25th July 2018   Edition One.
In this edition:
Presidents Report,
Picnic for Trees - Sunday 29th July,
Successful history research grant,
Police update,
Cheltenham Oval NRT update,
Hornsby Council General Meeting.
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President's Report
Below is a final reminder for this Sunday’s Picnic for Trees, a celebration of National Tree Day. It has been well publicised with contributors like Michael Bianchino promoting the event in the local newspapers and Graham Ross giving it a plug on his radio program.  If you can spare an hour this Sunday come down to the Village Green and help with the planting of over 25 Lilly Pillies. In the spirit of the event, Hornsby Council’s plant nursery have provided free native plants. The formal part of the event will start at noon.

Ross Walker
Picnic for Trees – This 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. A gold coin donation would be welcome. 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.

Graham Ross Cutting the cake at the July 2017 Picnic for Trees.

Ross Walker addressing the crowd at the July 2017 Picnic for Trees.
Successful Grant for Researching Beecroft History
The Beecroft Cheltenham History Group (a sub-committee of the Civic Trust) is very excited to have received a grant as part of the Armistice Centenary Grants Program. This is a one off grant to support projects commemorating the end of World War I.
The History Group will use the grant to help publish the letters of James Blackwood - a young Beecroft man. His family home ‘Maraba’ still stands on Beecroft Road near Observatory Hill and close by to Blackwood Nature Reserve. Based on his letters, the publication will tell of his service, life and death and the impact of the death of many other young service personnel on the communities of Beecroft and Cheltenham.
The History Group wishes to thank in particular our local Federal member, Julian Lesser MP, for his support of its grant application.
Ahimsa and Marie Byles -  Saturday 15th September and
Sunday 16th September 2018

Please note in your diaries this weekend.  Friends of Ahimsa, with the support of the National Trust, are organising a special weekend at Ahimsa. The former home of Marie Byles, Marie bequeathed Ahimsa to the National Trust when she died. Marie Byles was a well- known local identity. She purchased over a hectare of bushland at the end of Day and Cobram Roads in Cheltenham and built her modest home within the surrounding bushland. Besides being a keen conservationist, Marie was the first female solicitor in NSW, working from her office in Eastwood.  September 2018 will be the 100 year anniversary of her registration as a solicitor.    
The Trust, in conjunction with other community groups, is supporting this weekend activity. On the Saturday there will be a historical walk through Beecroft and Cheltenham starting at 1pm at  Marie’s childhood home in Welham St Beecroft and finishing at Ahimsa in time for the official opening by the Mayor at 3.30pm. On the Sunday the Trust will conduct our regular Spring Walk departing Ahimsa at 2pm and returning for afternoon tea at 4pm. More details of the event will be published soon.    Those interested in attending on one or both days,  please email  Martin Fallding at as space will be limited.
Latest from the Police
The last remaining Neighbourhood Watch group in Beecroft Cheltenham has folded. However, the BCCT has established an arrangement with the Ryde Police Area Command where we will receive crime and police information. This information will be included in our Website, eNews and on our facebook page. 
Below are a few details surrounding a recent incident in Beecroft:
Man charged with drug possession – Beecroft
About 3.05pm on Tuesday 3rd July 2018, Police were patrolling Booth Park in Sutherland Road Beecroft. Police saw four people standing under a small shelter within the park. Police approached the four people and could see a number of small plastic resealable bags scattered on the ground as well as a bong on a seat next to an 18-year-old man from Beecroft. Police spoke with the four people before searching them. Police located a large resealable bag containing 12 smaller sachets containing what is believed to be Cannabis within each sachet.
Police issued the man with a Court Attendance Notice for Possess Prohibited Drug. He will appear in Burwood Local Court at a later date.
All four people were issued with a direction to move on from the park.
These useful Police contacts and links will be available on Facebook and our Website:
  1. 000 (Triple Zero) Emergency
    Phone: 000
  2. NSW Police Assistance Line
    For non-emergencies
    Phone: 131 444
    I’ve attached a copy of the flyer on this line which be useful for the BCCT facebook page and website
  3. NSW Police Community Portal
  4. Ryde Police Area Command (PAC) facebook page (@RydePAC)
  5. NSW Police
  6. WatchOut
    This is an initiative of the Ku-ring-gai/Hornsby Neighbourhood Watch group and contains a myriad of useful links for the community.
Cheltenham Oval and the Northwest Rapid Transport
(NRT) update

Construction on the sporting facility is underway next to the oval. The noisewalls that were around the rail service facility have now been finally removed.  There was some initial drama when the construction fencing was erected too close to the playing surfaces.  This was quickly sorted with an urgent onsite meeting between the sporting clubs, Hornsby Council and the NRT project manager. Part of the bushland walking track through to Kirkham Street has been diverted during this phase of the construction.

Beecroft Cheltenham Scout Group
Beecroft Cheltenham Scouts are having a fertilizer and garden supply drive. 
CLICK HERE to view their brochure. Orders close on 12th August for delivery on Saturday 18th August.

The Beecroft Scouts Group currently has Scouts, Cubs and, most recently, Joeys.  They are planning to commence a Venturer Unit early next year thus providing activities for children aged from 5 to 18 year, across all sections.

Damien Tudehope MP
Damien Tudehope has published another Newsletter.  This time it's about widening the bridge at Epping, anyone wishing to read it:
Planet Ark National Tree Day
Planet Ark is organising another National Tree Day on
Sunday the 12th of August at Plympton Rd.
CLICK HERE for the information brochure
or visit

Hornsby Council’s July General Meeting
On Wednesday 11th July Hornsby Council approved a Mayoral minute for Council to adopt a Tree Planting Program across the Shire.  A number of community groups, including the Trust, spoke in support of the motion. The Trust however stressed to the Council that for this program to work , the community must be involved from the beginning.  The Trust offered to assist Council with the implementation of the program.
In the June eNews, the Trust mentioned it was seeking a Mayoral meeting to discuss the future use of the Church funds.  At this stage the meeting is likely to be held in September.  The Trust is also providing the opportunity for other local groups to attend the meeting as well. The Trust recognises its role as representing the broader community.
Annual Memberships for 2018... CLICK HERE
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To support or join the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, please visit our website.

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.

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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