Pennant Hills District Civic Trust Inc.
NORTHCONNEX – AN OPEN LETTER
To Whom It May Concern
The above letterhead is a picture of part of the hoarding that surrounded the NorthConnex tunnel construction compounds along Pennant Hills Road. The hoardings were refreshed after three years and this message was deleted in the process – why? The “return of local streets to local communities” was one of the eight key benefits / features in the NorthConnex promotional material presented in the name of the Australian Government, the NSW Government and Transurban. With the alignment of the NorthConnex tunnel running under Pennant Hills, Thornleigh and Normanhurst is it reasonable for these communities to expect to benefit in terms of relief from non-local traffic on their streets – surely yes! But who is accountable for the delivery of this benefit?
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Suburbs in the leafy northern end of Sydney have been billed as the harbour city’s healthiest places to live, writes Domain. Thirty two suburbs received five-star ratings in the Domain Healthy Sydney study, the majority of which were located between the lower north’s Wollstonecraft and the northern suburb of Berowra Heights, and include – among others – Mount Kuring-Gai, Berowra Heights, Pennant Hills, Wahroonga, Hornsby, Turramurra, North Epping, Macquarie Park, Warriewood, and Warrawee.
The study looked at 10 factors that either helped or hindered … Read more …
Hornsby Shire Council’s General Manager Steven Head gave af very interesting presentation about his views on the immediate and intermediate future of Pennant Hills. He discussed various planning questions, our ideas towards a town plan, the bike path from Pennant Hills to Epping, and other topics. The presentation was followed by a short Q&A session with Mr Head, Trust Members, and the Councillors present. Mr Head was kind enough to let us distribute the slides from his presentation, which … Read more.
On 18 October our Pennant Hills District Civic Trust held its AGM in the Pennant Hills Bowling Club to hear the President’s report on the past year and plans for the next, elect the committee for 2019 and hear our guest speaker Steven Head, General Manager of HSC, outline the many works Council has in train to improve liveability in the Shire.
Many members attended as well as … Read more …
Sydney’s healthiest suburbs reveal a city divided by opportunity
Point Piper may be Sydney’s most prestigious postcode, but when it comes to health opportunities, Pennant Hills has the edge. That’s according to a new study comparing Sydney’s 569 suburbs based on 10 factors that either help or hinder a healthy lifestyle, including walkability, open space, access to hospitals, alcohol and fast food. With high scores across most indicators, suburbs north of the harbour bridge reign supreme, according to the study authored by Deloitte Access Economics and Tract Consultants. More concerning is the clear divide of health opportunities between the east and west, raising questions over the adequacy of Sydney’s planning and the creep of urban sprawl.
On Thursday 23 August 2018, Hornsby Council held its community forum for B Ward at the Pennant Hills Bowling Club. Councillors Browne, Nicita, Heyde and McIntosh, as well as Mayor Ruddock attended this forum, and answered questions from residents.
Community Forum Meetings are a valuable opportunity for local residents to raise issues and gain feedback from their local Councillors. They are a golden opportunity to put your views on what Council and its representatives should be doing for us their electors in an informal meeting.
[update] Transport for NSW has announced the changes:
T1 Northern Line
Current services between Hornsby and the City via Chatswood will be replaced by limited stop services via Strathfield. These services will start or terminate at Central during peak times. At all other times, trains will directly connect to Wynyard, Town Hall and North Shore stations via Strathfield and Central.
- Most Normanhurst to Cheltenham customers travelling to the CBD in the morning peak will have faster or similar journey times compared with today.
- Two extra services per hour in the morning peak and a doubling of trains in the evening peak for Rhodes, Meadowbank and West Ryde.
- All peak hour services to operate as eight car trains to improve capacity and comfort for all T1 Northern Line customer
Read more about this here.
Over the past few weeks we have seen several articles in the Sydney press describing the dual problems of increasing congestion on Sydney’s rail network and late running trains.
So, it’s timely to remind our Pennant Hills members that the Epping to Chatswood train line will close on 30 September 2018 to allow modifications to the line and stations for the new metro line from Rouse Hill to Chatswood which will open in 2019.
All infrastructure projects create winners and losers and … Read more …
Are commuter traffic and parking key issues for residents in the Pennant Hills District/Hornsby Shire?
In the Australian on 24 February 2018 (‘Sydney and Melbourne the focal point for a nation of commuters’) the demographer Bernard Salt, states that 2016 ABS Census data indicates “that 120,000 workers flow south into the greater Sydney metropolis in the morning, only to return exhausted in the evening.”
This is 14,000 commuters more than the estimate made in the 2011 Census, with the number of commuters growing by almost 3,000 a year. These commuters, as well as 7,000 from Newcastle, pass through and perhaps even park in the Shire.
Key questions for the Shire include: how many commuters travel to the area by train and by car? And … Read more …
HSC Councillor Emma Heyde wrote on facebook on 21/6/2018
Not many things are more stressful than something being built next door that you object to. Council has often been criticised for making the situation worse. But changes are in the pipeline. See what you think … Read more …
Synchronizing local Civic Trusts
On 19 May, and in the presence of the Hon. Matt Keane MP State Member for Hornsby & the Hon. Philip Ruddock Mayor of Hornsby Shire Council, a 400 page book Pennant HiIls – People and Places 1800-2010 was launched by Dr Carol Liston AO a local resident and current Vice-President of the Royal Australian Historical Society.
The book was initiated by the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust some years ago and follows on from the book In Search of the Pennant HiIls published in 2010. Read more …
The PHDCT recently met with our State member, Matt Kean to talk about some of the issues affecting Pennant Hills. Our primary concern involves the need for an updated Plan for our local area which recognises the unique character of Pennant Hills, preserves the best features of our community and green environments and provides a vision of how Pennant Hills should be improved to cater for additional residents and a wider mix of housing styles. Read more …
For many years the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust has urged successive Councils to prepare a strategic vision for the development of Pennant Hills. We believe a pause in State Government imposed housing targets in the Shire plus the impending completion of major road and rail infrastructure (which will beneficially impact Pennant Hills), provides an opportunity for Council to use this time to prepare an overarching plan to guide the medium-term development of Pennant Hills.
The Trust is presenting this submission to Council, local politicians, and our membership with the intention of starting a conversation between all stakeholders which will result in a vision for the medium-term future of Pennant Hills which is designed by experts and accepted by the community. Read more …
Members of the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust met with the mayor of Hornsby Shire, Philip Ruddock in late February.
The Trust had one agenda item only, -the next steps in developing the Pennant Hills Town Centre Plan- although we were also there to listen to what Council had to say. The Trust’s ideas for this had already been flagged in our article published in the March issue of The Monthly Chronicle. We also circulated the article to our members via Gmail and Hornsby Shire Councillors. Read more …
On Friday 2 March 2017 State Member for Epping, NSW MP for Epping Damien Tudehope announced that the Cycleway from Pennant Hills to Epping will receive $5.1 million from the NSW Government Cycling Infrastructure Fund. The funding requires that the Cycleway is completed by 2020.
The Pennant Hills District Civic Trust first approached Mr Tudehope about the cycle path in 2015. Read more …