8th August 2019   Edition One.
In this edition:
Presidents Message,
Tree Planting at Observatory Park,
Jamieson House re-opening as Beecroft House,
Mayoral Minute MM8/19,
Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter,
Latest Police Reports,
STEP Newsletter.
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Message from the President
Private certifiers and compliance issues are in the news again.  I don’t understand why councils have no say in the choice of which private certifier is appointed. After all, the certifiers are simply acting on behalf of the consent authority, which is usually the local council. Perhaps I should be asking our local Member for Epping why local councils have little control over the certification process. A good example of this lack of control has occurred here in Beecroft. Observant residents will be aware of the metallic structures on top of Beecroft Place, our new shopping and unit complex. When I raised the issue with Council staff as to why such an intrusive metallic structure on the roof was allowed, I was told, council had no say in the installation and that it was the private certifier who had approved it.  

I do have some good news: Beecroft House, the proposed women’s shelter at the former Jamieson House, is on track for an opening later this week. Details of the opening are below.  

And finally, the Trust has been following up with our State Minister Dominic Perrottet’s office on a number of local issues. The current concern I have raised with Minister Perrottet has been how the Sydney Metro has been project managing the rehabilitation of the bushland along the former haulage road behind Cheltenham Oval.  In my correspondence I have also included Hornsby Council, who will be taking control of the area once the Metro contract is completed.  Hopefully we will have some answers soon. It does take time for the respective government agencies to reply.

Ross Walker OAM
Tree planting at Observatory Park for National Tree Day
Last Sunday a small group of volunteers planted a mixture of 200 native trees, shrubs and grasses in Observatory Park.

 Beecroft Probus Investment Forum: 13th August 2019
“The economy – where to from here for retirees” is the speaker’s topic at the August meeting of the Beecroft Probus Investment Forum to be held at the Beecroft Bowling club on Tuesday, 13th August from 4.30 pm.
Major recession indicators are painting a dire picture for economic growth in 2019 with many experts predicting a major economic downturn by year-end. Leading economist Ashley Owen will cut through the hype and focus on what actually matters for the portfolios of retirees in the year ahead.
Admission $15.00 per head inclusive of snacks and a drink.
Visitors and guests are most welcome. Phone Robin Graham, Beecroft Probus – Tel 8411 3023 Mobile 0413 315 827
Beecroft House at the corner of Hannah and York Streets Beecroft

Beecroft House Open Day Tickets, Fri 9th August 12.30 pm - 4.30 pm
If you would like to join us and take a tour of the property please book a time via the link below:
You are invited to participate in a small group tour of Beecroft House. The Beecroft House Project will provide older women with a safe and secure home with full support to identify permanent housing solutions.  This is a joint partnership between: Women's Community Shelters, Twilight Aged Care,  Link Housing, National Projects and Maintenance, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter, The Generous and Grateful.  We currently have four tour times available.   1:30 - 2:00pm - Sold Out2:00 - 2:30pm2:30 - 3:00pm3:00 - 3:30pm3:30 - 4:00pm - Just Released There is no cost to participate in a tour but you must register by booking a ticket.  We are unable to accept walk-ins on the day. Additional times will be created based on interest.  Each tour has a maximum number of 12 visitors and they will be conducted by a representative from Women's Community Shelters, Link Housing or Hornsby Shire Councillors.

Beecroft House Project will provide older women with a safe and secure home with full support to identify permanent housing solutions.  This is a joint partnership between:
  • Women's Community Shelters
  • Link Housing
  • National Projects and Maintenance
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter
  • The Generous and Grateful 
  • Supported by Twilight Aged Care  
If you are interested in supporting the project or volunteering please email:
We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there!

With regards,
Beecroft House Project Partners
Mayoral Minute MM8/19
The amalgamation saga affecting Hornsby Council continues and is likely to continue as long as Council is financially disadvantaged. At Hornsby Council’s last General Meeting the Mayor tabled correspondence from the NSW Treasurer regarding ongoing funding for Council. The Treasurer’s letter dated 24th July 2019 is below. Other correspondence relating to the amalgamation, can be viewed on Council’s website. Click here
Council’s resolution to the letter is recorded in the minutes under item 10  MM8/19. Click  here

CLICK HERE to view Actual document on Council's website.

Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter - August 3rd

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.
Latest STEP Newsletter
The South Turramurra Environmental Society (STEP) publishes a regular newsletter. The Society has been operating for many years and has a reputation of being very professional in its operation. CLICK HERE to access their latest newsletter. If you are interested in subscribing, there is a link at the end of the newsletter. New members are always welcome. 
Annual Memberships for 2019 became due at the
Annual General Meeting in March
Keep our two suburbs strong and informed by being a member!
To support or join the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, please visit our website.
CLICK HERE.The eNews has become our main method for disseminating information to the community. Currently we have over 1040 email addresses, up from 900 two months ago.  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,
Ross Walker

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