MICK MARR, BDCA MEMBER AND HORNSBY COUNCILLOR
There have been lots of people pointing out things that need fixing up. They include vandalism and graffiti in various areas, broken tables and seating, nutrient retention basins, foot paths, drainage, tree preservation and so on. Lots of discussion to make improvements to facilities including the Berowra Pool, cycle ways, the environment and pollution in Berowra Creek, shade in playgrounds, council mergers and reduced finances, the quarry, public facilities and drainage to name a few.
The council is looking to insure people have a say on community issues and giving feedback to Hornsby Council on their performance and these programs should be up and running early next year. If you have a view on any issues or believe your community needs a facility or improvement, make a point of informing the council. Otherwise they won’t know. That’s democracy. If enough people speak up, the community will be better informed and resourced. Your ward councillor contact information is on the Hornsby Council website, as is a ‘Contact us’ link on the council web page or you can phone 9847 6666. Or send a letter to HSC, 296 Peats Ferry Rd Hornsby 2077 or email them at:hornsby.gov.au.
A key issue for many people in all age groups and areas from Brooklyn to Beecroft is congestion, parking and public transport. Parking is a very divisive issue with some people suggesting that one group is taking another’s parking spot or facility. The distribution of resources and facilities to fulfill people’s needs is sometimes used as a method to manipulate and divide groups for whatever purpose. What we end up with is a car culture where we have to drive to most places, creating congestion and parking issues. This is compounded in some areas such as those living north of Hornsby with a half hour train service in peak travel periods and one hour at other times. Billions of dollars are being spent on building expressways to save 10 minutes in car travel but there doesn’t appear to be any money to build somewhere to store the vehicles when they get there? So there needs to be a discussion about reducing the need to drive and car storage.
Another divisive issue has been trees. Large trees that were once no problem and added character to the Bushland Shire are now being encroached upon by subdivisions and development. If everyone pulled down all the trees, who would want to live there? On the other hand, there is a duty of care. Of course some dangerous trees are easy to identify but others are difficult. For example where a magnificent 100 year-old 20 or 30 metre tree was once surrounded by other trees that supported it, is now surrounded by houses that have damaged its roots in their construction.
Now with a house right next to it, it may become a risk to them and their children and it has to be chopped down to protect the them. But in many cases it cannot be identified as a risk or danger. Does council allow every indigenous tree in suburbia to be chopped down in case it falls? This is a difficult ethical issue with several viewpoints, and again worthy of a public discussion.