18th October 2019   Edition One.
In this edition:
Presidents Message,
Traffic Noise M2,

Parramatta City Council Planning Harmonisation,
Graffiti in Beecroft and Cheltenham,
Recent Development Applications,
Draft Local strategic planning statement,

Draft Hornsby Waste Matters Strategy,
Parramatta Seniors' Concert ,
Latest Police Reports.
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Message from the President
I have had two productive meetings with our State Member for Epping Treasurer Dominic Perrottet. Dominic lives locally and is very interested in our local community.  Because he is NSW Treasurer, he has a very demanding schedule, so I appreciate the fact that he has found time to discuss local issues with me. High on the agenda has been the possible retention of the ramp facing Wongala Crescent when the two lifts are constructed at Beecroft station next year. I have stressed with him the overwhelming support the Trust has received from the community for the ramp to somehow be retained. It will have to be steeper than the existing ramp but it is still considered to be more convenient than steps. He will discuss the ramp retention with the Transport Minister Andrew Constance and get back to the Trust.  To view the current Beecroft Station Upgrade Determination Report CLICK HERE.
Other matters discussed with Dominic are mentioned in separate articles below. The only matter I forgot to ask him was whether he wants to get the Trust’s eNews directly? While his office receives it. I’ll ask him next time we meet. Finally, Dominic asked me “what was a good bushwalk near Beecroft?” Naturally I had an answer; after the Trust’s recent Spring Walk, I recommended the Lane Cove National Park walk from Day Rd to Whale Rock. Perfect for children.  
I am looking forward to further meetings with Dominic and I believe he feels likewise.
Ross Walker OAM
Traffic Noise from the M2 – Update after discussions with Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Member for Epping
The Trust has received a couple more comments from residents since the last eNews. Dominic agreed the best approach is to have an initial meeting with his staff to work out how to present the comments and to whom in order to get action. The aim of the exercise is to arrange for the relevant transport agency to carry out further noise tests which we hope will lead to some form of noise amelioration. It’s still not too late to comment, even after the Trust meets with Dominic’s staff.  Reply to
Parramatta City Council Planning Harmonisation - update
Parramatta City Council is going through a rezoning process, similar to Hornsby Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement.  Both Hornsby and Parramatta Councils are required to update their planning controls. Parramatta Council’s process is slightly different to Hornsby’s process and involves amalgamating the various planning schemes currently in force covering suburbs that were part of other councils before the local government amalgamation process. Beecroft, south of the M2 will get a new planning scheme to replace the obsolete Hornsby scheme, There will be minor changes to the planning controls, so Parramatta’s planning scheme has a level of consistency across the whole area. Note though, the Parramatta rezoning process is still in its early stages and will involve further community involvement with public exhibitions.  
CLICK HERE to view
the email the Trust received from Parramatta Council.
Graffiti in Beecroft and Cheltenham
The Trust received an anonymous letter from ‘concerned residents’ regarding graffiti on a visually prominent brick wall located on the street frontage. The brick wall is privately owned and belongs to the owner of the property. The concerned residents have already approached Hornsby Council, who agreed to approach the owner and request its removal. As the graffiti is still on the wall the concerned residents have approached the Trust for help. Unfortunately the Trust has no authority to direct the owner to remove the graffiti.  All we can do is to contact Council on behalf of the community.
Graffiti is a constant problem. Public infrastructure, like the railway line and the pedestrian bridge are constantly targeted, often by offenders living elsewhere and using the rail network to move around the metropolitan area. The best solution is usually creating a vegetation screen in front of walls so the graffiti is not visible. There is unfortunately no simple solution.    
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.
Draft Hornsby Local Strategic Planning Statement. Too late to comment?
The public exhibition of the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) and Draft Heritage Action Plan both closed on 16th October. If you still want to make a submission, Council is likely to accept a late submission. The draft documents can be accessed by

Footnote from Ross Walker.  When I met our Member for Epping, Dominic Perrottet, he was interested in my views of Council’s two draft documents. Many of the recommendations in the two documents could potentially benefit Beecroft and Cheltenham. The current operation of the Beecroft shopping precinct was discussed, such as opportunities to green the suburb and separate vehicles from pedestrians. Our whole Shire is constantly changing due to various pressures, whether it is increased population or climate change, we do not live in a static world. The challenge is to make our Shire a better place to live for our children.   


