16th September 2023.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Report,
BCCT eNews,
Rotary Club Living Treasures award,
Beecroft Orchestra,
Epping Bridge Survey,
Civic Trust's Spring Walk,
Correspondence about M2 noise,
Community losses,
Your Civic Trust,
Local JP,
Hornsby Council News Bulletin,
City of Parramatta News Bulletin,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
Dear fellow residents,
If the number of people who stop me in the street to volunteer their concerns is anything to go by, then the inability to find a parking spot in Beecroft Place must be a hot issue. Not only is all day parking filling up the parking spaces but the malfunctioning signs at the carpark entry mean that you cannot tell if all the spots are occupied until you have driven around both levels of the carpark. I would be surprised if Woolworths' management has not also raised this issue due to the number of people who have indicated to me that they are starting to shop outside of Beecroft. The Civic Trust has written to Hornsby Council because we believed that management of the parking lot was a condition on the Centre's development consent. A copy of our letter can be seen at: CLICK HERE.  No reply has as yet been received from Hornsby Council. We will also write to Centre Management and the retailers to enlist their support.
This doesn’t mean that we have forgotten other matters of major concern like the M2 Noise and the flawed system of appointing and monitoring private certifiers. We have not had much success on either topic but we keep on raising the concerns with State government. We will keep you informed of any new developments.   Despite sending a reminder letter to the Minister for Transport and Planning we have received no reply.  Not even an acknowledgement of receipt. We have therefore now also written to the Shadow Ministers and will ask our local State Member to take up our representations.

The Civic Trust does not discriminate and assists all local residents of 2119 regardless of membership status. We can always use your help. Have you thought of volunteering on our Committee, becoming a member or making a donation to help our work. You can make a donation by transferring money to our bank account Commonwealth Bank BSB 062 113 Account Number 10068238. 
Membership details can be found CLICK HERE.

The closure date of that Beecroft institution, Sparks Shoes, is rapidly approaching. It will be such a loss to our community, even though I fully understand the owner's reasons. They have asked that we again remind you of these reasons by drawing your attention to the attached: CLICK HERE.
I am sure that all will be aware of the National Trust property "Ahimsa" at the end of Day and Cobran Roads in Cheltenham. This was the home of the late Marie Byles. (See her biography on the Beecroft Cheltenham History Group web site CLICK HERE.) 
The Friends of Ahimsa is looking to restart the volunteer group that used to do Bushcare on site up until the pandemic stopped most things. If you might be interested in volunteering, could you please express interest in an email to me at with details of how often and on which days you are prepared to volunteer.
Talking of Bushcare reminds me that Colin Johnston helpfully sent to me information produced by WIRES on what might be needed for our wild animals in the event of a hot, dry summer or indeed bush-fires at any time of the year CLICK HERE.

It was very exciting for the History Group to receive copies of the heavily revised second edition of its Heritage Walks of Beecroft and Cheltenham from the printer. The first edition was published in 2004 and much has changed since then. New walks have also been added. The book contains beautiful photographs by local photographer Ran Fuchs. At $25.00 it is an excellent read and resource. Copies can be purchased by emailing the History Group at or from the newsagencies at North Carlingford or Beecroft.
Finally, this month’s survey looks at the proposals for the Epping Bridge. While I realise that this work will not occur within the 2119 postcode, I am sure that all will agree that the improvements will make a significant difference to each of us as we have all been stuck in queues at the Epping Bridge more often than we would care to remember. The proposals are well worth a read CLICK HERE. and for a map CLICK HERE. Our survey stems from these proposals.
I trust that everyone is enjoying the flowers, trees and our bush in this lovely springtime.

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.
Rotary Club of Beecroft Living Treasures Award 2023
The local Rotary is seeking nominations for its annual Living Treasures awards. These nominations are for local people over 70 years of age, who have made a significant contribution locally or internationally. Details of these awards can be found at CLICK HERE.
Thank You Sandra Ross
Sandra has once again this Spring beautified our Hannah Street village footpath with her many fantastic blooms.  Sandra has worked tirelessly to provide them, plant them and nurture them.

