11th March 2023.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,

BCCT eNews,
BCCT Annual General Meeting,
Clean Up Australia,,
Tree Pruning or Removal Tool.
Your Civic Trust,

New Planning Scheme for Parramatta,
Local JP,
Hornsby Council Newsletter,

City of Parramatta News Bulletin,
Beecroft Village
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
As I write this monthly report, despite us now being in Autumn, temperatures are rising. It is a reminder that this is just one of the reasons why our tree canopy is so important and why we need to fight for its retention. Your Civic Trust has been meeting with both Epping and Pennant Hills Civic Trusts and the increasing rate of tree loss is common across all of our areas.
Epping Civic Trust and we have agreed to hold a combined "Meet the Candidates" Evening. Details are included in this eNews. Our sitting member has sent his apologies, we are however hopeful to have his responses to some questions we have put forward.
As a result of your response to our surveys about the most important current issues across our suburbs, our number one question to our elected member will be what can be done to lessen the noise on the M2. Thank you to those readers who have written in support and to those that have suggested interesting ideas on what might be done.
A common issue with many matters raised with Hornsby Shire Council stems back to management of private certifiers. Your Civic Trust is concerned that the current system has an inherent flaw. Council has no authority over their appointment or with their record keeping. Our letter to the Minister for Planning and others can be seen on our website. CLICK HERE
We have been contacted by a number of residents concerned about the proposed flood plan changes. We are preparing a draft submission for Beecroft / Cheltenham to be lodged with the authorities. Once sent, this will be available on our web site.
The abandonment of shopping trolleys and the continuing graffiti on shops seems once again to be on the rise. Most retail shopkeepers are tenants and unless we are able  to identify and contact the actual owners it proves to be difficult to get traction to clean up the mess in our retail areas.

As for our shopping precinct, in the absence of a dedicated local paper we are continuing to inform you of newsworthy items in our local area. The changes to one of our real estate agencies is featured in this issue as is the opening of a new bakery in the lower arcade which warrants a visit.
Submissions lodged on development applications always appear on our web site and deserve a look. Following one of our submissions we were invited to attend the conciliation on 82 Boronia Avenue. Unfortunately there was no consensus reached at the conciliation. The matter will now proceed to the Land and Environment Court.

Please note, the Annual membership to the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust has once again become due this March.  CLICK HERE to help preserve the Amenity of our two suburbs.
I hope to see you all in Epping for the Meet the Candidates event.
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 Cheltenham Civic Trust Annual General Meeting -
Thursday - April 27th 2023
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust will hold its 2023 AGM on Thursday night April 27th at the Beecroft Presbyterian Hall, located between Mary and Welham Streets Beecroft, commencing 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. 
For the Trust to maintain its value a constant stream of new faces is required on the committee. So, if you appreciate and value your suburb, please seriously consider joining the committee. Nomination forms are on the Trust’s web site CLICK HERE
You can also nominate on the night.
Clean Up Australia 2023
The Civic Trust once again registered the Beecroft Village Green as a community site for the 2023 Clean Up Australia campaign. Once again our volunteers collected many bags of discarded rubbish.

                       Roslyn Phillips, Bill Woods, Sheila Woods, Warren Duff, Geoff Weller
Tree Prune or Removal Decision Tool
Before you remove or prune trees, or hire a contractor to perform these tasks, familiarise yourself with the Tree Prune or Removal Decision Tool article available on the Hornsby Council web site.  CLICK HERE
However, Any work to a tree that is or forms part of a heritage item or heritage conservation area, requires approval from the Council pursuant to the provisions of Section 2.10(3) of the Biodiversity and Conservation SEPP and/or Clause 5.10 of the HLEP. 
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 online at  Without your valued support, the Trust will cease to exist.
New Planning Scheme for the City of Parramatta.
Parramatta City Council  has a new planning scheme. CLICK HERE to obtain details on Council’s web site.

On 2 March 2023, the Department of Planning and Environment (the Department) finalised the Harmonisation Planning Proposal, known as the Parramatta Local Environmental Plan 2023. This means that the five former LEPs are replaced by the new Parramatta LEP 2023. A copy of the LEP instrument is available to view via the NSW Legislation webpage CLICK HERE.
Alongside the preparation of the consolidated LEP, Council have prepared a draft Consolidated Development Control Plan (DCP) for the LGA to harmonise the existing DCPs from the five Council areas.  The Draft Parramatta DCP provides supporting guidelines and contains detailed design controls and standards for different types of development to deliver a set of controls for development in the LGA.  The Draft DCP is currently on exhibition.

STEP is Hosting a Walk in the Castlereagh Nature Reserve on Sunday 26 March

Eucalyptus fibrosa is the dominant tall tree in the reserve though you will see many others with smooth, pale trunks, either scribbly gums or Parramatta red gums. But it’s the ground flora that’s special; there is an unusually large number of rare, threatened and endemic species: notably Persoonia nutans and Dillwynia tenuifolia.
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 Mob 0449 232 474.

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

City of Parramatta's March News Bulletin
Can be viewed CLICK HERE
Beecroft Village.
In the absence of a publication concentrating upon our villages, we will continue to bring you information about what is happening in the Beecroft Retail Centre in addition to the residential areas.

You will be aware that Jean Campbell has retired from “Beautiful things by …” and a new bakery has opened in the Village Arcade.
Back out on Hannah Street, if you have walked through the village recently (especially if you are walking to patronise the Rotary Pre-Loved Bookstore), you may have noticed that Nick Bedford has recently changed the franchise from Belle Property to Mcgrath Estate Agents.

When asked to comment, Principal Nick Bedford said;
"We had a long and beneficial relationship with Belle Property.  After 12 years we felt that it was time to consider new ways of doing business. McGrath Estate Agents appealed to us because of their reputation within Real Estate sector. We could see the benefits of their different approach to marketing, their technology and the benefit of having a combined database. Belinda Hill and I felt that a shift on these fronts would be advantageous, especially in the current market which has become more fast-changing and challenging than ever."
Despite the change in franchise, Nick advised that it was business as usual with the same staff who are also aiming to maintain and exceed their previous professional service standards.
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.
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 are now due...
Keep our two suburbs strong and informed by being a member!
To support or join the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, please visit our website.
CLICK HERE.The eNews has become our main method for disseminating information to the community. We already cover much of our suburbs.  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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