22nd July 2019   Edition Two.
In this edition:
Presidents Message,
Jamieson House re-opening,
Scout Group - Annual Fertiliser Drive ,
Sydney Science Festival,
Tree Planting at Observatory Park,
Police Reports,
Special Event at Sydney Aquarium,
STEP Newsletter,
Murray Farm Rd. Bridge.
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Message from the President
Just a short message this month on what has been happening in our suburb. The brothel issue in Beecroft has been raised again by one of our residents and the Trust has encouraged the resident to contact Hornsby Council. The Trust is, naturally, very concerned about the issue of brothels in our area. Logically, they only exist if there is a demand and also, they are often associated with organised crime. This became apparent when this matter arose back in November 2017.  There appears to be a problem with the State legislation that controls brothels. All local councils are in a difficult position where prosecuting these illegal operations involve lengthy and costly legal processes. Because a sole operator does not require development consent, it means an individual can operate virtually anywhere. Personally, I struggle to understand how our society today allows the current arrangements to continue.
Finally, the Trust managed to meet with the staff of our recently elected State Member for Epping, Dominic Perrottet. I would have preferred a meeting with Dominic of course, hopefully next time. The issues raised included the lift at Beecroft station, our downgraded train service, graffiti on the pedestrian bridge, overhead wire bundling in Hannah Street, State funds for acquiring open space in Byles Creek and the regeneration of the bushland on the former haulage road behind Cheltenham Oval. Hopefully we will have some feedback from Dominic’s office in time for our next eNews.
Ross Walker OAM
Jamieson House re-opening as Beecroft House
The following information has been provided by our C Ward Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde.
The former Jamieson House, at the corner of Hannah and York Streets Beecroft, is to have a new lease of life for a limited period as a transitional housing for women over 55 in need of affordable housing. 

Jamieson House will now be called Beecroft House.
In May 2018, Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) was approached by Twilight Aged Care with an offer to use their vacant Aged Care Facility rent-free for two years as transitional housing for women over 55. Following the approach, WCS undertook a full analysis of the project to assess its viability, including exploring partnership and funding options and identified a service model that would include transitional housing for up to 20 women aged over 55 years, including six to eight women exiting WCS shelters and 12 to 14 women drawn from the NSW Social Housing Waitlist.
The project is a unique collaboration between Women’s Community Shelters (WCS), Link Housing, National Projects and Maintenance, The Generous and the Grateful and has been made possible with the support of Twilight Aged Care, the property owners. Since conception, the project partners have consulted and worked with local Council and relevant community groups to maximise community support for the project.
Community members and interested parties were invited to a community information session on the 19th July at the Beecroft Club. There will be several opportunities where the community can be engaged in the life of the women in Beecroft House: volunteer painting day, vegetable garden preparation, sausage sizzle thank you for workers plus ongoing weekly/monthly support with various activities such as a Wellness and Sewing program.
Beecroft House proposes to hold an opening day on Friday 9th August.
More details will be provided as they becomes available.
Beecroft Cheltenham Scout Group - Annual Fertiliser Drive
The scouts are holding their annual fertiliser drive with deliveries planned for Saturday 17th August
Orders can be placed on their website:CLICK HERE
Contact is Philip Ashley, Group Leader Beecroft Scouts. 0417391879

Sydney Science Festival – Pandemic in Parramatta in 1919
One hundred years ago, after the First World War ended, Australia suffered a severe outbreak of influenza, commonly known as the Spanish Flu. Beecroft’s Community Hall and the former Cambria Hall on Beecroft Road at Epping were both used as inoculation centres. As part of the Sydney Science Festival, the Parramatta Heritage Centre has organised a talk at the Parramatta Central library, 1-3 Fitzwilliam St Parramatta, on 14th August 2019 from 6pm. Bookings essential. Cost $5. For further details CLICK HERE

Tree Planting at Observatory Park – Sunday 4th August - Reminder
As part of Hornsby Council’s 25,000 trees by 2020, and to coincide with National Tree Day, the Trust will be assisting Council in a tree planting activity at Observatory Park (intersection of Beecroft and Pennant Hills Roads) on Sunday 4th  August from 10am to noon. All welcome. But please RSVP back to the  if you intend coming as the number of volunteers has to be restricted to about 25. Council staff will be providing about 200 trees, shrubs and grasses for planting in the reserve.  Council will be preparing the holes for planting and the water. All you need to bring is a pair of gloves and be dressed for gardening.

This year National Tree Day falls on Sunday 28th July, with National Tree Day for Schools on Friday 26th.  Council has teamed up with Beecroft Public School’s environmental group to plant trees in Lyne Road Reserve at Cheltenham on the Friday 26th July between 12 noon and 1pm. 
On the actual Sunday 28th July, Council has chosen Fagan Park (Japanese Gardens) at Galston to celebrate the day.  This event will be from 10am till 1pm. Again, bring gloves and wear gardening attire and Council will provide plants and equipment. No restriction on numbers and you are welcome to make your visit into a picnic lunch. Food and drinks are available at the kiosk near the playground. Parking is free in the overflow car park outside the Park. CLICK HERE for more information.  
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.
Special Event at Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife Sydney Zoo –
a Sensory Friendly Experience

Every so often Merlin Entertainments sponsors a “Quiet” morning for Families with children whose special needs would benefit from a visit to these two attractions without the distraction of loud noises, bright lights and video display screens.
On Tuesday morning 30th July Merlin’s Magic Wand will be hosting a quiet sensory session at both the Sydney Aquarium and the Wildlife Sydney Zoo between 8am and 10am. It is a free event with staff and contractors volunteering their time. If you feel your child may benefit from this special event please CLICK HERE for more information. 
CLICK HERE to email Merlin.
Latest STEP Newsletter
The South Turramurra Environmental Society (STEP) publishes a regular newsletter. The Society has been operating for many years and has a reputation of being very professional in its operation. CLICK HERE to access their latest newsletter. If you are interested in subscribing, there is a link at the end of the newsletter. New members are always welcome. 
Murray Farm Rd. Bridge over M2 Motorway
A concerned resident has contacted the BCCT seeking help with their concerns about a letter advising them that the Murray Farm Bridge advertising sign was soon to be "upgraded".  Apart from increased light pollution other issues such as road noise was raised and advice was sought about who could be contacted to seek clarification. 
The Trusts reply can be viewed HERE.
Annual Memberships for 2019 became due at the
Annual General Meeting 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

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