5th September 2020.  Edition One.
In this edition:
President's Message,

Beecroft Train Station lift update,
Spring Walk on Sunday 13th,
News from the Rotary Club of Beecroft,
National Tree Day – Beecroft Village Green,
Hornsby Council News,
City of Parramatta Council News - Harmonisation,
Cherrybrook Metro Station rezoning proposal,

Newsletter from Jullian Leeser MP,
Newsletter from Dominic Perrottet MP,
Recent Development Applications,
Latest Police Reports.
Message from the President
Many of you would have received an email from TNSW announcing the commencement date for the construction of the pedestrian lifts at Beecroft Station. The Wongala Crescent lift is proposed to be relocated from the southern side to the northern side of the subway adjoining the commuter car park. I did suggest this location three years ago in the Trust’s submission but was told at the time the underground services were in the way. Anyway, I guess the initial constraints have now been overcome. The important announcement is the retention of the pedestrian ramp in Wongala Crescent. Our local State Member for Epping Dominic Perrottet was a strong supporter in our campaign to retain it. The project has been over three years coming but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait!

I am still liaising with Dominic Perrottet on three other matters. The saga of the regeneration of the bushland on the former Metro haulage road behind Cheltenham Oval frustratingly drags on. Hornsby Council won’t accept the handover unless funds are provided by Metro for the completion of the project. It would appear the Metro Project team have been disbanded because TNSW consider the project is complete! So, based on TNSW policy, Dominic has to formally approach TNSW to get closure on the matter.  In the meantime, the weeds are thriving.

The M2 road noise issue has temporarily stalled with TNSW stating that, based on their measurements taken after the completion of the widening, the noise levels were acceptable. The Trust, including Dominic, is not satisfied with this reply and we will continue to work together and pursue the issue. By the way, the offer is still open for anyone who has an M2 noise issue at their house to register their concerns with me.

The lack of street lighting on the Murray Farm Road Bridge over the M2 should be repaired by the time this enews is released. Thanks to Dominic, residents who have been complaining to Ausgrid for over 3 years are finally getting a result. It begs the question though; why do we have to go to such lengths and use our local member to get basic maintenance issues like street lighting repaired?  You may recall I had a similar complaint about a blocked sewer main in Beecroft that our previous Member Damien Tudehope was able to resolve.  That problem only took 20 years to rectify.

I’ll be leading our Spring Walk next Sunday the 13th, commencing at Cheltenham Oval at 2pm. An opportunity for you to inspect the latest improvements in our precious bushland that we are fortunate to have within walking distances to many of our homes.

Please continue to take care and, like me with the campaign to retain the ramp at Beecroft Station, patience can be a virtue.

Ross Walker OAM

Beecroft Train Station lift update
Some of you would have received the following preamble by email with an attachment.

Please find attached important information about upcoming work at Beecroft Station as part of the Transport Access Program. For further information on the project, please visit call the Project Infoline on 1800 684 490 or email

Sent on behalf of the Beecroft Station Upgrade team: Gartner Rose and Transport for NSW.

CLICK HERE for the attachment.

Spring Walk on Sunday 13th September 2020
The Covid 19 pandemic caused the Trust to cancel our traditional Autumn Walk, the first time in many years.  The Spring Walk will inspect the recent improvements in the bushland around Chilworth Reserve.  The walk will be circular in nature, commencing at 2pm and finishing about 4pm at the netball courts at Cheltenham Oval. We will be following designated walking tracks through as far as Burns Road South.  Please come suitably dressed for the weather and track conditions.  There will not be a formal afternoon tea due to the Covid 19 restrictions. However, you are welcome to provide your own refreshments.
News from the Rotary Club of Beecroft

Beecroft’s First Virtual and COVID19-safe Festival
Celebrate United Nations International Day of the Older Person (Thursday 1st October) with the Rotary Club of Beecroft. Together, let us recognise the contribution of elderly persons to our community and foster connections between younger and older age groups. Join our movement by doing the following: CLICK HERE
National Tree Day – Beecroft Village Green
As advertised in the last eNews, last Sunday afternoon representatives from our local community planted three advanced Sydney Blue Gums. No fuss, no speeches, but a chance to catch up and have a chat in these difficult times. A big thank you to Hornsby Council’s Parks staff for the preparatory work.
From left to right. Robyn Smith, Sandra Ross, Sheila Woods, Mayor Philip Ruddock, Trish and Stuart Brown, Elba Foster, Graham Ross, Michael Bianchino and Niranjan Deodhar.
Hornsby Council news
Hornsby council business papers for Wednesday 9th September have two items that should be of interest to readers. CLICK HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page to access the agenda and attachments. 
The release of the Rural Lands study listed as item 12 may interest some readers , but item 2 ‘Sustainable Hornsby 2040’ should be of interest to all residents of 2119. Council has prepared a number of draft sustainable strategies for public exhibition. This is about strategic planning for the next generation and includes themes on urban forest, biodiversity, water, mobility, waste and climate. This strategic approach flows out of the Local Strategic Planning Statement that Council adopted last year. The State Government’s regional and district plans contain the higher level overarching strategies that direct Council’s papers.

Expect similar strategies coming out of Parramatta Council.

City of Parramatta Council News - Harmonisation
Cherrybrook Metro Station rezoning proposal
Landcom has been appointed by the State Government to commence the rezoning process for the State Government owned land located around Cherrybrook Metro Station. The Landcom brief only includes the land in State Government ownership. The Trust understands both Hornsby and Hills Councils want to take a proper strategic approach and include the adjoining lands so issues like traffic and road layouts are properly researched. An MOU was signed by all three parties some time ago, but the State Government is not prepared to adopt this strategic approach now but simply go alone. Such an approach by Landcom is similar to the approach the State Government adopted for the Mirvac owned site for the former IBM site on Coonara Avenue.  The documentation can be accessed CLICK HERE.
Ray Park Heritage Group
Community Funding for toilet in Hazlewood Rose Park

Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter dated August 24th 2020
"Getting a Grip"

The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Dominic Perrottet MP.  Newsletter dated August 28th 2020
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Recent Development Applications
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust's Web Site now has links to recently submitted Development Applications in the 2119 postcode area.  This page will be updated with every eNews publication.
CLICK HERE To access them.
Latest Police Reports

CLICK HERE  for the latest reports.  Just a reminder that these reports are regularly provided by the Ryde Police Area Command which includes the entire suburbs of Beecroft & Cheltenham.
Annual Memberships for 2020 became due in March...
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Kind regards,
Ross Walker OAM

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