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20^th November 2018  Edition Two.
In this edition:
Presidents Report,
Update on Demolition of Hornsby Shire's Oldest Heritage Building,
Twilight Christmas in Beecroft,
Remembrance Day,
Latest news on 79 Murray Farm Rd,
Police Reports,
Disabled Access to Beecroft Station.

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President's Report
October and November have been busy for residents of Beecroft and Cheltenham, and consequently for the Trust. Beecroft's last remaining bank closed, we opened the Beecroft Gardens with a Hoop Pine planting, there was the announcement of our long awaited station lift and there was the Remembrance Day ceremony at our war memorials. The planting of the Hoop Pine in the Gardens reminded some of our residents about the loss of the 100 year old Bunya Pine that was cut down as part of the third rail track project. At the time of the felling, there were requests for the tree trunk to be saved and used in some way to benefit the local community.

I can report that Hornsby Council staff did save the tree trunk and after being in storage for 5 years, the timber has cured sufficiently for it to be used. Staff have stressed that Bunya Pine is not suitable for external use, so they have suggested that the Thornleigh Men’s Shed could construct a wooden bench to be placed in the entrance of the Beecroft Community Hall, where the ticket office is located. There is sufficient room for a bench serving a worthwhile purpose, but more importantly be permanently on display. A label about its history could be added.  Personally, I think this is a good idea. But I would like your opinion. Please use president@bcct2119.com.au (mailto:president@bcct2119.com.au) email address.  The Trust will share your thoughts with Council.

Ross Walker
president@bcct2119.com.au (mailto:president@bcct2119.com.au)
Update on the Demolition of the Oldest Heritage Listed Building in the Hornsby Shire
In September the Trust informed readers that the oldest heritage listed building had been demolished during construction of the senior's development at the corner of Pennant Hills and Copeland Roads Beecroft.
The Trust has discussed the matter with Council and has requested that we be kept informed about any progress in this matter.  At this stage we can only say that a second DA623/2018 has been lodged for the rebuilding of the cottage. This DA can be viewed at CLICK HERE. (http://hscenquiry.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/Pages/XC.Track/SearchApplication.aspx?id=840312)

Twilight Christmas in Beecroft
Beecroft businesses invite you for a shopping evening in Beecroft. Thursday, 29^th November 2018, from 5pm.
There will be entertainment, live music and Christmas offers in the Village and Beecroft Place.
Santa will be arriving at 5pm.
For more details click here. Twilight Christmas in Beecroft 2018 (https://www.facebook.com/events/2232205583767765/)

Remembrance Day 11am , 11^th November 2018
Remembrance Day was celebrated last Sunday at 11am in the Beecroft Gardens. The service, organised by Hornsby Lions, was well attended with over 200 in attendance. Participants included Hornsby Council, Beecroft Rotary and all the schools in the area.  Mr Damien Tudehope’s heart-felt address to the large gathering was well received. The new circular layout of the war memorials provided an ideal setting, avoiding the problems of the past with traffic on Wongala Crescent. It is the first time a service has been held with all memorials arranged together. Morning tea was provided in the Community Hall after the service.
School Crossing Supervisors at Beecroft Public School
If you happen to be passing by one morning, smile and say hello.
By Deirdree Wallwork

Karen is one of our two valuable crossing supervisors at Beecroft Public School.  She looks after the kids crossing Copeland Rd as it bisects Beecroft Rd.  Her watchful eye has been working for the community for nearly 27 years.  I asked  why she loved her job so much that she has been doing it for so long.  She answered that she loves the children and her interaction with them.  When she had to go to hospital for surgery, the outpouring of love was enormous.  So many cards and flowers.  Karen very generously feels that her co crossing supervisor, Graham, has a much more difficult job.  He looks after the kids crossing Copeland Rd west of Beecroft Rd.  Graham’s tour of duty has not been as long as Karen’s.  When I asked him why he chose this job, he answered that after many years as an accountant, he wanted to give back to the community. He enjoys watching the children grow and become more responsible.  Neither Karen nor Graham react immediately to a child appearing at the crossing.  The
children must learn courtesy to the motoring public and that a pedestrian crossing does not provide an invisible shield of protection.  We are fortunate to have two such admirable human beings looking after our kids as they cross busy roads.  Thank you, Karen and Graham.
Latest News on 79 Murray Farm Road Beecroft
Two weeks ago the Land and environment Court (LEC) dismissed an appeal to the refusal by Parramatta City Council for a senior’s housing development at 79 Murray Farm Road. There were about ten objections to the development, including objections from the Trust. This refusal by the Court is in contrast to the recent approvals for senior’s development under Hornsby Council’s control. Perhaps there are lessons to be learnt from this judgement. To view the LEC judgement CLICK HERE (https://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/decision/5bd264dfe4b0b9ab40210a28) .
Latest Police Reports
CLICK HERE (http://www.bcct2119.com.au/pdf/Ryde%20Media%20Release%2019%20November%202018.pdf) for the latest reports. There are more than one.  Please note that the Police are finding there has been a noticeable increase in fraud with plastic cards, and also identity theft.  So, be cautious.
Beecroft Men’s Probus
“Nuclear energy – the elephant in the room” is the speaker’s topic at the next monthly meeting of the club at the Beecroft Bowling Club, Copeland Road - 10.00 am. Monday 26^th November.
All sides are silent on the nuclear option - the one source of energy that is capable of both base load generation and almost zero emissions. Why is this when Australia hosts 33% of the world’s uranium and is the world’s third largest producer of the mineral?
Visitors and guests are welcome. Phone Robin Graham, Beecroft Men’s Probus - Tel 8411 3023 Mobile 0413 315 827

A message from Noelene at the Beecroft Club
If you’ve strolled on by and wondered about the game of lawn bowls, then it’s probably time to give it a go.
Competitive or social / organised or barefoot. To give bowls a try go to our website (http://www.thebeecroftclub.com.au/) or call 0424 625 267.
The Beecroft Club is in the heart of Beecroft and offers a social venue for members and guests.
How about music, dancing and a glass of wine or two on the verandah on Saturday, 17^th November.
Find out more on our website (http://thebeecroftclub.com.au/) or Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/beecroftbowlingclub/)

Disabled Access to Beecroft Station
Readers would be aware of the special eNews we sent out last week, requesting residents to voice their support for disabled access to Beecroft station. The Trust felt that it would be in the public interest that, in addition to the two lifts, a ramp be retained in Wongala Crescent instead of the proposed series of steps. The Trust approached Hornsby Council seeking their opinion to the idea. Council, to their credit, supported the idea of the ramp being retained and have since been in serious discussions with the TNSW project managers on how to achieve a satisfactory solution. The Trust also raised their views with Damien Tudehope, our local Member of Parliament. CLICK HERE (http://www.bcct2119.com.au/pdf/Station%20upgrade.pdf) to view the Trust’s submission.
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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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Kind regards,
Ross Walker

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