18th May 2018   Edition Two.
In this edition:
Presidents Message,

Hornsby Council’s Resolution to access funds in restricted access accounts,
Latest news from the Trust committee,
Update on proposed Seniors Housing at 6 – 8 Malton Road Beecroft,
Development approval procedures at Hornsby Council under the new (IHAP),
Mother’s Day Promotion at Beecroft Shopping Centre on 6th May.
Regular news from our Member for Epping, Mr Damien Tudehope,
Picnic for Trees in the Beecroft Village Green .
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Message from the President
It has been a rewarding week for the community in its dealings in the Land and Environment Court (LEC).  The Seniors Living development at 6-8 Malton Road has been adjourned, subject to further studies required. This was a big achievement for the community who managed to persuade the Commissioner that certain reports submitted were not of sufficient accuracy. I have provided more details below. The second success relates to a subdivision in Cheltenham that Hornsby Council had refused. After the conciliation hearing on site the applicant withdrew their appeal. 
I want to draw everyone’s attention to the future of the Cheltenham church funds.  Last month Council resolved to access funds in restricted access accounts, including the $2million church funds, due to budget constraints.  Below is an article where the Trust is seeking comments from you about the use of the funds.

Ross Walker
Hornsby Council’s Resolution to access funds in restricted access accounts
Proceeds from the sale of the former Congregational Church in Cheltenham in 2015 were set aside by a Hornsby Council resolution in a restricted asset account to be spent specifically on community services for Beecroft Cheltenham residents.  To date the Beecroft Station gardens has received $600,000 of the funds, with $2.181million remaining.  
The Trust understands that Hornsby Council is now considering the release of funds held in various restricted access accounts, including the church funds, to meet the Hornsby Shire Council budget deficit.
To quote from Council’s minutes of April 11,
"a deficit balance of $1.951 million remained at the end of the 2018/19 budget development exercise. As Council is in a position to meet this deficit from restricted asset funds, it is prudent that $1.951 million be released from the restricted assets which are currently set aside in cash and investment balances to fund the capital shortfall. This release will ensure that the 2018/19 budget is balanced".
The Trust has requested a meeting with Council to emphasise that the community still wishes the funds to be spent on a notable community facility in the Beecroft-Cheltenham area, rather than being frittered away on routine maintenance or minor capital works.
At the Trust’s 2017 AGM the following projects were suggested from the floor of the meeting.  Click here for AGM minutes
Hornsby Council conducted their own survey in 2015 and have been using these results to justify releasing the $600,000 from the funds to date. Click here for Council letter.
The current Trust committee has also suggested the following additional projects:
  • Development of a large public open space for more active enjoyment by the community, including play area for older children, walking tracks, barbeque and picnic area with seating etc"
  • Acquisition of 28 Hannah St, Beecroft (the former medical practice) at the corner with Beecroft Road (currently on the market) for a multi-use community centre and garden area
  • Acquisition of a property in Cheltenham for a community centre
We are seeking your opinions and suggestions on how you prefer the funds to be spent. Click here to comment.
Latest news from the Trust committee
For the people who like using Facebook, Clarissa Luxford, with support from Deirdree Wallwork, has volunteered to manage the Trust’s Facebook group and create a separate page. Both are experienced in managing Facebook and have increased the readership already. So, thank you ladies.
View the Facebook page at:
Update on proposed Seniors Housing at 6 – 8 Malton Road Beecroft
The Trust and some local residents have been assisting Hornsby Council’s senior planners in interpreting the intention of clause 26 of the Seniors Living State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) that relates to access to shops and transport. We have had two constructive meetings followed by numerous supporting emails to the planners explaining our concerns.
The Seniors Housing SEPP can be viewed at
In brief, we are challenging the conclusions reached in the consultants’ access reports. We have argued that the footpath route to public transport and facilities should not exceed the maximum grades allowed in the subclauses in cl 26. We have questioned a number of other access issues as well, such as the existing non- compliant pedestrian refuge in Sutherland Rd.
We believe both proposed routes do not comply with the subclauses in Cl 26. We have also sought comment from staff at the Department of Planning, who agree with our interpretation and make reference to their own guidelines.  Of course legal advice is required and we understand Council is obtaining that advice, in the process also providing senior counsel with our contributory emails.
We believe it is important that this access issue is properly resolved.  The fact that the court adjourned last week has vindicated our initial concerns. We are prepared to continue to provide assistance to Council.
Development approval procedures at Hornsby Council under the new Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP)
From the 1st March this year the IHAP regime commenced.  Next week the first development application in C Ward will be determined.  In general terms, any development application valued over $3 million, or any that had more than 10 independent objections, must be determined by the IHAP.
To view the IHAP business papers and minutes go to
Make sure you click on ‘all’ in the top left hand box to view all papers and minutes, including IHAP.
If you want to address the Panel you must notify Council prior to the meeting. The procedures you must follow are set out in this link.

Mother’s Day Promotion at Beecroft Shopping Centre on 6th May.
The Mother’s Day promotion was well attended.  Various stalls were set up throughout the shopping centre and many lucky ladies received pretty bouquets of flowers.  

There were balloons, garden stalls, music, guessing competitions, and the perfect weather made it all a very pleasant experience for everyone who came along. 
The Trust had a stand in the lower arcade to encourage more subscribers to our eNews bulletins.

Autumn Walk Sunday 6th May
Walkers enjoyed a beautiful day for the autumn walk.  We met up with the Ray Park Heritage group at the new park facilities off Plympton Road.  Emma Heyde, our Hornsby C Ward Councillor, came along.  We also met up with Donna Davis, one of our Parramatta Council Epping Ward Councillors, at Ray Park. We didn’t get many takers for the walk, probably due to the Mother’s Day activities at Beecroft shops in the morning.
Expect another walk in spring.

Regular news from our Member for Epping, Mr Damien Tudehope
Damien Tudehope, our Member for Epping, has been providing residents on his mailing list with regular newsletters. The Trust has now created a link in our eNews to where these newsletters can be viewed.  Click here for the latest newsletter.

Sew Much Less Waste Bag Display
It’s amazing how Emma Heyde’s initial idea of setting up sewing groups to make shopping bags to replace plastic shopping bags has expanded across Hornsby Shire.  On Monday night the 8th May there was a thank you presentation at Hornsby Library where numerous sewing groups from Berowra to Cheltenham gathered to show off their products and talked about how socially rewarding the sewing groups can be.
If you are interested in getting involved contact Emma Heyde at
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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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