15th March 2018   Edition Two.
In this edition:
Presidents Message, AGM March 27,
Proposed Cycleway,  Tribute to Harry Lachlan Wallace
From fruit bowl to Housing Boom,
Clean Up Australia 4
th March, Planning in NSW
NSW Heritage Near Me,
On Demand bus trial for Epping and Carlingford,
Email update from C ward Councillor Emma Heyde,
Trust Autumn Walk 6
th May.
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Message from the President
There are a number of items in this eNews that readers should be particularly interested in. I apologise now for the length of some of the items; to edit them would mean the loss of context.  An issue that did catch my attention was the Hornsby Council Mayoral media release about Parramatta Council seeking ownership of North Epping and a part of Winston Hills.  Click below for the 28th February release. Perhaps I was surprised with the timing of Parramatta Council’s announcement, because both the Member for Epping and the Member for Hornsby are working hard in the background to resolve the amalgamation process. Then again, perhaps it indicates that Parramatta Council does not recognise the M2 as the accepted local government boundary and final local government boundaries are still open to negotiation.   

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 forms 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.

Proposed Cycleway between Pennant Hills and Epping train stations
 Over the past three years Pennant Hills Civic Trust, supported by Epping civic Trust and our Trust, has been lobbying our two State Members and Hornsby Council to construct a cycleway from Epping station to Pennant Hills Station.  The hard work came to fruition on Friday 2 March 2017 when State Member for Epping, Damien Tudehope announced that the cycleway from Pennant Hills to Epping will receive $5.1 million from the NSW Government Cycling Infrastructure Fund. The funding is subject to a feasibility study, with the cycleway to be completed by 2020. It is still early days but the intention is to link cycleways coming from Macquarie Universtity, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Carlingford, North Rocks and Parramatta to cycleways at Thornleigh and Hornsby. There is more information on Pennant Hills Civic Trust website. CLICK HERE

TRIBUTE TO HARRY LACHLAN WALLACE  7.10-1931 – 20.01.2018
On 20 January 2018 the Beecroft-Cheltenham community lost one of its most beloved residents.  Harry Lachlan Wallace sadly passed away while planting a tree on his much-loved country property near Wingham in northern NSW.  He is greatly missed by his wife Pat, four children – Andrew, Catriona, John and Kirstie – and 14 grandchildren.

Harry had a lifelong commitment to the issues of peace and justice – disturbed by Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War he, with others, initially formed the Liberal Reform Group, later becoming the Australia Party and then the Australian Democrats.

Philanthropy was a natural consequence for any success Harry had in his business ventures and in 1981 he and his family established The Wallace Foundation to support causes or individuals whose endeavours may have been deemed ‘unpopular’ and therefore unpublicised.

In 1995 Harry was awarded an OAM for the establishing the AusBuy Campaign and for Community Service.  He was passionate about the ownership of Australian companies, the future of Australian manufacturing and the economy.

In 2001 he set up The Major Issues and Theology Foundation now widely known for its Beecroft Forum which regularly presents controversial speakers on cutting-edge topics and can now usually expect an audience of over 200 guests.  The Beecroft Forum Dinner in March this year was fortunate to have Dr Tilman Ruff and Gemma Romuld representing the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).  All his adult life Harry has been committed to nuclear disarmament, marching with thousands across the United Kingdom on Hiroshima Day 1957.  “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”  This was Harry – he was an active, much-loved member of his local Beecroft community and beyond for many years and we might ask how is his mission to be continued.

From Fruit Bowl Farms to Housing Boom
Chris Staples, a member of the Ray Park Heritage Group, launched his history book last Saturday. The book describes how the Carlingford Road, Pennant Hills Road and M2 triangle gradually changed from bushland to rural, then to suburbia during the three growth periods of the 1880’s, 1930’s and 1960’s.  The book is available for sale at Bruce Lyon’s office, 73 Beecroft Rd Epping until 23rd March 2018 or by contacting Dorothy Doolan at The book will also be for sale at the Trust’s AGM on 27th March.  Cost is $35. Be quick before it sells out.

