Pennant Hills District Civic Trust Inc.

2018 Annual General Meeting

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 …

5 Stars for Pennant Hills

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.

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Community Forums - August 2018

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.

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Epping to Chatswood Railway Line Closure

[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

 

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 …

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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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 …

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 …

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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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 …