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Welcome to the Beecroft-Cheltenham Civic Trust website...

This, Australia's first Civic Trust, established in 1964, is marking 50 years of service in 2014. 

The Beecroft-Cheltenham Civic Trust was formally incorporated under the NSW Incorporation Act (1984) on 5 December 1988.  The Trust has achieved much since its foundation, to put the case to Federal, State and Local Governments, as well as to Statutory Authorities, for the survival of what remains of our passive and defenceless natural beauty, and for citizens who wish to continue to enjoy this natural beauty and other desirable civic amenities.

The Trust also aims to preserve the existing village character, heritage values, and the natural beauty of the Beecroft and Cheltenham district. You can find out more about our aims and objectives in our constitution

URGENT 'PHONE CONTACT - Trust Secretary - 0408 751 915.    MEDIA ENQUIRIES - Trust President - 0407 454 227.

Proposed 7-12 month closure of Epping to Chatswood rail tunnels & stations

NSW Transport Minister Berejiklian has effectively gifted to Hong Kong MTR the publicly-owned Epping to Chatswood line, as part of the North West Rail link.  This line will close for downsizing for seven to twelve months, causing major inconvenience to the travelling public.  

If each train currently carries 800 people, every 15 minutes between Epping and Chatswood, that will require 16 buses every fifteen minutes to replace each train.  Recent media articles have shown the bus journey could take 58 minutes (Epping to Chatswood at 8am) compared with around 17 minutes by train. 

When Minister Berejiklian was questioned by the Trust regarding the 14,000 commuters per day inconvenienced by the rail line closure, she said: “get used to it”.

The Trust has sent its submission, which is accessible at:CLICK HERE

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Module Redevelopment – Amended Plans - submission by Trust - October 2014

The Trust’s President – Kent Ross – has made a submission on the amended DA plans for the Module site redevelopment.  Key points in the submission (accessible at http://www.2119.org.au/index.php/recent-submissions) are: 

  • TRAFFIC - Reflecting business and resident concerns, the Trust opposes the addition of so much delivery truck & car traffic onto Hannah Street, noting that effective planning by Council for that shopping area (the upper & lower arcades) in Beecroft, should include access from Wongala Crescent. 
  • LANDSCAPING - As to site landscaping, local species appear not to be included for replanting.  Admittedly, some of the developer’s list is of such poor resolution when printed out that some species are illegible – which defeats the purpose of having the document on public display.

Once details are known, The Trust aims to invite local business owners, and concerned residents, who want to make oral submissions to the NSW Joint Regional Planning Panel, which will determine the Module site redevelopment proposal, to meet briefly with key Trust members, at an agreed locale beforehand.

Rural Fire Service 10/50 Clearing Code of Practice

The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust has been active for 50 years in protecting the heritage, environment and character of Beecroft and Cheltenham. We were horrified to hear that the NSW Government passed this law on 1st August without any announcement or community consultation 

In areas declared fire prone, landowners can clear trees within 10m of habitable building and vegetation within 50m. This is ostensibly to protect homes from bushfires. However, that areas declared fire prone have been increased and now encompass some 96% of Cheltenham and 90%of Beecroft. It includes areas which are never likely to be affected by fire. We have very substantial concerns with the impact this will have on our suburbs, known for their bushland. It will affect large swathes of sensitive and valued bushland including 85% of Hornsby Shire and many other parts of Sydney.

We have asked that a halt be imposed on this legislation until the consequences are fully examined.  Also refer to: NSW Nature Conservation Council Guidelines 

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