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.

The clean-up is part of the Sydney Water “Beat the Bottle” initiative that supports grass roots community events and aims to raise awareness of the impact of plastics on local waterways.

Katie Shammas, from Bag Free Pennant Hills, says the most common types of plastic waste in local waterways are polystyrene, plastic bags, bottles, straws, cigarette butts and coffee cups.  “We hope that involving the community during the clean-up will bring more awareness to the issue and inspire people to ‘be the change’ they wish to see for our waterways,” Ms Shammas said.

Hornsby Shire Councillor Emma Heyde said the existence of Bag Free Pennant Hills was a positive sign of the direction Hornsby Shire is heading.  “There is an overwhelming support in our shire for community-led initiatives and we’re really looking forward to engaging more with locals about the alternatives to single-use plastics,” Councillor Heyde said.  “We hope that events like this will also encourage locals to care for our beautiful local environment.”

Upper Pyes Creek forms the boundary between the suburbs of Cherrybrook and Castle Hill, flowing to Berowra Creek and the Hawkesbury River.

Volunteers are invited to participate in “Beat the Bottle in the Bushland” on Sunday 17 February between 10am and noon.  The event will commence with a Welcome to Country ceremony.

It won’t be all work, with percussion performers Junkyard Beats on hand to entertain the volunteers.

  • Upper Pyes Creek Community Clean Up
  • Sunday 17 February
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Erlestoke Park (end of Erlestoke Place)
  • Castle Hill

Event details can be found here: www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/events

Register here: www.facebook.com/events/1014858425340984/

What to wear:

  • enclosed non-slip footwear
  • clothes that protect you from the sun and bush insects (long sleeve shirts and pants)
  • a hat

What to bring:

  • bag and gloves to collect rubbish
  • a water bottle which you can refill on site
  • a keep cup if you want a free coffee

This is a waste free event.

Reasonable fitness is required

Spin or Certainty ?

A group of residents from suburbs along the route of NorthConnex is concerned that after three years or so, the phrase “Return local streets to local communities” on promotional material and hoardings for the gargantuan development, disappeared earlier this year.

“Was the thought of actually having to realise this benefit for the long-suffering residents of suburbs along Pennant Hills Road proving problematic?” asks Brian Ash of Pennant Hills, a member of the resident group. Continue reading “Spin or Certainty ?”

Returning Local Streets To Local Communities

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?  Continue reading “Returning Local Streets To Local Communities”

Sydney’s healthiest suburbs: Pennant Hills area reigns supreme

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. Continue reading “Sydney’s healthiest suburbs: Pennant Hills area reigns supreme”

Hornsby Shire Council and Pennant Hills – AGM 2018

Hornsby Shire Council’s General Manager Steven Head gave a 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 you can find in the link below.

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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 t he 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 our State member Matt Kean, Mayor Philip Ruddock, Councillors Janelle McIntosh, Emma Heyde, Joe Nicita, Robert Browne, Vince del’ Gallego, Nathan Tilbury. We appreciate the support we have from our Councillors and in lively discussions about commuter parking, promises of less congestion on our roads after NorthConnex is opened, accelerated tree planting and managing  sustainable development within the Shire we saw the Trust, its members and Council are substantially on the same page. Continue reading “2018 Annual General Meeting”

5 Star Rating for Pennant Hills

Sydney’s healthiest suburbs reveal a city divided by opportunity

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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. Continue reading “5 Star Rating for Pennant Hills”

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 Forums

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.

Continue reading “Community Forums – August 2018”

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.

Continue reading “Epping to Chatswood Railway Line Closure”