Brighton, Tasmania


Brighton, Tasmania

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name = Brighton
state = tas
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lga = Brighton Council
postcode = 7030
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stategov = Lyons
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dist2 = 27
location2= Hobart

Brighton is a town just north of Hobart, in Tasmania, Australia. It lies between Pontville and the outer Hobart suburb of Bridgewater on the Midland Highway.

History

From 1826 onwards, the township was the site of the Brighton Barracks, a military accommodation facility until sold off for subdivision in the early 2000s. [ [http://www.awm.gov.au/units/place_1673.asp Brighton: Australian War Memorial ] ] Most recently it was used as emergency accommodation for refugees fleeing the conflicts in eastern Europe, namely Kosovo. [ [http://www.awm.gov.au/units/place_1673.asp Brighton: Australian War Memorial ] ]

The area surrounding Brighton was swept with bush and grass fires over the summer of January 2003 with fires reaching Cartwright street, the old army camp and the Midland highway placing the town under extreme threat.http://www.tco.asn.au/oac/news.cgi?articleID=175496&oacID=56

The Brighton area is seeing an increase in light industrial use, being serviced by both road & rail.

The area is also the site of a major horse racing training facility located at Brighton Racecourse known as the Brighton Training Centre, serving the thoroughbred, trotting & pacing industry.http://www.newsphotos.com.au/ImageDetail.asp?RefNum=96023896Many good Tasmanian Thoroughbreds and Pacers have been trained at Brighton Racecourse since the early eighties including the 1986 Launceston Cup winner Epigram and Noble Sensation winner of the TRC Tasmanian Breeders Classic (LR), Thos Lyons S. (LR), TTC Gold Sovereign S. (LR), George Adams P. (LR); 2d TRC Tattersalls S. (LR), TTC Newmarket H. (LR), 3d VATC Autumn S. (G3), TTC Tasmanian Gns (LR), TRC Thomas Lyons S. (LR), Tattersall's S. (LR). trained by T.W Evans. http://www.ausracing.net.au/australian/stakes2002.htm

The Training centre is located north of the town centre on Racecourse Rd. The original course proper was 2000metres from start to finish and was home of the Brighton Cup until the race course was closed for training use only in 1973.

The course has undergone significant changes since the 80s when a Chipwood track was put in on the outer half of the course proper and a major redevelopment in late 2004 to be come the present training centre with all training of horses ceasing at Elwick Racecourse along with the relocation of Elwick based trainers to stables build along the back straight of the track.

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