Civic Trust members meet local Member Matt Kean

The PHDCT recently met with our State member, Matt Kean to talk about some of the issues affecting Pennant Hills. Our primary concern involves the need for an updated Plan for our local area which recognises the unique character of Pennant Hills, preserves the best features of our community and green environments and provides a vision of how Pennant Hills should be improved to cater for additional residents and a wider mix of housing styles.

Matt is aware of the push back across Sydney to perceptions of over development and advised us that there would be no new housing targets in Hornsby Shire until after next state election ( March 2019). Our Council is intending that any new housing targets will be met from Hornsby CBD redevelopment.

Matt and our Council are working together to find a solution to the financial impacts the 2017 council amalgamation boundary changes had on Hornsby. It’s a complex issue but in Matt Kean and Philip Ruddock we have some skilled politicians on our side.

You will have seen in our recent emails the discussion of opportunities for an exciting new bike track from Pennant Hills to Epping. As a keen bike rider, Matt supports this initiative and is on side for the difficult discussions which need to be held with Transport for NSW in overcoming the safety issues they see in community using the rail corridor land. Again we are fortunate in having support from Matt, Philip Ruddock and Epping State MLA Damien Tudehope.

As a new resident of Pennant Hills, Matt is getting a better understanding of the traffic, parking and transport interchange issues of Pennant Hills.

We agreed to continue meeting on a regular basis so we can work together to make Pennant Hills a better place to live, work and play.
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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”

New book preserves history

With parts of old Pennant Hills disappearing fast, the community benefits from stories of earlier lifestyles being recorded.

A new book tells of interesting changes in part of Pennant Hills over the last 200 years.

Beginning with the Aboriginal Person, Tedbury, the book covers the purchase of 25 acres in 1887 by Donnelly Fisher, grandson of WC Wentworth, and life in his old home, Killaloe, on Victoria Road. Continue reading “New book preserves history”

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”

Development planning

Land Use Planning and Development Control.

The Issue –  It is one thing to get excited about specific development applications, but it is another thing to monitor the total planning system and participate in its evolution.

Participation can be at a number of levels:

1. The Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan     (DCP) level.

Each local government (Council) area has a LEP to control land usage and what can be built where within the Council area. LEPs are prepared by local Councils, in consultation with their community and approved by the Minister for Planning. Continue reading “Development planning”

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”