Bright future for Brighton's new community centre

Media Release

JM087/2018

23 April 2018

Joint release with:

Tony Foster

Mayor of Brighton Council

Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

  • Brighton Bowls Club has been converted into a community centre
  • The new centre will address lack of community meeting places
  • The Coalition Government invested $400,000 in the project

The successful conversion of the Brighton Bowls Club has created a valuable new community space for locals in the Tasmanian town to meet, socialise and host events.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said regional towns like Brighton have often suffered from a lack of suitable public meeting spaces.

“This conversion has provided a fully-serviced community centre capable of hosting the kinds of projects and events which bring people together and create a real sense of identity,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This project is part of a series of investments the Coalition Government is making in Brighton, with the successful reconstruction of Brighton main street opening four months ago.”

Senator Jonathon Duniam said the conversion included the construction of a multi-purpose function room, a commercial kitchen and two administrative offices.

“A great community centre needs a place where people can celebrate and feel comfortable, so we've also upgraded the existing bar and function room,” Senator Duniam said.

“This project also created nine jobs during construction, showing how investing in Tasmanian towns not only supports the community but creates economic opportunities as well.”

Mayor of Brighton Council, Tony Foster, said the new club rooms would allow the club to expand and increase membership, open for longer hours and increase the opportunities for community use by providing a family friendly function centre for the region.

“The facility will provide social and health benefits to the more senior members of the community which are not provided for elsewhere in the region,” Cr Foster said.

“The new centre is now well placed to provide for our growing municipality, allowing it to host events in all kinds of weather, as well as in the evening."

The Coalition Government invested $400,000 in the project, Brighton Council $400,000 and the Brighton Bowls and Community Club $35,000.