23rd January 2020   Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Message,

Seniors Housing in Beecroft and Cheltenham
A Bulletin from the past
Street sweeping the leaves
The former haulage road behind Cheltenham Oval
Recent Development Applications,
Hornsby Council eNews,
Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter,
Latest Police Reports.
Advance notice – Clean Up Australia
Advance Notice – Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust AGM
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Message from the President
Welcome to 2020 with the Trust’s first eNews of the year.  It’s been an eventful holiday period, what with the water restrictions and the bushfires.  I suspect all residents of 2119 have been affected in some way by the drought and by the recent bushfires.  I can’t remember seeing Beecroft and Cheltenham so dry.  Because of the recent bushfires I have purposely avoided contacting our State Member for Epping and NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet over the holiday period.  But I will raise with him local matters that are still outstanding from last year, including the possibility of retaining the pedestrian ramp at Beecroft Station and the amelioration of traffic noise along the M2. 
The Trust was notified late last December that we had been unsuccessful with our application for a Federal grant to repair the Beecroft War Memorial.  Bear in mind though, the Trust as a community organisation was simply the applicant on behalf of Hornsby Council, who prepared the detailed submission. 
On a sadder note, well known Cheltenham resident Diana Winch passed away on 27th December 2019.  Diana and her husband Gordon were both committee members about 20 years ago.  The Trust offers our condolences to Gordon and the extended family. 

Ross Walker OAM
Latest on Seniors Housing in Beecroft and Cheltenham
The proposed seniors housing development adjacent to Cheltenham Station, 14 – 18 Sutherland Road, was approved by the Land and Environment Court (LEC) before Christmas.  The judgement can be read by CLICKING HERE
The seniors development at 6-8 Malton Road is now almost complete with many of the new owners settled in. 
                         8 Malton Rd.                                                                                         6 Malton Rd.
This development also went to the LEC.  The original design included the demolition of the two dwellings facing Malton Road.  The community would have preferred a refusal but was able, with strong support from the local community and input from Hornsby Council, to retain the two dwellings and achieve a better outcome.  It’s nice that the developer has erected a small plaque in the front garden (see photograph) outlining the heritage significance of the two retained dwellings we fought so hard to save, but I will let you the reader judge the merit of the additional wording. 

The seniors housing development in Cardinal Avenue that was approved by the former Hornsby Council is nearing completion.  The large seniors development in Copeland Road, approved by the local planning panel, has now commenced construction.
A Bulletin from the past – February 2000
If you are interested in history CLICK HERE. 
You will notice that many of the issues 20 years ago are still relevant today. 
Ray Park Heritage Group
Too late for our December eNews, we were sent a copy of the Ray Park Heritage Group's Chronicle.
Very interesting historical photographs and events.  CLICK HERE to read the December Chronicle.
Street sweeping the leaves
Street sweeping – With the recent dry weather and the concerns about bushfires, many of our trees are defoliating as a natural mechanism to survive.  Hornsby Council is attempting to sweep as many streets as possible.  If you believe your street has been missed or your street has a particularly large amount of leaf litter there is a Waste hotline 9847 4856 you can ring.
Parramatta Council has a similar waste hotline.  You can submit a Service  request for a street sweeping inspection and City of Parramatta will investigate and determine what action needs to be completed.
The former haulage road behind Cheltenham Oval and netball courts
The Trust has been assisting Hornsby Council by regularly monitoring the regeneration of the bushland along the former haulage road between Cheltenham Oval and Kirkham St.  Our State Member for Epping and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has also been kept informed.  While the native seedlings are growing, the frequent water leaks from the temporary irrigation system managed by the landscape contractor have been concerning, especially during our current water restrictions. 
The Trust understands the contract issued by the Metro project does not, surprisingly, include weeding.  Nor does the contract include the lower batter adjacent to the M2 noise wall where there is extensive weed growth plus remnant material left behind by the Metro construction.  The Trust would like to see the State government hand the responsibility of managing the project over to Council who are experienced in managing bush regeneration projects.  The Trust understands that Council supports this initiative.  In the interest of the efficient use of government funds the Trust will continue to assist Council by lobbying our local State Member to achieve this preferred outcome.
Recent Development Applications
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust's Web Site now has links to recently submitted Development Applications in the 2119 postcode area.  This page will be updated with every eNews publication.
CLICK HERE To access them.
Hornsby Council eNews – January 2020
Hornsby Council publishes an eNews and it’s worthwhile for readers to subscribe if you haven’t already done so, CLICK HERE for the January 2020 edition.
Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter - December 12th
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.
Advance notice – Clean Up Australia –
Sunday morning 1st March 2020

The Trust has again registered the Beecroft Village Green as an official site.  The Trust will set up at the BVG BBQ area for registration between 9am and Noon.  Bags will be available.  Please wear outdoor clothes and shoes, hat and garden gloves.  Many of the items that need to be picked up will be dirty.  All welcome
Advance Notice – Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust AGM 2020 –
Tuesday 31st March 2020

The Beecroft Bowling Club has been booked for Tuesday night 31st March 2020 for the Trust’s AGM.  Please note the date in your diary/calendar.
Annual Memberships for 2020 become due in March...
Keep our two suburbs strong and informed by being a member!
To support or join the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, please visit our website.
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 OAM

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