28th SEPTEMBER 2017   Edition Three.
In this edition:  Council election results,
the Beecroft and District Garden Club,
the Rotary Club luncheon and the Beecroft Forum.
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President’s comment.
It’s amazing what’s happened in one week since the last eNews!  Beecroft Place opened on Wednesday and everybody who was anybody was there – handshakes all round. The Bag Free Beecroft sewing team were there as well making bags and recruiting more supporters. Initial resident feedback on the new shops has been positive, which is what the community needs.  The upper level of the shopping complex is expected to be operating in a few weeks.  
On 15th September some of the Trust Committee were given the opportunity to visit the above ground operations at the NorthConnex Southern Interchange, near the M2.  We had our inspection the day before various State ministers and our new Mayor were given their tour.  At the time of our visit some of the tunnelling had reached as far north as Cardinal Avenue, in preparation for meeting the tunnelling coming south from the Wilson Road compound that is located opposite Observatory Park. The Trust wishes to thank the Northconnex Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Advisor Michelle Femia for arranging the tour. Some photos are shown below.

Moving on to the local government elections, everyone by now will know who our new Councillors are for the next three years.  Right?  Or is there a percentage of our well informed, highly educated voters who are still none the wiser? Based on the results I sense many residents, more than in previous elections, have taken an interest in the council elections. Below I have listed the successful candidates and their political affiliations.
The Trust takes a strong apolitical and ethical position with all levels of government.  The trust works closely with whomever is elected, regardless of their political persuasion. Likewise, as I have found in the past with Hornsby Council, they have a high regard for the Trust. 
I will make some salient observations between the new and former Hornsby Councils.  The former Hornsby Council was dominated by one party with a mix of independents.  There was only one female councillor. The former mayor was from A Ward, the northern part of the LGA. The amalgamation process delayed the recent elections by about 2 years so we have had the former Council for 5 years.  Interpret my observations your own way.  The Trust had some successes. No denying it. But some frustrations too, where, from the Trust’s viewpoint, the residents’ views did not appear to be Council’s priority. 
In Hornsby Council we now have five Liberal Councillors, including the new mayor.  There are two Greens, two Labor and only one independent. The good news is that two of the new councillors are women.  Also it is worth noting that, for various reasons, only 3 out of the 10 former Councillors were re-elected.  I have received comments ranging from “isn’t it great to have a balance” to “good luck getting agreement”.  Time will tell of course. But be assured, while I have been personally dealing with Hornsby Councillors for the best part of a quarter of a century, the Trust, founded in 1964, will continue to work with all councillors for the benefit of Beecroft and Cheltenham.  Our C Ward now has Michael Hutchence, returning for another term,  Emma Heyde, a well-known Cheltenham resident and Vince del Gallego, a Cherrybrook resident who galvanised the local community over the South Dural rezoning process. Vince stood as a true independent representing his local community  
I can’t ignore Parramatta Council, which now manages a third of Beecroft.  The Beecroft residents south of the M2 are in Epping Ward.  To find out all the elected Councillors visit Parramatta’s website.  But suffice to say Parramatta Council also has a mixture of Councillors from various political parties.  I will be encouraging the Trust Committee to develop a similar working relationship with Parramatta Council as we have with Hornsby Council    

Ross Walker
Council Results for the 9th September elections
Hornsby Council:
Mayor - Philip Ruddock – (Liberal Party)
C Ward – Michael Hutchence (re-elected Liberal), Emma Heyde (Greens), Vince del Gallego (Independent)
B Ward – Robert Browne (re-elected Liberal), Janelle McIntosh (Labor), Joseph Nicta (Greens)
A Ward – Nathan Tilbury (re-elected Liberal), Warren Waddell (Liberal), Mick Marr (Labor)
Parramatta Council:
Epping Ward
Epping Ward – Donna Davis (Labor), Bill Tyrrell (Liberal), Lorraine Wearne (independent),
Under the amalgamation rules, the Councillors elect their own mayor. On Monday night 25th September Parramatta Council elected Andrew Wilson from Rosehill Ward as the Lord Mayor and Michelle Garrard from Dundas Ward as Deputy Lord Mayor. 
If you want to look up election results go to
The Councillors will eventually have their email addresses on Hornsby Council’s website and Parramatta Council’s website
Beecroft & District Garden Club 6th October
The monthly meeting for October will be held at the Beecroft Club formerly known as the Beecroft Bowling Club, 128 Copeland Road, Beecroft on Friday, 6th October 2017 commencing at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start.  
The speaker will be Norm Webb – Bee Keeper - and his Topic:  ‘European Bees in Your Garden’.  This is a friendly club.  Visitors welcome.  Cuttings and potted plants for sale (please bring reusable bags).  Supper provided.
Details:  Susan Mordy - 9875 3127.
Annual Spring Lunch 2017 for seniors and retirees 19th October
Rotary Club of Beecroft invites you to join them for lunch and a fun, relaxing afternoon (everyone welcome).
Come and sing-a-long to old favourites with the talented local quartet SaM
Thursday 19th October 2017 11.30 am to 2.00 pm at the Pennant Hills Golf Club, Copeland Road Beecroft.  $15 per person.
Tickets from Sparks Shoes 9 Wongala Crescent Beecroft .
Entry by pre-purchased tickets only. (Sorry no tickets will be sold at the door on the day)
Enquiries - call or text 0478 110 943
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.
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Kind regards,
Ross Walker

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