3rdMay 2018 Edition One. In this edition:
BCCT committee news,
Mothers day promotion in the Village,
Trust Autumn Walk 6th May.
M2 viaduct bushland regeneration,
Amended hours for Epping Pool,
News from Epping Member Damien Tudehope,
Plympton Rd. Car Park,
Beecroft War Memorial Grant Application.
Message from the President There
is positive news about the Epacris plants at Cheltenham Oval. Hornsby
Council has negotiated with the contractors for the Epacris to be left
undisturbed in situ with the position of the sporting facilities
building to be slightly relocated. I have a picture of the Epacris
Don’t get too excited about this plant. It’s small, prickly and probably
not the first choice for your garden. But, it is very uncommon and
protected by law.
Although I wasn’t in Beecroft on Anzac Day, I understand from my Trust
Committee colleagues that ceremony drew big crowds including children,
teenagers and young adults.
The weather was good and the marching bands were great. I may have
provided the incorrect start time in our previous eNews. I
obtained the time from the brochure we all received in our letterboxes
earlier in the week - I apologise if it caused any inconvenience.
With respect to the proposed seniors housing at 6 -8 Malton Road
Beecroft, the Trust still has serious concerns that the development does
not comply with the required access grades to the shops. The Trust, and
residents who have previously objected, will have another opportunity
to speak on this matter this coming Friday at the Land and Environment
Court at 225 Macquarie Street commencing at 2.30pm.
Latest news from the Trust committee At
our May committee meeting two secretaries were appointed; Bill Rankine
will manage matters within Parramatta City Council and Michael Book, who
will deal with matters in Hornsby Council area.
Following our announcement that the committee intended to discontinue
the Trust’s Facebook page, we have been approached by more than one
resident who is prepared to take over management of the BCCT Facebook
Mothers Day Promotion at Beecroft Shopping Centre on 6th May, 9am to 2pm. Jaythene
Hiscock from Sparks Shoes has been working with other Beecroft shop
owners and they have registered “Beecroft Businesses Inc”.
Beecroft Businesses will be holding a Mother’s Day Community Event on Sunday 6th May (the week before Mother’s Day) from 9am to 2pm.
The Trust encourages the community to support our local shopkeepers and
keep the village spirit alive. There will be stalls from various
community groups as well. So come along and find out what makes Beecroft
Mothers day is on Sunday the 13 of May
Autumn Walk this coming Sunday 6th May from 2pm to 4 pm at the end of Welham Street Beecroft After
attending the Mother’s Day festivities at Beecroft shops, wander down
to the end of Welham Street and be entertained by joining an informative
walk through Chilworth Reserve and Ray Park. It will be a fairly long
walk so wear a hat and a pair of sturdy walking shoes. There will
be a talk on local history from Rod Best, Chair of our local history
group, and an update on changes to Ray Park from Dorothy Doolan.
Afternoon tea will be served on completion of the walk back at the Scout
Hall located below Welham Street. All welcome, just turn up. If
the weather is very bad; contact Ross on 0412 257 556.
M2 viaduct bushland regeneration When
the M2 viaduct was widened by Transurban about 5 years ago, they used
contractors not familiar with bushcare and created a serious weed
problem between the bushland and the southern side of the M2. The Trust,
local bushcare volunteers and Hornsby Council, approached Transurban
about the problem and requested that Transurban remove the weed
infestation. To Transurban’s credit they acknowledged their
mistake and provided funding to Council to engage properly qualified
bushcare contractors to carry out the remediation work.
Due to incorrect PH levels in the soil, it has taken more than two years
to correct the imbalance before locally indigenous plant stock from
Hornsby Council’s nursery can now be planted into the ground. The
Autumn Walk will be visiting this site.
Amended hours for Epping Pool Parramatta
Councillor Donna Davis has kindly provided us with an update of opening
hours from Parramatta Council. The details are reproduced
After feedback on our initial winter hours, we (Parramatta Council) have
now revised these to the below times starting Monday 23rdApril:
Regular news from our Member for Epping, Mr Damien Tudehope Damien
Tudehope, our Member for Epping, has been providing residents on his
mailing list with regular newsletters. The Trust has now created a link
in our eNews to where these newsletters can be viewed. The latest
information from Damien refers to an update on the Station Link Bus
Services to Replace Epping-Chatswood Trains from the 30th September 2018. Click here for the latest newsletter.
Plympton Road car park upgrade A
short follow up on the Plympton Road car park. Expect disruption for
about two months, but also spare a thought for the local shop keepers.
This is a time when the community needs to support the retailers, who
will do it tough for the foreseeable future. For those of us who are
physically mobile, there is plenty of parking in the streets surrounding
Beecroft War Memorial Grant Application The
Trust has submitted a loan application to the Department of Veterans
Affairs. The application, for up to $10,000, requests funds to
contribute to the repositioning of the smaller war memorials next to the
large WW1 – WW2 memorial. As part of the re-landscaping of the
railway station gardens, the memorials will be repositioned to be
together. By working with Council’s Parks and Gardens staff the Trust
was able to submit a very detailed request.
Our State Member Damien Tudehope was a key player in the process, by
alerting the Trust to the grant application and then providing a letter
of support to accompany our application.
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eNews has become our main method for disseminating information to the
community. Currently we have over 1040 email addresses, up from 900 two
months ago. We encourage residents who receive the eNews to tell
their neighbours and friends. 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.
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 email@example.com.
The Trust has always had an unwritten policy to assist any resident regardless of their membership status.