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 

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

Please join the PHDCT on the night or sign up now:

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.

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”

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.

Continue reading “We all need to take responsibility for our environment”

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”

Improving Hornsby Shire Council’s DA Submission and Approval Process

HSC Councillor Emma Heyde wrote on facebook on 21/6/2018

Not many things are more stressful than something being built next door that you object to. Council has often been criticised for making the situation worse. But changes are in the pipeline. See what you think … 

  • A senior planner will now be on the desk when DAs are first lodged to make sure that DAs that are erroneous, incomplete or misleading are returned.
  • A new team with staff from Compliance, Trees, Natural Resources, Engineering and Planning will review incoming DAs.
  • DAs that are determined by staff (and not the new Independent Panel because they did not get ten objections) but which are still very contentious may be decided by a new Determination Panel made up of Council staff.
  • All DAs determined by staff will need to be signed off my a Senior Planning Officer.
  • DA guidelines will now require details about any imported fill to be used on a site, and include a construction traffic management plan.
  • All environmental compliance matters will now be investigated by the Compliance team, rather than planners.
  • Staff will more quickly identify and investigate cases where there are complaints from multiple sources.
  • Council is looking at the workload of the Compliance team and comparing it with other councils to see whether they need more staff.
  • PLUS– check out the new DA tracking system. You can see every DA in your suburb lodged in the last six months, and everything that has been approved or refused here: http://hscenquiry.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/…/OutstandingApplicati…

Pennant Hills – People and Places 1800-2010

On 19 May, and in the presence of the Hon. Matt Keane MP State Member for Hornsby & the Hon. Philip Ruddock Mayor of Hornsby Shire Council, a 400 page book

Pennant HiIls – People and Places 1800-2010

was launched by Dr Carol Liston AO a local resident and current Vice-President of the Royal Australian Historical Society.

Carol Liston AO congratulates Patricia Dewey and Helen Barker on their new book on the history of Pennant Hills. Mayor Phillip Ruddock and NSW MP Matt Kean as well as residents of Pennant Hills listen in.

The book was initiated by the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust some years ago and follows on from the book In Search of the Pennant HiIls published in 2010.

Authors Helen Barker and Patricia Dewey are local residents who have both called Pennant Hills home for close to 40 years.

Continue reading “Pennant Hills – People and Places 1800-2010”

Touching Base with local Civic Trusts

Ross Walker (Beecroft Civic Trust), Janet McGarry and Mike Moffatt (Epping Civic Trust) and Noel Oxley (Pennant Hills Civic Trust) met last week to discuss issues of common interest: – Overdevelopment – especially on Epping East side with towers of 15-20 storeys under construction – Engagement with our local councils – Communication with our individual membership – Joint campaigning on common issues

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