15thMarch 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 4th 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 6thMay.
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.
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.
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. CLICK HERE for EFT details. 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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
grants recognise the importance of bringing local heritage spaces and
precincts in our community to life to conserve their heritage
significance,” Mr Tudehope said.
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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.cdcourbus.com.au/
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.
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
In case of inclement weather contact Ross Walker on 0412 257 556
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