Brighton Community News August/September 2022

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Her Excellency then enjoyed a tour of Mona’s Botanical Institute and the 24 Carrot Garden headquarters by CEO of the Material Institute, Sarah Proud. Her Excellency had the opportunity to learn about their sustainability work as well as their partnerships across the municipality, such as with Landcare Tasmania, the Derwent Estuary Program and the Derwent Catchment Project.

On 13 July the Brighton municipality received a visit from Her Excellency, the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, Governor of Tasmania, alongside Emeritus Professor Don Chalmers AO. Her Excellency and Professor Chalmers were accompanied throughout the day by Mayor Leigh Gray, Mrs Prue Gray and

Acting General Manager of Brighton Council Mrs Janine Banks. The day began with a visit to the Brighton Civic Centre in Bridgewater where Mayor Gray welcomed the Governor. Mr Paul Mabb from tagari lia conducted a Welcome to Coun-

try. Café Connections hosted the morning tea while Her Excellency had the chance to meet and talk with members of community groups and services from the Civic Centre, such as Bridgewater Library, Centacare Evolve Housing, the Brighton Food Hub and the kutalayna Collective.

Guests on the day enjoyed trying a special shot of The Botanicals ‘fire tonic’ to warm everyone up on a cold winters morning. Pottery making was underway and Her Excellency was able to make her own unique mark in a special bowl to mark the occasion of her visit (image below). Next on the agenda was visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Owner Greg Irons introduced Her Excellency to a selection

of resident animal friends. The last stop was a visit to the award-winning Brighton Regional Sports Pavilion. Opened last year, this state-ofthe-art facility recently won the AFL’s Ken Gannon Community Facility Award. The day ended here with a Civic Reception and Lunch. Mayor Gray delivered an address as he presented a gift and copy of the masterplans for key developments currently being undertaken in the Brighton municipality. “We are a place and community that is planning for the future,” said the Mayor. “We have a 2050 Vision, and nothing is standing still. Our population is expected to increase by 50% over the next decade. This growth brings with it many challenges and opportunities, which our Council is planning for.”

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Run for Council


New Food Hub Opens


Brighton Community News / August/September 2022

Published by the Brighton Council. It is distributed to households and businesses throughout the municipality. Circulation: In excess of 9,000.


Managing Editor: Angela Turvey

LEIGH GRAY (Mayor) Brighton 7030 Tel: 6268 0704 / 0488 390 115

Editorial and Advertising: Steph Williams Email: Published by: Brighton Council 1 Tivoli Road, Old Beach TAS 7017

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2022 edition deadlines: October/November edition Stories and contributions: Friday 2 September Advertising material: Friday 9 September

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Brighton Council Meetings Meetings for 2022 held at Council Offices, 1 Tivoli Rd, Old Beach Ordinary Council 16 August and 20 September 2022 Planning Authority 9 August and 13 September 2022 Finance Committee 9 August and 13 September 2022 Agendas can be viewed online four days prior to the meetings at:

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If you look to the beautiful Bridgewater foreshore area you will see a row of young flowering gum trees have been planted along Eddington Street. The Material Institute, a part of MONA, has kindly contributed $20,000 towards planting trees and has worked with Brighton Council to get the trees into the ground. The first selection of street trees were planted in June this year, with more to be planted in phases over the next year. They will run from the Botanical Institute to the Bridgewater Bridge end of Eddington Street. A range of smaller

dwarf size flowering gums were selected because of their tolerance to pests and diseases, drought, and adaptability to the soils in the area. In line with Brighton Council’s Greening Strategy, Eddington Street is a key residential area for street tree planting. Kirsha Kaechele, Founder and Creative Director of Material Institute, said, “It is a pleasure to see street trees support community connections to the natural environment, encouraging more children in nature-based play, and building a more climate-resilient environment.” Mayor Leigh Gray highlighted, “We

have had such positive engagement from the community on the benefits of street trees and community feedback on the Eddington Street project has been the same. Brighton Council is proactive about working with community groups and local businesses to support tree planting projects.

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They not only benefit the community, but have long lasting effects for biodiversity and habitat corridor growth within the municipality.”

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Prime Minister visits Bridgewater to talk housing Prime Minister Albanese. “It’s also important that no one be left behind, that we have communities like this. Nothing is more important in determining people’s opportunities in life than a secure roof over their head. I know it because I’ve lived it.”

includes approximately 50 new dwellings, new road and pedestrian connections and a public park. According to the Brighton Structure Plan (BSP) the Brighton Local Government Area is one of the fastest growing

areas in Tasmania, and is expected to grow by 7000 people by 2033. Centacare Evolve Housing will use these housing projects to provide apprenticeships, with 21 apprenticeships involved in the build.

