Greater Sydney Commission: plans for the Northern District

Rod and Lucy

Rod Simpson & Lucy Turnbull

The Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) is now responsible for metropolitan planning, determining regionally significant development applications and rezoning proposals that will override existing Local Environment Plans  info about the Greater Sydney Commission.

The draft District Plans will be released in November. So far, there has been no consultation with local community groups. Given the powers of the Commission and the intense pressure for development, the community needs a voice.

Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society has coordinated input from community organisations across the Northern Region to ensure communities are part of the planning process.  Hunters Hill Trust is one of 32 community organisations that endorsed a letter to the Chief Commissioner, Lucy Hughes Turnbull, AO

The community needs details, and a voice

Prof Rod Simpson, the Environment Commissioner and Dr Lucy Gearing, Commissioner for the Northern Region have agreed to speak at a community meeting and answer questions from the community.

When:  7:00- 9:00 pm August 9th

Where:  The Cove Room, Lane Cove Council offices, 48 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

More info:


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August Guided Walk

Villa Maria Monastery

Villa Maria Monastery, Hunters Hill

Holy Name of Mary Hunters Hill

Holy Name of Mary Church

Join us for a guided walk around the Marist Fathers’ site.  The Marist mission has been based at Villa Maria in Hunters Hill since 1847.  The walk will be led by Karen Presland.

When:  9:30 am Sunday 28th August

Where:  details will be provided soon

HHT’s Guided walks are FREE.  They are intended for Trust members but friends, family and new members are also welcome.

Bookings and information:



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Latest edition of the journal

Richard, Diana and Helen Temple

Richard, Diana & Helen Temple

Download a copy of the latest edition of the Hunters Hill Trust’s journal.  The Trust has been publishing its journal for 44 years.  It is currently edited by HHT President, Tony Coote.  Members will receive their own paper copy very soon.  The July 2016 edition includes:

  • Character assassination:  the invasion of project homes
  • Working with Council
  • Boronia Park Plan of Management
  • Gladesville Shopping Village
  • The Priory
  • Submission to the Council Boundary Review
  • Dissension in the ranks
  • Amalgamation update
  • Vale Richard Temple and vale Ailsa McPherson.
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Gladesville Shopping Village: community still in the dark

need-to-knowMoch Developments submitted a proposal to the NSW Department of Planning on April 19th to amend the Local Environment Plan, to allow a series of massive high-rise towers at Gladesville Shopping Village, the highest being 58m – that’s one and a half times the height of the Gladesville Bridge.  Detailed plans have still not been provided

There are so many unanswered questions:

  • What will it mean for the people living in the streets around the site?
  • Which streets will be inundated with traffic and which will be permanently closed off?
  • Which houses will be affected by a massive shadow?
  • How many more houses will lose privacy in their backyards?
  • What new services and infrastructure (such as schools etc.) will be offered?
  • What will happen to the heritage listed cottage at 10 Cowell Street?
  • How does Council plan to protect residents from the effects of this massive insensitive over development?
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Civic design: possibilities in Ryde

The City of Ryde is running an international competition to design a new civic precinct.  Four designs have been shortlisted from 175 entries from 49 countries.  The jury includes Peter Poulet (NSW Government Architect), Shaun Carter (President of the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter) and Maria Atkinson (sustainability strategist).  Read more details here.  This clip shows the design concepts from an American firm that was shortlisted.

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BIG childcare centre proposed for Joubert Street

too bigThe Trust is concerned that a childcare centre proposed at 22 and 22A Joubert Street, Hunters Hill would be far too big for the neighbourhood.

The centre plans to cater for 98 children, making it much larger than other local centres.  The building would be way out of scale with the existing houses in the vicinity. Its bulk and proportions would be inconsistent with the domestic character of the neighbourhood.  It would adversely impact on neighbouring heritage buildings and create traffic and parking problems.

You can read the Hunters Hill Trust’s submission to Council here.

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Project home-land for NSW

genus project home

Is THIS the standard we aspire to in NSW?

NSW Department of Planning is asking us all to comment on NSW’s new Housing Code.  It’s informative that they should choose such a dreadful house and garden to illustrate their invitation.

cockatoos in nesting hollow Image Danielle Bamforth

Adaptive re-use? Image Danielle Bamforth

This particular example of the genus Project Home fails on every count to add anything positive to any neighbourhood and its choice says much about the sensibility of the DoP bureaucrats who want to make it easier to build such crap.

Rather than making it easier, everything should be placed in the way of having such things constructed.


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Council amalgamation: what would be the impact?

spotlight-clip-art-711768.out=jpg&size=l&tid=43949874If Hunters Hill Council is merged with Ryde and Lane Cove Councils, how would this affect ordinary property owners, renters and rate payers?  It seems sensible to …

  • gather some facts
  • consider the issues
  • raise questions
  • look for risks and opportunities.

The Trust’s Rough Guide draws together information from the websites of the 3 councils and from NSW government planning controls.  It identifies the likely impact on:

  • Basic council services
  • Planning and heritage issues
  • Council representation, Wards, and residents’ access to Council
  • Council chambers and buildings
  • Rates and financial matters
  • a future role for the Hunters Hill Trust.
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Rampant development for historic Sydney: where will it end?

Female Factory, Asylum, Cumberland Hospital

Female Factory, Asylum, Cumberland Hospital

Female Factory, by Augustus Earle nla.pic-an2818460

Female Factory, by Augustus Earle  nla.pic-an2818460

What ever happened to the plans for an Arts and Heritage precinct in Parramatta?

The North Parramatta Government precinct covers 32 hectares of public land.  It includes buildings of immense cultural and historic significance such as the convict built Female Factory designed by Francis Greenway in 1818, fine examples of Federation and Arts and Crafts style buildings designed by Barnet and Vernon as well as 150 year old formal plantings by Charles Moore.

An estimated 1 in 7 Australians today is descended from the convict women of the Female Factory.

The State government says the land is “surplus” and plans to sell it for private residential development of 4000+ units in 30 storey towers.  And that’s before developers get to apply for extensions to those heights under the LEP.   North Parramatta Residents’ Action Group says NO and seeks support.  The video below gives an idea of just a small part of what is at stake:

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Annual General Meeting 2016

A new Executive Committee was elected at the AGM on April 28th:

President:  Tony Coote,  Vice President:  Brigid Dowsett  Treasurer:  Justin Parry-Okeden  Secretary:  Alister Sharp  Committee members:  Caroline Mackaness, Maureen Flowers, David Gaunt, Kate Russell and Gully Coote.

AGM TALK:  The ANZAC Memorial Centenary Project

Caroline Mackaness gave a fascinating and moving presentation on the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project which will complete architect Bruce Dellits’ original vision of a water cascade and build education and interpretation spaces.

Caroline Mackaness

Caroline Mackaness

ANZAC Memorial

ANZAC Memorial

Caroline Mackaness is Director, Veterans’ Affairs, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.  She has extensive experience in the development, management and operation of State Significant Heritage and Cultural Facilities, including capital works and heritage conservation.

Caroline is an historian and author of ‘Bridging Sydney’ for the 75th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, ‘Sydney Then & Now’ and ‘An Edwardian Summer’.  She is also a valued member of the HHT Committee.

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