13th February 2018   Edition One.
In this edition:
Presidents Message, AGM March 27,
DA process HSC,
Amendments to Tree & Vegetation Control Plan,
LEC proceedings for Malton Rd, Clean up Australia.
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Message from the President
This eNews is an important edition for a couple of reasons.  The Trust committee has locked in a date for our Annual General Meeting.  Note in your diary Tuesday 27th  March at the Beecroft Bowling Club. Full details are below.  I have indicated to the committee that I am prepared to stand again as President.  But some of our committee members won’t be renominating for various reasons, so we are looking for people with fresh ideas and a passion to serve our community.
Two important items will be debated at Hornsby Council’s February General Meeting this coming Wednesday night February 14th.  The first item deals with how Hornsby Council determines development applications. Procedures will change from 1st March whereby all Councillors will be prohibited from determining development applications.  Details below.  The second item of interest will be the Draft Amendments to the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 relating to tree and vegetation preservation.
Mr Damien Tudehope MP, our Member for Epping, has provided the Trust with an update on the pedestrian lift at Beecroft Station. The Transport and Infrastructure Minister Hon Andrew Constance MP has confirmed that funds have been allocated this financial year for the planning of the lift.  While the schedule of works is still to be determined, community consultation on the upgrade is expected to start soon. 
Hornsby Council has also been active in running workshops for small business.  Last week one was held with the Beecroft shop keepers.  I believe the workshop was well received and was seen as a positive step in improving retailing in Beecroft.  
The saddest news though was the passing of Harry Wallace. I had the good fortune to know Harry through the Beecroft Forum. Those who knew Harry, will understand the significance of his loss to not only Beecroft and Cheltenham but to many others outside our community. 

Ross Walker
Annual General Meeting
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust AGM will be held on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at the Beecroft Bowling Club, 128 Copeland Rd commencing 7.30 pm sharp .  Some of the current committee members are unable to re-nominate for various reasons so the Trust is seeking new committee.  It is important to maintain a continuous injection of new people on the committee.  After all, the Trust is only as good as the community it serves. Nomination form can be downloaded from the Trust website CLICK HERE  Please pay your 2018 subscription prior to coming, as it will minimise delays in entering the venue. There will not be a guest speaker, however there will be a Question and Answer session with our elected representatives. Supper will be served after the AGM.
Development Approval Processes at Hornsby Council commencing March 1st 2018
 Last year the State Government gazetted new planning legislation prohibiting Councillors from determining development applications. For Hornsby Council, because of the delay in the amalgamation process, the date of commencement of this new approval process is the 1st March 2018.  There will be three levels of approval. Put simply, the three levels are based on the estimated cost of the development; under $5mill, under $30 mill and over $30mill.
The lowest level under $5mill, which will cover the majority of house related developments, will be determined by Council’s staff. The second level for development over $5 million will be determined by an Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP).  Expect large residential developments, like Seniors Housing, to be captured in this level.  The third and highest level will be the Sydney North Planning Panel (SNPP), which replaces the former JRPP. The SNPP will determine development above $30mill in a number of northern suburb Councils.
Item 7 in the Wednesday night Council agenda is the appointment of the expert and community representatives for the IHAP and SNPP.  The report and staff recommendation for the appointment of personnel on the new planning panels can be accessed via the following link.
What does this all mean? Everyone will be on a sharp learning curve. The role of our Councillors will change.  They will still be able to influence development outcomes through amending the local planning controls but they will need to learn new procedures on how to discuss issues with council staff on our behalf.  
As a matter of interest, with respect to Parramatta Council, this new approval regime commenced mid last year, soon after Parramatta Council completed its amalgamation process.
Draft Amendments Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 - Tree and Vegetation Preservation
This item was discussed in our previous  eNews when it was on exhibition.  The draft amendments will increase the protection of vegetation within the Shire of Hornsby, back to a similar level of protection that existed five years ago. The report and staff recommendation can be found in the business papers as a supplementary item. Use the link to read the report.
Land and Environment Court proceedings - 79-87 Malton Road, Beecroft
Please find below an extract from Council’s Solicitor which was sent to Hornsby Councillors on Friday 9th February 2018. The acting General Manager at Hornsby Council kindly gave permission for the Trust to publish the email.
"I can confirm that I appeared before the List Judge, Robson J, at the Land and Environment Court this morning. Appearing for the defendant was Clifford Ireland, instructed by McKees Lawyers.
The proceedings were mentioned before the Court at approximately 9.45am.
The defendant submitted to the Court, in support of its proposed directions, that it was not in a positon to enter a plea until the full prosecution case was before the Court. Mr Ireland referred to the decision of Pain, J in EPA v Bulga Coal, where certain notices were ordered under the case management provisions of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986.
In response to the suggested orders by the defendant, it was submitted that the prosecutor has already put substantial documentary and affidavit evidence before the Court which ought to be considered first. It was submitted that the prosecutor’s compliance with a s.247E notice, would be a substantial burden, noting that the defendant has not considered all of the documents presently available.
In a reply, Mr Ireland identified that there were potential witnesses who have not provided statements such as those who were on the subject land at the time of the breach being observed by the Council’s officers. Accordingly, the defendants submitted that there were matters that ought to be the subject of evidence before the Court prior to entering a plea.