Julie Collins said she grew up in the Brighton community in public housing. “It’s terrific to be able to see firsthand what is happening here in this local community. It means a lot to be able to be back here.” In June, Bridgewater received a visit from Prime Minister Albanese along with Minister for Housing Julie Collins, Senator Carol Brown, Senator Catryna Bilyk and members from the Brighton Council to discuss future developments for housing in the Brighton area. It was the

On 1 July this year a new statewide landfill levy came into effect. All waste sent to landfill will now attract a fee of $20 per tonne. This will increase to $40 per tonne after two years, and then finally $60 per tonne after another two years. The cost of this will be passed on to households and businesses through Council rates. This strategy was developed by the Tasmanian Government to incentivise households to sort and recycle rubbish instead of sending it to landfill, to improve resource recovery and to keep resources in the productive economy. Spokesperson for Tasmania’s Regional Waste Management Groups, Sandra Ayton said, “it’s effective as an incentive for all of us to sort our waste and recycle, re-use or repair as much as possible, plus it enables reinvestment in local waste

Prime Minister’s first visit back to Tasmania after the recent Federal election. “It’s important that the dream of owning your own home not be something that’s put out of reach of younger generations, as it is at the moment,” said

A few years ago Brighton Council identified underutilised surplus land within the Brighton municipality and rezoned it to improve its value for the community. The land has been passed onto Centacare Evolve Housing free of charge on the condition that the master plan be implemented. This plan

services and infrastructure.” Minister for Environment, Roger Jaensch said money collected from the levy will be used to support business and jobs growth, as well as to fund waste-reducing equipment and services and grants for promoting alternatives to landfilling. “Modelling suggests 130 new jobs will be created in Tasmania’s recycling industry within the first few years,” Minister Jaensch said. Charities and not-for-profit businesses that receive donations of goods from the public for repurposing and recycling will be able to apply for grants to cover costs, offered by the Waste and Resource Recovery Board. Brighton Council’s FOGO is reducing waste to landfill and keeping costs down for residents.

Thinking about running for council but don’t know where to start? The Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) has published a 28page handbook detailing helpful election info such as how to complete a nomination form, how to get nominated, rules for advertising and how to avoid electoral offences. You must submit your candidate statement and photo by 12pm Monday 19 September, with polling open from 3 - 25 October. Anyone can put in a nomination as a councillor, as long as you reside primarily in Tasmania

and are an elector in your municipal area. You must not be employed by the council in that municipality, have been previously removed from the council, be undergoing a term of imprisonment, or have been sentenced for a crime for which the sentence has not been executed. Hard copies of the handbook are available from the TEC office in Moonah or by ringing the TEC on 1800 801 701 to have one posted to you. Alternatively, you can find a digital copy of the handbook by visiting the TEC website at www.

Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 have made voting in local government elections now compulsory for all electors on the State roll. Elections are conducted by postal ballot to fill councillor, mayor and deputy mayor positions for all 29 local councils statewide. Under the changes, ballots have been simplified and electors are now only required to number a minimum of boxes 1-5 (unless fewer than five are to be elected). The voting period opens on Monday 3 October and will close at 2pm on Tuesday 25 October. Electoral rolls close on Thursday 8 September - it’s a good idea to check your details are correct if you have recently moved or you are registering to vote for the first time. For more information visit the TEC website at ADVERTISEMENT

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The Year Ahead for Brighton Council Brighton Council is fully funding our depreciation of assets, replacing 1.2 km of footpath with a focus on major pedestrian routes including Green Point Road in Bridgewater and Lamprill Circle in Herdsmans Cove, 1.3 kilometres of road reconstructions, including Baskerville Road and Albion Road. Major projects being undertaken this year will include:

As a Council we have now approved the Budget for 2022-23 and once again we have a busy year ahead of us. As we have done for so many years, our rates increases have been kept to a minimum despite the broader escalation of costs our nation is experiencing. On average our residential rates will increase by $50 in total, less than $1 per week. Despite this we have been able to deliver a budget that will continue to see many projects undertaken to meet the needs of our growing population and maintain our assets.

The Brighton Regional Sports Pavilion was recently announced as the State and Territory winner for Tasmania as part of the AFL’s annual Ken Gannon Community Football Facilities Awards. The Ken Gannon Awards recognise best practice in community football facility development across Australia, as well as the people, clubs and stakeholders driving the best projects. The Brighton Regional Sports Pavilion was a $6,480,000 investment jointly funded project between the Department of Infrastructure (Community Development) and Brighton Council and was opened in June 2021. The new, twostorey building includes a gym, club rooms, meeting

Cris Fitzpatrick Park, Gagebrook. Upgrade works are now in the design phase. Both Mona and Centacare Evolve Housing will play significant roles in this project made possible through the Tasmanian Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Grants Program and the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. The project will see a new playground constructed in the park as well as significant upgrades to the connecting pathways between Bridgewater and Gagebrook. Swan Park, Herdsmans Cove. Initial community consultation has been undertaken to understand what the community would like to see in Swan Park

and the project is with consultants to prepare a design that we can share with the local neighbourhood for feedback before commencing construction. Master planning of Bridgewater Foreshore. This year will see the engagement of a consultant to develop and complete a comprehensive Master Plan for the Bridgewater Foreshore taking into consideration the construction of the new Bridgewater Bridge. Ted Jeffries Memorial Park Masterplan, Brighton. The first stage of works will commence to establish a quality recreation and sporting precinct across Ted Jeffries Memorial Park, in keeping with Council’s commitment to plan for and provide infrastructure to support our rapidly growing community. This includes construction of car parks and bus stops to make our community safer, together with soccer grounds, clubrooms, change rooms and a long awaited dog park. Elderslie Road, Brighton. With the Brighton High School works soon to kick off, Council have been busy coordinating

with the Department of Education on plans for the area. Council will take an active role in construction of the street infrastructure, including a roundabout at the Elderslie Road, Brighton Road intersection, pedestrian refuges, footpaths and bus stops.

targeted works in those areas that will be most exposed in the future.

