ROSS WALKER, PRESIDENT BEECROFT CHELTENHAM CIVIC TRUST
Our new Hornsby Council has hit the road running with so many issues being raised and debated. I’ve made the effort to attend the monthly General Meetings at Hornsby Council Chambers and where appropriate, to speak to items on the agenda. I believe it is important that the elected Councillors know that we, as representatives of our local community, do care and are interested in local governance.
I am trying to do the same with Parramatta Council as a third of Beecroft, located south of the M2, falls within Parramatta Council’s area. I have been fortunate in recruiting two new committee members who live south of the M2 and are assisting the Trust in developing a working relationship with the Epping Ward Councillors, similar to the existing relationship with Hornsby Council’s C Ward Councillors. The amalgamation doesn’t help though, as it has created conflict between the two councils and Beecroft is directly affected.
The new Beecroft Place shopping centre, open for business since October, is working with the other shops in the village to try and recreate the patronage the village has lost over the past two years during the disruptive construction period. Residents of Carlingford, Pennant Hills and even Thornleigh should be noticing fewer shoppers as residents of Beecroft and Cheltenham are slowly returning to the Beecroft village.
Finally, on behalf of Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, I wish everyone a safe and happy festive season.
Ross Walker is President of the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Trust. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org