1st March 2018   Edition One.
In this edition:
Presidents Message, AGM March 27,
Clean Up Australia, DA process HSC,
Amendments to Tree & Vegetation Control Plan,
New Electronic Message Board,
LEC proceedings for Malton Rd, Armistice Grants,
Mikey the Powerful Owlet,
Steven Head named as HSC new General Manager.
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Message from the President
In this edition, I have tried to maintain a variety of items, ranging from what has happened at Hornsby Council to upcoming events. We will be delivering a short bulletin to all 2119 households soon, promoting the AGM on 27th March 2018.  You would have noticed that over the past year we have limited our printed bulletins to events that warrant a full coverage of all households, and relying on our eNews for day to day news items.  So I encourage you to get your neighbours to subscribe to our eNews. We currently have over 1000 subscribers, including a number from outside our two suburbs. I also appreciate the positive feedback many of you are giving the Trust, often by email but also just chatting in the street.

Ross Walker
Reminder - Annual General Meeting
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust AGM will be held on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at the Beecroft Bowling Club, 128 Copeland Rd commencing 7.30 pm sharp . Some of the current committee members are unable to re-nominate for various reasons so the Trust is seeking new committee members.  It is important to maintain a continuous injection of new people on the committee.  After all, the Trust is only as good as the community it serves. Nomination form can be downloaded from the Trust website CLICK HERE
Please pay your 2018 subscription prior to coming, as it will minimise delays in entering the venue.
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There will not be a guest speaker, however there will be a Question and Answer session with our elected representatives. Supper will be served after the AGM. Expect a bulletin in your letterbox advertising the AGM soon
Reminder - Clean Up Australia – this Sunday 4th March 2018
The Trust has registered the Beecroft Village Green again and we will be setting up at the picnic tables from 9am.  All welcome to come down and lend a hand.  Children are welcome also but must be accompanied by an adult.  There will be plenty of bags, both white for rubbish and yellow for recycling, and limited number of gloves.  If you are coming along, it is preferable for you to bring your own gloves.
The window display shown below was organised by Trish Brown with enthusiastic input from Mrs Pretorius’s class 1P at Beecroft Public school. The two community windows at Beecroft Place are available for community displays. Contact Wayne Davey. the manager, on 0410 598 686 if your group is interested in using one of the windows.  He is only too happy to assist.
Development Approval Processes at Hornsby Council commencing March 1st 2018
As reported in our previous eNews, the State Government gazetted new planning legislation prohibiting Councillors from determining development applications. For Hornsby Council, because of the delay in the amalgamation process, the date of commencement of this new approval process is the 1st March 2018.  There will be three levels of approval. Put simply, the three levels are based on the estimated cost of the development; under $5million, under $30 million and over $30million.
The lowest level under $5million, which will cover the majority of house related developments, will be determined by Council’s staff. The second level for development over $5 million will be determined by an Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP).  Expect large residential developments, like Seniors Housing, to be captured in this level.  The third and highest level will be the Sydney North Planning Panel (SNPP), which replaces the former Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP). The SNPP will determine development above $30million in a number of northern suburb Councils.
On Wednesday night 21st February, Hornsby Council held an extraordinary meeting to approve the panels for the IHAP and SNPP.  The minutes can be viewed here: CLICK HERE.
Amendments to the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 - Tree and Vegetation Preservation
On Wednesday night 14th February the amendments to the Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 - Tree and Vegetation Preservation were approved . Details can be viewed in the confirmed minutes at the end under item 13.
Note the Parramatta Council has done likewise and also strengthened the planning controls in Beecroft south of the M2.

