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Dispersive Soils

Dispersive soils separate into particles when exposed to fresh water. They can be difficult to manage and are an important consideration in land use. Activities such as overgrazing, removal of top soil or excavation in dispersive soils areas can lead to dramatic erosion. The map below details areas of the Brighton Municipality where dispersive soils have been identified.

East Baskerville Land Capability Map

Information on the management of dispersive soils can be found at the DPIPWE website through the following link.

https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/agriculture/land-management-and-soils/soil-management/soil-publications/dispersive-soils-and-their-management-technical-reference-manual

A comprehensive list of invasive weed species in Tasmania can be found at the DPIPWE website:

https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/weeds

WeedPlan – Tasmania’s weed management strategy

https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/weeds/weed-legislation-and-management-plans/weedplan-2nd-edition-2005

Climate change is already having significant consequences on Australian ecosystems, Australian’s health, property, infrastructure, as well as industries like agriculture and tourism.

Due to a lack of leadership at the Federal level, it is even more vital that Local Government strive to mitigate and adapt in this field. Brighton Council is committed to reducing its emissions and energy use, adapting to the impacts of climate change, and to working with its community to increase awareness and assist in transitioning to a low carbon lifestyle.

Over the past 3 years, Brighton Council has:

  • Undertaken an Energy Audit of Council Chambers
  • Installed 50kw solar on Council Chambers
  • Installed 30kw solar on Council Depot
  • Endorsed the Greening Brighton Strategy 2016-2121 (file link required)
    • Secured an annual budget for more street trees
    • Planted extensively in:
      • Gage Road
      • Entrances to Herdmans Cove
      • East Derwent Highway
      • Hurst Street
      • Bridgewater Industrial Hub
      • Riviera Drive
    • Became a member of the nation-wide 202020 Vision to see 20% more green space in urban areas by 2020
  • Ongoing participation in the Derwent Estuary Program
    • Science-sharing partnership between state and local government and industry to make the Derwent a world class asset for the benefit of nature, the economy and the community
  • Ongoing participation in the Regional Climate Change Initiative group
    • The group recently completed the report Southern Tasmania’s Changing Energy Use: Information Paper which found regional energy use has increased by 2% and greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 6%
    • The Information Paper will assist Council in working with communities, business and other councils to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and measure the success of any changes
    • By identifying some of our biggest emissions sources the community, individuals and businesses can also work out how to make energy bill savings
  • Became a member of the nation-wide Cities Power Partnership and pledged to:
    • Install LED lights through the Accelerated Local Government Capital Program
    • Investigate the viability of solar on all Council buildings and install solar lighting where possible
    • Lobby other levels of government for light rail and ferry services, and investigate proposed route and plan for activity nodes around future terminals
    • Retrofit existing roads with bike-lanes with a focus on connecting key roads in Brighton to the new Brighton Road streetscape
    • Actively look for opportunities to support community energy projects within the municipality and build knowledge from other CPP Councils that succeeded in this area.
    • Improving walkability and cycle routes throughout the municipality

Council has a Home Energy Audit Toolkit available to loan for free to help you save on your power bill at home. Please call on 6268 7000 if you would like to book it.

For sustainable household tips check out the EcoHome Guide by Sustainable Living Tasmania.