Lighting for Fergusson Oval, Pontville. New lighting will be installed over Fergusson Oval at Pontville. This will allow clubs to safely train throughout the winter months and take full advantage of the newly constructed clubroom facilities.

We are pushing hard to have the River Derwent ferry service extended to Bridgewater and beyond to assist with our community transport challenges and accessibility issues.

Roll out of Rural Living Pathways. Council has allocated $50K per annum over the next 10 years to further connect our municipality. This is in line with Council’s strategic aim to improve the health and wellbeing of our community, increasing access to recreation and connectedness across the municipality. Addressing flooding risk with mitigation measures. The impacts of climate change are already being seen. Council is taking a proactive stance in reducing the flood risk across our municipality by conducting

Not least amongst all of these activities, Council has committed to achieve a climate action target of net zero emissions by 2040.

We have the new Bridgewater Bridge commencing construction, the largest transport infrastructure project in Tasmania’s history, opening up transport and employment opportunities for our residents. Our budget is one that reflects we are a place and community that is planning for the future, we have a 2050 Vision, and nothing is standing still. It will certainly be an exciting and dynamic year ahead for our region.

Brighton Mayor Leigh Gray

rooms, male and female change rooms, function space, dining areas and commercial kitchen. The facility supports the growth of female participation in sport and the growth of the Brighton community. It will also help ensure the community has the opportunity to participate in and enjoy healthy sport and recreation, as well as valuable amenities to the broader community. The awards are funded by the AFL’s Australian Football Facilities Fund which partners on $50M worth of community football facility projects benefitting more than 100 clubs each and every year.


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Based in Bridgewater, tagari lia is an Aboriginal child and family centre which aims to improve the health, well-being and education of Tasmanian children aged 0-5. For over a year, Zayden Dare-Rainey has been a Family Safety Officer at the centre, engaging with Aboriginal children and families. They provide culturally appropriate support, mentorship, advocacy, and promote family safety and address family violence and its impact on Aboriginal children.

other seven in Bridgewater. As a child, I remember spending a lot of time out in the cul-de-sac with the local kids, no technology or phones around, just kids and imagination terrorising the neighbours! I now live in Brighton which is far enough away, but still close enough to home. In my spare time I enjoy travelling interstate with my young brothers visiting local waterfalls and sites, enjoying being in country. One of my favourite movies is Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me (1986).

Tell us a bit about yourself? I grew up in Gagebrook for seven years and then spent an-

What makes tagari lia unique? The community. They all play a part in supporting and

empowering each other just like a big family. What kind of programs does tagari lia provide? There are many programs and services such as Drop in & Play, paediatrician, ParentsNext, speech therapist, parenting courses, D&A counsellor, CHAPS, Aboriginal education, social worker, physiotherapy, food relief, family lawyer, arts and craft, and Rock & Rhyme. What does tagari lia mean? Family! What kind of work have you done over the years? Since

New Brighton Food Hub To Open Fortnightly The Brighton Food Hub Initiative is a community service that aims to provide affordable and nutritious food, without the need to show a concession card. Tasmanian Labor Leader, Rebecca White, visited the volunteers behind the Brighton Food Hub Initiative recently to discuss the rising cost of living and what could be done to support those struggling with increasing food prices. “The rising cost of food is mak-

ing it unaffordable for many households to keep their families fed,” Ms White said. “I regularly hear how people are forced to choose between heating and eating and it’s only getting worse. Initiatives like the Brighton Food Hub will offer low cost grocery items each fortnight for members of the community who need some help to manage the rising cost of living. Access to affordable food is becoming increasingly difficult and more people are visiting Jordan River Services Bridgewater and

Gagebrook Community Houses to have a weekly hot meal or to access bread and other staples.” In addition to these food relief services, the Brighton Food Hub will offer affordable food to community members once it starts operating in August from the Brighton Civic Centre. The Hub plans to operate each Thursday fortnight between 11am and 2pm, with a branch out service for working people unable to attend during the day.


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the age of 14 I’ve worked in a range of different sectors. I started my career in retail and fast food while still attending high school. Toward the end of graduation I was successful in obtaining an Indigenous school-based apprenticeship offering employment with the Commonwealth Bank. That opportunity lead into other sectors such as Business and Administration with local Registered Training Organisations, the public sector with Medicare. I began my career in family and children support with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre as a youth mentor/worker.


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“We originally thought we could only have two children of our own,” said Kate. “We knew we had the capacity to love and care for more children than this, so we started investigating foster care. We were then blessed with two more of our own children unexpectedly. Although it seemed our house was full, we knew that foster care was still something we were both passionate about. We completed the training and the process of registering as carers, and started the journey providing respite care on weekends and in holiday periods.” Kate and Matt live in Mangalore in the Brighton municipality and have been foster carers for the past twelve years. Here is their story.

Since then, Kate and Matt have cared for twenty children, including two long-term placements. They are currently fostering one child. According to Kate the biggest challenge is

time. “My husband and I work full-time so the biggest challenge is squeezing in the many appointments foster children need to attend. The rise of the Zoom call has helped this a lot. Many of the professionals are happy to video conference with me if talking to the child is not necessary. We have also arranged for a number of the appointments to happen for our child at school which is handy.” Kate says that the best thing about being a foster carer is “seeing your foster child improve in an area they have previously struggled. That, and the moments when it hits you that you love this child as much as your own.”

