26th OCTOBER 2017   Edition Two.
Council Amalgamations.
New Member on the Civic Trust Committee.
Proposed improvements to the Carlingford North Car Park.
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President’s comment.
On Wednesday 11th October 2017, Hornsby Council held its first General Meeting with all our newly elected Councillors in attendance. What a breath of fresh air!  The atmosphere was light and in a way jovial with our new Mayor Philip Ruddock struggling with some of the formalities of a Council meeting. However he made up for any shortfall using his extensive experience as a former Federal Minister maintaining a firm control over the proceedings.  To quote one resident who attended the meeting:  A very collegial atmosphere indeed with Mr. Ruddock providing guidance and leadership in a non-partisan manner .
I sensed at the meeting that a change in culture was already underway with the unanimous appointment of our only Independent Councillor, Vince del Gallego as Deputy Mayor.  Vince has been a Cherrybrook resident for many years and was motivated to stand as a true independent Councillor after fighting against the South Dural rezoning proposal. Vince is a C Ward Councillor so he represents residents in Beecroft and Cheltenham.  
The other night I again saw the Mayor and our B and C Ward Councillors at the Pennant Hills Civic Trust AGM.  So I’m getting an insight in how they are fitting into their roles as our Councillors.  What impressed me was their stated conviction to put us first, the community, before politics. The open forum at the Pennant Hills AGM saw our representatives more relaxed and open in the informal atmosphere and they spoke as one that they want to work with community groups like the Trust.  So I am looking forward to the next three years being less stressful, with less confrontation and more co-operation.    
As for Parramatta Council news, I have some articles below.  

Ross Walker
Council Amalgamations.
Last year’s drawn out amalgamation process is not over yet.  Residents should be aware of the continuing financial dispute between Hornsby and Parramatta Council, where Hornsby Council is refusing to hand over to Parramatta Council the rating details and associated funds related to the properties that were transferred over to Parramatta Council. It all sounds so simple. The Trust understands that the actual amount of funds that has to be transferred to Parramatta Council is unclear and Hornsby Council has sought direction from the State Government. That direction, we understand, has yet to be provided.  Hence the delay and dispute. But how does this dispute affect the residents of Beecroft and Cheltenham?
While the State Government proceeded with the transfer of the southern section of Hornsby Council this was only the first stage of the amalgamation process, with the second stage being the amalgamation of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Councils.  So while Ku-ring-gai Council is unchanged by the amalgamation process, and Parramatta Council has completed its amalgamation, Hornsby Council has been stalled halfway through the total process with a smaller area and left financially disadvantaged.
As mentioned in earlier editions this amalgamation process hasn’t helped the Trust itself, because it means we must divide our limited resources between two Councils.  One can easily argue we are taking a selfish view, especially with regards to the comments from a number residents south of the M2 who are very happy with Parramatta Council.  Regardless, we still believe this process must be resolved sooner rather than later.  Mayor Philip Ruddock has publicly stated that, unless this situation is resolved by the State Government, Hornsby Council rates may need to be increased by the order of 15%.  
This amalgamation issue was discussed at Hornsby Council’s October general meeting. The minutes can be accessed through
Refer to Item 9 - CS38/17 Alteration of Boundaries Proposals - Hornsby Shire Council and City of Parramatta Council.
New member on the Civic Trust Committee.
Last month the Trust asked for volunteers from the southern section of Beecroft that is now within the City of Parramatta Council to join the Trust Committee.  Now that the Trust has to deal with two councils, we need resident representation on the committee from residents south of the M2 Motorway. Bill Rankine has joined the committee and he brings a wealth of community involvement with him.  Bill has been active in the local Neighbourhood Watch program and knows many of the local residents.  He also indicated that he is prepared to liaise with our Parramatta Councillors.  Below is an article from Bill on the proposed redesign of the Plympton Rd carpark.
Proposed improvements to the Carlingford North car park.
City of Parramatta Council is proposing to upgrade the Plympton Road / North Rocks Road shopping car park.  For those interested, details are shown in the photograph of the exhibition sign displayed outside the shops.
Beecroft Place Car Park.
Trust members have informed us that drivers should be careful while exiting the Beecroft Place car park. Besides the obvious conflict with looking out for pedestrians on the footpath, last week one member scraped his car wheel against one of the kerbs inside the underground car park whilst exiting. After the scrape he investigated the offending corner and noticed he wasn’t the first to have a scrape. The picture below shows the black tyre marks on the raised kerbing.  The matter has been brought to the construction company's attention, who intend to fix the problem.  So please be careful as you exit the car park.
Beecroft & District Garden Club.
Beecroft & District Garden Club Inc will hold its Monthly Meeting for November at the Beecroft Club, 128 Copeland Road, Beecroft on Friday, 3 November, 2017 commencing at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start.  
Guest speaker will be Elizabeth Swane - and her topic:  ‘Hydrangeas and their care and maintenance’.  Visitors welcome.  Cuttings and potted plants for sale (please bring reusable bags).  Supper provided.
Hornsby Arts Festival.
For those interested in the arts, Hornsby Council is currently running their annual arts festival.  Click here for details.
One of the young artists is Hugh Van Schaick.  Visitors to Beecroft may know him.  Hugh worked at the Long Shot Café for five years and his mural can be seen on the cafe's wall.  We also understand his grandfather was a previous Member for Berowra.  Some local artists are investigating the possibility of having his work displayed at Beecroft Place in one of the community window pods.
Public Exhibition of Draft Amendments to Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 - Tree and Vegetation Preservation.

