One Pot Wonder

Words and images: Sarah Ugazio

A quick search for ‘one pot wonders’ on the net will reveal endless recipe options. This chicken risotto is as easy as it is tasty!

Everything in the pot

Roast Chicken & Brown Rice Risotto

Serves 6
Prep time – 20mins
Cooking Time – 1hr 40mins


  • 1.5 – 2kg fresh whole chicken
  • 1 whole orange or lemon,
  • pierced all over with deep cuts
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 4 sticks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled
  • and diced
  • 150g mushrooms, sliced or
  • small quarters
  • 2 cups brown rice (or if using
  • Arborio rice slightly reduce
  • baking time)
  • 500ml chicken or beef stock
  • (or 2 stock cubes in 500 ml
  • boiling water)
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • 1.5 tbsp rosemary, finely
  • chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Grated parmesan, to serve

Preheat the oven to 200C. Heat a splash of oil in a large 30cm (min) stovetop casserole dish with lid (a Dutch Oven) over a medium-high heat. Add onion, sweet potato, carrot and celery, stirring occasionally. After 15 mins add the garlic. Season well with salt and pepper. Fry until all veg are caramelised with colour, approx 20 mins. Meanwhile, stuff the orange or lemon into the chicken’s cavity. Drizzle oil and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper over the entire chicken. Place chicken over the browned vegetables, and place the pot in the oven (middle shelf) uncovered for approx 40 mins or until chicken skin is crispy golden brown. After 20mins check the veg aren’t scorching – if they are, then pour 1/4 cup wine or water around the chicken. Bring stock to boil, or boil kettle if using stock cubes. Remove pot from oven and evenly sprinkle (in order) rosemary, rice then mushrooms around the chicken. Pour stock around chicken until rice is covered by approx 1.5cm of liquid (top up with boiling water if need
be). Cover with lid, place pot back in the oven and turn the temperature down to 180C. Bake for another 40 mins or until the chicken is cooked through (juices will run clear when cut), and rice is cooked but firm. Cool the pot with lid off for 10 mins, then remove chicken and slice into portions. It’s ok to see some liquid
pooling over the rice – just stir through risotto and spoon a generous amount onto each plate and top with parmesan.

*Experiment with different root vegetables and woody herbs to play around with flavours
*If using stock cubes, reduce the amount of salt added to season the vegetables
*Leftovers – slice up leftover chicken into bite size pieces and stir through remaining risotto. Refrigerate in an airtight container.

You can follow Sarah for more recipes on Instagram @madamesaisons.

The finished product. Yum!

Brighton Alive wins at the Tasmanian LiFE Awards

Words: Sheryl Rainbird

Congratulations to the Brighton Alive Network, which was deservedly awarded as joint winner of the Lifeline Tasmania Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention LiFE Award at the recent Tasmanian LiFE Awards. These awards are now in their seventeenth year and recognise the valuable contribution by individuals, communities, businesses and government in suicide prevention. This year there was a record 30 nominations for the LiFE Awards with eight in the Lifeline Tasmania Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention award.

Brighton Alive is a network of service providers and community members which is facilitated by Brighton Council. The group meets each month with the aim of building a strong and healthy future for Brighton.

In 2019 community members recognised the increase in suicidal behaviours and self-harm in our community and worked with Relationships Australia to create a Brighton Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan. Many community members and service providers were surveyed to identify local needs, skills and support shortages for the area, with the results being used to develop the community action plan.

This plan identified key activities of which the following been carried out in the last two years.

• Offer access to free Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training on suicide prevention conversations to residents and service providers.
• Conducted an audit of rooms and spaces across the Brighton LGA to identify suitable spaces to offer to service providers on a regular basis to improve service delivery and equity.
• Created community fundraising activities to fund further mental health and suicide prevention programs for the community.
• Training provided for Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid and LGBTQIA+ Inclusive training.
• Engaging youth and LBGTQIA+ community members.

