4th February 2023.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,

BCCT eNews,
BCCT Survey,
Clean Up Australia,,
Tree Pruning or Removal Tool.
Your Civic Trust,
Local JP,
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 Day.
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?
Roderick Best PSM
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust eNews.
The Trust publishes this monthly eNews newsletter.  If you would like to receive this newsletter on a regular basis, please CLICK HERE to subscribe to the eNews.
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust Survey.
Should the Civic Trust seek to hold a public meeting on the anticipated referendum concerning the Voice?
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  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 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

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

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 2022 became due in March...
Keep our two suburbs strong and informed by being a member!
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CLICK HERE.The eNews has become our main method for disseminating information to the 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.
Kind regards,
Rod Best

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