Have Your Say – HSC Community Strategic Plan

Hurry – Limited Time Offer – Submissions close October 15th !

If you have any good ideas on where Hornsby Council can make improvements in Pennant Hills, let them know and make a submission.

Or even better – join our Pennant Hills District Civic Trust committee now and make a group submission. Details on our Become a Member page. 🙂

Have Your Say

Hornsby Shire Council wants to know what kind of community you want Hornsby Shire to be by 2032 – complete the survey in the link below to have your say considered. Your survey submission will be used to review our ten-year Community Strategic Plan, along with other community and stakeholder engagement. Tell us about your aspirations and priorities for our local government area. Find details of the Community Strategic Plan and the survey form at https://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/…/Community-Strategic….The survey closes Friday, 15 October 2021.

Pennant Hills (birds eye view)
Pennant Hills. Source: http://www.visitsydneyaustralia.com.au/pennant-hills.html

2021 Annual General Meeting

AGM - what will you change ?

Note – zoom details have changes. Please see your emails.

This is your official invitation for the PHDCT Annual General Meeting 2021.

Sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic is still enduring, and we are still restricted from meeting up face to face in larger groups in indoor settings. Hence it is my pleasure to invite you join our virtual AGM for Thursday October 14th, 7:30pm. The Agenda for the meeting is included below.

We anticipate the duration of the meeting to be approximately one hour.
Agenda
1) Welcome message and housekeeping rules for the virtual meeting
2) President’s Report
3) Treasurer’s Report
4) Election of the Executive Committee
5) Any further business
7) Meeting closes
Due to Covid-19 concerns and restrictions, the PHDCT 2021 AGM meeting will be held via Zoom.us, an online video conferencing platform. You will need to use the Zoom app on your electronic device, this can be obtained from the zoom website. You will need a password to join the meeting.

An invitation will be sent shortly to all members.

All members and supporters of the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust are welcome and invited to join the meeting. However, it is important to know that you will need to have paid your annual membership fee prior to the meeting in order to be able to vote. If you have not yet done that, you can renew your membership here.

We are looking for new committee members and have exciting open positions (unpaid, of course) for you to join, if you wish to actively contribute to the continuous improvement of the amenity in Pennant Hills. 
With kind regards,

Otte Homan
President

Charge your EV while you shop

Pennant Hills Market Place now has two electric vehicle chargers installed – charge your EV while you shop for groceries 🙂 Two new Ocular 22kW chargers have been installed, one each for the two dedicated electric vehicle car parking spots at the Pennant Hills Post Office. You can find the units using the Exploren app on your Android or Apple phone, login with your Exploren account, and start charging. Together with the recently installed solar panels on the roof of the Pennant Hills Market Place, this is a great initiative.

End of an era

After working as a physiotherapist in Pennant Hills since 1988, David Young is now retiring from his practice on Pennant Hills Rd, closing the door on March 31st 2021, after more than 30 years.

As one Pennant Hills resident put it: “I have been going to David for 30 years and he is a very good physiotherapist who thinks outside the square when it’s needed for some difficult muscle or bone problem. He has been gentle and would give you good exercises to assist in your recovery. All the staff in David’s practice have been exceptional.”

Paul Taylor, physiotherapist at Taylormade Physio says about David:

“David Young has been a leader in physiotherapy for almost 4 decades and will be missed as he retires from regular practice. David has been a health practitioner first and a business man second, always putting the needs of his patients beyond profits.

David has had a love of passing on his knowledge and experience to students over the years. I am sure he has been instrumental in educating and inspiring many physios who are currently practicing.

David will continue to be involved in the Australian Physiotherapy Association and a consultant for various insurance agencies after he retires from regular practice and therefore continue to make a positive difference to physiotherapy into the future.

As a direct competitor of David over the last 15 years, I have nothing but the utmost respect for David and his team. I have appreciated our relationship over the years and I wish him all the best for the future”

We wish David well in his retirement, and hope that he can take up his passion for traveling again as soon as the International borders open. Fare well David!

Pennant Hills Past and Present

Two excellent articles in the Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Post this week about some very special history in Pennant Hills.

First, NSW Astronomy Photographer James Short and his observatory on Redhill, now known as Observatory Park.

Then, another great story about the history of Hotel Pennant Hills, Pennant Hills Road, and the impacts it had on the scientific work mentioned above in the James Short story.

With many thanks to Pat Dewey of Pennant Hills and Esme Mathis of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Post.

