My Community grants voting

The NSW Government has opened up a new round of grants for community projects. You can now have your say on which projects in Hornsby receive funding as part of the My Community Project. Cast your vote online (search for Hornsby) or in person at Service NSW.

Two projects have been shortlisted in Pennant Hills:

Pennant Hills High School Cricket Training Nets
  • Pennant Hills High School Cricket Training Nets
    Cricket training nets that will support student and community needs. Provision of quality facilities supporting active and healthy students.
Stop the Summer Swelter and the Winter Freeze at St Marks
  • Stop the Summer Swelter and the Winter Freeze at St Marks
    Air Conditioning will attract more people to the social, developmental and spiritual programs at St Marks. Programs are open to all.

Why should you vote for one of these projects ?

  • Students need to develop health and well-being through sports. The school teams and community deserve access to training facilities.
  • Our community is at the forefront of encouraging girls and boys competitions, social teams, together with developing all abilities.
  • We do not have enough facilities to sustain growth. These new nets will help cater for our community needs.
  • Activities at St Marks are popular across the whole Pennant Hill’s community, including playgroups, kids/youth, families, seniors and new migrants.
  • Improved facilities, especially with respect to temperature environment will enable greater utilisation of a useful and valued community facility.
  • St Marks can’t do this alone. Help us so that we can continue to serve our great Pennant Hill’s community.

More detailed project information is available on the web site, https://mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au/projects (search for Hornsby). To vote, you will need to log in to your Service NSW account.

If you can’t vote for any of the above two Penannt Hills projects, consider voting for one of the other projects in our Shire.

NorthConnex- returning local streets to local Communities

The 9 Km NorthConnex tunnel between the M2/Pennant Hills Road intersection and Pearce’s Corner is due for completion in early 2020. After years of anticipation we can soon look forward to having less congestion on Pennant Hills Road.

There are many anticipated project benefits but the four of greatest interest to us as a Pennant Hills community are:

  • taking 5,000 trucks per day off Pennant Hills Road.
  • return local streets to local communities,
  • providing opportunities for improved public transport, better and more reliable trips
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Community responds enthusiastically on Pennant Hills to Epping Bike path

When the Trust wrote in April on its lobbying for a family friendly, safe bike path between Pennant Hills and Epping we asked our community to give us their views on what they think should be the characteristics of such a bike path.

Community preferred route for the Pennant Hills to Epping Cycle Path

We were really excited by the range and number of responses we received. Clearly this is an important issue for many of us, and the range of responses shows our community wants to be involved with Hornsby Council in deciding the important characteristics of this project.

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March update

Dear Members,

Here is an update of the work the Trust executive has been doing over the past few months.

Meeting with Hornsby State Member Matt Kean

On Friday March 1 at 4:30pm the President and two vice Presidents had a meeting with our local state member Mr Matt Kean. Only the night before the government was placed in caretaker mode. He no longer had ministerial responsibilities and was very much enjoying being able to spend more time in the Hornsby community. If you have been following him on social media he has been busy “Running for Hornsby” – he suggested you find and watch the video clip and you will see what I mean by this.

Matt was very generous with his time allowing us to continue the conversation from 30-45 minutes before he had to attend a function in Parramatta.

Our discussions on North Connex revolved around returning the street to the local community. He complemented to the work of a past President of the Trust and the thoughtfulness, details and the analysis of his written submission to his office. Matt agreed to hold the relevant authorities accountable to their commitment to returning the streets to the local community.

Though most of the Pennant Hills to Epping cycle path is in the seat of Epping, the discussion about the flow on effects to Pennant Hills was informative. It was particularly interesting to learn how best to work with different arms of government organisations, the processes involved and how far $5 million actually goes. Lessons that we hope we can adopt if we can get a Pennant Hills to Hornsby to cycle path.

The Pennant Hills place plan is a project of perpetual motion. We discussed the interrelationship between the local council and the state government, the strategic implications of the Greater Sydney Commission and the North District Plan. At the local council level there is the use of the terminology “place” which is the contemporary language and the focus of what the local council is planning to do.

