Pennant Hills Town Plan – Let’s have the Vision before the Plan

In November 2016, the Council invited landowners, business owners, and community progress associations in Pennant Hills and Thornleigh to participate in the Picture Pennant Hills online survey. Not surprisingly, the responses were that there should be little or no development in Pennant Hills, but the Council should facilitate the creation of a welcoming village atmosphere supporting successful local business, with adequate shopping and professional services, through investment in long overdue improvements to shopping centre parking, community and social infrastructure. Continue reading “Pennant Hills Town Plan – Let’s have the Vision before the Plan”

Pennant Hills to Epping Cycleway Project funding announced

On Friday 2 March 2017 State Member for Epping, Damien Tudehope announced that the Cycleway from Pennant Hills to Epping will receive $5.1 million from the NSW Government Cycling Infrastructure Fund. The funding requires that the cycleway is completed by 2020.

The Pennant Hills District Civic Trust first approached Mr Tudehope about the cycle path in 2015.

NSW MP Damien Tudehope, Hornsby Mayor Phillip Ruddock, Councillor Emma Heyde, executive members of Bike North and the Pennant Hills, Beecroft Cheltenham and Epping Civic Trusts at the funcding announcement for the new Pennant Hills to Epping Cycleway Continue reading “Pennant Hills to Epping Cycleway Project funding announced”

Pennant Hills Centre


This is not a new proposition, in 2003 Council were considering the future of its Fisher Avenue Car Park and, in parallel, resolved to consider the Pennant Hills Masterplan requirement within its 2003/04 Strategic Planning Review.

The Trust took the opportunity to provide Council with the ‘community benefits’ considered essential to any masterplanning exercise: Continue reading “Pennant Hills Centre”

F3 | M2 link

Should there be a link between the F3 (now M1) and the Sydney Orbital – absolutely!

In the 1980’s, prior to the Berowra to Wahroonga section of the F3 being completed in 1989, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) had plans to provide a link between the F3 at Wahroonga and the planned Castlereagh Freeway, now known as the M2. This link would have addressed the increasing traffic congestion on both the Pacific Highway south of Wahroonga and Pennant Hills Road. The planned surface route options, known as the B2/B3 options, were eventually abandoned by the NSW Carr Government in 1996 because of environmental impacts on the Lane Cove valley bushland. Continue reading “F3 | M2 link”

Third Track

The Issue – how to make the best of a bad job!

This rail transport project through the heart of Pennant Hills will result in:

  • major traffic disruption during the 4 year construction phase
  • a narrowing of Yarrara Road at the Ramsay Road intersection
  • Yarrara Road trees replaced by grasses and shrubs
  • ugly sound barriers along Wongala Crescent
  • loss of the trees that made for a pleasant station oasis
  • changes to the station that maximise rather than minimise the impact
  • a station structure completely out of character with the area
  • a third platform addition, the rationale for which defies logic
  • a station more concerned about maintenance cost than user comfort
  • a new footbridge that is much less convenient than the old one
  • a freight train holding bay from Wells St Bridge to Wongala Crescent
  • increased exposure to carcinogenic diesel engine exhaust fume
  • increased coal dust from uncovered coal wagons
  • increased rail noise pollution, on top of existing intolerable levels

Continue reading “Third Track”