The other nominations in the Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention category were:
• PFlag Cygnet Community Hub
• Run for Tarkyn
• Cygnet Cares
• Stronger Together Group
• Derwent Valley Suicide Awareness Group
• Dorset Suicide Prevention Network
• Rural Alive and Well in partnership with Boots on the Ground

The other joint winner along with Brighton Alive in this category was PFlag – Cygnet Community Hub. Congratulations to all the worthy nominees.

Uniting thankful for local support

Uniting appreciates funding from Communities for Children to run programs in the Brighton Council area. Communities for Children funding has provided a family support worker role for several years. There’s a new position developed in collaboration with kutalayna collective and funded through Communities for Children.

Uniting recruited Len, an Aboriginal Family Support Worker for the district. With a focus on supporting families with children under the age of 12 years. Len is an Aboriginal man from the Southern Midlands and has a passion for encouraging positive health and well-being. A part of the role will to be develop a school holiday program that will be delivered in the district, engaging Aboriginal youth. Meanwhile, a Communities for Children grant has brought to life the Home Grown program coordinated by Family Support Worker, Val. Six families from the Brighton Council area have been busy getting their hands dirty to set up their own raised garden bed full of vegetables of their choosing. It’s timely with the cost of living steadily increasing. “It’s been brilliant getting outside with the families; they have so much knowledge to share and are excited to grow their own healthy food,” Val said.

The Communities for Children funding for Home Grown finishes at the end of June and Val hopes to work in this way again with families and/or wider the community.

Remembering those who have served

On Anzac Day, members of council, including Mayor Leigh Gray, attended
the public memorial service at Remembrance Park, Brighton to remember those who have served in the armed forces, or continue to serve.

The mayor, and Councillor Aaron De La Torre laid wreaths to remember the fallen. Students from Northern Christian school were in attendance and also laid wreaths to honour those who lost their lives in battles across the world.

Mayor Cr Leigh Gray and Councillor Aaron De La Torre
Students Timothy Be and Ruth Douglas, with Principal Bethany Armstrong, from Northern Christian School
Anzac Day 2022 wreaths

Road Opening Permits – Your ticket to doing work on the road or nature strip

Are you considering undertaking works, having a contractor do work on your behalf or wanting to occupy the road for a short period? If you are, you’ll need permission before you start.

Brighton Council can help you and also advise if the particular piece of land you want to work on or occupy is actually Council property. In some cases it may
be privately owned, or State Government controlled. Some classes of work may require a planning permit before they commence, be the condition of a planning permit or require building/plumbing co-approvals.

Undertaking works on the road itself, or the footpath and in the nature strip (all collectively known as the road reservation) also requires a permit.

You can get a permit by completing the application form available from the Brighton Council website and submitting it for approval. The form is straight forward and easy to complete.

Along with the form, you’ll also need some supporting documentation such as:

• A plan professionally drawn or sketched by yourself to illustrate your requirements
• A description of the works, its scope and duration
• Details of insurance if the undertaking has a commercial activity
• Pedestrian and vehicle (traffic) management plans.

You may not need all of those requirements – it depends on the project’s size and complexity. Some requirements may need a professional or consultant to provide them, which will be at a cost to you. You can submit your completed form and its supplementary information over the counter, by email or post.

We’re here to help!
Having trouble with filling out the form, understanding what is required, needing to know what a traffic management plan entails and what the cost
will be? We can help you. We strongly suggest you drop in and discuss the process if it’s not an activity you undertake regularly or have experience in.

We can confirm if there’s a need for planning approval, the fees applicable, your obligations and risks involved.

Dial before you dig.
We have all seen the advertising and the message is simple. Undertake investigation via this service to understand what infrastructure is below ground. Not undertaking this investigation can lead to serious injury or expense. Not all underground assets are visible or known so always proceed with caution.

Inspections and completion.
In order for us to know it has been constructed adequately and to the correct standards, inspections are requested. This is to make sure the finished work meets the life span and performance standards expected. If you’ve been issued
with a permit, requested any inspections, and completed the works, you need to let Brighton Council know when all the work is complete. This means we can
close out the permit and inspect it the finished work.