“Make sure you are not going into foster care to fill a hole in your own life. Caring can be a rollercoaster of emotions and is likely to shine a spotlight on any of your personal weaknesses. Children and young people in care have been placed in this environment because they have suffered. They should not be given an additional burden of being any type of therapy for you,” Kate said. “The other piece of advice would be to read up as much as you can on trauma. Once we understood trauma-informed practice, our caring journey became much easier. It isn’t as simple as just providing boundaries and routines.”

She does have some words of caution for people considering taking on foster children.

Kate believes foster carers are critical. “So many of Tasmania’s children need support in this

way. We call ourselves their ‘growing up parents’. Their own parents still love them and want to maintain a relationship with them, but for whatever reason, are not able to help them to grow up. That’s our job.” For people who do decide to become ‘growing up parents’, one key thing to remember is to practice good self-care. “We try hard to get away for a weekend or go on date nights regularly to ensure that we are OK as individuals and as a couple. If we fall down, so does everything else.” For more information about foster care and how you can help change the life of a child in the Brighton community, please call Kylie on 0472 869 969 or visit foster-care.

Study to consider impacts of climate change coastal hazards on Derwent River foreshore By Alison Johnson, Climate Resilience Officer, Brighton Council Brighton Council recently endorsed the Brighton Council Derwent River Foreshore Coastal Hazards Project. The project aims to provide high quality information on coastal erosion and inundation risks along the foreshore area, as well as outline pathways to prepare for current and future climate changes. As a successful recipient of $55,000 from the Australian Government, Preparing Australian Local Communities Program, Brighton Council will match support for the project to provide information that assists the community and the range of stakeholders who own or manage land in the area to manage the risks of climate change. “It is important to be on the front foot with any future threat. Climate change presents a range of challenges, including

coastal erosion and inundation from sea level rise and flooding events,” Mayor Leigh Gray said. “By providing up to date and localised information we can outline appropriate action by private landowners, local government, State Government, and infrastructure providers. Many asset owners all along the foreshore area, and particularly in the Old Beach and Sunrise Avenue areas, are already experiencing flooding events in their backyards. We cannot bury our heads in the sand.”

Making report, available on the Brighton Council website. Councillor Peter Geard, as the local State Emergency Service representative said, “Support for the project is out of concern for the health and wellbeing of the community. We mainly get to see the worst-case scenarios of our community losing high value items in tragic circumstances. Anything we can do to reduce the scale and severity of disaster impacts with our local community is a positive step forward.”

Local climate change impact modelling suggests inundation along the coastal frontage will continue to increase due to sea level rise and the current 100year coastal inundation events may become five-year events by 2090, if the world continues to follow the business-as-usual high emissions scenario. Brighton Municipality climate change impacts information is available down to a 10 km2 radius via the Climate Change Information for Decision

The Project is due to run from late 2022 through to the end of 2023 and will provide several reports on coastal hazards maps, climate change risks, community values and mitigation options. Visit www. for further information.


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New park to be developed in Herdsmans Cove Brighton Council has so far directly engaged with over 60 local residents through door knocking, phone calls and the barbecue to seek community feedback on how they would like to use the park. The key themes that have come through, throughout the consultation process include: • By Brittany Szlezak, Community Development officer, Brighton Council. On Friday 10 June, Brighton Council in collaboration with Jordan River ServicesGagebrook Community House hosted a community barbecue to discuss the Swan Park development in Herdsmans Cove. Despite the cold weather, there was a small but dedicated turn out of local residents who shared their thoughts on

The results of community feedback regarding rezoning in Old Beach have been published to the Brighton Council website, after the Council and ERA Planning & Environment Consultants (ERA) conducted a survey of two precincts in rural Old Beach living areas to determine whether it could accommodate further residential development. According to the Brighton Structure Plan (BSP), by 2033 the Brighton Local Government Area is expected to have grown by over 7000 people. With the population of Old Beach and its surrounding areas growing at an average rate of 3.5% per year, the prediction is that housing for an approximately 3000 additional residents will be needed over the next 11 years. To help accommodate this growth, the Brighton Council is looking at two precincts in Old Beach to investigate their suitability for rezoning. Precinct A is land surrounding Old Beach Road, south of Clarries Creek, and Precinct B is land surrounding Compton Road. The Old Beach Zoning Review project sought to

what the park could include. The State Government committed $250,000 to the development of a neighbourhood park in Herdsmans Cove. The site that has been selected is the prominent ‘Swan Park’ on the corner of Lamprill Circle and Calvert Crescent. The community of Herdsmans Cove has been advocating for a park for some years, after one was removed back in the 1980s.

engage with the community to determine current residents’ attitudes towards change, identify characteristics and amenities in the area that should be retained and/or developed, and identify concerns regarding future development. The survey received an impressive response rate with 72 responses recorded from 104 properties in the study area. The results showed that roughly half (48%) of respondents were open to change, and over 80% stated privacy and serenity as the most desirable characteristics of their community areas. The most common concerns expressed by respondents were increased traffic, loss of privacy, and a fear of high-density housing. Roughly half of respondents said they would like to see a ferry to the city and more safe transport options. If you have any questions about the project or the engagement process, you can contact Brian White on 6268 7070. To take a look at the full results of the survey, visit www.brighton. have-your-say.

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A safe space for families to come and play A space that is robust enough to deter vandalism A space that incorporates the natural environment.

