4th March 2020   Edition One.
In this edition:

President's Message,
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust AGM.
Beecroft Probus Lifestyle Forum,
Corona Virus,
Clean Up Australia,

Local Strategic Planning Statement,
Latest News from Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde,
Recent Development Applications.
Latest Police Reports,
NSW Community Perception Research,
Latest News from STEP.
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Message from the President
With the Trust’s AGM coming at the end of March, I still have some matters unresolved. While the M2 noise issue will take some time to address, I hope to have a definitive answer on the final design of the lifts and retention of the ramp at Beecroft Station by the AGM. I have discussed the matter with our local State Member Treasurer Dominic Perrottet who is confident an amended design will be released very soon. Once the future of the ramp is announced I expect the actual construction of the lifts won’t be far away. It’s been almost three years now since the initial announcement.
The other matter I have been chasing has been the regeneration of the bushland along the former haulage road at the back of Cheltenham Oval. I anticipate Hornsby Council will take control of the project and manage the regeneration in a professional manner when the current Metro contract expires around June.

Finally you will see two articles below that relate to plastic waste. Man created this problem and man has the ability to address it. Hornsby Council is showing initiative with their recently approved Waste Matters Strategy. Clean Up Australia provided volunteer crews this year with some green colour bags made from corn starch which is biodegradable as a trial. The English National Trust magazine comes from England in a clear bag made from potato starch. So there are solutions if there is a will.  

Ross Walker OAM
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust AGM 2020 –
Tuesday 31st March 2020

The Beecroft Bowling Club has been booked for Tuesday night 31st March 2020 for the Trust’s AGM.  Please note the date in your diary/calendar.  The meeting will commence at 7.30pm. We have arranged for the Hornsby Council’s head planner to provide both Hornsby and Parramatta LGA residents an update on the State Government’s planning requirements. Also expect an announcement on the Beecroft Station ramp.
Beecroft Probus Lifestyle Forum:
10th March from 4.30 pm at the Beecroft Bowling Club

Beecroft Probus has a double-header for its next Lifestyle Forum: “Avoiding seven deadly planning mistakes” – every estate plan has unique features, but the same and avoidable problems and mistakes occur; and “Investing for Income” – with interest rates at their lowest levels ever, something has to give: less income or more risk.
Two excellent speakers, two important topics. Admission $15.00 per head inclusive of snacks and a drink. No fee if this is your first forum. Please phone Robin Graham, Beecroft Probus – Tel 8411 3023 Mobile 0413 315 827 to confirm your attendance
Visitors and guests are most welcome.
The Corona Virus.
Malcolm McDonald of Beecroft Probus shared this website link with his fellow members.  To quote Malcolm,  
“The dashboard, built by a team at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Systems Science and Engineering and regularly updated with data from the WHO, CDC, and other sources, illustrates how the virus is spreading in China and beyond”

The website appears to be the statistical source for news agencies reporting, by country and city, the spread of the virus.

The Trust has also received the following information from one of our readers which may provide a better understanding of the virus and how to minimise its impact. The Trust strongly recommends that you consult your doctor of course.   

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
2. Corona virus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours.  Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can't emphasise enough - drink plenty of water!
1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.
Clean Up Australia Day last Sunday March 1
The Trust registered the Beecroft Village Green again this year.  Twelve bags of rubbish were collected around Beecroft. The Trust will register again next year.

                                                                                            Ross Walker, Bill and Sheila Woods

                                                                                      Stuart Brown and Ross Walker

                             Rubbish removed from the gully at the end of Mary Street
Local Strategic Planning Statement and Waste Matters at Hornsby Council
At Hornsby Council’s February 12 meeting both the Local Strategic Planning Statement and Waste Matters Strategy were approved.  While the Waste Matters Strategy sailed through unchanged, the LSPS recommendation was amended more than once before finally being carried.  CLICK HERE for the business papers.
Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter - February 21st
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.
NSW Community Perception Research
One of our readers participated in a recent online opinion poll. The results of the poll are below.
Latest News from Turramurra STEP.
Annual Memberships for 2020 become due in March...
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. 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. 
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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