Why all the red tape?
As the owner of the road reservation, or the authority vested in maintaining it, we have a legislated obligation to know what your intentions are. Our job is
to keep all road users safe and to keep roads open and accessible. Brighton Council invests ratepayers’ money in upgrading assets and has a strong desire
to see that any work undertaken does not shorten their life.

Brighton Council Asset Services looks forward to your enquiry and processing your road opening permit application.

Design progressing on new high school for Brighton

Work is continuing on Brighton’s new high school, with recently released design concepts showing off modern and stylish new facilities to support the needs of learners and their families.

The designs have been developed by Hobart architecture firm Jaws Architects. The release of the artist renders is the next step in the detailed design phase. This follows the community consultation that was held before and after the release of the site master plan last year.

Brighton High School landscaping

The high school’s facilities will include a gym and performing arts space, commercial-style kitchen, outdoor learning areas, and extensive off-street parking. The Department of Education continues to work closely with the Brighton Council on the development and planning for the new high school, including the public infrastructure needed to support it. The new high school will cater for up to 600 students across Years 7 to 12 and will support the education needs of the growing Brighton community into the future.

The tender for construction is expected to be released later this year, with works set to commence in early 2023. Brighton High School will then welcome its first students through its doors in 2025.

Wet area

$2.3 million bipartisan support for new local sporting facilities

In the recent Federal election campaign, the Labor Party committed to investing $2.3 million into the upgrade of the Ted Jeffries Memorial Park in Brighton. It’s part of the Ted Jeffries Memorial Park Master Plan, which was supported by the then-incumbent Federal Labor Member for Lyons Brian Mitchell, Football Tasmania, the Brighton Storm Soccer Club, and the Brighton Council. The Liberal Party also promised to match Labor’s funding if they were successful in the Federal Election too.

The proposal includes plans for:

  • Two full-size soccer pitches and two junior soccer pitches
  • A shared clubroom facility
  • A new parking area
  • A bus zone with a bus shelter
  • An extension and refurbishment of the existing playground and picnic facilities
  • A youth facility which includes a skate park, a basketball court, and an events space
  • Two fenced dog parks
  • Additional landscaping and tree planting.

The Master Plan is a welcome response to the rapid population growth and expanding recreational needs in Brighton and surrounding areas. “Brighton is one of the fastest growing areas in Tasmania and deserves public amenities to match,” said Mitchell. “The funding will support the fast-growing sport of soccer in Brighton and improve the Ted Jeffries Memorial Park, which is very popular with local families.” Mayor Leigh Gray sees the Ted Jefferies Memorial Park in Seymour Street as an integral part of the local community. “It is an important part of people’s day-to-day lives and outdoor enjoyment, including the soccer community in our area,” said Gray. In addition to the $2.3 million commitment from the Labor Party, Brighton Council will contribute $1.1 million.

To find out more about the Ted Jeffries Memorial Park Master Plan, visit

A big welcome to Brighton Council’s newest member Brittany Szlezak

The Brighton Council has welcomed a new Community Development Officer to their team. A Brighton local, Brittany brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her past roles, having worked in the mental health sector, suicide prevention, policy reform, and community work.

Say hello to Brittany!

Brittany has a keen interest in how wellbeing can be improved throughout the community. “Any person who works in community development will tell you that there’s a big crossover between wellbeing and community development,” Brittany said. “I’ve often found that people experiencing challenges with their mental health aren’t always well connected to their community for a variety of reasons.”

The inspiration for Brittany’s work stems from her own life experiences. She said she was fortunate to have been able to access support from teachers, counsellors and community services growing up after experiencing challenges at home. “If it wasn’t for their support and encouragement, I probably wouldn’t have gone to university or moved interstate for university or joined the army, so to be in this job now it almost feels like I’ve come full circle,” she shared. “Maybe I’ll be able to do my bit on shining a light on all the beauty and strength that exists in our local area, in collaboration with others.”

Brittany grew up in Pontville and Chigwell before moving to Newcastle, NSW to study social work. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys watching live music, comedy, and hiking, particularly on Maria Island.

