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2019 AGM

The guest speaker for the PHDCT Annual General Meeting will be Dr Michael Easson, speaking on community focused development.

WHEN: Thursday 17 October, 2019, 7:30pm
WHERE: Pennant Hills Bowling Club, upstairs
WHO: All members and new members are invited

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2019 AGM report

On Thursday, October 17th, the Trust held it’s AGM in the Pennant Hills Bowling club. Around 30 members attended, and engaged in discussions.

The evening started with a presentation by Dr Michael Easson of EG Group, about how to enable development projects that can achieve significant support in the local community, presenting some examples of good urban design.

We were pleased to have Hornsby Councillors Joe Nicita, Robert Brown, and deputy-mayor Michael Hutchence in the audience. They engaged in a lively Q&A session with the members at the end of the AGM.

President’s report

Who are the community of Pennant Hills and are we connecting with them all?

In 2016,

  • There are 7827 people in Pennant Hills
  • Median age 40 years old
  • 1984 families
  • 2704 private dwellings
  • 62% with a bachelor’s degree or above diplomas and certificates
  • Country of birth Australia 59.3, China6.6%, India 4%, England 3.4%, South Korea 2.5%
  • Religion 28.5% no religion, 21.9% catholic, 14.4% Anglican 4.5% Hinduism and 7.2 % not stated
  • Employment 59.9 % fulltime employment and 30.3% part time
  • Dwelling 93% occupied private dwellings, 11.4% Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse and apartment 12.8%.
  • 30 aboriginal and Terre Strait Islands with average age 15

Trust activities

We met with Matt Kean concerning the Pennant Hills Master Plan Bike path and North Connex bringing the streets back to the local community. We had mayoral meetings and meetings with individual councillors.

Regular attendance to the council meetings and addresses where appropriate on the second Wednesday of the month and attendance to IHAP meetings on the last Wednesday of the month.

We have supported local Environmental Issues through the good work of committee member Monika Ball such as a clean-up of a creek in Cherrybrook.

Made representations to council concerning a proposed local pre-school centre.

Made submissions to council over issues, where they sought public input, such as the such as the Hornsby Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.

Made proposals to the council for local initiatives, one being public access to Pennant Hills High ovals, the water quality of the creek at the end of Bellamy Street and the proposal of the Six Places Bushland Walk modelled in the 5 Lands walk on the central coast.

Communications

We try to reach all people in the community by a combination of methods. In relation to communication with members we have relied on word of mouth, monthly email updates, Monthly Chronicle community items, the webpage and regular updates on our Face book page.

Thank you

Special thanks go to:

  • Noel Oxley thanks for his strategic focus, work on communicating to key stakeholders, his strategic vision and keeping us on track.
  • David Thomas for your attention to detail in his role as Treasurer, good humour and for your work in compliance and policy.
  • Norman Parris thanks for his expertise on policy, submissions in relation to the Greater Sydney Commission and you focus on the Pennant Hills Master Plan

We are a voluntary organisation, so thanks to all those who have contributed in 2018-2019 including the Hornsby Historical Society for access to their premises for our meeting.

Finally, thankyou you to the Trust Committee members. We are a divergent group and I can confidently say we represent the different interest groups in the community.  Also, thank you to you the members who are engaged in the community and are trying to make a difference to the community in which we live.

To wrap up I guess we can say in relation to the Pennant Hills Community “we cannot connect with them all, but we can connect with more”.

The 2019/2020 Executive Committee consists of Otte Homan (President), Andrew Wilson (VP), Martin Plüss (VP), Julian Rego (Treasurer), Judy Vincent (Secretary) and members Monika Ball, Paul Bryant, Annemarie Diepenbroek, Michael Rosettenstein and Paul Taylor.

Martin Pluss
Vice President 

GSC – Draft Community Participation Plan – now on exhibition

The community has been critical in helping shape the work of the Greater Sydney Commission since it was established. Earlier this year we brought together more than 100 community members for a series of co-design workshops to understand how we can best engage with the community in planning for Greater Sydney’s future. Feedback and ideas from these workshops have been used to shape our draft Community Participation Plan (CPP). All planning authorities across NSW are now required to prepare a CPP. The CPP will replace our Engagement Strategy, reaffirming our commitment to be a listening organisation and guiding our strong collaborative approach. It outlines the tools we will use, values we will embrace and opportunities we will provide for the community to be involved in the work of the Commission.

The GSC draft Community Participation Plan (CPP) is now on public exhibition, from 27 September to 12 November 2019. The GSC is looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the draft and your ideas for how they can include more people in strategic planning for Greater Sydney’s future. You can read the draft and share your feedback here.

After the exhibition period, the final CPP will be published on 1 December 2019 on both the Commission’s website and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Planning Portal.

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
Continue reading “NorthConnex- returning local streets to local Communities”

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.

Continue reading “Community responds enthusiastically on Pennant Hills to Epping Bike path”

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.

Continue reading “Hornsby – Your Vision, Your Future”

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.

Continue reading “HSC February update for Pennant Hills”