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

Established in 1964 & Australia's first - Beecroft-Cheltenham Civic Trust Inc [ABN 41449599554] - marked 50 years of service in 2014. 

The Beecroft-Cheltenham Civic Trust was later 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.

Survey Results: Cheltenham Church - disposal or community use?

 Thanks to all 130+residents who gave their responses to our January survey on the future use of the former Congregational Church property& car park at 179 Beecroft Road, Cheltenham.  Council intends to sell the property early this year.

Summary Results
Do you think the Hornsby Shire Council should sell the old Church building &adjacent land at the corner of The Promenade & Beecroft Road, Cheltenham?
     75% No
     20% Yes

If sold by Council, what should the sale proceeds be used for?
67% New Public Reserve in Cheltenham
62% Adding recreation facilities in Cheltenham...
55% New Children's Playground in Cheltenham
52% Upgrading the Beecroft Community Centre...

If retained for community use by Council, what should the old Church and land be used for?
87% Theatre Group / other local group meetings

83% Gallery & Art Centre
53% Children's Playground in Cheltenham
19% Parking for adjacent Girls' School

The full report will be available at the Trust web-site, later next week.  It will also be submitted to all Hornsby Shire Councillors before their February meeting.

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STOP THE CHOP – opposing NSW Government's 10/50 mass tree destruction regulations

Our local residents are working with Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society to fight the 10/50 Code.  A small leadership committee is managing the "STOP THE CHOP" campaignleading up to the NSW March election.

"If you are concerned about bush fire hazards on your property, or the property adjacent to you, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) can provide advice regarding preparing your property against bush fires and what you have to do in the event of a bush fire.   This advice is free and can be arranged by contacting your local RFS Fire Control Centre and speaking with one of our officers.   The RFS is responsible for inspecting bush fire hazards, providing advice and if necessary, issuing notices to all landowners and managers to reduce hazards".

Leadership members: Karl Beckert (Nature Conservation Council), Noel Plumb (Ryde Environment Group), Michael Bianchino (Save Beecroft-Cheltenham), Sonja Elwood (Sydney Wildlife), Jan Primrose (Hills District), Dane Pickering (Arborist) and Gaye White (Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society).

The Campaign is to support the Nature Conservation Council's (NCC) Call forthe COMPLETE AND IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF CODE 10/50.  The reasons NCC want Code 10/50 repealed include:

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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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