12th September 2019   Edition One.
In this edition:
Presidents Message,
Traffic Noise M2,
Spring Walk 15 Sept,
Proposed Child Care Centre at 36 Orchard Road Beecroft,
Recent Development Applications,
Draft Local strategic planning statement,
New Electricity Charges,
Bookshop in Beecroft is Closing,
Mayor Philip Ruddock's Newsletter,
Parramatta Council's Newsletter,
Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter,
Latest Police Reports,
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Message from the President
I finally have some good news regarding the bush regeneration of the former haulage road next to Cheltenham Oval.  Our Mayor Philip Ruddock has been in communication with our Member for Epping Dominic Perrottet and I understand Council’s General Manager is now in dialogue with officers in the relevant State Government agency.
It is important that the Metro project team completes the bush rehabilitation in a competent manner before the site is handed back to Council.

The publication of Cr Emma Heyde’s regular newsletter in the last eNews generated some feedback from our readers.  The Trust has a long standing policy of publishing newsletters released by our elected representatives.  After all, it is we the public who elected them to represent us.  There is an expectation that we should receive feedback from them. 
We have once again approached our elected members to provide newsletters and Hornsby Council Mayor Philip Ruddock has obliged.  His newsletter is published below. 

Last week, with assistance from Hornsby Council staff, I applied for a federally funded community grant to go towards repairing the main War Memorial at Beecroft.

Fingers crossed that the Trust, and Council, will be successful. 
Finally I have some sad news.  Stephen Jenke, one of the Trust’s Facebook administrators, unexpectedly passed away last week.  The Trust wishes to publicly acknowledge his contribution to the Trust and offer his family our condolences.  I have been informed that the Trust’s Facebook page announcing Stephen's passing has received over 1500 ‘hits’. 
Ross Walker OAM
Traffic Noise from the M2 – resident feedback sought. - Reminder
Thank you to those who replied.  The Trust will continue to invite residents to comment.  The results so far vary.  Some residents suffer a high degree of noise intrusion; others very little.  The variations appear to reflect the topography of the land but also our built environment such as house orientation and layout.  Once we have a sufficient number of responses we will approach our local State Member Dominic Perrottet to arrange a meeting to discuss options for possible amelioration.  Your opinion and any facts you can provide will help the Trust to better understand the issue.  Reply to
Spring Walk – Sunday 15th September 2pm to 4pm - Reminder
The annual Spring Walk will be held on 15th September commencing at the end of Day Road, next to Ahimsa.  The walk will pass the geological feature called Whale Rock, over the Lane Cove River and finally around the STEP loop track located below South Turramurra.  It’s a medium grade walk that can be shortened for those struggling as we will be returning the way we came.  There will be the regular history talk from the local History Group to add some drama and intrigue.  Decent walking shoes are recommended and if there has been rain expect some shallow fording of Devlin’s Creek and the Lane Cove River.  Afternoon tea will be provided at the end at Ahimsa itself, the property that Marie Byles bequeathed to the National Trust.  All welcome.  

The well attended Autumn walk 23
rd June
Beecroft Spring Market, Saturday 14th September
The Spring Market is on again at the Beecroft Uniting Church.

CLICK HERE for details.
Proposed Child Care Centre at 36 Orchard Road Beecroft
Local residents have approached the Trust regarding a proposed child care centre at 36 Orchard Road Beecroft.  DA498/2019 is currently on exhibition and will be determined by Parramatta City Council.  To access the DA documents, CLICK HERE
To view the Trust's objection, 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. CLICK HERE To access them.
Draft Hornsby Local Strategic Planning Statement.  Reminder
Hornsby Council resolved to place on public exhibition a Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement, a document that will guide Council over the next 20 years.  The statement has four themes, liveable (housing), sustainable (environment), productive (business) and collaborative (community).  The draft statement can be viewed at CLICK HERE
The Trust will be making a submission, but the Trust encourages all residents to read the statement (it is lengthy) and make a submission to Council on matters that are relevant to you.  Matters to comment on could include ideas for a more pedestrian friendly precinct at Beecroft shopping centre. 
Also included in the strategy is the separate Heritage Action Plan. This is important for Beecroft and Cheltenham residents.  While some residents may be uncomfortable with additional controls over their property, these controls do benefit the community overall, often restricting inappropriate development within the suburb. 
CLICK HERE to access the Draft Heritage Action Plan. 
New Time of Day Metering Roll Out
A Beecroft resident was shocked to receive a letter informing him about a change to his electricity account.
During the last power outage when power lines were downed by a storm that saw many trees destroyed, the energy supplier took the opportunity to replace many of the existing analogue meters with the new digital "time of day" system.

Last week, a letter from the electricity retailer was received detailing the new billing methods and rates that these new meters enabled.
Previously all electricity with the exception of off peak hot water was charged at 28.90 c/kWh. The new rates from the existing supplier were as follows:
Peak [between 2pm and 8pm] - 53.90 c/kWh
Shoulder [7am to 2pm, 8pm to 10pm] - 22.95 c/kWh
Off Peak [between 10pm and 7am] - 14.95 c/kWh
Controlled Load (hot water systems) - 13.97 c/kWh

Faced with his electricity charges about to nearly double, the resident researched and did some comparison shopping. He was thereby able to find a lower peak rate of 39.00 c/kWh.  The site used for the research is:
The Children's Bookshop in Beecroft is Closing

The multi award-winning Capella Bookshop is to close after nearly fifty years of trading.
Rising rents and costs as well as competition from online booksellers are the main reasons for closing.
Mayor Philip Ruddock’s Latest Newsletter -
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
In 2017 Hornsby Shire lost 15,000 trees, which equates to 60 hectares of canopy or three percent of the total.  Three percent of our total canopy disappeared in a single year.  This outrageous figure is a product of the NSW Government’s 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Scheme, which was introduced in 2014 and is having a devastating effect.  The scheme is well-intentioned, aiming to provide a buffer around homes in the event of a catastrophic bushfire.  That is something we need to be aware of here in the Bushland Shire.  It has been some time since our last major bushfire, but many of us remember the devastation they can cause and every summer we face the risk of it happening again. 
However, there needs to be a better balance struck between protection of property and preservation of bushland.  The 10/50 rules are clearly being abused by people at no risk from bushfire, who are decimating our valuable tree population for selfish reasons.  It makes a mockery of everything Council is doing to boost and preserve our valuable environmental assets, including the planting of 25,000 new trees.  Council has written to the Government a number of times seeking a review of the 10/50 regulations, but we have not yet received any substantive response.  We are urging the Government to act before it is too late and we become known as the Woodchip Shire.
Parramatta Council's Newsletter  - (Parramatta Pulse)
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives

Councillor Emma Heyde's Latest Newsletter - September ?rd
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 became due at the
Annual General Meeting 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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