In making directions in accordance with those sought by the defendant, the Court noted that completing the prosecution case was a substantial task and the Court allowed a further of time for the prosecutor’s case to be completed. The Court’s orders were as follows:
  1.      The prosecutor is to file and serve upon the defendant any further evidence to be relied upon at the hearing of the proceedings and a finalised s.247E Criminal Procedural Act 1986 by 9 March 2018.
  1.      The defendant is to serve a notice in accordance with s.247F of the Criminal Procedural Act 1986 on the prosecutor by 16 March 2018.
  1.      The proceedings are listed for entry of a plea and/or further directions on 13 April 2018.
I note there were members of the Byles Creek Community Association in attendance during the mention. They asked as to whether they could report on the Court proceedings to their members and I noted that there are no restrictions on the reporting of this matter."
I note that the matter is back before the Court on 13 April 2018, after which an update will be provided to you.
Ray Park Heritage Group Book Launch "From Fruit Bowl to Housing Boom"
The Ray Park Heritage Group promotes the preservation of local history of the area bounded by Carlingford Road, Pennant Hills Road, the M2 Motorway and Beecroft Road. Group member, Chris Staples, has written "From Fruit Bowl to Housing Boom" which traces the history of the area from farms to housing. This magnificent pictorial heritage book is full of photographs of the early settlers and their activities and homes as well as maps of the many subdivisions which occurred at the three time periods.
The book is a must for anyone interested in local history. It will be launched on Saturday 10th March at 2.30pm by local historian, author and former MP Andrew Tink, at the front office display area of Lyon Real Estate, 73 Beecroft Rd, Epping. The book will be on sale for $35 at this venue until 23rd March or by contacting

If you wish to attend the launch, please contact by 7th March.

                      Bambara Crescent Beecroft from patio of No. 35 early 1963
Parramatta Council clean-ups
After our last  eNews there appears to has been some misunderstanding with Beecroft residents residing south of the M2. Last November, Parramatta Council's bulk waste clean-up service moved to a pre-booked system. This means no more scheduled clean-up dates; instead each eligible household can make up to four free bookings for a bulk waste clean-up each year with an increased size limit of 2 cubic metres.
The new system provides more flexibility for residents and improves the presentation of our neighbourhoods. Book a clean-up on the website CLICK HERE or call 1300 580 811.
Reminder - Clean Up Australia - Sunday 4th March 2018
The Trust has registered the Beecroft Village Green again and we will be setting up at the picnic tables from 9am.  All welcome to come down and lend a hand.  Children are welcome also but must be accompanied by an adult.  There will be plenty of bags, both white for rubbish and yellow for recycling, and a limited number of gloves.  If you are coming along, it is preferable for you to bring your own gloves.
Areas that need cleaning up include forgotten areas around the shops and car parks, the open spaces and streets and along the train line where there is no sense of ownership.
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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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