15th November 2019   Edition Two.
In this edition:
Presidents Message,

Graffiti in Beecroft and Cheltenham,
Ahimsa – 40th Anniversary,
Recent Development Applications.
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Message from the President
The Trust released an eNews earlier this week. This is a short follow up on two matters. I have an update on the graffiti issue. The Trust has been in touch with the police and can provide relevant phone numbers which are listed below. This applies to all of Beecroft and Cheltenham, regardless of the council area in which you reside.
On Wednesday night this week Hornsby Council passed a Mayoral minute relating to the funds on hold from the sale of the former church at Cheltenham. I won’t go into details as they have a long and complicated history. Those of you who do know the contentious history relating to the use of the funds may be pleased to note that the use of the church funds have been deferred from Council’s quarterly budget. Part of the funds were to be used to repair the large Beecroft war memorial. While the war memorial is in need of repairs to the sandstone facade, there are a number of other issues that are waiting resolution and therefore have a higher priority.
For example, Hornsby Council is waiting to receive reimbursement from the NSW Government for the Berowra storms last December. The Trust, with Council’s assistance, applied for a State community grant for the Beecroft war memorial repairs. It makes sense that Council should wait and see if the grant is successful before the church funds are used.  Finally, Council is in the process of carrying out environmental studies on Byles Creek to ascertain whether additional open space land is required to preserve the future of the biodiversity in the area. This study is expected to be completed early next year. CLICK HERE for the Council business papers
With respect to the regeneration of the bushland along the former haulage road near Cheltenham Oval, I understand the Metro team has requested a formal letter, and not just an email, before they will discuss the matter with Hornsby Council.  Council hope to send this letter soon. They have had to put all their resources into the recent bushfire crisis.  
Some of our readers picked up on the incorrect date for the Ahimsa event this coming Sunday. The date is of course the 17th November.  
I also had a chat to one of the ladies living in the women’s shelter at Jamieson House. She was genuinely happy with the accommodation and really appreciated the welcoming support she is receiving from the local community. Well done Beecroft and Cheltenham.
Ross Walker OAM
Graffiti in Beecroft and Cheltenham – follow up
Following our eNews released earlier this week a member of the BCCT Committee has discussed the issue of graffiti in Beecroft / Cheltenham with the Ryde Police Area Command (PAC).  According to them there have been no incidents of graffiti reported directly to the Police. Police officers from the Ryde PAC have visited Beecroft / Cheltenham to view some of the graffiti and will increase their presence in the area.  They have however requested that members of the community report graffiti incidents to the following numbers:

For residential and business premises graffiti;
NSW Police Assistance Line - Phone: 131 444

For public areas e.g parks, railway stations, bus stops etc  
NSW Graffiti Hotline - free call 1800 707 125 - operates from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.
Ahimsa – 40th Anniversary – Sunday 17th November 2019
Residents are invited to attend the 40th anniversary of the death of Marie Byles to be held her former property Ahimsa at Cheltenham, owned by the National Trust. The Friends of Ahimsa has organised a day of activities on Sunday 17th November 2019. The activities start about 10 am and continue through to 4pm. All welcome but please register prior with the organiser Martin Fallding at  in order to cater for the day.  For more details CLICK HERE
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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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