20th November 2020.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Message,

Proposed Child Care Centre at 181-183 Beecroft Rd,
NorthConnex opened,
Proposed Electric Vehicle charging station,
Byles Creek Study,
Thematic History of Hornsby,
Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy
The former Metro haulage Rd
Newsletter from Jullian Leeser MP,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
As president I am often contacted by Hornsby Council on various local matters. There has always been a professional and symbiotic relationship between both parties that continues today. Various sources in Council have requested that the Trust continue making representations to our local Member of Parliament Dominic Perrottet about the current poor state of the bush rehabilitation along the former haulage road at Cheltenham. 
I feel that if I do not continue to draw his attention to the matter, then with his heavy responsibilities, he is unlikely to act and rate payers will be continuing to pay for the poor quality work carried out by the Metro Construction Authority. The Metro Project has simply closed up shop and walked away leaving, in my opinion, an environmental mess that will take many years to correct.
I have been raising the haulage road for over 12 months now and there is still no satisfactory outcome. It’s a relatively minor matter but financially important to our cash strapped Council. It is also environmentally important to the Beecroft and Cheltenham community who have lost significant tracts of quality bushland over the years to various infrastructure projects. So, with the full support of Hornsby Council, I believe it is my duty as President to continue to lobby Dominic Perrottet until we the community achieve a satisfactory outcome.  
To repair the environmental damage created by the Metro project, Council requires a funding from the State Government. If you are concerned about our bushland and the way Transport for NSW has treated our Council, you are welcome to support the Trust by emailing Dominic Perrottet at (
I have prepared a summary of the project below to assist understanding of the issue. I do not see why Hornsby ratepayers should pay to correct poor management by Transport NSW. In my opinion it would have been better if the Metro project had simply forwarded the budgeted funds and management to Council 18 months ago.
About the M2 noise issue, as I reported in the last eNews, many of you have written to our local member Dominic Perrottet. This pressure has to be sustained, so if you haven’t already wriiten, and are suffering from the M2 noise, then email Dominic Perrottet at (

Ross Walker OAM


Proposed Child Care Centre at 181-183 Beecroft Rd Cheltenham
Development Application 259/2020 was rejected by the Local Planning Panel on Wednesday night 28th October 2020. The Trust supports the Panel’s determination. Council’s report and the Panel’s determination dated 28th October can be viewed here CLICK HERE.
 A video recording of the Panel’s meeting can be viewed here. CLICK HERE.
NorthConnex opened on Saturday 31 October
Anyone travelling on Pennant Hills Rd from Beecroft to Normanhurst would have noticed the absence of large trucks and a noticeable reduction in traffic since 1st of November. Not to mention a reduction in noise as well. Fingers crossed this current situation will continue into the future.

Picture taken of traffic on Pennant Hills Road from the pedestrian bridge at the Beecroft Rd intersection before the opening of the NorthConnex Tunnel on 1st November 2020. (photo courtesy Michael Bianchino)

Picture taken of traffic on Pennant Hills Road from the pedestrian bridge on 19th November 2020.  (photo courtesy Brian Shirley)
Proposed Electric vehicle charging station in Beecroft   
Jolt Charge is proposing the installation of a electric charging station in Hornsby Council’s car park adjoining the Beecroft fire station. The bay identified is located next to the large green coloured electric transformer. Details of its operation will be forthcoming once it is approved.  In the meantime Council will provide advice to Jolt Charge on the required planning and approval processes for this proposal, to ensure it complies with relevant legislation and the Hornsby Shire Council Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on Public Land Policy.
Byles Creek Study update
Hornsby Council recently, at their November general meeting,resolved to review the planning controls for residential lots adjoining the Byles Creek corridor. The study will be funded from monies held from the sale of the former church (now child care centre) at 179 Beecroft Road, Cheltenham. This latest study follows on from an earlier Council study that concluded that no additional open space was required in the Byles Creek valley.
Community Consultation – Thematic History of Hornsby
Hornsby Shire Council is welcoming community input into the preparation of a new ‘Thematic History’ for Hornsby Shire. GML Heritage, the company engaged by Council, has contacted the Trust requesting residents to share our stories and information and to contribute to the project. Email in a submission using . Also there is the link to the Social Pinpoint . CLICK HERE.
Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy
Hornsby Council’s draft walking and cycling strategy is now on exhibition. Beecroft and Cheltenham are referred in the strategy that aims to increase participation in walking and cycling, prioritise its delivery and improve the supporting infrastructure and resourcing for these activities in the Local Government Area over the next 10 years..  
CLICK HERE for information on Council’s website.
CLICK HERE for the draft strategy.
The Rehabilitation of the Bushland along the Former Temporary Haulage Road between Kirkham St and the Netball Courts at Cheltenham Oval. 
CLICK HERE for a document outlining the Trust's understanding of the Metro Project and why the rehabilitated bushland is in its current unacceptable state. 
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter dated November 2020
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Recent Development Applications
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust's Web Site now has links to recently submitted Development Applications in the 2119 postcode area.  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,
Ross Walker OAM

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