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