7th SEPTEMBER 2017   Edition One

In this edition:  Local Government elections.
Ray Park Heritage Group.
St John's Church, In the Pink, Bag Free Beecroft Sewing Bee.
NorthConnex Urban Design and Landscape Plan Stage Two.
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Local Government Elections this coming Saturday 9th September.
A final reminder to all residents that voting for our local government councillors is on this Saturday 9th September.  Click here  to access the NSW Government website if you want to know when and where to vote.  
The Trust held its traditional ‘Meet the Candidates’ evening on Tuesday 29th August and had a very good turnout with over 120 attendees.  We invited Hornsby Council’s C Ward candidates, as well as Parramatta Council’s Epping Ward candidates. With the Hornsby mayoral candidates as well, there were 13 candidates speaking. No surprise that the State Government council amalgamation process produced a healthy debate between the Parramatta and Hornsby candidates.  I won’t comment on their performances, as it would not be appropriate but the night provided those who did attend a useful insight into the views, values and effectiveness of the prospective candidates. What I will say though, is that it was pleasing to see such a strong representation of women standing for the various positions, including three women for the Hornsby Council’s Mayoral position. 
At the public meeting I touched on how the amalgamation process has also created a logistical problem for the Trust that we had not envisaged. In the future the Trust will have its hands full communicating with two councils, now that close to a third of Beecroft is under Parramatta Council’s control.  The Trust committee can’t afford to sit back and expect matters to continue as they have in the past.  There is a real threat that the Trust will lose contact with our loyal residents south of the M2 motorway. We must be proactive in offering our services to these residents and that will also mean residents in the Parramatta Council area joining the Trust’s committee. We currently have two vacancies on the committee so now is as good a time as any to join the committee.

           Ross Walker BCCT President moderating                         Photography courtesy Michael Bianchino

Our southern neighbouring civic trust in Epping will have a similar logistical problem, having a responsibility to serve residents in North Epping who are still within Hornsby Council while the bulk of their residents are in Parramatta Council. 
In a way it is timely - below you will see an article promoting Dorothy Doolan’s Ray Park Heritage Group activity this coming weekend.  Dorothy is an asset to the local community and has managed to get Parramatta Council and even some local businesses to support her group.  I ask you to support the local community and visit Ray Park this weekend.  Local residents like Dorothy keep our community spirit alive.

The Trust’s Enews is continuing to work well, developing into an excellent medium for conveying information to the local community.  Residents are being informed of issues relevant to Beecroft and Cheltenham in a timely manner and in a way that the old printed bulletin was unable to achieve. I again encourage recipients of the Enews to pass on our details to your friends and neighbours, who you believe will be interested in receiving our Enews.  As of last week we have over 1000 email addresses on our database but there are still 60% of 2119 residents who are not as yet benefitting from receiving our eNews.
We have had to establish a new website as the old one had become dysfunctional with emails not working. With various security constraints attached to the old site, we found it easier to walk away from and create a new  website.  If anyone has tried to contact me at the old email address and has received no reply, that is the reason. 
My new email address is .
Ross Walker
Ray Park Heritage Group.
A display over 3 days in Carlingford, in ‘Upper’ Ray Park Sponsored by Engalls Nursery, Garden Clinic & McGrath Real Estate.
“Remember the Way We Were”

Yesteryear photos and an assortment of items & memorabilia will be on display.
When: 9.00am-5.00 pm each day: Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September
Where: Cnr Plympton Road and Avonlea Drive, Carlingford
Contact:  Phone 9876 5713 for more information.

Remember the way we were at the newly named ‘Hazlewood Rose Park’ (previously Upper Ray Park)* where an assortment of Yesteryear items and photos will be on display. Rose plants will be available for sale.
Disability and Age-friendly Furniture is to be added to our local park. Come and see the City of Parramatta Council’s first stage of this project.
In keeping with the new name for the park, two beds of white roses will be planted.
The City of Parramatta Council is recommending that the new name of Hazlewood Rose Park be adopted by the Geographic Naming Board of NSW (GNB).
Spring Concert at St John’s Church this Sunday 10th September at 2.30pm.
There will be a Spring Concert at St John’s Church, corner Beecroft Road and Chapman Avenue this coming Sunday commencing at 2.30pm. 
Performers will include : leading Sydney organist Heather Moen Boyd, Sydney Community Clarinet Choir, St John’s Singers and a Scottish piper. 
Donation $5.00  Afternoon tea to follow. All welcome.
Cheltenham Girls - "In The Pink"
Cheltenham Girls P&C will be conducting a BBQ on election day 9th September.
While the BBQ is running, copies of “In The Pink” will be available. A sixty year history of the school, a narrative of the academic, sporting and cultural life of one of New South Wales’ best known public, comprehensive high schools. Available for $30.
Beecroft Uniting Church Market Day.
There is another local function on this coming election Saturday the 9th September.
The Uniting Church is holding a Market Day from 9am to 2pm on the Church premises
at 82 Beecroft Road. All welcome.  
A Sad Day for Rivington House in Fearnely Park.
Despite vigorous objections by the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, demolition has commenced on the property known as Rivington House at 18-20 Cardinal Ave. Beecroft.
The Trust's letter of objection can be viewed by following the DA1578_2017.pdf link on the Trust's new website. 

