13th OCTOBER 2017   Edition One.
The NRT services facility at Cheltenham Oval,
Beecroft Place. 
The funds from the sale of the church in Cheltenham.
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President’s comment.
Latest update on the Northwest Rapid Transit Services Facility at Cheltenham Oval
I was invited to a preliminary meeting between the Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) staff and Hornsby Council’s nursery staff two weeks ago. The subject was the reinstatement of the original bushland once the service facility is constructed and the Kirkham Street haulage access way is no longer required.  The reinstatement of the bushland between Kirkham Street and the service facility is consistent with the State Government planning approval for the NRT project.  As you can guess the discussion centred around a local species list, density of planting the tube stock, appropriately qualified contractors and expected time frame.  It was a productive meeting and good to see the key stakeholders working together. The bushland reinstatement is not expected to commence till early 2019.  
I was invited to attend the meeting because I am a volunteer bush regenerator in Beecroft and Cheltenham.  But I was able to use my position as President of the Trust as well.  I was able to remind the project officers we didn’t want a repeat of the poor regeneration works carried out by inappropriate contractors when the M2 viaduct was widened, and the consequently expensive corrective works that are currently underway.  It comes back to proper project management and supervision. The bushland reinstatement activity will take time to complete and I want the process to work well.  As a volunteer bush regenerator I don’t want to be spending my spare time correcting a poorly implemented bush restoration project. I propose to brief Mayor Philip Ruddock so that the Council, and hence the community, achieves maximum long term value out of the project.  
By the way you will notice the project has a new name , Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT).  We must move with the times apparently. So forget North West Rail or The Metro or what else it has been called, it’s NRT.

Ross Walker
Beecroft Place.
Local residents will now be aware that the lower retail section of the new Beecroft Place shopping centre opened on the 20th September.

                                         photo courtesy of Landream’s retail manager.
After two years of construction we now have a larger supermarket and associated shops again, plus a larger car park. The new underground car park should take the pressure off the other existing car parks during peak times.  The shops on the upper ‘podium’ level are expected to be open by the end of November in anticipation of the Christmas season. There will be a number of food outlets facing the central open-air courtyard.  The occupation of the home units above will be staggered with the first 76 occupiers moving in next week. In discussions with the management, close to 70% of the residents are owner-occupiers, including many down-sizers. Many residents were initially concerned that the units would be used as student accommodation, so the high percentage of owner occupiers is good news.
The Trust encourages you to patronise our local shopping centre and make it into the boutique centre it once was. It’s good to see so many of the shops promoting the Bag Free Beecroft campaign.  It is definitely working but please, regarding the free hand made shopping bags, return them for others to use.
The enthusiastic team of about 20 plus women are not a charity. They have performed a superb job of making these beautiful, professionally-made shopping bags and deserve your respect by returning them.  So please support your local community.
Finally , for two very long years we have had to drive and suffer traffic jams to go elsewhere to do the bulk of our weekly shopping.  Now we have no excuse; we can expect our shopping behaviour will now change for the better; back to the “good old days” with more shoppers walking to our local shops with their reusable bags, more frequent trips walking to the shops, spending time in the cafes and socialising in our own local shopping village again.
If you have not done so, make sure you check out the beautiful artwork from the students at Beecroft Primary School. These were entered into the NSW and ACT Threatened Species Art Competition. The students and teachers should be congratulated for their wonderful entries and for making the next generation aware of the need to protect our native flora and fauna.

A quote from a local resident:
"For a small community that has had nothing I believe (Beecroft Place) is brilliant.  Just heard a lot of complaining from many sources about how it is not as good as the full sized centres. Would hate to lose it or have it dumbed down further due to it being under utilised. It is a healthier community that walks to their local, rather than get in the car and contribute to our congested roads. A car free Beecroft is just as important as a bag free Beecroft!"

Breaking News:  A rumor has come to our attention that suggests the Carligford Woolworths will follow Beecroft's lead and go "Bag Free" in January 2017.

The money held by council from the sale of the former
Congregational church at Cheltenham Church funds
Since the Council elections there has been a some talk about the future use of the remaining $2.2 million from the sale of the former church on Beecroft Road at Cheltenham.  Council resolved that the funds would be spent to benefit the residents of Beecroft and Cheltenham. In December last year our former Council resolved to allocate about $0.6 million of the funds towards re-landscaping Beecroft Park, located next to the train station. The Trust wants to progress the matter of how to spend the rest of the funds and we suspect Council will want to do the same. Once our Councillors settle into their roles, the Trust will be contacting Council seeking meaningful dialogue regarding honouring the wishes of the local community.
Annual Spring Lunch 2017 for seniors and retirees 19th October
Rotary Club of Beecroft invites you to join them for lunch and a fun, relaxing afternoon (everyone welcome).
Come and sing-a-long to old favourites with the talented local quartet SaM
Thursday 19th October 2017 11.30 am to 2.00 pm at the Pennant Hills Golf Club, Copeland Road Beecroft.  $15 per person.
Tickets from Sparks Shoes 9 Wongala Crescent Beecroft .
Entry by pre-purchased tickets only. (Sorry no tickets will be sold at the door on the day)
Enquiries - call or text 0478 110 943
Beecroft Forum Dinner 2nd November
The Beecroft Forum Dinner will be held on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at the usual time of 7.00pm and at the usual place, Pennant Hills Golf Club, Copeland Road, Beecroft.  A donation of $50 per adult would be appreciated.
The guest speaker is Mark Scott AO, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, with oversight for 2,200 schools with 49,000 teachers and 800,000 students.  The title of Mark’s talk is “Education for an uncertain world”.
Bookings are essential.  Please book early.
Please advise bookings to Janet Hayes (Ph 9980 9917) or email  
Trust Spring Walk.
“We always strive to make the walks interesting, so for this Spring Walk we are venturing further afield into the wilds of Cherrybrook
The location will be Trevors Lane off Purchase Rd.  The date is Sunday 29th October from 2pm till 4 pm. It’s an easy 90 minute walk with some interesting rock formations.
Beecroft Presbyterian Church Fete
8am-2pm - Saturday, 4th November, 2017.

Lots of fun for all the family with a jumping castle, children's games, face painting, huge white elephant, Arts and Crafts, collectables stall, secondhand toy stall, plant stalls, cakes and jam stall, international food stall, delicious fresh warm scones and tea as well as our famous sausage sizzle!
Donations of good quality furniture and household goods are most welcome before the fete. Please contact Pam, our  White Elephant coordinator,  Ph. 96342670 for collection of goods. No books please.
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We are continuing to looking for volunteers who like walking and who may be able to distribute approximately 100 Bulletins a couple of times per year, as this is all done by kind members of our community. If you are able to help out, even as an occasional fill in person, please contact
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Kind regards,
Ross Walker

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