Firstly, I’d like to thank the Monthly Chronicle for the opportunity to talk about what’s going on in our community. It’s a very challenging time in Beecroft and Cheltenham and we all need to know what’s going on.

The movement of large trucks through our area is a crucial issue at the moment. With the help of residents and Hornsby Shire Councillors, we hope we’ve been successful in convincing the developers, including their respective site managers of the importance of better controlling the movement of trucks. Personally I’ve noticed a small improvement in the last few weeks. Rest assured I’ve seen Council Rangers out enforcing the rules.

The Beecroft to Pennant Hills bike path is an opportunity we should all be supporting. Thanks to the Pennant Hills Civic Trust for pushing the issue forward with our elected representatives. This path has always been the missing link between Beecroft heading north on foot or by bike. It’s been forcing pedestrians and cyclists onto Pennant Hills Road which we all know is dangerous. We’ve got the opportunity now with the ETTT nearing completion. Let’s make this happen. Write a letter!!

The state of Devlins Creek, in the tunnel adjacent to the ETTT construction site, is appalling. Dead fish, dead eels and a visible sheen of oil on the water. The EPA needs to step in and act urgently to preserve this waterway. It endangers Byles Creek and Lane Cove River.

The Trust would like to thank all those involved in yet another very successful Clean Up Australia Day. In total we had around 20 volunteers who collected about 20 bags (60kgs) of rubbish. The ‘hot spot’ was along the rail line in Wongala Ave in the vicinity of Arden and the preschool.  The origin of the rubbish appeared to be from the ETTT contractors and occupants of vehicles who park in this area.

Thanks to Barbara who arranged a BBQ. Together with Trish’s cupcakes and Colin’s water bottles the volunteers were very appreciative of the refreshments.    

Thanks to all the members who recently renewed their Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust membership. Honestly it makes a huge contribution to the work we do for our community.  If you haven’t renewed yet, I encourage you to do so. It’s still only $20 a year for a household!

The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust AGM is in April. Go to for the date.

Kent Ross is President of the Beecroft Cheltenham District Civic Trust
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