15th July 2023.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,

BCCT eNews,
Beecroft’s New Electric Vehicle Charging Station,
Survey on Beecroft Road Traffic Management,
Civic Trust's Spring Walk,
Review of the Toll Network,
Beecroft Bush Dance,
Beecroft Orchestra,
Your Civic Trust,
Local JP,

Epping Civic Trust,
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter,
Hornsby Council News Bulletin,
City of Parramatta News Bulletin,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
As I flagged in last month’s President’s Report the last month has had a number of significant events in Cheltenham.
I attended the sod turning ceremony for the start of the Real Tennis court at the Cheltenham Recreation Club on June 18th and then only a short time later I attended the 110th Anniversary of the commencement of the club. If you want to know more about Bill Harris, the philanthropist who donated the grounds for the club go to the History Group web site at CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE.  Both of these events were impressive and very enjoyable.
Then at Cheltenham Girls High School Louise and I attended the most recent concert of the Beecroft Orchestra. It was a delightful combination of modern and classical orchestral music. It was well delivered with warmth and great professional aplomb.
Hornsby Shire Council recently voted to allocate the remaining funds from the sale of the former Cheltenham Congregational Church towards commencement of the implementation of the Village Green Management Plan. A previous Council had stated that these funds should be spent on the Byles Creek Valley and so two resident surveys were conducted (one by your Civic Trust and the other by the Humans of Beecroft and Cheltenham Facebook page) to see if this approach accorded with resident views. The surveys agreed (in one case) to no longer use the funds on Byles Creek Valley and the other supported the use of the funds on the Village Green. The Civic Trust is offering to assist Council in determining the priority for the work on the Village Green – with an emphasis on building the half court and for installing exercise equipment.
Parramatta City Council has recently installed a new footpath and built a traffic calming crossing at the southern end of Orchard Road near the North Carlingford shops. Again, this has proven to be a difficult intersection and so we all hope that this will make an improvement to safety.
The Civic Trust has not yet had any response to letters sent to the respective new NSW State Ministers on M2 noise or the governance of private certifiers.  We are continuing our follow up on these matters.
Elsewhere in this e-news is a survey about traffic management along Beecroft Road. We are advocating for a red light and speed camera to be installed for traffic traveling along Beecroft Road at the Hannah Street intersection.
Finally it is with much sadness that I note the passing of Ian McLeod at the end of June. Ian was one of our fellow residents who was instrumental in the founding of the Beecroft Cheltenham History Group and so made a great contribution to our local communities.  

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’s New Electric Vehicle Charging Station

HORNSBY Shire Council has unveiled their new electric vehicle charging station in Beecroft.  Close to 900 electric vehicle owners live in the Hornsby Shire, Hornsby Council suggests that this is a 41% increase over the last six months. 
Survey on Beecroft Road Traffic Management
The intersection of Beecroft Road and Hannah Streets has seen many traffic collisions. Recently, a number of these have been fatal accidents.
Do you want the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust to advocate for the installation of a Red Light and Speed Camera to be installed on the corner of Beecroft and Hannah Streets?

CLICK HERE to vote YES                CLICK HERE to vote NO
Results on the Survey on remaining funds from the sale of 179 Beecroft Road – the old Congregation Church
We asked:
Do you support that the remaining funds from the sale of 179 Beecroft Road be spent on Byles Creek?   Yes/No
52.2% of eNews readers Voted NO
47.8% of eNews Voted YES
Civic Trust's Spring Walk
The Civic Trust's next walk will be the Spring walk.  The walk is planned for the 27th of August.
Please note this in your diaries.  We will be providing more details in our August edition of the eNews.

                                               2023 Autumn walk
Review of the Toll Network
The NSW Government has commissioned a review of the toll network by Professor Allan Fels.
A discussion paper has also been prepared
Members of the public are invited to make submissions by July 28. CLICK HERE
Beecroft Bush Dance
The last Bush Dance was a huge success, the next on is planned for September.

Beecroft Orchestra’s Concert 2 for 2023 on 2 July, for the first time having the space and acoustics of the new Cheltenham Girls High School Performance Hall, was a great success. 
The program started with one of Brahms’ gypsy-style ‘Hungarian Dances’ followed by Christopher Gordon’s ‘Ladies in Black Suite’, which is music from the beautiful film of that name set in 1959 in the high-end Ladies fashion section of a well-known Department Store in Sydney.  The Recorder Soloist, Alicia Crossley, performed in Georg Philipp Telemann’s ‘Suite in A Minor’ (with a pompous Overture being followed by a haunting ‘Air A l’Italien’ and fast, boisterous ‘Rejouissance’) and in the ‘Bilitis Movements’ (based on ‘Les Chansons de Bilitis’) by local composer Lyle Chan.  After a delightful afternoon tea came Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, which Beethoven asserted was one of his best works, which came to a climax with a lively Presto and Allegro Con Brio.
This year, the orchestra initiated a Young Conductors’ Program. The response to this has been astonishing and 4 young conductors were selected to assist and learn from the orchestra’s Conductor, Dr Joanna Drimatis - one in each musical term. Funds for this program come from tax deductible donations to the orchestra’s Gift Fund which is accessible through the Beecroft Orchestra Website.
The next concert is on Sunday 17th September at 2.30pm in the Cheltenham Girls High School new Performance Hall.  Save this date. More information is coming soon on the program details.
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.

Epping Civic Trust

The next Epping Civic Trust meeting will be on Tuesday 15th August at 7.30 pm.
The venue for the meeting will be the hall for the Churches of Christ Bridge St Epping.
Anyone wishing to hear from Jerome Laxale would be very welcome.
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 0449 232 474.
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter dated July 2023
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives. 
Julian Leeser MP.  Invitation to attend two forums.
Forums will focus on Australia-Sri Lanka relations and on human rights in Iran.
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives. 

Hornsby Shire Council's July News Bulletin
Can be viewed CLICK HERE

City of Parramatta's July News Bulletin
Can be viewed CLICK HERE

City of Parramatta's PAC updates
Can be viewed CLICK HERE
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.

Other objections and correspondence with council can be viewed CLICK HERE
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 2023 became due in March...
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CLICK HERE.The eNews has become our main method for disseminating information to the community. We already send the eNews to many of our residents.  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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