4th February 2023. Edition One. In this edition:
President's Report, BCCT eNews,
Clean Up Australia,,
Tree Pruning or Removal Tool.
Your Civic Trust,
Hornsby Council Newsletter, City of Parramatta News Bulletin,
Beecroft Tennis Club,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President Welcome
everyone to 2023. We are now well into this year. We have celebrated
the Christmas and New Year season and have now concluded our National
This year, these events all felt a little unusual to me. At my
church, on Christmas Day, numbers still seemed to be affected by Covid
even though the sense of community was warm. In contrast to this, I wore
a jumper on Boxing Day, when I didn’t feel warm. I wasn’t at all clear
what message I should take from our national day nor how this should
apply to us in Beecroft and Cheltenham.
For my family gatherings, this year was a time when my father-in-law was
no longer a part of them. George Baur lived in Beecroft, particularly
in the 1960s and 1970s, and it was with a sense of loss that we read his
obituary in the on-line Sydney Morning Herald.
Your Civic Trust has always tried to give you the opportunity to hear
from election candidates and join discussions on key public issues. We
will shortly have a State election and then we will have a referendum on
the Voice. The Civic Trust Committee has started to think about how
each of these topics might be best addressed. We have already asked you
what you think are significant State government issues for our two
villages. You have responded by talking about noise on the M2, the
need for State government to support improvements to our open spaces
and to facilitate our movement and activities around our district.
Safety on our roads, especially on Beecroft Road, has also been raised.
This Australia Day, it surprised me how many people did not know that we
have a local history which includes First Fleet settlers and Aboriginal
people who were stolen as children and worked in our houses or who were
active in the 1967 Referendum. The information is there on the
Beecroft Cheltenham History Group web site but perhaps we need to make
this more visible. How is this history relevant to us in 2023? For the
referendum many have said to me about having an opportunity to talk
through why this was proposed in the Uluru Statement. Many want to hear
why the Aboriginal leaders behind this Statement consider that this
should be a first step. Again, is this what is needed for all
Australians and how is this need best satisfied.
These are big matters for 2023. As always I anticipate that the
Committee of the Civic Trust is going to have interesting discussions.
Your Civic Trust has started the year by meeting with our neighbouring
Trusts in Epping and Pennant Hills. We want to make sure our plans are
co-ordinated with theirs even though some of their issues (while
directly affecting us) are not located within our suburbs. Development
in the Epping retail area and traffic on Pennant Hills Road are examples
of matters with which the other trusts are grappling. How to respond to
the shrinking of our tree canopy and how we make use of a cycle way
that does not go through either Epping or Pennant Hills are matters that
involved each of the three Trusts.
It would be remiss of me, if I did not congratulate everyone with a
connection to Beecroft and Cheltenham who was honoured on Australia Day.
Dr Roberts of Cheltenham and his work with emergency medicine was one
who I noted. Others included Kylie Kwong a former student of Cheltenham
Girls, and Professor Susan Kurrle who, while not of our suburbs, is from
Hornsby. Many of us will have seen Professor Kurrle on ABC television
in connection with her work demonstrating the benefits of linking
pre-schoolers (or teenagers) and our more mature citizens. Were there
other local residents who should be highlighted?
Survey Results from the last Civic Trust Survey 22% of our readers responded to the survey. The questions put were;
Do you think that the idea to restrict traffic in Hannah Street between
the entry to Beecroft Place carpark and Wongala is, in principle, a
worthy cause to pursue? 42% voted YES. 49.2% voted NO. 8.8% were ambivalent.
Do you think that the idea to increase pedestrian safety and space to
move in the Beecroft retail area is, in principle, something that should
be done? 62% voted YES. 23.8% voted NO. 14.2% were ambivalent.
Clean Up Australia 2023 The
Civic Trust has once again registered the Beecroft Village Green as a
community site for the 2023 Clean Up Australia campaign. Put in
your diary Sunday 5th March, from 9am to 12 Noon.
Beecroft Scouts in 2022
Tree Prune or Removal Decision Tool Before you remove or prune trees, or hire a contractor to perform these tasks, familiarise yourself with the Tree Prune or Removal Decision Tool article available on the Hornsby Council web site. CLICK HERE
However, Any work to a tree that is or forms part of a heritage item or
heritage conservation area, requires approval from the Council pursuant
to the provisions of Section 2.10(3) of the Biodiversity and
Conservation SEPP and/or Clause 5.10 of the HLEP. The Beecroft Cheltenham HCA map can be found HERE.
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust. The Trust has for many years fought and lobbied to protect our suburbs.
If you value your Trust and appreciate the work the Trust does to
preserve the amenity and heritage of our two suburbs, please consider
renewing your financial membership.
This can be done on-line at https://bcct2119.com.au/membership.htm Without your valued support, the Trust will cease to exist.
Local Justice of the Peace Timothy
Abrams a Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust committee member, has
generously offered his services as a Justice of the Peace for any
residents requiring this service.
Tim can be contacted on Mob 0417 662 405
Dr. Penelope Crossley has also generously offered her services.
Penelope is a practising solicitor and is happy to witness documents pro
bono for 2119 residents if Tim is unavailable. Penelope can be
contacted on Mob 0449 232 474.
Hornsby Shire Council's February News Bulletin Can be viewed CLICK HERE
City of Parramatta's January News Bulletin Can be viewed CLICK HERE
News from Beecroft Tennis Courts There is a new coach at Beecroft tennis courts, John Abrams. The tennis courts offer
School holiday tennis camps, Children and adult lessons, in groups or private A free trial group lesson, to get started Coaching for all abilities, beginners to advanced John can be contacted by email Johnabramstennis@gmail.com or mob. 0435398831
There is also a new hitting wall for practice and synthetic courts for play, day and night. These can be booked on-line at https://www.beecrofttennis.com.au
There is also social play every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning and
Saturday afternoons. New members are welcome. You can find the
contact details on the above web site.
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
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 2022 became due in March... CLICK HERE
Keep our two suburbs strong and informed by being a member!
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community. We already cover much of our o suburbs. We encourage
residents who receive the eNews to tell their neighbours and friends and
suggest they too subscribe. 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 sought to assist any resident regardless of their membership status.