1st July 2018   Edition One.
In this edition:
Presidents Report,
Update on 6-8 Malton Road in Beecroft,
Picnic for Trees - Sunday 29th July.
Bag Free Beecroft ,
Computer classes in Beecroft
Hornsby Council General Meeting.
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President's Report
There are a number of items below that residents should find interesting.  The Malton Road seniors housing development, now approved, is continuing to generate a lot of interest in the community.  Residents are unhappy with the way the over 55 units are being marketed.

We have included an article from Beecroft Uniting Church in this issue.
The eNews is intended to provide a service to our community, so if other groups, whether church, youth or sporting groups wish to advertise their activities, they are welcome to approach the Trust for publication. I want to specifically reach out to our residents who are now part of the Parramatta City Council area.  It is easy to forget that a substantial percentage of our readers live south of the M2.

Finally the decision to maintain our facebook page is successfully capturing an audience that is slightly different from our regular readers.
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Ross Walker
6 - 8 Malton Road Beecroft Seniors Development
The Seniors Housing development has now been approved in the Land and Environment Court.  The Court had to be satisfied that a motorised wheelchair could reasonably access the bus stop in Wongala Avenue. Residents worked collaboratively with Hornsby Council in clarifying the interpretation of the allowable footpath grades set out in the relevant State planning legislation. Taking this development to Court ended up benefiting Hornsby Council as the Court’s determination provided Council with a clearer interpretation of how the legislation applies. The approval requires the applicant to upgrade the existing footpath in Sutherland Road and Wongala Crescent.

The Trust is aware that there is a strong demand for Seniors Housing in our suburbs, as many retirees are seeking alternate accommodation. However it is puzzling that the real estate agent marketing the complex does not appear to be targeting the key market. Legislation requires that prospective purchasers must either be over 55 years old or have a recognised disability. Numerous residents consider it to be a matter of misleading advertising and have expressed this view to the selling agent.  Damien Tudehope, our Member for Epping, has been requested to investigate the matter.
Reminder - Picnic for Trees - Sunday 29th July 2018 at the Beecroft Village Green – 11.30am to 1.30pm
As in previous years there will be a focus on greening our environment with family in mind.  We’ll fire up the BBQ and provide a sausage sizzle. There will be various guest speakers including Graham and Linda Ross from the Garden Clinic.  Local community groups participating include Save Beecroft Cheltenham Alliance, Rotary, the Beecroft and District Garden Club, Byles Creek Valley Union and Beards On.
Hornsby Council is supplying more Lilly Pillies plus another advanced native tree. They are also digging the holes for us.  All we have to do is fill them back in!  We propose to extend the existing row of Lilly Pillies further along Beecroft Road, eventually creating a screen for the Village Green. 
Bag Free Beecroft 1st Anniversary Celebration
The Bag Free Beecroft campaigners celebrated their first anniversary on Saturday 9th June.

As you can see from the photograph it was a celebratory event, including a delicious homemade birthday cake.  In Beecroft shopping centre people’s behaviour has changed over the past twelve months. The plastic bag free campaign is working.  Of course banning single use plastic bags is not the end of the problem. We still have a long way to go and it is dependent upon local communities to drive the change. Whether we make disposable plastics biodegradable organic products like corn starch, or recycle end products, we must get serious about how we manage our plastic pollution.
Computer Classes in Beecroft
Computer Buddies
The Beecroft Uniting Church has been running computer classes, Computer Buddies, for some time now. Please note this group is open to any who understand computers and want to know more about certain topics or for students of the Computing for Seniors classes.  Cost $10 p.a.
The classes will start again on Tuesday, August 14 at 2 pm in the Sunshine Room and thereafter every second Tuesday of the month. Thus, September 11, October 9, November 13 and the final one for the year on December 11.
Computing for Seniors Classes
As the powers that be are pushing us out of person to person banking, snail mail paying bills and anything else we are used to doing, it is important that we learn these new skills. This class will begin weekly for 8 weeks on Thursday 2nd August and conclude on Thursday 20th September.  Time is 2pm in the Sunshine Room.  Cost $25 for the Course.  Open to all, even if you have completed the course previously.  A refresher is always good.
Please contact Martin Levine on 0413 312 702
Hornsby Council General Meeting Wednesday night 13th June
 Last eNews, reference was made to Hornsby Council’s Business Papers, recommending that the church funds currently held in a restricted account should not be touched. The motion was passed. The Trust however did speak on the matter, requesting that communication remain open between Council and the Trust as to the future use of this money. The Mayor offered the Trust a mayoral meeting to discuss the matter.  The Trust will provide an update after the meeting.
Damien Tudehope MP
Damien Tudehope has once again published a Newsletter, anyone wishing to read it: CLICK HERE
Annual Memberships for 2018 are now Due... CLICK HERE
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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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