This seniors development at No 68 Beecroft Road was approved under the State Government seniors housing legislation and was assessed as being in character with the surrounding heritage precinct. Compare its setback, bulk and scale with the Federation dwelling adjoining. This is why the Trust made a submission to the draft LSPS.
Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust has published a response to the draft statement.

The Byles Creek Valley Union has also published a response.
Draft Hornsby Waste Matters Strategy – another draft strategy –
closes 8th November 2019

Hornsby Council has placed on exhibition their draft Waste Matters Strategy. This is a very detailed and informative document that the Trust encourages residents to read and provide feedback to Council. The Trust will be making a submission, if only to simply commend Council on the quality of the document.  The Strategy recommend a specific option that is both cheaper and more efficient than the current arrangement. CLICK HERE to access the document.
Former Metro Haulage Road behind Cheltenham Oval – current status
 When I met with our Member for Epping Dominic Perrottet last week, I specifically raised with him the current status of the reinstatement of the bushland along the former haulage road. The former access road extends from Kirkham Street through to the rear of the netball courts at Cheltenham Oval. The original approval by the State Government for the Metro included the reinstatement of the high quality bushland once the Metro service facility was completed.

After about six months of planting and watering, the regeneration of the bushland is, to put it mildly, disappointing. Many native plants have died due to poor soil preparation or over watering. No weeding has occurred. Construction material is still on site along the M2 Motorway boundary. The Metro project proposes to hand the uncompleted site over to Council to manage early next year who have serious concerns with the quality of the regeneration of the bushland.
The Trust is also concerned about the quality of the work been carried out and has been, with the full support of the Mayor Philip Ruddock and the General Manager, in regular communication with Dominic Perrottet’s office trying to broker a better outcome.  Hence my conversation with Dominic last week.  Hopefully Dominic will be able to resolve the current impasse that Council is currently having with Transport NSW.
Ross Walker.
Hazelwood Rose Park Plympton Rd, Beecroft
Hazelwood Rose Park, like Ray Park, has been the inspiration of the Ray Park Heritage Group, championed by Dorothy Doolan. Dorothy has been lobbying Parramatta Council for the installation of public toilets in the park. The Trust understands there are no public toilets in the area, including the nearby shopping centre. If you are interested in adding your name to a petition that is seeking public toilets CLICK HERE.

To provide some background, below is an extract from the email Dorothy sent to the Trust.
"My last contact with CoP Council (August, 2019) re amenities in Hazlewood Rose Park - email from Pino Todarello stated that toilet not on council budget for next 2 years....also added 'toilets not generally installed in parks'.  
Remember, we had been given a plan 2017 which was to have been installed as part of the $15,000,000 State Merger funding which dropped off council budget!
At the time CoP Council put in place the 2017-2021 Disability Inclusive Action (Page 11)
Not good enough, and wheelchair accessible toilet for final stage of Hazlewood Age-friendly and Disability Area is essential before it is completed as well as umbrella storage, so project on RPHG's calendar again!"
Sydney Wildlife
Local Sydney Wildlife volunteer Deb Fleet has asked the Trust to share information on their next care and rescue course on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November 2019 at Waverton. If you'd like to learn how to care for sick, orphaned and injured native birds and animals then please check out this link as Sydney Wildlife need more volunteers in our northern suburbs this summer. Thanks in advance for sharing with your friends and other community groups.

Parramatta Seniors' Concert – from Epping Ward Councillor Donna Davis
This year the City of Parramatta is hosting a Senior’s Concert to celebrate the festive season. 
Details are available in the following link. CLICK HERE
Please note this is only available to residents and/or ratepayers from within the Parramatta LGA.
BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN. Tickets for bus travel are also available.


Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter - October 7th
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives

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.
Annual Memberships for 2019 become due each year 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. 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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