Monthly Chronicle - - The Village Voice - ROSS WALKER

The past month has been very busy for the Trust and Septem­ber likely to be even busier with lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions sched­uled for the 9th. We will be hold­ing our tra­di­tional ‘Meet the Can­di­dates’ night where all C Ward can­di­dates will be in­vited to ad­dress the lo­cal Beecroft and Chel­tenham res­i­dents who are still within the amended bound­aries of Hornsby Coun­cil.

With the re­cent coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions the C Ward bound­ary in Hornsby Coun­cil has changed sig­nif­i­cantly back to what it’s been in the past and now in­cludes Cher­ry­brook. This coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tion busi­ness has caused a prob­lem for our Civic Trust be­cause a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Beecroft res­i­dents re­sid­ing south of the M2 Mo­tor­way are now in the new Ep­ping Ward within Par­ra­matta City Coun­cil area. This has cre­ated a dilemma for the Trust as we don’t have the re­sources to deal with two coun­cil elec­tions and their re­spec­tive can­di­dates.

So the south­ern sec­tion of Beecroft un­der Par­ra­matta is tend­ing to get ne­glected. It’s a shame and frus­trat­ing for the Trust com­mit­tee to see our com­mu­nity ties that have been so strong over the years, slowly be­ing eroded. How this amal­ga­ma­tion ex­er­cise will fin­ish up I don’t know but I sense Hornsby Coun­cil with its re­duced area will strug­gle to re­main fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able over time.

On a brighter note the Trust cel­e­brated Na­tional Tree Day with a Pic­nic for Trees on Beecroft Vil­lage Green. We were sup­ported by other lo­cal groups in­clud­ing Byles Creek Val­ley Union, the Beecroft Gar­den Club and Beecroft Scouts. The em­pha­sis was on trees and the en­vi­ron­ment, but with a fam­ily ori­en­ta­tion. Guests in­cluded Dr Beth Mott from Birdlife Aus­tralia, Deb Fleet from Wildlife Aus­tralia, Gra­ham Ross from Ra­dio 2GB and the Gar­den Clinic and James Stan­ton-Cooke from Beard­sOn for Con­ser­va­tion.

Be­sides var­i­ous chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties we planted 27 Lilly Pilly Cas­cades and a White Ma­hogany, which were sup­plied by Hornsby Coun­cil’s plant nurs­ery. This was the third year this ac­tiv­ity has been held in the Vil­lage Green and we hope to con­tinue it as an an­nual event.

Ross Walker is the Pres­i­dent of the Beecroft Civic Dis­trict Trust. Please don’t hes­i­tate to get in touch with the Trust. Email him at pres­i­

Cut­ting the birth­day cake as the Trust cel­e­brates its third Na­tional Tree Day

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