Prior to 1983 there were several single interest groups. One of these successfully protested the opening of Bellamy Street through to Quarter Sessions Road in Westleigh.
Our archives include the Minutes of a Resident’s Meeting held in the Community Centre on Monday January 24th, 1983. A Committee of ten was elected and the group adopted the name of The Pennant Hills Residents’ Group with the following initial concerns:
the Hampden Road/ Binomea Place development proposal
the Pennant Hills Road/ Boundary Road Plans (aka the Bermuda Triangle)
the closure of Railway Street by the DMR
Urban Consolidation Legislation
the link by tunnel under the rail line of Boundary Road , Azalea Grove through to Boundary Road, North Epping.
the extension of Orchard Street, Thornleigh to George, Cecil and Britannia Streets, Pennant Hills
The Residents’ Group changed its name to the Pennant Hills Civic Trust in April 1987 and then to the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust later that same year. The Trust was incorporated in August 1997.
The various Committees since 1987 have contributed in areas such as:
the Pennant Hills Centre, the new library building, Wollundry Park, the Hillcrest Road Plaza
Helping to establish Neighbour Aid and Lifestart in the old Daycare Centre in Ramsay Rd
the Pennant Hills Station redevelopment
Observatory Park regeneration
serving on Council Steering committees
objecting to undesirable developments, big and small – eg McDonalds
facilitating C Ward Council candidate meetings
Saving local bus services from closure by NSW Transport
objecting to inappropriate projects which waste public money for no benefit to residents
supporting programs including Cleanup Australia, formation of Community Fire Units
supporting print of “In Search of the Pennant Hills” local history book
Protecting the Stringybark Ridge in the Berowra Valley National Park from development
Four Trust Committee members have gone on to represent C Ward on Hornsby Council – Barbara Baker, Robert Browne, Ron Leslie and Owen Nannelli.