3rd April 2021.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Message,
BCCT Annual General Meeting 2021,
Clean Up Australia,
Beecroft Station updates,
Draft public domain guidelines,
Archaeological heritage and landscape heritage study,
The Byles Creek Valley Union "HOOT",
Hornsby Councillor Vince del Gallego's Letter,
Newsletter from Julian Leeser MP,
Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde's Report,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
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Message from the President
I would like to thank the committee for their vote of confidence – taking on the BCCT president role throws up many challenges for me - especially ‘stepping into the shoes’ of our outgoing president. The decision to elect 2 Vice Presidents (instead of 1) allows the committee to have continuing access to their expertise /knowledge/skills and contextual experiences– making the committee a more cohesive body and better able to draw attention to our changing concerns. Ensuring an even louder ‘voice’ so that our Government representative (people we have elected) and administrators at all levels ‘hear us’ keeps community communication open and transparent and continue to act upon what the community reasonably and fairly identifies as important concerns in a ‘non-paternalistic’ fashion.
No matter what interest group one is affiliated with – transition of office bearers (especially long-term office holders) always brings-up the ‘unknown’ and represents ‘a work in progress’. My BCCT interest and involvement is founded from living for 25 years in the area, witnessing both positive and negative changes to our community and sometimes being frustrated by the lack of community outrage at the decision-making ‘process’ in place at the time. I believe that the Trust (as well as other interest groups) encourage an ongoing community active, proactive and novel ‘voice’, which celebrates those changes that enrich our community and challenge those changes and decisions that threaten our community, society and planet.
Community ‘discourse’ (even an irritating opinion) is an essential element of any robust democratic system. The point of having citizen involvement (‘voice’) is a powerful social mechanism ensuring that decision-makers and change agents (elected or otherwise) are made aware of their legal, contractual and ethical obligations to serve the people they represent. I hold no entrenched political affiliation or ambitions to any party philosophy or line. My agenda holds that whoever is in a position of power must be visible and accountable to the electorate. I believe in a Government that operates within a framework of Transparency, Accountability - and one that mandates- Natural Justice and Procedural Fairness as its bases.
No doubt - as members of the Committee settle into their particular role my individual style of getting things heard and followed through will emerge over time. Hopefully it will happen in a COVID free environment where we once again can meet face-to-face and discuss community issues and concerns. Please feel free to contact me through the Trust if you have relevant constructive comments to offer about the expectations and future of the Trust.
Best Wishes
Julie Zetler


Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust AGM
The Civic Trust held its AGM on March the Beecroft Presbyterian Church Hall.

Hornsby  Mayor Hon Phillp Ruddock AO was the guest speaker

The meeting was also addressed by:

              Dominic Perrottet MP.                        Emma Heyde (HSC C Ward)                  Vince del Gallego (HSC C Ward)
 (Member for Epping, NSW Treasurer)   

                               Robert Browne (HSC B Ward)                Donna Davis  (PCC Epping Ward)

Ross Walker chaired the AGM and presented the Trust's financial reports, annual report, development report and President's report. The minutes of the previous AGM were presented and accepted.

The meeting voted to accept the 2021 committee members:
Julie Zetler,
Ross Walker OAM,
Bill Rankine,
Nina Mital,
Michael McAuley,
Brian Shirley,
Rod Best,
Michael Book,
Janet Hayes,
Glynn Rogers,

At the first committee meeting held on March 29th two additional members were accepted, Harkirat Dhindsa and Tim Abrams. 

Julie Zetler was elected as President and Ross Walker and Bill Rankine were elected as Vice Presidents.


                                                                                             Dr. Julie Zetler

CLICK HERE for the the 2021 BCCT elected committee member committee and their email addresses.
Clean Up Australia 2021
A huge thank you to all the volunteers that participated in Clean Up Australia 2021.  Another successful day with 2 cubic metres of rubbish collected.

              The Beecroft Scouts were once again very welcome as was Julian Leeser MP Member for Berowra

Important information about upcoming work at Beecroft Station
CLICK HERE for the NSW Government information bulletin.
Exhibition by Hornsby Council
Draft public domain guidelines

The draft public domain guidelines is currently on exhibition. The Beecroft shopping precinct and village gardens are included as one of five study areas. The community’s views are important, so please read the document and if you have an opinion, make a submission.  The Trust has already submitted comments. Click here to access Council’s web page and the draft guidelines.
Archaeological heritage and landscape heritage study
Hornsby Council is seeking community input into its  archaeology and landscape throughout the Shire. Click here to view Council’s web page. While the closing date was 31st March, Council is now accepting late submissions until Tuesday 6th April.
A further message from Council to the Trust is reproduced below.
The next step in this consultation process is for us to understand what sites are valuable to you as a community, that they may be flagged and further researched as items of potential archaeological or landscape significance. I you have any potential heritage items in mind, we would appreciate you telling us about them!
The following links will allow you to access information on local heritage items in Hornsby Shire:
•             Council’s online Heritage Register where you are able to view the heritage item inventory sheets

•             Schedule 5 in the Hornsby LEP, where you are able to see the heritage list in its entirety;
If you know of a place that should be considered as a potential heritage item, do search the Shire’s heritage register through the above links as it may already be listed. If you find that the place you are interested in is already listed, please take some time to look over the inventory sheet, as you may have some additional information that we can use as we review existing heritage listings.
If you would like to nominate a place as a potential heritage item, please use the attached MS Word forms that we have created to help prompt some of the stories and significance values we are interested in understanding. You can return the completed forms, along with any other accompanying information and resources that you would like to share, to by Tuesday 6th April 2021. If you need more time to gather information, please reach out to the Council project team (Alison, Katherine or Laura) to make alternate arrangements for a due date.  Alison Bang's email is

The Byles Creek Valley Union March Newsletter
"The Hoot"

Hornsby Councillor Vince del Gallego's Letter dated March 19th
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter dated March 26th
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde's Report dated March 29th
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 2021 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,
Julie Zetler

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