By TONY FOSTER Mayor of Brighton
NOW the State Election has concluded, and the Liberal Government is installed for a further four years Brighton, like all Tasmanian regions, is looking forward to the early implementation of the promises made in the lead up to the May 1 poll.
To this point, I have written to Premier Peter Gutwein, firstly congratulating him on his election win, but more importantly, seeking advice on the timetable for converting the promises made for the Brighton Municipality into reality.
Of course, our municipality and community will benefit from two major initiatives already announced prior to the election – the new Brighton High School and the replacement Bridgewater Bridge, as well as many of the state-wide initiatives announced during the campaign.
Planning is already well-advanced for the replacement Bridgewater Bridge and the construction of the Brighton High School and this new term of government should see both projects through to completion.
The new bridge will create a vastly improved transport link between the north and south of the State, but will also enhance travel between our municipality and greater Hobart. We have worked long and hard to secure the new high school and this will cater for our population growth and that of surrounding districts.
As well as these two already announced projects, there were many specific commitments for the Brighton region made in the lead-up to election day and all will make a significant difference for our community.
Brighton Council is most supportive of the Government’s plan to create a new local Jobs Hub in Brighton and the upgrading of the Brighton Training Centre. We are already making great strides with our own regional employment initiative and establishment of the Jobs Hub and Training Centre upgrade should generate even more employment opportunities for our community and region.
The promised $12.5 million upgrade of the Bridgewater Police Station is also welcome news. Our growing community needs improved services to enhance community health, public transport and safety and the upgraded police station is a positive step on the part of the State Government.
The Liberals other campaign promises are also very important for our community. These include a total of $500,000 for our Cris Fitzpatrick master plan and the establishment of a neighbourhood park at Herdsmans Cove Park developments. Brighton has a strong record of partnering with other tiers of government and groups to deliver improved facilities for our community and redevelopment of the Cris Fitzpatrick Park and the establishment of the neighbourhood park in Herdsmans Cove will be the latest in this line of joint initiatives.
Council will consult with the community regarding the location, planning and design of the park in Herdsmans Cove.
The Government also committed $500,000 to support the upgrading of the Hobart Gymnastics Academy Centre and $50,000 to upgrade training facilities at the Old Beach Cricket Club. Both play important roles in our community.
A grant of $25,000 was promised for Pete’s Shed as well as $200,000 to upgrade the dog pavilion and arena at Pontville Park.
Pete’s Shed is an important part of our community enabling people to get together to network, to talk about their issues and helps participants with their mental well-being. They work on projects together to build a range of magnificent items for charities and to sell to community members.
With the State Government funding, Council will now work with Jordan River Services Inc in an effort to establish a more sustainable, long-term operating model for the Shed.
The funding for the Pontville Park dog facilities will provide for pavilion works, a new awning with lighting of the dog arena and secure fencing, seating and irrigation works. The facility is a venue for multiple kennel clubs and is in use most days and evenings.
All the promised projects will make a significant difference to the lives of people in our community, and we look forward to early advice from the Government regarding timelines for their implementation.
Brighton Council has worked co-operatively with State and Federal Governments over the years to achieve much for our community and we look forward to continuing this in the future. We now stand ready to work with the re-elected Tasmanian Government to ensure that this latest round of projects is delivered in a timely manner.