21st May 2021.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Message,
ANZAC Day Service,
Draft Plans for Hornsby Quarry and Westleigh Park

The bushland rehabilitation of the former Metro haulage road at Cheltenham,
Road Noise emanating from the M2 Motorway,
Update on the Proposed Child Care Centre at 181-183 Beecroft Rd Cheltenham,
City of Parramatta ePULSE,

Beecroft Men's Probus,
Trust Autumn Walk,
Byle's Creek Valley,
Birdlife Australia,
5 Wongala Crescent,
Julian Leeser's Newsletter
Emma Heyde's Newsletter
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
So much has happened since my last Anzac Day Report and it is anticipated that I will have a lot more information about the ‘Trust’ and its objectives and outcomes to communicate with residents in the next few months. As usual Ross has done a superb job representing our interests in relation to DA applications before Council a very complicated and time consuming process. Other ‘Trust’ projects such as the Haulage Road Regeneration; War Memorial and Beecroft Station Ramp have all been achieved thanks to community involvement and everyone on the Committee. Still working on the M2 noise issue.  As to my activities I have been educating myself and establishing contacts and networking in order to develop a better understanding of the system - met up for coffee/chat with Janet McGarry (President of Epping Trust), Emma Heyde (Councillor) and touched base about Byles Creek with Trish and Stuart Brown. I have learnt so much from these individuals about how the mechanism of government works and strategic ways to ensure that we get the very best outcomes for our community. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet been able to see our Ward C representative despite my approaches nor met with our esteemed State Elected Politician but am working hard towards achieving these goals.
In the next eNews I will report to the community about our Extraordinary Meeting (being held in the next few days) - this meeting focuses the Committee attention on our objectives (within the framework of the ‘Trust' Constitution) and will update and clarify how we need to proceed with our action plan. I believe that this meeting will give us much needed policy reflection time and guidance to understand the rapid changes in our community and better plan our strategies in order to obtain the ‘best' outcomes - now and in the future. As a result of this approach,  I will be planning to organise a few ‘focus group’ meetings with interested residents, which aim at helping us (the ‘Trust') identify and prioritise what the Beecroft/Cheltenham citizens (overall) recognise as the main challenges and issues for the community. I also wish to thank everyone for their support and kind emails!!

Best Wishes
Julie Zetler


The memorial Service at the Beecroft War memorial saw a huge community turnout on
Sunday 25th April.  The Service was run and organised by the Beecroft Rotary club with a very substantial effort contributed by Beecroft residents, Lawrie Hayes and John Simpson
The service included a bugler sounding the Last Post and the singing of the National Anthems of both Australia and New Zealand.
                              Many wreathes were laid as part of the service. 
More pictures can be viewed at CLICK HERE
Draft Plans for the Hornsby Quarry Park and Westleigh Park
Submissions are being invited on the Plans for the Hornsby Quarry and Westleigh Park.
Both these sites are large, and are about 40 ha each, they are certain to become major attractions for the surrounding Sydney region.
Click here Hornsby Park ( to take the Hornsby Park survey.
Click here to take the Westleigh Park survey.

Information about Westleigh Park, including the draft master plan, is available at
Byles Creek Valley
Hornsby Shire Council has invited a "Have your Say" On Byles Creek Valley.  The Byles Creek catchment extends into the heart of Beecroft and is only a short walk from Beecroft Station. It is tucked away behind houses and often overlooked , but it has special qualities that are worth protecting. Hence the study.
CLICK HERE to Have your say.