If you happen to spot Brittany around Brighton, she would love you to come up to her and say hello!

Brighton Council embraces reconciliation

Brighton Council has been progressing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) under the Reconciliation Australia framework. A RAP is a structured approach to advancing reconciliation in Australia by making a public commitment as an organisation to reconciliation. There are three core pillars – Relationships, Respect and Opportunities.

Cultural Awareness Training days conducted at the piyura kitina/Risdon Cove by Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

We’re developing a Reflect RAP, which provides us with a roadmap to beginning a reconciliation journey. We formally endorsed progressing a RAP in 2020 and as an organisation firmly believe it is absolutely the right thing to do.

A RAP working group of volunteers from within the council was established, with approximately 12 members. James Dryburgh as General Manager is our RAP champion and a number of elected members have also volunteered to join the working group.

Since the establishment of the working group, we have commenced informal community engagement and undertaken cultural awareness training.

Brighton Council became a member of Reconciliation Tasmania’s Reconciliation Collective. The Collective acts as a collegial network of community and business partners, working together and supporting each other’s reconciliation journey. Through the Reconciliation Collective, organisations who have committed to Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) can be assisted to connect with the Aboriginal community members in their region in the process of implementing RAP commitments, to advance initiatives for all.

Through the Reconciliation Collective, Council attends workshops and forums that assist with understanding our commitment journey and both staff and councillors participate in National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC events.

Early on, we implemented some very simple but meaningful steps that included flying the Australian Aboriginal flag at the Council Offices, including an acknowledgement of country in our official documents and email signature, and conducting a Welcome to Country at official Council events where appropriate.

We are fortunate to have a Council representative as part of the local Kutalayna Collective. This community group, made up of many different stakeholders, works in the Jordan River area with the aim of making sure Aboriginal children living in the area get the very best start to life and broad opportunities along the way. It’s also there to continually build on the strengths within kutalayna/Jordan River to create and maintain a strong, resilient and thriving community.

As we continue our RAP journey, we’ll commence more formal community engagement in the coming months to ensure the most relevant outcomes from our action plan. Brighton Council wishes to ensure we offer a culturally safe workplace and thriving community for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Athlete Lacey Tilyard making Tassie proud

In March this year, local resident Lacey Tilyard travelled to Sydney to compete in the Australian Track and Field Championships.

Lacey in action at the Nationals

Two years ago, at the age of 11, Lacey joined the Little Athletics program. “She’s always been interested in sport, whether it be football, basketball, or distance running,” said Renee, Lacey’s mum. “She asked my husband and me if she could join the program for quite a few years, but initially I said no, as we knew it would involve a lot of time and effort. But she just did so well. She’s a natural.”

As the largest annual athletics event in Australia, over 3500 athletes of all ages competed over eight days. “I think it was a bit overwhelming for her to see
how amazingly talented Australian athletes are,” said Renee.

At Hobart Airport, on the way to Nationals

Nevertheless, Lacey placed fifth in U15 High Jump, third in the U15 400m, and recorded a new personal best in the U15 200m. Only two days after returning
from Nationals, Lacey competed at her school carnival. Despite being still tired from Nationals, she wound up the Year 8 champion, placing first in 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, and high jump. She even broke school records in both high jump (1.5m) and 400m (1:01.92)!

Lacey has represented her school at every interschool athletics carnival, cross country carnival and swimming carnival since she became eligible to compete. Lacey trains with her performance coach Joshua Mason two to three times a week. Earlier this year, Lacey competed in the State Little Athletics Championships in Penguin and broke a 10-year record in 400m with a time of 59.84. She also won triple jump, placed 2nd in high jump, and 4th in 200m. Lacey also won two gold medals at the Tasmanian Athletics Age Championships, and is currently ranked number one in Tasmania for U15 400m and number two in high jump. She is ranked number six in Australia
for U15 400m. In December this year, Lacey hopes to compete at the All Schools Track and Field Championships in Adelaide. Congratulations to Lacey on all her hard work paying off when it counts!