Monthly Chronicle - - The Village Voice - ROSS WALKER LIFTS, BAGS AND TREES

Over the past month the Trust has been ac­tively pro­mot­ing our elec­tronic news­let­ter sent to over 1000 email re­cip­i­ents. The enews is prov­ing to be very pop­u­lar, pro­vid­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity with up to date in­for­ma­tion on our lo­cal com­mu­nity. Be­cause it is elec­tronic, we are able to dis­trib­ute items of in­ter­est quickly with min­i­mal ex­pense on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. We are also for­tu­nate in hav­ing a num­ber of res­i­dents who sup­ply the Trust with a steady sup­ply of lo­cal items for pub­li­ca­tion. On a per­sonal note I sense it is rekin­dling a com­mu­nity spirit within our sub­urb. If any­one wants to re­ceive our enews please email [email protected]­

Our lo­cal State Mem­ber Damien Tude­hope has an­nounced that the con­struc­tion of a des­per­ately needed pedes­trian lift at Beecroft Sta­tion will be funded in the com­ing State bud­get. The lift will pro­vide wel­come im­proved ac­cess to the sta­tion for shop­pers, as well as in­di­rectly ben­e­fit­ing the many shop­keep­ers who have been strug­gling lately due to the dis­rup­tion caused by the con­struc­tion of the new Beecroft Mar­ket­place shop­ping cen­tre, sched­uled to open later this year.

Lo­cal res­i­dents, led by Emma Heyde, have launched the ‘Bag free Beecroft’ cam­paign. To en­cour­age the re­duc­tion in the use of plas­tic bags, a group of ladies is also busy sewing cloth bags with the logo “I’m an old Beecroft bag”. Talk­ing to some of the long-term res­i­dents, I was in­formed there was a sim­i­lar cam­paign about 30 years ago. The lo­cal shop­keep­ers are sup­port­ing the cam­paign and will be en­cour­ag­ing shop­pers to use these colour­ful cloth bags in­stead of plas­tic bags and re­turn them for re­use.

Fi­nally, the Trust is co­or­di­nat­ing the annual Pic­nic for Trees, a com­mu­nity event on Na­tional Tree Day at the Beecroft Vil­lage Green Beecroft Road on Sun­day 30 July 2017 from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm. The event, with the gen­er­ous sup­port of Hornsby Coun­cil, will in­volve tree plant­ing, talks on Syd­ney wildlife and a free plant give­away. Guest speak­ers in­clude Gra­ham Ross from the Gar­den Clinic, Dr Beth Mott from Birdlife Aus­tralia and Deb­o­rah Fleet from Syd­ney Wildlife. The pic­nic is open to every­one.

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