Pennant Hills District Civic Trust Inc.

Traffic and Parking at the Shire Stations

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 …

Improving Hornsby Shire Council's DA submission and approval process

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 …

Pennant Hills - People and Places

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 …

A Vision for the Future of Pennant Hills

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 …

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Synchronizing local Civic Trusts

Ross Walker (Beecroft Civic Trust), Janet McGarry and Mike Moffatt (Epping Civic Trust) and Noel Oxley (Pennant Hills Civic Trust) met last week to discuss issues of common interest:
– Overdevelopment – especially on Epping East side with towers of 15-20 storeys under construction
– Engagement with our local councils
– Communication with our individual membership
– Joint campaigning on common issues

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Civic Trust members meet local Member Matt Kean

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 …

Civic Trust members meet local Councillors

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 …

Pennant Hills to Epping Cycleway funding announced

The Community Preferred cycle route from Pennant Hills to Epping

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 …