THE YEAR IN REVIEW

NOEL OXLEY, PRESIDENT

As we rush towards the end of 2017 it’s time to look back on our achievements for the year and share them with our community.

The purpose of the Trust is to preserve the amenity of Pennant Hills through working collaboratively with Hornsby Council, our State and Federal politicians and neighbouring residents action groups, especially Beecroft and Cherrybrook. We’re fortunate at all levels of Government to have women and men who’ve committed themselves to public service.

We don’t always agree with Council, or have exactly the same view as neighbouring groups but we’re all committed to making a difference in our community.

Our communication with our members and the community is now more varied in that we’re using less the traditional home delivered newsletter and more direct contact with members through email, our column in The Monthly Chronicle and our Facebook and website pages.

We work hard at keeping our membership informed on a range of local issues, being open to constructive feedback and always welcoming members who wish to donate their skills, time and passion in the cause of making Pennant Hills a better place for ourselves and our children.

As to major achievements in 2017…

  • Working with NorthConnex to minimise the impact on our community of spoil truck traffic.
  • Working with a large number of Council, Government and community groups to create a bicycle path between Thornleigh and Epping using the rail corridor and safe local roads. This is still a work in progress and a key focus for 2018.
  • Working with Council officers to ensure the Fisher Avenue development complied with all traffic, safety and environmental issues.
  • Working with council to (at last) make progress on a Pennant Hills Town centre Master Plan.

Looking to 2018, the top issues are…

  • Commuter parking in local streets – a big issue with no easy solution but a willingness from Council to explore a range of options.
  • Maintaining momentum on the Pennant Hills town centre plan (good support from councillors for community engagement in developing the plan and a determination to avoid the mistakes we see in some other areas of Hornsby Shire where inappropriate higher density has spoilt the local areas).
  • Pushing for Government funding to make the Pennant Hills to Epping bike path a reality (strong support from Councillors for this initiative)
  • Lobbying for a better DCP to allow for more green space generally especially when higher density DAs are approved on private land.

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