The next phase of the community consultation is to take some draft designs to the Student Representative Councils at Gagebrook and Herdsmans Cove Primary Schools for their input. Council hopes to break ground on this project by late 2022.

FOGO truck makes a visit to schools In June ABC News reported on a FOGO truck making a special visit to students at the East Derwent Primary School to celebrate student’s efforts of diverting unwanted food scraps away from regular rubbish bins into FOGO caddies. Passionate students of the school’s dedicated ‘Environment Club’ were interviewed as part of the report, and it was found that some students were even putting peer pressure on others not to litter! Some lucky students got an official tour of the truck and saw the cameras used for road safety and to capture pictures of FOGO contamination. The truck also made a visit to St Paul’s Catholic School and Gagebrook Primary.

Brighton Council runs a schools Waste Wise program, teaching students all about becoming sustainability champions and the benefits of the FOGO service diverting organic waste from landfill. FOGO collects all types of organic waste, whether it be food scraps, lawn clippings, twigs, leaves, or soil, and is taken to a composting facility outside of Hobart where it is transformed into high quality compost. Green waste may not sound hazardous, but when it ends up in regular garbage bins instead of compost it can turn landfill sites into greenhouse gas hotspots. The Brighton Council introduced a FOGO service late last year and is free for schools.

Workplace Computing – A free TasTAFE course Technology changes quickly. If you need to update your computing skills, this is a great place to start! The Workplace Computing course at Bridgewater Library will take you through using a computer and other digital devices. You’ll learn about the common software used in workplaces to create written

documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The course runs 29 August to 11 November. Students need to allow 12 hours per week of study time to complete the course. For more information contact the library or visit tastafewc.

One of our senior girls, Rose Smith, has been preparing for the Australian Judo Championships, which were held on the Gold Coast during the long weekend in June. Rose represented our club and state proudly with some great fighting and won a bronze medal in the senior girls division. Rose has trained extremely hard with four sessions a week, three in our club and another with coach Michael Griffiths at the Hobart University Dojo. She also competed in all the club and state competitions, winning silver at the Devonport Open and silver at the Tasmanian titles. She also attended the Melbourne International Judo Open in March where she won gold. Two coaches from our club also attended the National Titles Wendy Masters in the role of manager and Theresa Smith as Tasmanian referee chairperson and mum of Rose. Over 30 competitors from Tasmania competed at the championships with a good medal result. By Wendy Masters, Head Judo Coach Bridgewater PCYC Judo Club has had a productive year so far with club members and coaches all busy with training and competitions. Our juniors are coming along well and some are now preparing to enter their first competition. They have also had their

grading which moved them to the next level of belts, and our older students are also training hard and have graded up a level. Bridgewater PCYC Judo Club will hold their annual Open Competition on 11 September beginning at 10am at the Bridgewater PCYC and is open to the public with a gold coin donation.

We thank our senior coaches Wendy Masters and Theresa Smith along with Tim Masters and Brendan Wagg for their coaching which is all volunteered, and our members and family for their ongoing support and fundraising which helps us get our members and coaches to the competitions.

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Salamanca Arts Centre hosts Winter Light, a diverse program of cabaret, world music, theatre, jazz and art installations, including free events. On until 21 August, full program at au/winter-light.


Applications close today for this year’s Agfest Artwear competition. Garments are to be made from recycled farmyard junk, with the winner taking home a $100 cash prize and merchandise.


The Veteran’s Memorial Centre in Bridgewater is holding their Annual General Meeting at 1pm today. All interested parties are welcome to attend but only financial members can vote.


Tea Tree Community Association holds a fun day of Social Pickleball and a Community Light Luncheon, first Thursday of each month. Pickleball 10am-12pm, $5 per player, lunch 12pm2pm, $10 per person.


The 2022 Winter Film Fest continues as Bridgewater Library screens Camino Skies, an inspirational documentary about everyday people doing the extraordinary. 11:30am start, snacks provided.

Euchre Card Night is held at the Tea Tree Community Hall at 7pm on the second Friday of each month. $5 per person, BYO nibbles and drinks.

The first time Mary Wood tried knitting, she was twelve years old and her sister had asked her to knit a complicated jumper. Unfortunately Mary found the pattern too difficult and much to her sister’s disappointment, ended up making a completely different jumper instead! However, something about weaving the wool with her knitting needles Mary found extremely soothing and enjoyable, and thus a life-long passion began. Now 82, Mary’s love for knitting has spanned seven decades, and she has recently retired from the Bridgewater Community Knitting Group after being a founding member for 15 years. It was her friend Robyn Bishop who pitched her the idea. A social worker at the time, Robyn wanted a place where people could come to relax, knit, talk, and have a cuppa. Robyn had seen some of Mary’s work before and asked her if she would like to teach some of the ladies how to knit. Mary was thrilled as this

The Brighton Community Food Hub is on today at the Brighton Civic Centre, 11am. $20 gets you a food hamper box valued at between $45$75, plus extra food items such as bread, fruit, and vegetables.


Step into Oatlands’ history to celebrate heritage and handmade at the Heritage and Bullock Festival. Enjoy a street parade, sheep and cattle auction, vintage machinery, blacksmiths, fly fishing, music, food and more. 10am-4pm, free entry.

