Community Clean Up Event

Help make our waterways plastic free!

Bag Free Pennant Hills, Sydney Water, Hornsby Shire Council and the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust have all joined forces to combat the impact of plastic on our local environment.

They are calling for extra helpers to join them on Sunday 17 February, when they will clean the Blue Gum High Forest along Upper Pyes Creek. 

Hornsby Shire Mayor Philip Ruddock expressed enthusiastic support for both the alliance and the clean-up.

This is a great example of various stakeholders working together for the benefit of all,” Mayor Ruddock said.  “We are fortunate to have such spectacular natural heritage in the Bushland Shire and we are all determined to preserve it.

The clean-up is part of the Sydney Water “Beat the Bottle” initiative that supports grass roots community events and aims to raise awareness of the impact of plastics on local waterways.

Katie Shammas, from Bag Free Pennant Hills, says the most common types of plastic waste in local waterways are polystyrene, plastic bags, bottles, straws, cigarette butts and coffee cups.  “We hope that involving the community during the clean-up will bring more awareness to the issue and inspire people to ‘be the change’ they wish to see for our waterways,” Ms Shammas said.

Hornsby Shire Councillor Emma Heyde said the existence of Bag Free Pennant Hills was a positive sign of the direction Hornsby Shire is heading.  “There is an overwhelming support in our shire for community-led initiatives and we’re really looking forward to engaging more with locals about the alternatives to single-use plastics,” Councillor Heyde said.  “We hope that events like this will also encourage locals to care for our beautiful local environment.”

Upper Pyes Creek forms the boundary between the suburbs of Cherrybrook and Castle Hill, flowing to Berowra Creek and the Hawkesbury River.

Volunteers are invited to participate in “Beat the Bottle in the Bushland” on Sunday 17 February between 10am and noon.  The event will commence with a Welcome to Country ceremony.

It won’t be all work, with percussion performers Junkyard Beats on hand to entertain the volunteers.

  • Upper Pyes Creek Community Clean Up
  • Sunday 17 February
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Erlestoke Park (end of Erlestoke Place)
  • Castle Hill

Event details can be found here: www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/events

Register here: www.facebook.com/events/1014858425340984/

What to wear:

  • enclosed non-slip footwear
  • clothes that protect you from the sun and bush insects (long sleeve shirts and pants)
  • a hat

What to bring:

  • bag and gloves to collect rubbish
  • a water bottle which you can refill on site
  • a keep cup if you want a free coffee

This is a waste free event.

Reasonable fitness is required

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”

5 Star Rating for Pennant Hills

Sydney’s healthiest suburbs reveal a city divided by opportunity

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Point Piper may be Sydney’s most prestigious postcode, but when it comes to health opportunities, Pennant Hills has the edge. That’s according to a new study comparing Sydney’s 569 suburbs based on 10 factors that either help or hinder a healthy lifestyle, including walkability, open space, access to hospitals, alcohol and fast food. With high scores across most indicators, suburbs north of the harbour bridge reign supreme, according to the study authored by Deloitte Access Economics and Tract Consultants. More concerning is the clear divide of health opportunities between the east and west, raising questions over the adequacy of Sydney’s planning and the creep of urban sprawl. Continue reading “5 Star Rating for Pennant Hills”

Traffic And Parking At Our Shire Stations

Are commuter traffic and parking key issues for residents in the Pennant Hills District/Hornsby Shire?

In the Australian on 24 February 2018 (‘Sydney and Melbourne the focal point for a nation of commuters’) the demographer Bernard Salt, states that 2016 ABS Census data indicates “that 120,000 workers flow south into the greater Sydney metropolis in the morning, only to return exhausted in the evening.”

Traffic and Parking at our Shire Stations

This is 14,000 commuters more than the estimate made in the 2011 Census, with the number of commuters growing by almost 3,000 a year. These commuters, as well as 7,000 from Newcastle, pass through and perhaps even park in the Shire. Continue reading “Traffic And Parking At Our Shire Stations”

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”

A Vision for the Future of Pennant Hills

For many years the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust has urged successive Councils to prepare a strategic vision for the development of Pennant Hills. We believe a pause in State Government imposed housing targets in the Shire plus the impending completion of major road and rail infrastructure (which will beneficially impact Pennant Hills), provides an opportunity for Council to use this time to prepare an overarching plan to guide the medium-term development of Pennant Hills.

The Trust is presenting this submission to Council, local politicians, and our membership with the intention of starting a conversation between all stakeholders which will result in a vision for the medium-term future of Pennant Hills which is designed by experts and accepted by the community. Continue reading “A Vision for the Future of Pennant Hills”

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”

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”