Clean Up Australia (CUA) last Sunday 4th March
The recent publicity, including the Beecroft Place window display, meant that there was a larger than usual turn up at last Sunday’s CUA venue at the Beecroft Village Green. Over 20 people turned up including the Beecroft Guides. The amount of rubbish collected was similar to what we collect every year though.  We concentrated on the commuter car parks, shopping car parks, streets along the railway line and through our bushland. Logic tells us most of the rubbish is dropped or thrown out of vehicles, but also local residents walking. The worst area for rubbish was again in the bushland gully below the train station underpass on Sutherland Road. We filled four bags with bottles and cans from this area alone.

It’s embarrassing to find so much rubbish and reflects poorly on our community. It isn’t just the large items but the small pieces of plastic.  We can ALL do better.  Many of us like our regular walks. So the Trust challenges you to carry a bag when you are out walking and collect any rubbish you see.  Bending over is also a good form of exercise.

Is Planning in NSW broken?
David Shoebridge MLC, planning spokesman for the Greens Party, will be speaking about the NSW planning laws at the Hornsby Library main meeting room from 6.45-8.45 pm on Thursday 22nd March 2018.  All welcome.

NSW Heritage Near Me Program
 A new round of grants under the NSW Government’s Heritage Near Me program will see $2.8 million directed towards projects to protect unique local heritage around the state, and heritage managers or owners in the Epping are encouraged to apply, Member for Epping: Mr Damien Tudehope announced today. Applications are now open for this year’s Heritage Activation grants, which are designed for owners or managers of local, publicly accessible heritage items—from buildings to parks and monuments to special natural and cultural places.

"These grants recognise the importance of bringing local heritage spaces and precincts in our community to life to conserve their heritage significance,” Mr Tudehope said.

The Heritage Activation grants are for projects that actively encourage community interaction and participation with publicly accessible heritage items that are listed on a local council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP). “This program supports local communities in their efforts to conserve and celebrate their stories, places and values. “I encourage all heritage managers or owners across the area to apply for this funding,” Mr Tudehope said.

Past grants have allowed heritage managers or owners—most often community groups and local councils—to undertake conservation work, improve accessibility to their heritage item, add interpretation to a site, or reuse an old site for a new purpose.

Applicants can apply for support for their projects for amounts from $10,000 to $100,000. Applications close on 20 April 2018 for projects that begin after 1 July 2018.

For more information on the Heritage Near Me program, visit, call 02 9873 8544 or email

On demand bus trial for Epping and Carlingford
Our Member for Epping, Mr Damien Tudehope forwarded this item through to the Trust. It is aimed at residents south of the M2.  The trial service commenced on Tuesday 30th of January as part of a number of NSW Government public transport trials. The service, branded OurBus, operates in peak times from 5.30am to 9:00am and 5:00pm to 8:00pm, using four vehicles, each capable of carrying 10 passengers. All vehicles are fully wheel chair accessible. OurBus on-demand allows customers to book transport from or near their home to a local transport hub or other centre at a time that suits them.

 A new OurBus website and app are now available, with the fare being $5 paid in advance by credit card via a secure App. The new service will not impact any existing local bus services and is aimed at encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and take advantage of a service tailored to their personal transport needs.  Book now by following the link below:
Damien’s full email with captions and map can be found using this link. CLICK HERE

An Email update from Hornsby C Ward Councillor Emma Heyde
Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde has been very active in the local Beecroft and Cheltenham community since her election. Below is a link to our website that contains her latest email that she sent to her followers. The Trust supports Emma’s initiative in keeping the local community informed.  CLICK HERE for the letter.

The Trust Autumn Walk 6th May – Advance Notice
Residents of Beecroft and Cheltenham are very fortunate to live in a healthy, bushland environment. After all we are custodians of this special asset and to fully appreciate its value the Trust has been regularly holding autumn and spring walks through our bushland for over 50 years.  We intend to continue the tradition.

On Sunday 6th May at 2pm the Trust will lead a walk commencing and finishing at the end of Welham St Beecroft. This year we will pass through Chilworth Reserve and along Orchard Rd to Ray Park. Then return via Kirkham Street.  The Trust will point out recent changes to the bushland in Chilworth Reserve but more importantly changes around Ray Park.

Just turn up at Welham St. at 2pm.  It will be a fairly long walk so wear sturdy walking shoes, a hat and carry some water. Afternoon tea will be served at 4.30 pm at the Scout hall below Welham St. All welcome.

In case of inclement weather  contact Ross Walker on 0412 257 556

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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. 

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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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