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program is held every Friday, 9am-10.30am at St Paul’s Catholic School’s Early Learning Centre. Children explore literacy, numeracy, and motor skills to positively transition from home to kindy. The Brighton Alive Network meet today (third Tuesday of each month) at 10am at the Brighton Civic Centre. All community groups and members welcome.

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Head to Agfest this week for heritage displays, the MAST boat show, sheep dog trials, equine and livestock expo, dairy expo, and the Ag Artwear competition. Held from August 24-27, in Carrick.

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latest Antarctic and marine research at the Australian Antarctic Festival. Enjoy exhibitions, displays and Antarctic-related comedy and quiz nights. Held from August 24-28.



Get clapping as Bridgewater Library hosts Rock & Rhyme, a lap-sit season for parents, carers and their babies. Ideal for babies up to 2 years of age. Held every Wednesday from 10-10:30am.

was something that she had wanted to do for a long time. “At the time my sister-in-law had passed away and she was a great knitter,” said Mary. “She had heaps and heaps of wool she had stashed. Every time wool was on special, she’d buy some.” Her family had no idea what to do with all the wool, so they gave it to Mary who then donated it to the knitting group. The knitting group was established on 1 May, 2007 and has been running ever since. “We were a little light on people at first, but after a while the group just grew and grew.” The group has knitted for charities such as Operation Christmas Child where they donated boxes of beanies, as well as for St Vincent De Paul, The Salvation Army, and City Mission. “We had one lady who was knitting for neonatal babies. All the stuff that she knitted went up to the neonatal ward at the Royal.” The group even knitted blankets for the dogs

Join Café Connections as they host their monthly popup cafe at the Brighton Civic Centre, every fourth Tuesday of the month. Free sandwiches and slices from Moe’s Restaurant and free hot drinks from Bean2Brew. 10am-12pm.

Library Winter Film Fest finishes off with Backyard Ashes, an Aussie comedy about a backyard cricket match between two antagonistic neighbours. 1:30pm, snacks provided.

items, bric-a-brac, plants, jewellery, arts and crafts, and local produce at the Brighton Market, held at Pontville Community Hall, 10am-2pm on the first Sunday of each month.

sociation’s Brighton Branch meets at Pontville Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:00am. New members very welcome.

hosts their “Happy Hour” on the last Friday of each month from 6pm onwards. Bar facilities and food from Tassie Rustic Meals available.

home and the cat centre. “If something was not quite right with our blankets, we sent them to the cats home because the cats don’t mind!” Recently, Mary retired from her group due to the risk of Covid as well as to be able to pursue other hobbies. “The thing is with Covid, nearly everybody left and found other things to do. I want to try and start weaving

Shark Cage Program, an 8-week support and information group for women who have experienced family violence or sexual abuse. Register your interest by calling 6244 1144 to speak with Lee-Anne or Val.

again hosts the 3C’s - Coffee, Cake, and Computers, held every Thursday from 2pm4pm.




COMING UP: 5-6 November One of the oldest local shows in Tasmania, the Brighton Show celebrates country heritage, agriculture and music. Enjoy a bullock display, animal nursery,

livestock expos, and facepainting for kids. Held from 5-6 November at the Pontville Recreation Grounds. Get along to this fun day out for everyone.

but I need some help with that. I hope the knitting group keeps going and that they still love it as I did. I wouldn’t like to see it closed because it’s such a great form of relaxation. It was my favourite group to go to.”

me to knit and that opened up a whole new world for me!’ I felt so proud.” One of the ladies in the Community Knitting Group has now taken over Mary’s role of teaching others how to knit and crochet.

“I recently came across one of the ladies who had come to my knitting group for a long time, and she said, ‘Mary, you taught

The Knitting Group meet at the Community Health Centre in Bridgewater every Tuesday from 12pm-2pm.

Peter Geard I appreciate the support from the community who re-elected me last time. If re-elected, I am committed to continue to work hard and be honest and accessible to keep Brighton a highly regarded and successful council. As chairperson of Parks & Recreation, Senior Citizen Management, Pontville User Group, Hobart Fire Management Area Committee, Brighton Municipal Emergency Coordinator. In my role as Chairperson of Parks & Recreation we have achieved numerous upgrades and extensions to walkways, cycle paths and playgrounds within the community. It was exciting to be involved in the initial development of the Brighton Regional Sporting Complex at Pontville and to now see the building in fruition and operational. We have upgraded our road networks, completed beautification of our towns, and supported community groups. I will continue to fight to keep our "fair rates system" and support any better outcomes for Brighton.

Please consider me at the forthcoming election for Councillor. Authorised by P J Geard, 269 Elderslie Rd, Brighton, 7030. Ph: 0418515649.


Brighton Community News / August/September 2022

Winterfest 2022 fires up On Friday 1 July, the kutalayna community celebrated Winterfest. The kutalayna Collective and Material Institute’s 24 Carrot Garden project collaborated to present the event, which last year won Community Event of the Year. There was a communal hangi feast for everyone to enjoy, as well as musicians, Aboriginal dancing and kids activities. Thanks to everyone who came along.

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This recipe is very easy to make and only has four ingredients. You can whip them up before a friend pops in for a cuppa, or drizzle with melted chocolate to create a decadent treat. You can use hazelnut or almond meal - stock up when they’re a half price special at the supermarket. They are also gluten free.

