Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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.