We hope to hear more about this place plan in 2019. In relation to the bigger picture it seems we have or will meet our shires housing requirements, any future higher density development, if it happens, is most likely to be in the area of Hornsby CBD and the future does depend on the government of the day.

On another topic, here is a summary of the key items we have discussed at the February and March Trust committee meetings.

Committee Meeting Discussion Points

This month we would like to share with you four of many issues we have discussed at committee meetings and for which we don’t have the answers.

  1. We have had several discussions about the need a plan for Pennant Hills. A good plan recognises that some areas are not suitable for commercial use, there is the heritage aspect to consider, the natural amenity of the area and the Councils soon to be released place plan concept.
  2. North Connex is always a point of discussion particularly the giving the streets back to the community but like many people how this is achieved is a different discussion
  3. Communication with and between members is a question we continue to work with. We have tried emails, Facebook, revamped the web site. We work hard to provide information for the membership but would like ideas on how we can get constructive feedback from members.
  4. Aligned with the communication we often discuss what service can we provide to the community? Do you have any ideas? Let us know!

Noel Oxley, President

Keen to do something for the community in Pennant Hills? Join the Trust as a Member for only $20 per household per year. Or join the Executive and engage in discussions about topic such as above. Contact us if you want to know more.

Planning for People: A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW

The Better Planning Network believes that NSW needs a fundamentally different planning system from the one that is currently operating. A system that is driven by Ecologically Sustainable Development principles and one that is fairer, more transparent and less open to corruption.

This is why the BPN, together with a number of other groups including the National Trust (NSW), Shelter NSW, Nature Conservation Council of NSW, National Parks Association of NSW, Inner Sydney Voice and the Total Environment Centre, have developed Planning for People: A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW.

In the lead up to the State elections on 23 March, BPN is calling on you to formally endorse this CharterContinue reading “Planning for People: A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW”

Progress on the Pennant Hills to Epping Bike Path

Your Trust has been working for slightly over three years in conjunction with our colleagues from the Beecroft Trust, local state members (Matt Kean, Damien Tudehope), Councillor Emma Heyde and Bike North to promote a well designed bike path joining Pennant Hills to Epping. From Epping cyclists would have access to a number existing bicycle friendly trails. Our longer term plans include a north extension from Pennant Hills towards Hornsby. Continue reading “Progress on the Pennant Hills to Epping Bike Path”

Hornsby – Your Vision, Your Future

Future Hornsby –  Council is developing a long term vision for the Shire and reviewing the local strategies and plans that shape the way Hornsby Shire will change over time. It will form the basis of a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) which will identify Hornsby Shire’s special characteristics and the values that are to be preserved and how change will be managed into the future.

This is Council’s opportunity to set out its 20 year vision for Hornsby. Preparation of a Local Strategic Planning Statement is a legislative requirement for all Councils in NSW following the release of the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Region Plan – ‘A Metropolis of Three Cities’ and the North District Plan.

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HSC February update for Pennant Hills

At the beginning of each year Hornsby Council’s Agenda Item 1 is the Performance Report for 2018. For those who don’t have the time here is a summary.

Pennant Hills is one community in a shire of several suburbs and reading the report was most interesting for what was present and absent in relation to Pennant Hills. Here is a summary of some of the information in Item 1 for the council meeting on February 13, 2019.

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We all need to take responsibility for our environment

One recent Sunday morning, close to 50 enthusiastic Hornsby Shire volunteers, armed with gloves and garbage bags, embarked upon a local creek to clean up stormwater runoff.

They were a culturally diverse group of adults, children, teenagers, grandparents and a six-month-old in a pouch, and they were ready for some action.

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Community Clean Up Event

Help make our waterways plastic free!

Bag Free Pennant Hills, Sydney Water, Hornsby Shire Council and the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust have all joined forces to combat the impact of plastic on our local environment.

They are calling for extra helpers to join them on Sunday 17 February, when they will clean the Blue Gum High Forest along Upper Pyes Creek. 

Hornsby Shire Mayor Philip Ruddock expressed enthusiastic support for both the alliance and the clean-up.

This is a great example of various stakeholders working together for the benefit of all,” Mayor Ruddock said.  “We are fortunate to have such spectacular natural heritage in the Bushland Shire and we are all determined to preserve it.

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