16th April 2022.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,

BCCT eNews,
Autumn walk,
Possible Meet the Candidates,
Beecroft Garden Club,
Ray Park Heritage Group,
Byles Creek Valley,
Pennant Hills Civic Trust,
Another Seniors development,
Parramatta Newsletter,

Julian Leeser's Newsletters,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
Recent Annual General Meeting
This is my first message as President, after a gap of a number of years.
I was elected President for 2022 following the recent Annual General Meeting.
Also elected were:
Julie Zetler (President Emeritus)
Bill Rankine (Vice-President)
Ross Walker (Vice-President)
Michael McAuley (Secretary)
Nina Mital (Treasurer)
Brian Shirley (E-News/Information Technology Co-ordinator)
Tim Abrams
Janet Hayes
Glynn Rogers

The AGM was "live streamed" on Facebook and can still be viewed on the Trust's Facebook Streaming page; CLICK HERE to view the video.
Special thanks are given to past president Dr Zetler,  Julie put in a tremendous effort, and brought to bear her experience and skills, into her time as President in 2021 and this was much appreciated. I am so pleased that Julie is continuing to support the Trust.  
Thanks are also extended to Michael Book and Gillian Tegg who did not stand for re-election,  Their contributions while on the Committee is much appreciated.  I hope that they will continue their support in other ways.
As set out by Dr Zetler in the President’s Report at the recent AGM, Pandemics and natural disasters notwithstanding, the Trust is focused, in addition to its normal important business, on some strategic concerns and improvement of local amenities.
Strategic Issues
Following the public exhibition of the proposal, It is expected that Hornsby Shire Council will shortly make a decision about its planning for Byles Creek Valley. We will consider this proposal before deciding a response.
Council also called for comment on a Community Strategic Plan. This will act like a master plan for much of its future work. The Trust worked very hard in submitting detailed comments on this major piece of work so as to shape it to address our needs and I encourage you to read the Trust’s submission. To view the submission; CLICK HERE
Also being undertaken by Council is its Comprehensive Heritage Study. The Trust was pleased to see that a number of the comments which it (and the Beecroft Cheltenham History Group) made on the Hornsby Thematic History Study were incorporated and the approved document is now on the Shire Council website. 
To view the document CLICK HERE.
Linked to this overarching Thematic History are Aboriginal and Archaeological Heritage Studies that are reportedly well underway. Two pieces of work that are current are a review of individual heritage items (which for us, largely comprises homes) and a separate piece of work explicitly identifying potential post 1940 heritage items. The Trust has been asked to contribute to both of the latter two projects and we hope to do so. Anything that you would like to contribute to our thinking would be gratefully received by sending to our general email: CLICK HERE
During lockdown so many of us made good use of the Railway Gardens at Beecroft. The work that Council had previously done on these gardens, and the work of the Garden Club, met a need and was clearly greatly appreciated. What the Trust would like to see is better maintenance and use of other public spaces that we have, such as the Village Green or parks neighbouring where we live, like those of Fearnley Park or Lyne Road. Other thinking is around what can we do to improve (and attract more customers) to help make this a more pleasant locality and (as well as supporting our retailers) in the Beecroft Shopping Village. We will also start thinking about how we can work with the Epping Civic Trust and Parramatta City Council to overcome the motorway being such a barrier to residents. Again, all contributions to our thinking is appreciated.
The recent Epping Arts Fair was a welcome re-entry into public events for many of us . Our local Arden School of is celebrating its centenary this year.
Normally the Trust would hold a public ‘meet the candidates night’ for any election but the logistics of such an event are a proving to be a little more difficult this year.  There is also the ANZAC Day event at the Beecroft Cheltenham Cenotaph.  The story of the Cenotaph is on the History Group’s website CLICK HERE
More on these events and the Trust's Autumn walk in the eNews below.

I hope to see you at these events.
Yours in strengthening our community,
Rod Best
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust eNews.
The Trust publishes this monthly eNews newsletter.  If you would like to receive this newsletter on a regular basis, please CLICK HERE to subscribe to the eNews.
ANZAC Day Service at the Beecroft War Memorial
The Rotary Club of Beecroft in association with the past members of the Lions Club of Beecroft is once again holding an ANZAC Day Service on Monday the 25th April 2022 at 3 pm at the Cenotaph, Wongala Crescent Beecroft. All are invited.
Autumn Walk. Sunday 1st May 2022
The Trust will hold its annual Autumn Walk on Sunday afternoon the 1st May 2022.  This year the walk will visit the Ray Park area. The walk will commence at Cheltenham Oval netball courts at 2pm and proceed via Kirkham St and Midson Rd to Ray and Hazelwood Parks.  We will return to Cheltenham Oval about 4pm via a slightly different route.
Meet the Candidates, Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust Public Meeting for the May 21st Federal Election.
The Trust is endeavoring to organise a public meeting and to secure commitments from local candidates.  However given the short lead time we may not be successful. Our next eNews will have further details.
The Beecroft Garden Club.
The garden club has busied itself working and improving the gardens in the Beecroft village.

Warren Duff and Dianne O'Connor

Sheila Woods, Jackie Bryant and Robyn McShane
Ray Park Heritage Group
The Ray Park Heritage Group held a fascinating afternoon on March 26th with presentations by Ron Cardwell on the work of Bendigo Community Branch and ‘Legends’ together with Judith Dunn OAM on that iconic Australian building material – corrugated iron. Well supported by illustrations from all over Australia Judith had to constrain her talk because she had so many interesting stories . Ray Park Heritage Group is also partnering with Bendigo Bank to place plaques on local buildings that will identify local ‘legends’.

Tin tabernacle

Shepherds Huts
Byles Creek Valley
The Trust was very pleased to hear recently, that the Byles Creek Valley Union Inc. met with Isaac Spencer from the Epping office of our State member Dominic Perrottet.
At this meeting they were assured that earlier advice given at a Civic Trust public meeting by Mr Perrottet was still accurate.  There will be State funds set aside for costs associated with the protection of Byles Creek land.
We look forward to an announcement of what this will entail.

The Pennant Hills District Civic Trust newsletter can be viewed CLICK HERE

City of Parramatta's Latest News Bulletin
ePULSE can be viewed CLICK HERE
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter dated April 2nd
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Recent Development Applications
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust's Web Site now has links to recently submitted Development Applications in the 2119 postcode area for both Hornsby and Parramatta Shire Councils.  This page will be updated with every eNews publication.
CLICK HERE To access them.
Latest Police Reports

CLICK HERE  for the latest reports.  Just a reminder that these reports are regularly provided by the Ryde Police Area Command which includes the entire suburbs of Beecroft & Cheltenham. 
Annual Memberships for 2022 became due in March...
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CLICK HERE.The eNews has become our main method for disseminating information to the community. Currently we have over 1090 email addresses.  We encourage residents who receive the eNews to tell their neighbours and friends.  The eNews letter is available to all who subscribe.  Trust Membership is not a requirement. 
The eNews archives are available HERE.  To subscribe to the eNews: CLICK HERE.The Trust has always had an unwritten policy to assist any resident regardless of their membership status.
Kind regards,
Rod Best

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