20th December 2017   Edition One.
In this edition:
Presidents Message, Hornsby Library launches Recollect,
Hornsby Council Meeting 13
th Dec.
Disability and Age Friendly area
the Hazlewood Rose Park.
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Message from the President
I managed to spend some time at the Twilight Christmas festivities at Beecroft shops on Thursday 30th November before I went to the Community Forum at North Epping. I believe everyone who was there would have been pleasantly surprised by the size of the turnout, with the whole shopping centre alive with activities. Well done Beecroft.
Also on Thursday night was a talk hosted by the Total Environment Centre, about the new biodiversity legislation and the community forum hosted by Hornsby Councillors at North Epping Bowling Club; which I attended.
The Wednesday night before was the launch of Georgia Cameron’s second book on Mikey the Powerful Owl at the Children’s bookshop.  If you haven’t purchased the book yet, it is available at the Capella Bookshop.  It makes an ideal Christmas present. Details about the book and its launch can be found with this link. CLICK HERE
The North Epping community forum was well attended and, not surprisingly, focused on local issues like access, bushfires, infrastructure and high rise.  However eventually the amalgamation issue came up. Our State Member for Epping Mr Damien Tudehope, who attended the forum, spoke in favour of the current amalgamation arrangement, stating that Epping is better off now under one council and implied the financial position that Hornsby Council is currently in, is not the State Government’s fault. Naturally the Mayor of Hornsby Philip Ruddock reacted to Damien’s statement and replied in no uncertain terms that it is the State Government’s doing that has left Hornsby Council worse off. 
The following week I had one of my regular meetings with Damien to discuss local issues. He has no news on the train station lift at Beecroft, but he will make enquiries and get back to me.  Following on from the amalgamation debate at the North Epping community forum, Damien indicated to me he has no interest in changing the current amalgamation arrangements, adhering to the State Government’s current reluctance to change. 
I know I keep harping on this issue but I am attempting to provide the facts so I can provide the reader with an unbiased commentary on behalf of the Trust. I see this amalgamation process as an unresolved issue that is likely to have serious repercussions on the residents of Beecroft and Cheltenham who live in the Hornsby Shire.
Parramatta Council has no doubt benefited from obtaining the whole of Epping and residents south of the M2 have not complained about the service they are receiving. However, my Hornsby Council contacts have indicated that, if matters do not change, then Hornsby Council’s capital works program will dry up. This means large projects, like the Hornsby Quarry and the Westleigh playing fields, not to mention smaller projects, will not proceed. And unless Hornsby Council is able to obtain regular annual funds from the State Government, Hornsby residents will be worse off. Perhaps I’m missing something but I struggle to see how this is all Hornsby Council’s fault when the State Government has legislative control over all aspects of local government. Finally, looking at the Electoral Commission website, I notice that about two thirds of the Epping Electorate falls in Hornsby Council LGA.
This is the last eNews for this year, so on behalf of the Trust Committee, I wish you all a safe and enjoyable Christmas break.  

Narrow chimneys were once a delivery hazard. Times have changed.
Ross Walker
Hornsby Library launched Hornsby Recollect in November.
Hornsby Shire Recollects is the interactive database for the Hornsby Shire Library Local History Collection, historical material belonging to community organisations such as the Dural and District Historical Society and local history enthusiasts. It provides easy online access to a rich store of heritage material relating to Hornsby Shire, its people, and events.

Please note that the names and im
ages of deceased Indigenous people are contained within this collection.
By registering as a member (all that's required is an email address or Facebook account) you are also able to contribute your own knowledge and memories about the holdings, as well as create personal collections of your own.  If you are interested please visit:
Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre
Good news for all residents including those of Beecroft and Cheltenham. Hornsby Council, in partnership with the EPA, has opened a new state of the art recycling centre at 29 Sefton Road Thornleigh. It’s one of few centres currently in operation in Sydney. The Thornleigh centre is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm and Saturdays from 8.30am to 12 noon. The centre accepts all those items you have trouble disposing of, including gas bottles and fire extinguishers, paint and aerosols, motor and other oils, fluorescent globes and tubes, smoke detectors and ink cartridges, household and car batteries, soft plastics and cardboard, and electronic waste and mobile phones. So there is no excuse now. The website is:
Hornsby Council Meeting last Wednesday night 13th December
At this month's Wednesday night Council meeting our Councillors resolved, six for the motion and four against, to proceed with the construction of a car park for the Community Centre together with the landscaping of the Beecroft Gardens next to the railway line. 
For details of Council’s minutes please click on the link
Scroll down to the 13/12/2017 General Meeting line and click on confirmed minutes. 
The relevant item is No 14.
New Disability and Age Friendly Area in the Hazlewood Rose Park, off Plympton Road.
Those who know Dorothy Doolan of the Ray Park Heritage Group will not be surprised that she has been instrumental in working with Parramatta Council in getting this latest project completed. Dorothy has a way of generating community support and has asked the Trust to acknowledge Strath Clarke for drawing and building the tables and chairs, and the Lees, Finch and Stanley pioneer families for sponsoring the chairs.  Sensory garden beds are included in the design. 
The disability and age friendly area in the Hazlewood Rose Park located off Plympton Rd.
Northwest Rapid Transit - Cheltenham Service Facility Newsletter
 Some of you receive the NRT newsletter by email or in the letterbox. If you don’t and wish to be kept informed, contact them on 1800 019 989 or by emailing
Beecroft Lions Club
Residents may be aware that the Beecroft Lions Club has ceased to operate. The Lions Club of Hornsby Inc has asked the Trust to advertise their Christmas cakes and puddings.  Please contact Ted using the details below.

Cake Chairperson: Ted Henebery  m: 0414 806 840  h: 9940 3889  e:
Project assistant:   Barry Thompson     h:  9477 3295
Secretary:              Pauline Henebery   m: 0416 226 781      e:
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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. 
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At this stage, the Trust will continue to distribute the printed bulletin as not everyone uses the internet.  
We are continuing to looking for volunteers who like walking and who may be able to distribute approximately 100 Bulletins a couple of times per year, as this is all done by kind members of our community. If you are able to help out, even as an occasional fill in person, please contact
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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