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Brighton Community News / August/September 2022

By Brian Mitchell, MP

The latest group are ready to graduate from a leadership program that’s empowering community members and bringing innovative projects to life in the Brighton area. The most recent group of participants in the Inspiring Future Leaders Program is getting ready to pitch their community project ideas and graduate from the 8-week course. Inspiring Future Leaders is a capacity building leadership program run by Centacare Evolve Housing in the Brighton and Derwent Valley municipality. The program supports local community members to gain skills and confidence in planning and delivering their very own projects in their local area. The program provides one-onone support from the Inspiring Future Leaders coach and interactive workshops with industry professionals. At the end of the course, participants have the opportunity to develop project ideas and pitch them for the chance to gain further guidance and financial support to turn their idea into a reality. Already, previous participants have created some amazing projects in their communities including youth forums, art walkways, the development of social connection groups, food hubs, and the first adult health and fitness class of its kind held

in the Brighton area. “Our program is unique because it provides personalised coaching for community members to gain the skills to make change in their community,” says Inspiring Future Leaders Coach, Elise Parker, “participants get to come up with an idea or a problem that they would like to solve and we give them the tools for a positive outcome at the end”. Past participants note that the opportunities provided by Inspiring Future Leaders go well beyond the project, but into daily life as well. “I entered the program because I have always had a strong interest in community. I recommend the program to other people, it’s a great confidence builder and you take so much from it and lots of skills as well,” said a graduate.

The federal election is over and a Labor government led by Anthony Albanese as Prime Minister has been elected. We know this is only the start of the journey: there’s a lot of work to be done to ensure that Tasmanians can share in a better future for Australia. I am delighted and humbled to have been re-elected as your local Federal Member for Lyons. It is a privilege I have never, and will never, take for granted. Australia is heading into turbulent waters on a number of fronts, especially the economy and internationally. The Albanese Labor government will seek to get the balance right, to ensure the national accounts are put into good order while ensuring people are not left behind. During the election campaign I was able to secure a number of commitments in the event of Labor’s election to government, and I look forward to

The current Inspiring Future Leaders participants graduated in early July and look forward to a celebration at which they will find out who will receive seed funding to bring their project to life in community. The next round of Inspiring Future Leaders will start in September with expressions of interest open now. Visit Centacare Evolve Housing’s Facebook page or to learn more.

We’re helping to prevent bushfires around the state With bushfire season approaching, TasNetworks and our authorised contractors will be entering properties across Tasmania over the coming weeks, to clear trees growing too close to TasNetworksowned powerlines. If you see trees growing too close to powerlines, please report them to TasNetworks by visiting or by calling 1300 137 008.

working with local councils, including Brighton, to deliver on them over this term. The commitments I secured for Lyons followed extensive consultation with stakeholders, including community and sporting groups and local councils. Here in the Brighton municipality, I look forward to delivering on the $2.3 million commitment towards developing the Ted Jeffries Memorial Park in Seymour Street, and $1.5 towards a Brighton health hub, which will significantly improve access to health care locally. Other Labor commitments that will benefit people in the Brighton and surrounds include cheaper childcare, cheaper medicines, lower power prices and a plan to lift wages. And of course, Labor plans to make more things in Australia and we will finally end the climate wars. A huge issue is the lack of affordable housing across Tasmania so having my

friend and colleague, Tasmanian federal Labor MP Julie Collins, as the new Housing and Homelessness Minister in the Albanese Cabinet is terrific news. Julie will put her heart and soul into it. In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to resuming my regular interactions with the community across Brighton and conducting Mobile Member offices across the municipality. I would like to thank the many people across Brighton who have reached out to me over the past month, expressing their support and best wishes. It’s been wonderful to hear from you. Never forget – I am YOUR local federal member, and I am always available to hear what you have to say, and to ensure your concerns are heard by the new Albanese Labor Government. Best wishes and thank you again for putting your trust in me.

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Brighton Community News / August/September 2022

While libraries are full of books, there are many other services they offer to the community. Gone are the days when you could only grab a book or two to take home. The Bridgewater Library offers such an array of services - with most of them offered free of charge.

With rising power cost here are some tips for saving money on your energy bills and beating the winter chills

The World Health Organisation recommends keeping living areas to 18C and bedrooms to 17C.

Avoid waste where you can – switch off lights and heat pumps, more energy (and $$) is consumed if you leave on heating when it’s not needed rather than switching it on or off. You can usually put timers on most heaters.

Regularly clean the wet and mould off windows to reduce dampness, make it easier to heat and keep curtains from growing mould, which is one cause of asthma particularly in the vulnerable young or elderly.

It’s easier to heat smaller spaces – close off sections of the house not in use or not needed to be heated (toilets for example). Keep warm for longer by preventing the heat escaping through cracks in doors and windows or fireplaces, or with cracks in timber floors by putting down temporary carpet or rugs. Note with gas cooking or heating there must be external ventilation through vents as breathing in these fumes is dangerous. Use the power of the sun to warm and dry things out – drying the washing outside will save the heater having to work harder to dry out all that extra moisture.

Open the windows on a fine day is a no cost way to air and dry out inside moisture. Thick curtains or blankets across windows is a low-cost way to stop heat loss. Shorter showers or switching to low flow showerheads saves on energy needed to heat hot water. Switching light globes to LED generally more than halves electricity costs for lighting. For further tips on how to save money on your bills, Brighton Council has a free-to-loan Home Energy Audit Kit available for use by dropping in person to the Council offices or calling to book on 6268 7000.