The Beecroft Cheltenham CivcTrust's letter to Council supporting the Byles Creek Study can be read by CLICK HERE
The bushland rehabilitation of the former Metro haulage road at Cheltenham
 The Trust is delighted in sharing some good news. A preliminary agreement has been successfully negotiated between Hornsby Shire Council and RMS (TNSW). It is anticipated RMS will provide funding to Council for the rehabilitation and regeneration of the bushland along the former temporary haulage road that was constructed as part of the Metro project. The one hectare area of disturbed bushland extends from the behind the Cheltenham Oval netball courts through to Kirkham St. The Trust considers this agreement to be crucial to the long term health of our local bushland environment and also a benefit to the community of Beecroft and Cheltenham.  
The Trust would like to thank our local State Member for Epping, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Hornsby Shire Council Mayor the Hon Philip Ruddock AO, but also Council staff, including the General Manager Steven Head,  for their assistance in achieving this anticipated financial outcome.
Ross Walker OAM
Vice President
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust
Road Noise emanating from the M2 Motorway
The BCCT will be continuing its campaign to have the excessive noise from the M2 addressed by government.  To this end, the BCCT will be holding an extraordinary committee meeting on May 18th to consider proactive strategies.
Update on the Proposed Child Care Centre at 181-183 Beecroft Rd Cheltenham
Hornsby Shire Council has instructed Local Government Legal to defend an appeal lodged by the Applicant against the refusal by the Hornsby Shire Council Planning Panel for DA 259/2020 which sought consent for the construction of a purpose-built addition to a dwelling house and change of use to a 70-place childcare centre with a basement carpark and associated landscaping at Lots 79, 80, 81 & 82 DP 9085, 181-183 Beecroft Road, Cheltenham.
Proceedings have been set down for a Conciliation Conference in the first instance, commencing at 9:30am on 11
th June 2021 on-site (for the Commissioner, legal representatives and experts).   
The Conciliation Conference will be presided over by a Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court, who will act as a facilitator for the parties to discuss the issues in dispute, with a view to narrowing, limit, or resolve some of the issues. 
As required by the Court, the Council has filed a Statement of Facts and Contentions which sets out the disputed issuese.  The issues will be discussed at the Conference between the parties.
Whilst objectors are not a party to the proceedings, they have a right to give evidence before the Court in relation to their submission.  The Trust has registered to speak.  


The ePULSE newsletter can be viewed CLICK HERE
Beecroft Mens Probus Club is Meeting on May 24th
Beecroft Mens Probus welcomes men in their senior years. The Club usually meets on the third Monday of each month at Cheltenham Recreation Club, The Crescent, commencing 10am.
The guest speaker for May will be Les Miller. Les was one of 60 expeditioners sent to Antarctica to maintain Australia’s three permanent bases on that continent.  The topic of his talk is 15 months on ice in Antarctica. He will share his story of living in 1964-65 in the most isolated, coldest, windiest and driest place on earth. Working with huskies and his involvement in a plane crash, and more.

For further information contact:

Bruce Lumsden
BMP Speakers Coordinator
0418 112 114
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust Autumn Walk June 6th
After the 2020 Covid shutdown the Trust will once again be hosting an Autumn walk on Sunday 6th June starting at 2pm from Beecroft station bus stop Wongala Crescent. The walk will extend as far as Cheltenham Oval before returning to Wongala Crescent where walkers can have a chat over a ‘bring your own’ afternoon tea. There will be short talks about the history of Beecroft and Cheltenham as we  pass through the local streets.  The Trust cannot provide refreshments due to Covid requirements. Good walking shoes, a hat and a water bottle is recommended.  
Birdlife Australia
Readers interested in Australian Birdlife may enjoy the latest edition of Birdlife Australia.  CLICK HERE
Beecroft Shopping Village
Residents are encouraged to look at the recently submitted amended plans for the redevelopment of 5 Wongala Crescent.  This proposed redevelopment will have a major influence on the character and vibrancy of Beecroft shopping precinct.  CLICK HERE to view all the documents associated with DA20/2021.

                                            View from the Rail Station bus stop
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter dated May 13th  2021
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde's Newsletter dated May 4th
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives

For Emma Heyde's "Whats happening in our community"

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. 
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Kind regards,
Julie Zetler

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