Beecroft Orchestra’s Concert 3 for 2023 on Sunday 17th September at 2:30pm
Cheltenham Girls High School new Performance Hall, The Promenade, Cheltenham 2119
On-site parking is available

Conductor-Joanna Drimatis
Assistant Conductor-Paige Gullifer
Antonin Dvorak-Symphony No6, Op 60
Emilie Mayer-Faust-Overture
Antonin Dvorak-Serenade for Winds, Opus 44
This year, the orchestra initiated a Young Conductors’ Program. The response to this has been astonishing and 4 young conductors were selected to assist and learn from the orchestra’s Conductor, Dr Joanna Drimatis - one in each musical term. Funds for this program come from tax deductible donations to the orchestra’s Gift Fund which is accessible through the Beecroft Orchestra Website. CLICK HERE
Epping Bridge Survey
Do you agree that the proposed extra lane heading west on Epping Bridge should then turn the corner and end up with no change to the lanes currently heading north on Beecroft Road ?

CLICK HERE to vote YES                CLICK HERE to vote NO
Civic Trust's Spring Walk
The Trust once again held its traditional Spring Walk on Sunday August 27th

The walk was led by the Civic Trust's President, Rod Best, Rod is also Chair of the Beecroft Cheltenham History Group. 

The walk covered some of the walks published in the 2nd edition of the Heritage Walks of Beecroft and Cheltenham, namely the Cheltenham estates of the Vicars, Chorley and Harris families.
Correspondence sent to The Hon John Graham MLC, Minister for Roads
The Trust recently wrote to the NSW Minister for roads seeking advice on plans for mitigating the M2 road noise.  CLICK HERE to view the correspondence.
To our Communities' loss
Over the last couple of weeks a number of significant elders in our community have died. These include Professor Tom Reeve AC CBE former Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney who was over 99 years old. He was appointed Professor of Surgery at Sydney University in 1974. In his professional work he built a reputation as an endocrine surgeon where he had huge clinical experience which he astutely and critically analysed.  Locally he supported his wife, Mary Jo, in building and embellishing Booth Park in Sutherland Road and he was active in all local meetings to promote our community. Only last year Tom was made one of Rotary’s Living Treasures for this area.
John Goldberg lived here for most of his long life. He was a leading and well-respected expert in traffic and transportation and contributed significantly to local knowledge especially in connection with the M2 and heavy traffic on our local roads. He was always available to help local causes.
David Smith was extensively involved in our Garden Club as well as Probus. He often opened his very interesting garden in Kethel Road to the admiration and inspiration of all who visited. He was always willing to share his knowledge.
Ron Leslie had more connection to Pennant Hills than he had to Beecroft and Chetenham, but this did not stop him sharing his extensive knowledge on local history and family history. Along with John Noble he worked extensively on Observatory Park and was elected as a Councillor of Hornsby Shire.  As a Councillor he spoke up for the imperative of maintaining a village feel for the shopping centres of both Beecroft and Pennant Hills.
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 0417 662 405

Dr. Penelope Crossley has also generously offered her services.  Penelope is a practising solicitor and is happy to witness documents pro bono for 2119 residents if Tim is unavailable. Penelope can be contacted on 0449 232 474.

Hornsby Shire Council's September News Bulletin
Can be viewed CLICK HERE

City of Parramatta's September 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.

Other objections and correspondence with council can be viewed CLICK HERE
Local Police Reports

Unfortunately there has been a problem and we haven’t had any for some weeks.
We will certainly publish them again when we receive them.

Annual Memberships for 2023 became due in March...
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CLICK HERE.The eNews has become our main method for disseminating information to the community. We already send the eNews to many of our residents.  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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