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You can tap into the free wifi and use computers and scanners. You can also do photocopying and printing for a small fee, 20c per A4 black and white page or $2.25 per A4 full colour page. Staff are more than happy to help you with any of these services. The library is a place to stay safe and warm in winter (and cool on a hot summer’s day), as well as a space you can bring the kids to while away a few hours. If you have study to do, it’s perfect. You can pop into a meeting room if they are available, and have your kids in there with you if you need to study with them around (but keep them contained!). There are private rooms where you can conduct an interview or a video call. Rooms range from small to large and you can book with the library staff in person or over the phone. For general help with reading, writing, and maths you can speak to Sharon via phone on (03) 6165 5447 or 0409 502 748 or ask when you visit next.

You’re not limited to just the books you can see on the shelves. Libraries Tasmania have a floating collection, which means you can order any book from any library in Tasmania to be delivered to the Bridgewater Library. Bridgewater Library also offer a home library service for people who are homebound - such as those living with a disability or illness. You can call the library to arrange this. Would you like to gain computer skills in a group setting while having a cuppa and some cake? Coffee, Cake and Computers, or the 3 C’s as it’s affectionately called, is a free program run at the Bridgewater Library, just ask staff when the next session is on. You

can join a digital support session each week, where you can get help with tasks such as filling out forms online, setting up accounts such as MyGov, using FaceTime or Zoom, downloading apps, and any other online activities you may be struggling with. Drop in sessions are held on Monday 2pm - 4pm, Tuesday 10am - 12pm and Friday from 2pm -4pm. Kids will love the dedicated kids area with structured activities such as Rock & Rhyme on Wednesdays from 10am - 10:30am and Play & Learn on Wednesdays from 10am - 11am. Head to locations/Pages/Bridgewater.axpx for more information or call 6165 5446.


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Brighton Community News / August/September 2022

As part of the Brighton Council’s commitment to tackle climate change, General Manager James Dryburgh recently presented at the 2022 LGAT Climate Change Conference, detailing the Council’s climate change action plan. Over the last 10 years the Council has undertaken 15 greenhouse gas emission reduction measures, focusing on energy efficiency improvements in heating and lighting, renewable energy such as solar generation installations, and organic waste management strategies. These measures have saved an estimated $1.7M dollars from an initial investment of $720,000. Three council owned solar systems have generated 375,000 units of electricity, and as of 2021, 1,740 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are being avoided each year. Since the introduction of FOGO

waste services to the Brighton municipality in 2021, an estimated 1000 tonnes of organic waste have been diverted away from landfill, and now saving 1560 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Buildings, parks, and sporting grounds have had solar panels installed, their lights upgraded to LED’s, and heating switched to more energy efficient options. Over 1000 street lights have been switched to LEDs, reducing electricity use and saving over $100,000 a year. In 2021/22 the Council received a $150,000 grant to upgrade and repair overland stormwater pathways, redirecting them away from homes and reducing flood risk, and a $55,000 grant to identify risks, quantify mitigation costs and engage with the community for the Brighton Derwent River Foreshore Coastal Hazards Project.

in Tasmania employ? We employ 25 people, all located at our Bridgewater plant.

For 15 years Porta Timber in Bridgewater has provided high quality timber for their downstream processes in their factory in Victoria. 90% of employees at the Bridgewater plant reside in the Brighton municipality, and their new Operations Manager, James Calvert, is looking to grow the workforce by another 15-20%. Describe your role at Porta Timber? I’m the new Tasmanian Operations Manager, managing the Bridgwater sawmill, industry and government relationships, and working with Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) to source

Litter traps to help clean stormwater drains You may have seen litter and debris collecting in stormwater drains after a heavy rain, but did you know that demountable litter traps (DLTs) can be installed to collect the debris? Litter and floating plastics tend to end up in sheltered beaches and bays from stormwater pipes and pose a hazard to human health, marine life and other wildlife. To help combat this, a small selection of stormwater outfall pipes in the Brighton municipality have had DLTs installed to help prevent pollution from

escaping into the environment. Initial inspections of these DLTs have shown a large number of bottles and cans being caught. CSIRO researchers are working with Brighton Council staff to continue monitoring and record how much and what type of litter is being caught in the traps. This will also help determine whether enough bottles and cans can be caught in the traps to fund the economic value of the DLTs once the Container Refund Scheme (CRS) comes into effect in 2023.

Tell me about what Porta does for sustainability? Porta only sources accredited, sustainable timber from government and private managed regrowth timber coups. Our Bridgewater operations have installed one of Tasmania’s largest private solar powered energy systems, with over 1,000 solar panels. All timber waste products are converted to wood chips and sold for downstream paper manufacturing

certified sustainable timer. What makes Porta unique? Porta is a vertical integrated company which sources Tasmania’s highest quality timber, processing Tas Oak logs through to manufacturing high-end moulding and decorative contours. What are some Tassie businesses Porta supplies timber to? You will find Porta products through Bunnings national stores, along with other specialty wholesale merchants. How many people does Porta

Where does Porta source its timber from in Tas? We source our timber through STT, which have multiple sites around the state. As Porta sources the highest possible grade of timber, we try to source from the highest yielding coups, which are mostly in the Huon Valley. Which community programs does Porta donate materials to? Throughout our journey, Porta has donated timber to many organisations including the Men’s Shed and veterans groups.


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