22nd August 2019   Edition Two.
In this edition:
Presidents Message,
Traffic Noise M2,
Spring Walk 15 Sept,
Friends of Ahimsa,
Beecroft House opening,
Street Tree planting South of M2,
Draft Local strategic planning statement,
Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter,
Latest Police Reports,
STEP Newsletter.
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Message from the President
I have recently been corresponding with Dominic Perrottet and his advisors regarding the status of the former Metro haulage road at the rear of Cheltenham Oval.  The State Government approval required the temporary access road to be returned to its original condition as bushland.  The Trust is of the opinion the Metro project is struggling to comply with the State Government’s conditions of approval.  Communications with Hornsby Council indicate a strong agreement with the Trust’s view.  Hopefully, through persistent lobbying by the Trust and also by the Mayor of Hornsby, our Member for Epping will provide the assistance we all need to obtain the desired outcome.   
I have always attempted to take an apolitical position on various matters.  It is one of the strengths of the Trust’s constitution.  This position was reflected in the last ENews when the Trust published a letter from our State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet addressed to the Mayor of Hornsby Philip Ruddock.  Included also were associated links to Hornsby Council’s website listing previous correspondence between Council and the State Government pertaining to local government funding.  I believe it is important that we, as a community, are objectively informed so we can all formulate our own opinions. 
Finally, the Beecroft House opening was a happy occasion, demonstrating what can be achieved through a variety of organisations working together with teams of volunteers.  A short summary of the opening is presented below.     
Ross Walker OAM
Traffic Noise from the M2 – resident feedback sought.
The Trust has been contacted by a Beecroft resident about the noise levels emanating from the M2 Motorway, in particular during the night.  In order to get an appreciation of the problem the Trust is seeking comments from the local community.  Your opinion and any facts you can provide will help the Trust to better understand the issue.  Reply to
Spring Walk – Sunday 15th September 2pm to 4pm
The annual Spring Walk will be held on 15th September commencing at the end of Day Road, next to Ahimsa.  The walk will be past the geological feature called Whale Rock, over the Lane Cove River and finally around the STEP loop track located below South Turramurra.  It’s a medium grade walk that can be shortened for those struggling as we will be returning the way we came.  There will be the regular history talk from the local History Group to add some drama and intrigue.  Decent walking shoes are recommended and if there has been rain expect some shallow fording of Devlins Creek and the Lane Cove River.  Afternoon tea will be provided at the end at Ahimsa itself, the property that Marie Byles bequeathed to the National Trust.  All welcome.  
Friends of Ahimsa and CMP
The Friends of Ahimsa has been formed to assist in the future management of the National Trust property, located at the end of Day Road Cheltenham.  The Friends met with National Trust personnel early this month to discuss the structure of the committee.  Ahimsa has a State Heritage listing so any changes or maintenance work should be governed by an approved Conservation Management Plan (CMP).  The Friends assisted the National Trust in obtaining a $20,000 heritage grant from the NSW Government earlier this year to prepare such a plan.  In essence the Friends’ main role will be promoting the property to the community at large.
Beecroft House opening
The Women’s Shelter held an official opening on Friday 9th September at the former Twilight House aged care facility at the corner of York and Hannah Street Beecroft. The complex’s name has been changed to Beecroft House. The former aged care complex has been closed for about three years while the owners Twilight House design a new centre for aged care and independent living. Until Twilight House obtains approval to rebuild, the Women’s Shelter organisation will use the former buildings to provide affordable housing for about 20 senior aged women. The Women’s Shelter relies on community support as well as donations. A number of commercial companies have contributed, including Reece Plumbing, Gerry Norman, Bunnings and Four Seasons Hotels. It is important that the women are not excluded from the local community but encouraged to participate.   Beecroft House should be receiving their first occupants in early September. 
Link Housing will shortly start promoting Beecroft House through their real estate outlets. 
CLICK HERE for Sallianne McClelland's letter.
Street Tree Plantings in Beecroft south of the M2
While Hornsby Council has been busy planting 25,000 trees and shrubs, Parramatta City Council has also been busy planting as well.  There are new trees near the Orchard Road shops and in the Lynbrae Avenue public reserve.  We should all be supporting tree planting so we can leave our suburb in a better condition for future generations.  However, with the dry weather we are currently experiencing, regular watering will be essential for these trees to become established.
Draft Hornsby Local Strategic Planning Statement
Hornsby Council resolved to place on public exhibition a Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement, a document that will guide Council over the next 20 years.  The statement has four themes, liveable (housing), sustainable (environment), productive(business) and collaborative (community).  The draft statement can be viewed at CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE
The Trust will be making a submission, but we will also be discussing the statement with relevant Council staff as well, in order to achieve a better understanding of their thinking.  This will assist the Trust in providing a more relevant submission.
The Trust encourages all residents to read the statement (it is lengthy) and make a submission to Council on matters that are relevant to you.
Also included in the strategy is the separate Heritage Action Plan. This is important for Beecroft and Cheltenham residents. While some residents may be  uncomfortable with additional controls over their property, these controls do benefit the community overall, often restricting inappropriate development within the suburb. CLICK HERE to access the Draft Heritage Action Plan.

Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter - August 3rd
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives.

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 2019 became due at the
Annual General Meeting 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 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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