11th November 2023.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,
BCCT eNews,
BCCT survey,
Beecroft Bush Dance,
Call for volunteers
New Probus Club,
Beecroft Orchestra,
Your Civic Trust,
Local JP,
Hornsby Council News Bulletin,
City of Parramatta News Bulletin,
Recent Development Applications,
Message from the President
It is pleasing to see that timed parking is being recommenced at Beecroft Market Place with new boom gates being installed and soon to be operational. Here’s hoping that this will return the carpark to people using the carpark for shopping locally and not to park while catching the train.
In response to our submissions about the very unpleasant and high levels of noise from the M2, we are undertaking our own sound testing on the noise from the M2 in heavily impacted areas like Austral Avenue. We will then use this data to respond to wrong-headed notions contained in the Minister’s response.
We have heard that the State Opposition will be raising the lack of response to our advocacy on the inherent conflicts that presently exist for private certifiers.  We included this concern and other issues within a submission made to a Legislative Council Parliamentary Inquiry on planning and climate change.
It was very exciting to attend the celebration of Diwali at The Epping Club with local members with links to the Indian sub-continent. The dances were colourful and invigorating. It was a delightful festivity.
There have also been two functions of the Ray Park Heritage Group. The first was a plaque unveiling ceremony at the pharmacy in North Carlingford Shopping Centre to commemorate the building of these shops – one of the last suburban strip of shops to be built in Sydney as part of a residential subdivision. Even while it was being built, large shopping complexes, like that at Carlingford Court, started to dominate the market. The second function was a talk given by Adjunct Associate Carol Liston, a Beecroft local, as she took a fresh look at our history.  As always Carol was provocative and thought provoking as she looked fresh at our history.
Beecroft Tennis Club will shortly be celebrating its 125th anniversary and will use some images and text provided by the Beecroft Cheltenham History
 Group in a display at the club’s 125-year anniversary lunch later this month.  The aim is to show the early days of tennis on the Villag e Green, and the early days of the club.

A number of people have asked about the boundaries of the Beecroft Cheltenham Heritage Conservation Area following the reference in the last eNews to the location of air conditioning units and other matters arising from the privilege of living in such a zone. In very broad terms, this Heritage Conservation Area reflects the diversity of development that came about by the sale of part of the Field of Mars Common back in the 1880's. This means the conservation area follows the boundary with the National Park to the east; crosses over Pennant Hills Road for a triangle of land between Boundary and Hull Roads to the 'north; follows  Hull Road to the west and Devlin’s Creek to the south. If you are within this zone then you are within the Heritage Conservation Area. This is largely a goodly amount of Beecroft and all of Cheltenham.

Roderick Best PSM
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust eNews
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.
Beecroft Cheltenham Liveability Survey
Do you agree that the taxi rank in Hannah Street should be reduced to one space so as to have two parking spaces in front of Lindus dry cleaning in Wongala Crescent, converted to Kiss and Ride spots?
CLICK HERE to vote YES                CLICK HERE to vote NO
Byles Creek Planning Proposal
Last  Wednesday night Hornsby Shire Council resolved to proceed with the next stage of the Byes Creek Planning Proposal, a rezoning process that will change the existing R2 residential zone in the Byles Creek Catchment to a more environmentally sensitive C4 Environmental Living zone. 
The full report can be viewed under item 9 of Council’s business papers.CLICK HERE.

The approved planning proposal will now be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment to amend by gazettal the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013 (HLEP).
Beecroft Bush Dance
The last Bush Dance was a huge success, the next one is planned for December. 
Hannah Srreet Planter Boxes
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust is calling for volunteers to assist with watering the Planter boxes in our Hannah Street village.
This will require no more than half an hour per month.
We aim to create a roster of four parties with four people per party.
Each party will meet at 8am on Wednesdays in the the village, collect watering cans from The Garden Clinic and then water the Planter Boxes.
If you can participate please join the group by visiting CLICK HERE
Beecrof Rotary Club
New Beecroft Probus Club
A newly formed Probus Club that sits along side the two other established "2119" clubs (Beecroft West (Combined) and Beecroft Men's Club was formed in September 2023 and the first general meeting was held on October 13 with 46 foundation members joining!

The club website is:CLICK HERE
The club plans to meet on the second Friday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at Beecroft Community Centre, 111 Beecroft Road, Beecroft.  The monthly meeting starts with a short club business session including activities planning, followed by morning tea and an interesting guest speaker.  Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings and we suggest arriving by 9.45 am.   

Upcoming Monthly Meetings planned from 10:00 am at Beecroft Community Centre as set out above:
November 10  [Guest Speaker from a Probus business partner Trade Travel]
December 8    [Guest Speaker, Emma Ramsay (Director of Clinical Affairs), Cochlear - 40 years of Innovation ]


February 10, 2024   [Guest Speaker TBA]

Enquiries:            contact our Secretary, Suzanne 0417 221 784



Beecroft Orchestra 2023 Summer Concert – Sunday December 10 – Cheltenham Performance Hall.
Come and enjoy another great concert performance, with a delicious afternoon tea, from your local Beecroft Orchestra on Sunday 10th December at 2.30pm in the Cheltenham Girls High School new Performance Hall. 
The orchestra, under the baton of Joanna Drimatis, will be performing works by Jessica Wells, Saint-Saens, Mozart, Sibelius and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Our Beecroft orchestra ensures that Australian Composers have their works played and appreciated.   At this concert, Jessica Wells’ composition ’The Emu in the Sky’ is featured.  Jessica says: “The Emu in the Sky is seen near the Southern Cross constellation and its body is made up of the dark patches of sky between the stars. It is common between many Aboriginal language groups and highlights connections between sky and land, between living things and the environment. In this piece I wish to portray the beauty of the night sky and contemplate and respect the vast knowledge and culture of Aboriginal people which encompasses our country.”
You will hear Camille Saint-Saens lively Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah conducted by Toby, our ‘young conductor in residence’ for this term 4 of 2023.
At this concert we feature two violin Concertos, Mozart’s 1775 Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major and Jean Sibelius’ only concerto, his 1904 Violin Concerto in D Minor. 
The concert will conclude with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Christmas Overture.
Tickets are always available on the Beecroft Orchestra Website (where you can also make a tax-deductible donation) or at the door.

Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust
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.
The Trust has for many years fought and lobbied to protect our suburbs.
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.

Hornsby Shire Council's "Have Your Say"
Can be viewed CLICK HERE

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

City of Parramatta's November 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
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 send the eNews to many of our residents.  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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