13th May 2023.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,

BCCT eNews,
Resident Action Saves Blue Gum,
Rotary Preloved Bookshop,
Your Civic Trust,
Local JP,
Epping Civic Trust,
Hornsby Council News Bulletin,

City of Parramatta News Bulletin,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
Since my last report, my wife, Louise and I had an amazing visit to India, travelling from Delhi to Mumbai. It was a wonderful journey with many wondrous sights including wild tigers and a sloth bear in one of the national parks and, of course, the wonders of the Taj Mahal.
Shortly after my return, The Civic Trust held its annual general meeting. As you may be aware our constitution allows for a committee to be elected at this meeting and offices are then allocated at the subsequent committee meeting.

The new Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust committee:
President              Roderick Best
Vice Presidents    Ross Walker
                             Bill Rankine
Treasurer             Nina Mital
Secretary              vacant
IT Co-ordinator     Brian Shirley
Committee            Tim Abrams
                             Janet Hayes
                             Michael McAuley                            
                             Glynn Rogers
Congratulations to all who were elected. Our thanks to Judith Dawes, President of the Epping Civic Trust, who acted as returning officer.  Thanks also to Mayor Phillip Ruddock, Councillor Sreeni Pillamarri and Steven Head, General Manager of Hornsby Shire Council, who attended the meeting to update us and answer any questions.
As can be seen, not all positions were filled. Please consider joining the Committee by sending an email to expressing your interest and informing us how you might contribute to meet the Trust's objectives.
Following the recent State election, the new Committee wrote  to the NSW government seeking a resolution of outstanding issues such as the noise from the M2 motorway and the need to reform rules surrounding the appointment of Private Certifiers of Development plans.  We also raised the issue of the funding for Byles Creek.  
Several members of the Trust and I attended the Beecroft ANZAC Day service and I laid a wreath on behalf of the Civic Trust.  The service was once again beautifully organised by Rotary. A truly fantastic effort.  The address was given by John Simpson and the Australian and the New Zealand national anthems were beautifully sing by Regina Shakya and Rose Fallance.  Others contributed to make this a most moving remembrance to those who served or sacrificed their lives to secure our freedom. Hundreds of people were present and many people spoke to me afterwards offering their praise for those who made this such a fitting and memorable ceremony.  I was deeply moved by the whole event.

A few days later we applauded the recipients of the Rotary youth awards. How absolutely amazing our young people are! Without a shred of bias I can add that Mollie Holst (whose grandparents are neighbours of mine ) was a particularly well deserving recipient – as indeed were they all. How exciting it is going to be as we watch what these young people achieve in the years to come!
While on the topic of Rotary, don’t forget that the pop up pre-loved bookstore has re-emerged next to Three Beans Caf
é, with new premises and new stock it is well worth a visit.
In a few days time, we will sadly be farewelling Con’s Delicatessen after more than three decades of delighting us with a wide range of delicacies. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his contribution to our village life and the conviviality he helped provide to many social events.
Finally, I trust that everyone is appreciative of the return of the glass sculpture at the entry to Beecroft Railway station, replacing the one that was destroyed by senseless vandals. Seeing this sculpture once again restored to its whimsical glory by Hornsby Shire Council is a lovely thing.

Roderick Best PSM
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust eNews. web counter
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.
Resident Action Saves Magnificent Blue Gum
With the support of Hornsby Council, Beecroft local residents recently managed to prevent the loss of a large and healthy Sydney Blue Gum. Overhead power lines were rubbing against the trunk of the Blue Gum.  Ausgrid was planning to remove the tree in order to protect the power lines.  Local residents and Council voiced persistent objections to this planned tree removal.

With some lateral thinking Ausgrid simply shifted the powerline without relocating the pole.  Ausgrid attached horizontal metal brackets about 350mm long to the two power poles and this moved the power lines away from the tree.
This was a simple solution that is both better for the environment and no doubt cheaper than the cost of employing a crane for tree removal.
Beecroft Rotary Preloved Booksop

Please continue to support the Rotary Preloved Bookshop at its new premises situated next to the Three Beans Cafe in Beecroft Place.
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 on-line at  Without your valued support, the Trust will cease to exist.
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 0449 232 474.

Epping Civic Trust

To view the Epping Civic Trust News Letter CLICK HERE

STEP Walks and Talks
STEP has new Walks and Talks this Month including a talk on Powerful Owls by Jenny Zvolanek (Project Officer with Birdlife Australia). The talk will be held this Sunday the 13th May at St Andrews, Vernon Street, Turramurra.
CLICK HERE for more information.

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

City of Parramatta's May News Bulletin
Can be viewed CLICK HERE
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.

Other objections and correspondence with council can be viewed CLICK HERE
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 became 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. We already copy 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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