pat Seabourne in her first year and Elizabeth Downward in just her second.

Division 5 ladies from left, Pat Seabourne, Maz Wiltshire, Jeanette Holmes, Connie Gilmour, Elizabeth Downward, Di Higgins, Louise Cooper. Absent: Pat Mitchelmore and Lorna Silvestor.
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