Pennant Hills Rd and the impact of NorthConnex

It’s been just over a month since the NorthConnex tunnel has opened up, and it is noticeably quieter along Pennant Hills Rd. Some people are even lamenting that their weekly semi-trailer run is not the same anymore 😉

So what are the numbers? We’ve had a look at the Transport for NSW OpenData Traffic Volume Counts dataset, and pulled up the stats for Pennant Hills Rd.

Transport for NSW uses different types of traffic counters. There are tubes across the asphalt, loops inside the road surface, there are cameras, and several other types as well. They all work in different ways to count the traffic volumes. Some of these are temporary, some are permanent, some do classify vehicles by size, others don’t.

There are currently 3 so-called axle pair counters in operation in our area, one near Mt St Benedicts school East of Loftus Rd, one just East of Beecroft Rd, and one just West of The Crescent. The Loftus Rd one counts traffic in both eastern (towards the M1 near Hornsby) and western (towards the M2 near Beecroft) directions, the one near Beecroft Rd counts westwards traffic only, and for the one near the Crescent it is not clear which direction it goes to.

The westward counters for East of Loftus and West of The Crescent do match quite well. The data from the East of Beecroft counter is a little harder to work with, it seems to be compiled from two separate counters and one needs to do a bit of manual labour to add the numbers for each day We’ll leave that for later.

Looking at the numbers, and looking at the first of November, the day the tunnel opened at 0:00am midnight, we can see a huge jump in counts. From an average count of around 28’120 counted axle pairs in October, it dropped down to 21’183 in November (26 days of data). That is a reduction of 25%! Assuming one axle pair per car, 1.5 pairs for a small truck, 2.5-3 for a truck and trailer, and 3.5-4.5 for a B-Double semi, it equates to approx. 6940 axle pairs less, or approximately 2’530 trucks less. And that is only in the westward direction! Eastwards, we can see a very similar reduction, so we can estimate that the total number of trucks removed is indeed approx. 5’000 per day.

The counter East of Loftus Rd seems to have a little bug – the eastward count is about 2/3 of the westward count. As it is unlikely that 33% of the traffic to the M2 does not ever return, or always returns via a different route, one can reasonably suspect that one out of the 3 Eastward loops is not counting anything at all, so we’re missing one of three lanes here. The total daily count for East of Loftus Rd is therefor close to twice the westward count.

We can also see that there is significantly less traffic on the Sundays, around 30% less than on Fridays.

Hornsby Council 2020-2022 Delivery Program

The draft 2020-2022 Delivery Program including the Operational Plan 2020/21 outlines the Services, Key Initiatives and Capital Projects Council has planned to move towards the community vision in the Community Strategic Plan. The Annual Budget and other financial details including Council’s resourcing information, information on rating and domestic waste management are also included.

The Trust has made a submission, covering the focus areas of Liveability, Sustainability, Productivity and Collaboration.

We have contributed suggestions regarding Water management, Waste management, a Place Plan for Pennant Hills, business viability, tree canopy, traffic and more.

You can read the submission here.

Want to contribute to future submissions? Join the Trust, for only $20 a year per household.

Improving Pennant Hills CBD

Pennant Hills CBD – Proposed 40km/h High Pedestrian Activity Area (HPAA) and Public Domain Improvements

Council, in partnership with Transport for NSW, has identified Pennant Hills CBD as a location that requires traffic improvements to ensure the safety of pedestrians. These works will also incorporate tree plantings which will provide the benefits of cooler places and improved street appeal.

The proposed treatment is aimed at improving pedestrian amenity by providing a self-enforcing low speed environment consisting of the following devices:

  • 40km/h High Pedestrian Activity Area in parts of Yarrara Road, Shields Lane, Ramsay Road, Hillcrest Road, Fisher Avenue and Railway Parade
  • Raised Threshold Entries with landscaped blister islands in Yarrara Road, Ramsay Road, Hillcrest Road and Fisher Avenue
  • Median traffic island in Yarrara Road at Hillcrest Road
  • Pedestrian refuge islands in Ramsay Road
  • Landscaped kerb blister islands in Hillcrest Road
  • Pedestrian refuge islands in Fisher Avenue near Pennant Hills Road
  • Associated pavement delineation and traffic signs

More information on the proposed intersection improvements can be found on Hornsby Council’s website, see this link. Detailed plans are available here.

Hornsby Council is investing approximately $650’000 in this project, which comes from NSW Government grant which was received last year.

The Civic Trust supports the proposal in principle, with minor amendments, and we are liaising with Council traffic safety engineers. The proposal will improve the road safety of pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers in the Pennant Hills Town Centre, which will likely improve the amenity.

Hornsby Council is inviting your feedback on this proposal, until March 4th, 2020. So go on, and have your say!