Heritage of Woolwich: guided walk

Vineta, 1910

This month’s walk concentrates on The Point Road and Werambie Street and the heritage of some of the beautiful properties there.

Carl Ryves, longstanding Trust member and owner of 5 Werambie Street, will show us through his beautiful 1891 waterfront house designed by William Martin.

We will also walk through the gardens at Clunes in the Point Road and Vineta in View Street.

When:  9:30-11:30, Sunday 30 April

Where: meet on the Green opposite Woolwich Pier Hotel in Woolwich Road.  We will finish at the same place where we’ll have a choice of venue for coffee or lunch. Walks are intended for Trust members and their friends and family.  New members are welcome to join us.   Bookings: members@huntershilltrust.org.au.

Read about the Industrial Village of Woolwich in Connie Ewald’s book.

 

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2017 Annual General Meeting

When:  Tuesday 6.45 pm for 7:00pm, Tuesday May 30th, 2017

Where:  RSL Hall, corner of Ady and Alexandra Streets, Hunters Hill

AGM business:   reports from the outgoing President and Treasurer and the election of office bearers and committee members for the new year.

Nominations are called for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and 5 (maximum) committee members.  If you would like to nominate, please complete and lodge this form with the Secretary at least 7 days before the meeting.   Nominees for positions and their nominators need to be financial members of The Trust.  After AGM business there will be a general meeting and then our AGM talk:

2017 AGM Talk:  Researching the History of your House

Curaton family at Wybalena  Source: Historic Houses Trust

Speaker:  Angela Phippen, Local Studies and Family History Librarian, Ryde Library

Angela Phippen has vast expertise in researching house histories and will provide guidance on how you can find out more about your house and its previous occupants.

Wine, cheese and biscuits will be provided.

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Guided bushwalk: Boronia Park

along the way

HHT walkers

Alister Sharp led a group of HHT members along part of the Great North Walk on Sunday 26th March.

The next guided walk will be on Sunday 30th April through Woolwich village.  Walks are intended for Trust members and their friends and family.  New members are welcome to join us.  Bookings: members@huntershilltrust.org.au.

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Who gets to define ‘design excellence’ …

Q1.  Who will determine whether the Gladesville Shopping Village development has ‘design excellence’ (so the developers can make it even bigger) ?

Phillipa Hayes, Senior Strategic Planner at Hunters Hill Council says it is yet to be determined, however it is envisioned a ‘design review panel will be used to provide advice to the consent authority’.

Q2.  What will be the criteria for ‘design excellence’?

The Department of Planning specified the general criteria to be used for assessing design excellence in their letter to Council:  “Condition 1(c.) includes the requirement for design excellence and as recommended by the Sydney North Planning Panel should address considerations for design excellence along the lines of Clause 6.4(12) of the Parramatta Local Environmental Plan 2011. 

 

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Greater Sydney Commission: HHT’s submission

Here is the Hunters Hill Trust’s submission to the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) commenting on the details of the Draft Plan for GSC’s North District.

This is a follow up to the Trust’s initial submission sent in October 2016.

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Gladesville Shopping Village: who gets to define ‘design excellence’ for this monster?

NSW Planning and Environment has set out the conditions that the developers must meet before Hunters Hill’s Local Environment Plan can be changed to allow their massive three tower development at Gladesville Shopping Village (GSV).  It includes:

  • relocation of public open space
  • revised traffic impact assessments
  • overshadowing of Trim Place and 3-7 Cowell Street
  • relocation of the heritage property at 10 Cowell Street to a site owned by Council
  • consistency with the Greater Sydney Commission’s Draft North District Plan.

The Gateway Determination states that “if the development exhibits design excellence” the floor space ratio can be increased to 3.4:1 which would allow the developers to pack even more units onto the site.

But who will determine whether the development has ‘design excellence’ and what are the criteria for excellence?

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BEFORE another toilet is given planning approval

Riverglade Reserve  Image: Leanne Barrett

Heavy rains over recent weeks have resulted in Sydney Water discharging raw sewerage into Tarban Creek north of Gladesville Road bridge.

There was so much untreated effluent discharging into the harbour that it deprived the Riverglade Reserve mangrove estuary of oxygen and caused mass fish fatalities.

Image: waterairpollution.org

Effluent threatens the viability of the mangroves, which would lead to the proliferation of weed species and damage aquatic life, particularly the molluscs and fish species that rely on the mangroves. The health of the living harbour is under threat.

The Environment Protection Agency currently gives Sydney Water, an agency owned by NSW government, approval to discharge raw sewage into Sydney Harbour.

We treat Sydney Harbour and beaches as an extension of the sewage system, while across the ditch in New Zealand a major waterway now has legal protection as a living entity with its own ‘rights and values and legal status as a person’.

NSW Government fails to address basic infrastructure requirements. The Sydney sewerage system needs to be totally upgraded BEFORE another toilet is given planning approval.

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Boronia Park: proposed works

Priority aspects of the Boronia Park Management Plan 2015 are being implemented.   See the Plan of works.  It includes

  • the looped Track
  • Upgrades to Princes Street Access Road
  • Shelters, picnic tables and benches
  • Boronia Park carpark entrance.

Send feedback to Hunters Hill Council by April 3 2017.

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SOS: Sydney’s urban green spaces

Image: GSC

It’s obvious that community groups need to become more effective in protecting Sydney’s green spaces, especially since the Greater Sydney Commission’s District Plans and the new and proposed state legislation are upon us.

The Total Environment Centre (TEC) is inviting community groups to a forum to improve collaboration and build effective strategies.  Speakers and facilitators include:

  • Jeff Angel, TEC
  • Corinne Fisher, TEC
  • James Grant, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
  • Emily Ryan, Environmental Defender’s Office NSW.

When:   Saturday 1st April, 10am – 3pm, lunch provided
Where:  Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

RSVP and more info: Building the voice: community forum.

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boom gate at Hunters Hill Hotel

What happened to free public parking at Hunters Hill Hotel?

Free public parking was a condition of the approval for the construction of the hotel, but in December, HHH installed a boom gate.  Free parking was only for hotel customers and everyone else had to pay.

The community complained, Council referred the matter to its lawyers.  Now the first 2 hours of parking is free again.

Extended trading hours.  Despite strong community opposition, the HHH is pushing ahead with its plan to extend its alcohol trading hours to 2:00am.  There will be an onsite hearing of the Land and Environment Court at 9:30 am on April 20th followed by a hearing at the court.  More information re trading hours:  Rachael Knapman, HWI Ebsworth Lawyers rknapman@hwle.com.au or 9334 8507.

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