In order to appreciate the significance of amendment to Hornsby Council’s Development Control Plan, the Mayor of Hornsby Philip Ruddock had a lengthy interview on Sunday morning 18th February with Graham Ross of the Garden Clinic on Radio 2GB.   To listen to the interview use the audio link on our website.  CLICK HERE
Many thanks to Macquarie Media Ltd giving permission to use it.
Electronic Message Sign on Beecroft Road, north of Albert Road
For those wondering why there is a new sign on Beecroft Road, details can be found on the NorthConnex website, Type in ‘VMS’ in the search panel on the top right of the screen. To quote from the material provided, this sign is designed to allow the efficient operation of the road network by providing road users with advance notice of planned and unplanned incidents impacting the NorthConnex tunnel and road network. The sign will provide live up to date information about changes to road conditions. 
Land and Environment Court proceedings – 6-8 Malton Road, Beecroft
Residents who objected to the proposed seniors housing development would have received a message last week from Marsdens Law Group.  Only those who objected may get an opportunity to speak on the day. 
 Residents may recall that the development application sought consent for “infill self care housing” comprising 10 independent living units pursuant to the provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004, including the conversion of two existing dwellings into four units and the construction of a two storey residential flat building containing six units and a basement car park on the land at 6 and 8 Malton Road, Beecroft.  The development application was originally notified by Hornsby Council on 2nd November 2016 with amendments made on 13th July 2017.  On 4th October 2017, the Applicant commenced proceedings in Class 1 of the Land and Environment Court’s jurisdiction appealing against the Council’s deemed refusal of the development application.  The Trust will keep readers informed.
Armistice Grants Programme
Our Federal Member Julian Leeser recently approached local community organisations seeking interest in applying for a financial grant for a project related to the end of the 1st World War.  The Beecroft Cheltenham History Group has applied for a grant to publish the letters of James Blackwood who fought and died as a young man on the Western Front. His death had a marked impact on his family and the district. About 100 of his letters survive as does Blackwood Reserve, house and street. The family business continues as part of the Wesfarmer group. The impact of the war can be seen in a number of ways, including women taking a lead in community organisations, families like the Blackwoods withdrawing from public life and the building of memorials that remind us of the tragedy of war rather than victory.  We will let you know of the outcome of the application.
Mikey the Powerful Owlet & Friends: Saving Byles Creek Valley & Beyond
Local shoppers at Beecroft would remember the book launch last November and subsequent window display at Beecroft place over the Christmas holidays, on Mikey the Powerful Owl.  This is a follow up report from Georgia Cameron.
“Team Mikey” flew to The Children’s Bookshop Beecroft for the presentation of a big Bendigo Bank promotional cheque for $2,510 to Sydney Wildlife on Monday 22nd January 2018. The donation represents $5 from each of the 500 limited-edition “Mikey the Powerful Owlet & Friends:  Saving Byles Creek Valley & Beyond” photo books, written by Georgia Cameron, photographed by Michael Bianchino and published by local community group The Byles Creek Valley Union Inc, plus a private donation.
The book includes a foreword by gardening legend Mr Graham Ross VMM (The Garden Clinic 2GB 873 and Better Homes & Gardens Channel 7) and afterword by Dr Mehreen Faruqi (NSW Greens MLC), who have both supported the campaign to save the vulnerable Powerful Owl and his habitat in Byles Creek Valley and beyond.
Donating all the profits from Mikey’s second book to Sydney Wildlife was in recognition of the amazing work the organisation does in the community, according to co-authors Georgia and Michael, who also present The Half Hour Hoot on local Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai community radio station Triple H 100.1FM. 
A registered charity licensed by NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, Sydney Wildlife’s 24/7 rescue and advice service is operated entirely by volunteers who rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
Local Sydney Wildlife carer Deb Fleet said that all the work Sydney Wildlife does is done by volunteers, so funding is really important.
Robin Grindrod, Secretary of Sydney Wildlife said donations like this allow the organisation to do more.
Books are still available at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street Beecroft (02) 9481 8811 or online at

Photo: Michael Bianchino 2018.
Low flying helicopter training - Sydney, Orange, Canberra during February and March
On Tuesday night this week, 27
th February, many residents would have experienced a constant flow of army helicopters flying in formation, from about 6pm to 10.30pm.  The Trust contacted our Federal Member Mr. Julian Leeser MP who quickly provided an explanation and a link to the training exercises being conducted by our Defence Forces.
The Trust appreciates that we have such excellent access to our Federal Member.
Steven Head named as Hornsby Shire’s new general manager
Below is the recent media release from Hornsby Council.
Posted: Wednesday 21 February, 2018

Hornsby Shire Council has named Steven Head as its new general manager, the first permanent appointment to the position in more than two years. Mr Head comes to the position with 20 years of experience in local government, including time at Ku-ring-gai, Parramatta and Willoughby councils. His most recent position was a senior role with Roads and Maritime Services. “This is one of the most important decisions a council can make, one that will set our course for years to come, and we made it very carefully,” Hornsby Shire Mayor Philip Ruddock said.   “Steven stood out from a field of more than 80 candidates as a person with deep experience and tremendous leadership skills, somebody who will deliver great results for our organisation and for the Shire as a whole.”
Mr Head said he was both humbled and excited to be offered the position. “It’s an absolute honour to be chosen and I can’t wait to start,” Mr Head said. “There are a number of major projects in the Shire that I’m especially keen to be involved in, such as the transformation of Hornsby Quarry. “I was also drawn to this position because Hornsby Shire clearly has a council that is committed to doing the right thing by its community.”
The position has been vacant since Scott Phillips left in August 2015, with acting general managers filling the role since then because of the uncertainty of the local government reforms. “However, that is all behind us now and with our new general manager at the helm we are moving forward into the future,” Mayor Ruddock said.
Mr Head said his top priorities were to ensure a solid financial future for Council, while continuing to deliver quality facilities and services for the community. “The purpose of my role is to work closely with Council, the community and staff to ensure we have identified the priorities for our community and then deliver those.”
Mr Head will begin as general manager on March 26.
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Kind regards,
Ross Walker

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