I hope we all managed to have an enjoyable Christmas and the New Year. What with the storm and subsequent damage prior to Christmas, through to the heat wave in the New Year, it will probably be one holiday period many people will not forget in a hurry. While large sections of Beecroft and Cheltenham experienced significant damage and an extended power outage from the storm, the impact has not been as severe as the damage experienced in adjoining suburbs such as West Pennant Hills. While my own house suffered damage, mine was minor and nonurgent. In my experience this storm was not as intense or damaging as the storm in January 1991 that decimated large areas of the northern suburbs.

Last year Hornsby lost its oldest heritage listed building. Constructed about 150 years ago, on the original Samuel Marsden estate, the modest cottage was hidden from view behind houses at the corner of Pennant Hills and Copeland Roads Beecroft. According to the builder it was accidentally damaged by a contractor and subsequently collapsed. The demolished cottage was to be refurbished and incorporated into a seniors housing development that was approved by Hornsby Council. While the applicant has recently been granted a new development consent to rebuild the cottage, he is still liable for prosecution for demolishing the heritage listed structure. The Trust is in communication with Council as the unauthorised demolition of a heritage listed structure is a very serious matter.

March will be a busy month for the Trust. Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday March 3rd and as in past years I have registered the Beecroft Village Green, from 9am to noon. If you are interested in finding out how tidy your fellow citizens have been over the past 12 months, come along and join in the clean up around Beecroft and Cheltenham. You may be surprised with what you find! With the NSW State elections due on March 23rd, the Trust will be holding our traditional ‘Meet the Candidates’ evening on Tuesday March 12th at the Beecroft Bowling Club in Copeland Road. To cap off the month , on the following Tuesday night, March 19th, the Trust will be holding its AGM at the same venue. So March 2019 will be a busy month.

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