16th September 2023. Edition One. In this edition: President's Report,
Rotary Club Living Treasures award,
Epping Bridge Survey,
Civic Trust's Spring Walk,
Correspondence about M2 noise,
Your Civic Trust,
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust eNews The
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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
Assistant Conductor-Paige Gullifer
Antonin Dvorak-Symphony No6, Op 60
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 ?
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 ReeveAC 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 https://bcct2119.com.au/membership.htm 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... CLICK HERE
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