City of Parramatta Council is exhibiting draft amendments to Hornsby Development Control Plan (DCP) 2013 to increase the level of protection of trees and vegetation. The draft DCP amendments apply solely to land within the City of Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA), which was formerly part of the Hornsby LGA. Trees play an important role in the ‘greening’ of our city. They make our surroundings pleasant, provide relief from summer heat and reduce glare from the pavement. They also increase the value of real estate, reduce runoff and improve the quality of the air we breathe.
The draft DCP amendments will replace the existing controls in Section 1B..6.1 – Tree Preservation and Section 1B.6.2 – Vegetation Preservation of Hornsby DCP 2013 with a new section applying specifically to land within the City of Parramatta LGA.
The draft DCP amendments:

  • Expand the tree species protected to match those listed in Parramatta DCP 2011.
  • Maintain the current level of protection of vegetation and land with biodiversity value provided by Hornsby DCP 2013.
  • Update the controls so they are consistent with the new Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 (Vegetation SEPP), which commenced on 25 August 2017. The Vegetation SEPP replaces the tree and vegetation protection clauses (Clause 5.9 and Clause 5.9AA) within both Parramatta and Hornsby Local Environmental Plans with new provisions relating to the clearing of vegetation.

 The draft amendments to Hornsby DCP 2013, will be on public exhibition from Wednesday, 18 October 2017 to Friday, 17 November 2017 and can be viewed in the following ways:

  • City of Parramatta Council’s website:
  • City of Parramatta Council Administration Building: Ground Floor, 126 Church Street, Parramatta: Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.
  • Epping Branch Library: Chambers Court, Epping: Monday – Friday 10:00am to 9:00pm; Saturday 9:30am to 12:00pm; Sunday 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Written comments should be sent to City of Parramatta Council by 4:30pm on Friday, 17 November 2017.
Submissions can be sent to:
Chief Executive Officer
City of Parramatta Council
PO Box 32, Parramatta NSW 2124
Attention: Brooke Levingston – Project Officer Land Use Planning
Subject: Draft Amendments to Hornsby DCP – Tree and Vegetation Preservation (F2017/02319)
Council will also accept e-mailed submissions sent to: , quoting ‘Draft Amendments to Hornsby DCP – Tree and Vegetation Preservation (F2017/02319)’ in the subject line.
All submissions received by Council will be considered before a final decision on the draft amendment is made. Any submission received may be made publicly available and may include the name(s), address, signature and contact details provided.
If you have any questions regarding the draft amendment, please contact Brooke Levingston from Council’s Land Use Planning Team on (02) 9806 5399.

Current Status of the Proposed Seniors Development at 6-8 Malton Road Beecroft.
The applicant has recently lodged an appeal with the Land and Environment Court (LEC) against Hornsby Council.  Talking to council staff it would appear that the applicant is keeping his options open.  He has a limited time frame if he wants to lodge an appeal, and once that time frame is up, then the LEC is not available to him. So, since the assessment by Council is taking longer than usual, the applicant wants to make sure he has the option to appeal any refusal by Hornsby Council. The Trust understands that the delay is due to the applicant still trying to satisfy Council’s queries on disabled access to public transport and storm-water drainage to Malton road.
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.
For more details about the Refuge Rock Walk visit
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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At this stage, the Trust will continue to distribute the printed bulletin as not everyone uses the internet.  
We are continuing to look 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
The Trust has always had an unwritten policy to assist any resident regardless of their membership status.
Kind regards,
Ross Walker

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