9th October 2022.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,

BCCT eNews,
BCCT Spring Walk,
Bushcare Volunteers,
BCCT Survey,
Trust Correspondence with Local Government,
Hornsby Council Public Meeting,
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust,
Local JP.
Hornsby Council Newsletter,

City of Parramatta News Bulletin,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
My apologies that no e-news was sent out last month. My travels were however great and I managed to fly to Europe, participate in some big events and fly home again without either Louise or myself catching Covid or losing our luggage!
The news that affects all those living in Hornsby Shire is that Council is considering an application to increase the rates that land owners pay. This proposed increase will be over and above the already planned and approved increase. At our last Director’s meeting we met with the General Manager of Council to obtain a briefing on why Council considers a further rate rise to be essential. To fulfill our objective of making available to you information that is relevant to where we live, we have combined with Pennant Hills Civic Trust and Westleigh Progress Association to hold a public meeting on Thursday 13 October 2022 at which Council officers will make a presentation and answer questions. Details of this meeting are elsewhere in this bulletin. It would be good to see you there.
Despite contact immediately before my travels , and then again on my return, we have not heard anything further from our local State Member about what is happening about the M2 noise. I cannot therefore report on the outcomes of our representations to our State Member, even though these representations had produced an agreed and sensible course of action.  This is disappointing. We will have an extraordinary Director’s meeting to plan what we do next in light of this lack of response. In this e-news we have included a survey question on the M2 to assist in our advocacy.
Since my return we have continued to have torrential rain. The silver lining to these rain clouds is that the work done by the railway to manage water flow on the Sutherland Road side of the railway underpass worked. No flooding of the underpass entry happened. Thank you to all who support our requests to have this work done.
Another project that has been successfully concluded is the restoration of the Caddy Memorial Seat in Malton Road. The seat was originally built in 1929 by resident subscription. Its history can be read on the Beecroft Cheltenham History Group web page CLICK HERE
Thanks to Hornsby Shire Council and the Thornleigh Men’s Shed. Once again it has become a fine place to rest and contemplate valley views – we just need to be ever vigilant about that spreading bamboo.
Two other local community activities are worth drawing to your attention. Spring has come amongst the rain and the Railway Reserve Gardens are looking lovely. Thanks to the Beecroft and District Garden Club members who work on caring for this garden. You do a fantastic job that the rest of us enjoy.
Our local Rotary Club continues to be active. A little while ago I bought a stack of aeroplane reading at the book store in Hannah Street. It has such an eclectic library of books for sale at ridiculously low prices. Details of Rotary’s Living Treasures award and events to support senior members of our community also appear elsewhere in this e-news. I was going to make reference to ‘mature’ community members but my wife has pointed out that even though my age is right, there is no objective evidence that I have reached any level of maturity.
Our neighbouring Epping Civic Trust has recently had a change in Presidency with Janet McGarry re-locating for a period to England. Judith Dawes has stepped up as President and we extend to Judith our good wishes. To Janet we say thanks for her considerable efforts while President. Janet worked very hard for her community in a time of much change in Epping. Thanks for this and we wish her well in the future. While this is our loss, England clearly now needs lots of good people.
Joining with fellow Beecroft Cheltenham residents, in holding where we live, in trust
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.
Civic Trust Spring Walk on Sunday October 16th
The Trust will be holding its traditional Spring Walk this year on Sunday 16th October 2022. The walk will commence at 2pm from the end of Day Rd Cheltenham. 
The walk will be in the Lane Cove National Park following Devlins Creek, passing under the M2 and the train line.  We will return via Sutherland and Cobram Roads, back to Day Road.
The Beecroft Cheltenham History Group will be provide a short talk on a aspects of our local history.  We will end up the state heritage listed property of Marie Byles, Ahimsa, now in National Trust ownership.
Walkers are welcome to stop at Ahimsa  for a chat and afternoon tea.
In case of inclement weather please check the Trust’s website late morning on the day. . CLICK HERE
BushCare Volunteers
Our Bushcare volunteers continue to do a wonderful job getting rid of weeds and regenerating badly degraded bushland.
The Chilworth Reserve volunteers really appreciate the new beautifully crafted table and chairs provided at the bottom of Kenwick Lane by Hornsby Council.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Bushcarer please contact Hornsby Council using this link CLICK HERE.  For Parramatta Council residents CLICK HERE

        Roslyn Phillips, Debra-Ann Rothwell, Ross Walker, Coral Walker, Sheila Woods, Alan Churchill
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust Survey
In an effort to focus our advocacy efforts on issues of most concern, we have been working hard on the M2 Road Noise.
To assist us in what we say, could you please complete the survey below:
CLICK HERE if the M2 noise is of major concern to you.
CLICK HERE if the M2 noise is of some concern to you.
CLICK HERE if the M2 noise is of minor concern to you.
CLICK HERE if the M2 noise is of no concern to you.
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust.
The Trust on behalf of the community, makes regular submission to Local Government.  All correspondence with Council can be viewed on the Trust's website.  CLICK HERE to view the documents.
Public Meeting to Discuss Hornsby Shire Rate Increase.
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, the Pennant Hills Civic Trust and the Westleigh Progress Association have combined to hold a public meeting on Thursday 13 October 2022 at which Council officers will make a presentation and answer questions about a future rate increase.
The meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday 13 October at the;
Pennant Hills Baptist Church
Rosemount Ave & Ramsay Rd,
Pennant Hills NSW

Hornsby Council's information flyer can be viewed CLICK HERE
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust.
The Trust has for many years fought and lobbied to protect our suburbs.
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.
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 0417662405

Hornsby Shire Council's Latest News Bulletin
October eNews can be viewed CLICK HERE

City of Parramatta's October 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.
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 2022 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 cover much of our o suburbs.  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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