17th July 2020   Edition One.
In this edition:

President's Message,
City of Parramatta Business Paper,
City of Parramatta Local Planning Panel,
Hornsby Council business papers,
Beecroft War Memorial Repairs,     
Bamboo removal,
Update on 181-183 Beecroft Rd,
Newsletter from Julian Leeser MP.,
Newsletter from Hornsby Councillor Vince de Gallego,
Newsletter from Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President

I hope everyone is coping with the corona virus.  If like me, you are finding it hard dealing with the latest outbreak, I’m not relishing further restrictions. While the latest outbreaks are not unexpected it is still going to be very hard for all of us to bunker down again.
So please be careful and take care.
Regarding local matters I have a number of items to report on. They are listed below. The most disappointing news I received was from the NSW Heritage Office. The Trust’s request for an Interim Heritage Order over the whole of the property known as 181-183 Beecroft Road Cheltenham was unsuccessful.
We tried very hard, but to achieve a state listing was always going to be a huge challenge.
Both Parramatta and Hornsby Councils are still holding online meetings with audio video technology where the public are only able to watch via live streaming. The only public input is by emailing a prepared statement through to council prior to the meeting, which is then read out to the councillors. It is a similar arrangement with the local planning panels and even the Land and Environment Court. Naturally I miss the interaction one shares at a ‘normal’ meeting.

Ross Walker OAM

City of Parramatta Business Paper
The Powerhouse Museum and its proposed relocation has been in the media lately. Parramatta Council held an extraordinary meeting on 2nd July 2020 to debate the issue. The business papers and draft minutes are worth reading and can be accessed by CLICKING HERE and HERE respectively.  You will note that the meeting was held the week before the State Government announced the retention of the existing Ultimo site.

The City of Parramatta Local Planning Panel
The City of Parramatta Local Planning Panel will be meeting next week on 21st July 2020 to determine two proposed child care centres, one in Ray Rd Epping and the other in Orchard Road Beecroft.  Both proposals generated a lot of interest with many objections submitted to Council. CLICK HERE to view the business papers and read Council’s recommendation.

Hornsby Council business papers
At their 8th July 2020 meeting, Hornsby Council approved the public exhibition of two discussion papers, Local Housing Strategy and Seniors Housing Demand and Supply Review.   CLICK HERE for the business papers.  After reading the Parramatta Council LPP item above, seniors housing is an issue in many local government areas and not just Hornsby.

Beecroft War Memorial Repairs              
Hornsby Council will be issuing a contract soon for major repairs to the sandstone war memorial. These proposed works will be substantial and will take a number of months to complete. Expect scaffolding to be erected and a sizeable area around the memorial to be partitioned off as a designated work site. Some residents may recall the repairs to the memorial about 10 years ago. Those works were of a temporary nature and did not address the problems within the structure itself.
This type of repair work is not unexpected for a structure approximately 100 years old and constructed from sandstone.

Bamboo Removal from Rail Corridor next to Beecroft Village Green
Anyone walking through the Beecroft Village Green would have noticed that State Rail has removed the invasive bamboo from the rail corridor.
The Trust understands the works will include a follow up eradication of the rhizomes as they regrow. State Rail and Council intend to screen the rail line with more appropriate new plantings. 
Request for an Interim Heritage Order over 181-183 Beecroft Rd Cheltenham

 The Trust, together with the Beecroft Cheltenham History Group and Byles Creek Valley Union, prepared a detailed submission to the NSW Heritage Council for an Interim heritage Order (IHO). An IHO was to be a temporary listing while the State Government considered the property to be worthy of a State Listing. Currently only part of the property (the front garden)  is listed as a local item. The Trust considered the whole of this prominent property should be listed. There was a sense of urgency to protect the whole property because the owner has lodged a development application for a child care centre that would materially change the property as well as changing its residential use. CLICK HERE for the Heritage Office reply.  CLICK HERE for the submission.  CLICK HERE to read Council’s letter supporting the Trust's application.
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter dated July 14th 2020
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Councillor Vince del Gallego Newsletter dated July 8th 2020
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Councillor Emma Heyde's Report dated June 19th 2020
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
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.
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 2020 became due in March...
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CLICK HERE.The eNews has become our main method for disseminating information to the community. Currently we have over 1090 email addresses.  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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