Other recent submissions to Council can also be viewed on the site. Click Here

  Prior to the commencement of demolition                                     These photos can be viewed full size: CLICK HERE

                                            photography courtesy the Trust committee
Bag Free Beecroft Sewing Bee.
 The next sewing bee will be held at St John’s Church hall, corner of Beecroft Road and Chapman Avenue (car park access off Beecroft Road), on Wednesday 20th September from 10am till about noon.  This will be the third bee the ladies have held and it has become quite a social event within the local community.  Even if you are not a competent sewer you are still welcome as there is a variety of tasks to perform.  And of course there is the morning tea. Please contact Clarissa Luxford on 0412 706 910 for more details on what you need to bring. All welcome of course.
Trust Spring Walk.
We always strive to make the walks interesting so this Spring Walk will be slightly different.  We are going further afield into the wilds of Cherrybrook.
The location will be Trevors Lane off Purchase Rd.  The date is Sunday 29
th October from 2pm till 4 pm. It’s an easy 90 minute walk with some interesting rock formations.
NorthConnex Urban Design and Landscape Plan Stage Two.
Some residents would have received the following email.
"Stage Two of the draft Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP) for the NorthConnex project has been prepared for community consultation, in accordance with the Minister’s Conditions of Approval. This plan outlines the urban landscape and design principles for the project, illustrates how the new design elements of the project will look and was developed based on the preliminary designs presented in the Environmental Impact Statement for the project.
Stage Two of the UDLP includes the tunnel design, and architectural and landscape design of operational ancillary facilities such as the ventilation outlets and service buildings. It provides an opportunity to comment on the visual features of the tunnel and tolling structures as well as landscaping, materials, colours and sustainability of the operational facilities. Community feedback on Stage One of the UDLP resulted in changes in colour and translucency of noise walls.
It is on public display until Saturday 30
th September and available for viewing at A hard copy is also available at:
  • Hills Shire Council, 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills
  • Castle Hill Library, corner of Castle and Pennant streets, Castle Hill
  • Baulkham Hills Library, Railway Street, Baulkham Hills
  • Hornsby Shire Council, 296 Pacific Highway, Hornsby
  • Ku-ring-gai Council, 818 Pacific Highway, Gordon
  • Parramatta City Library, 1-3 Fitzwilliam Street, Parramatta
  • Turramurra Library, 5 Ray Street, Turramurra
  • Pennant Hills Library, corner of Ramsay and Yarrara Roads, Pennant Hills
  • Epping Library, Chambers Court, Epping
  • Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George Street, Hornsby
  • Roads and Maritime Services, Level 1, 22-40 Ennis Rd, Milsons Point
  • NorthConnex Community Information Centre, 118 Yarrara Road, Pennant Hills , open Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 1pm.
To provide comment on the UDLP, or if you have any questions:
email  phone 1800 977 057 (free call). write NorthConnex UDLP, Locked Bag 1001, West Pennant Hills, 2125
visit NorthConnex Community Information Centre at 118 Yarrara Road, Pennant Hills, open Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 1pm.
Your important feedback will be taken into consideration and the community will be kept informed of the outcome of the urban design and landscape review process on the NorthConnex website.
Yours sincerely, NorthConnex Project Team"
Trust Membership Subscriptions and eNews...
Keep our two suburbs strong and informed by being a member in 2017!

To renew your membership for 2017, please send a cheque with your phone and email details to PO Box 31, Beecroft 2119, OR credit our bank account directly:
BSB 062-113 10068238, using your name as a reference.  Please also send an email to advising that you have updated your membership for 2017.   Donations are also gratefully accepted.

Just a reminder that membership is due in April each year. For those who have already paid, many thanks. Household Membership: only $20 per year; Pensioner/Single Resident: $10 per year.

The eNews is becoming our main method for disseminating information to the community. Currently we have over 1020 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.
At this stage, the Trust will continue to distribute the printed bulletin as not everyone uses the internet.  
We are also looking for volunteers who like walking 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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