18th SEPTEMBER 2017   Edition Two.
In this edition:  Council elections, Beecroft Market Centre,
Bag Free Beecroft , Ray Park Heritage event,
traffic issues in The Promenade and the
rezoning of the former IBM complex on Coonara Rd.
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President’s comment.
I thought I’d get a break from compiling the eNews this week but once again a number of matters have arisen. While they are all important, perhaps the most pressing is the announcement of the opening of Woolworths in the Beecroft Place shopping centre next Wednesday.  I am quite sure we are all looking forward to getting our shopping centre back and seeing an end to all the disruptive construction activity.  The Trust worked hard at the early planning and design stages to achieve a better shopping complex for our community, so I hope our past efforts will be rewarded by a shopping centre that the local community will accept and use.

I managed to visit the Ray Park heritage event on election day last Saturday. Dorothy Doolan managed to contact many descendants of the original farmers and orchardists who reminisced about living in the area last century.
Speakers included members from the Cantrell, Lees, Hazlewood and Stanley families.

                                          photography courtesy BCCT committee member
This photograph shows our State Member for Epping, Damien Tudehope, presenting a plaque to Carol Finch (Cantrell). 

I have included in this eNews an item from outside of the Beecroft and Cheltenham precinct that may interest many of our readers.  The future of the huge former IBM site in West Pennant Hills with its extensive bushland is still uncertain.  The new owner, Mirvac, will of course want to optimise the financial return on their acquisition. Read the article below and if you have an opinion, now would be a good time to make it known.

Ross Walker
Local Council Elections last Saturday 9th September
As you know, the elections for local government were held last weekend.  The final results are yet to be posted on the Government website but indications are that Philip Ruddock will be the next mayor of Hornsby.  Across the three Hornsby wards we expect that at least four Liberal and two Greens councillors will be appointed.  The other three councillor positions are at this stage unknown.  If you are interested in studying the results, including a breakdown of voting in the local booths, click on  The Trust will continue to work with all nine councillors and the Mayor to support our local community. 
With respect to Epping Ward within Parramatta Council, there is little certainty of who the three councillors will be. But at this stage it is likely that there will be a Liberal and a Labor councillor. Use the above link to search for Parramatta Council results.
Opening of the Beecroft Market Shopping Centre.
Woolworths is holding an opening ceremony next Wednesday morning 20th September commencing at 10 am.  Come along and join in.  Check out the shopping complex to see if it measures up to your expectations.  Coinciding with the Beecroft Place opening, the ladies promoting Beecroft Bags will have a large display of their bags in a glass cabinet at the entrance. There will be a special permanent bag depot in the centre to allow shoppers to ‘borrow and bring back’ bags if they have forgotten their own.  A sewing team from the group will create bags while visitors watch on Wednesday 20th September and Saturday 23rd September from 9 am to 1 pm each day!
Next Sewing Bee for the Beecroft Bags.
 Coincidentally, on Wednesday 20th September the fourth bag-sewing bee will take place as usual from 10 am to 1 pm in St John’s Church Hall, which is situated on Beecroft Rd. between Hannah Street and Chapman Avenue.  It’s best to approach the hall driving northwards (towards Pennant Hills) so that you can turn left into the car park, the driveway of which is located before you pass the church itself.  Morning tea will be provided and new faces are always most welcome.

If you are unable to attend the sewing bees but would like to make some bags at home, just send an email to Deirdre Mowat and her team can deliver a pattern, instructions and ready-cut kits to you!  Deirdre would like to say a special thank you to the people who have been sewing beautiful bags at home over the last few months; and many thanks to Anita Howard, who kindly created a cute silk-screen stencil to print some pockets for us.

From Deirdre, on behalf of Trish, Clarissa and Emma.
Ongoing traffic problems in The Promenade.
On Thursday afternoon the Trust was invited along to a meeting with Council’s traffic staff to discuss with local residents and school representatives how to improve traffic management in The Promenade.
photography courtesy BCCT committee member
Over 20 people attended the informal meeting, including Emma Heyde and Nathan Tilbury who are two of the councillor candidates likely to be elected.
Many grievances were raised and suggestions offered. 
Council staff will consider the issues raised and provide feedback soon.
Rezoning of the former IBM site next to Cumberland State Forest West Pennant Hills.
Many residents will be aware of the former IBM complex located on 28 hectares at 55 Coonara Avenue West Pennant Hills.  Although located in the Hills Council local government area, it has come to our attention because it adjoins Cherrybrook which is now part of Hornsby Council’s C Ward.  The complex, with its extensive car parks nestled in the trees, currently has a Business zoning that prohibits residential development.  It adjoins the Cumberland State Forest and a significant percentage of the site contains critically endangered Blue Gum High Forest and Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest.  The entire site has been sold to Mirvac.
Because the new Cherrybrook Metro Station is located ‘up the hill’, Mirvac have submitted a rezoning proposal to redevelop the IBM complex for up to 600 medium and high density dwellings. The rezoning proposal has been supported by the Hills Council and has been forwarded to the NSW State Government for a gateway determination.  This rezoning proposal is generating a lot of local community concern, similar in magnitude to the South Dural rezoning proposal that Hornsby Council dealt with earlier this year.  The crux of the issue is the uncertainty of what will eventually be developed on this site and how much bushland will be destroyed.

photography courtesy BCCT committee member
If you are interested in this rezoning proposal, all relevant documents are attached to the West Pennant Hills Valley Progress Association website. CLICK HERE.  You can if you wish register your concerns on this site.

There is another website, created only this week, which you may also find useful and where you can find a link for comments or objections. Click on
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.
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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 looking 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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