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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’ estate.  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 25th September

Where: meet outside the front gates of St Joseph’s College on the corner of Ryde Road and Mark Street

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

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Residents meeting re HUGE child care centre

too big Hunters Hill Ventures Pty Ltd has lodged an appeal in the Land and Environment Court after Hunters Hill Council refused their Development Application to build a huge child care centre in Joubert Street.  The planned centre would cater for 98 children and is likely to cause:

  • 400 additional car movements per day
  • Increased parking congestion
  • Safety concerns and noise.

A meeting of concerned residents will be held: 7:00pm Monday 26th September at Gladesville Community Centre, 44 Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill


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2 Vernon Street saved from demolition


2 vernon street from reserve

2 Vernon Street from the reserve


viewed from the street

The Land and Environment Court has found that 2 Vernon Street should NOT be demolished as proposed in the development application:  a victory for heritage and conservation.

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Chainsaw massacre: Ausgrid’s vandalism


Ausgrid contractors mutilate 100 year old box tree


Wybalena Rd, Hunters Hill

Ausgrid is responsible for vandalising Hunters Hill’s street trees. In street after street,  beautiful 100 year old box trees are being irreparably disfigured.

The contractors are not arborists. They have no training. Canopies are disappearing and no regard has been paid to their significance.

Hunters Hill Council’s Tree Officer has been told that “the Electricity Act overrides any Council tree rules“.  Consequently she joined Ausgrid’s Vegetation Management Working Group, which includes professional tree pruners, who are trying to influence Ausgrid – so far with little success.

While poles and wires have to be protected from storm damage, it is absurd to act in this crude, destructive fashion.

The NSW Government is ultimately responsible for Ausgrid’s work.  It seems Mike Baird and his team have no regard for the significance of large, mature trees for people’s health and welfare as well as for landscape and heritage conservation.

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Demolition proposed for ‘P and O style’ house

48 Mary St, Hunters Hill

48 Mary St, Hunters Hill

48 Mary Street, Hunters Hill may not be heritage listed, but it is a valuable example of Interwar Functionalist, or what is more commonly known as the ‘P and O Style’ housing. It is part of the historic record of European building in Hunters Hill.

Will it be replaced by yet another project-style house that bears no relationship to the character of the neighbourhood?

You can read HHT’s comments on the plan to demolish here.



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The Housing Code: what about neighbourhoods?

Hunters Hill Trust is opposed to the changes to the General Housing Code that are being proposed by NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

The one-size-fits-all approach will have a negative effect on neighbourhoods that differ in so many ways due to their topography, heritage and conservation areas, lot sizes, environmental features and character.

The removal of rights of neighbours and reduced oversight from planning professionals is likely to mean more ugly inappropriate buildings, and negative impacts on those living in the immediate vicinity, such as:

  • loss of solar access
  • loss of views
  • loss of privacy etc.

You can read the HHT submission on the revised Housing Code here.

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Hunters Hill Hotel later trading hours

drinkerAlcohol trading at Hunters Hill Hotel till 2:00am?

No thanks.

Here is HHT submission’s to Council about the Hunters Hill Hotel trading-hours. 


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Greater Sydney Commission: Q & A

green africa directory orgHowweGetThereYou can check the notes from the recent community meeting with the Northern Division of the Greater Sydney Commission here.  Issues included:

Future of Local Environment Plans

DA assessment processes

Lack of voice for the community

Massive over developments and ‘State significant projects’

Loss of green space.

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Later alcohol trading hours for Hunters Hill Hotel?

Hunters Hill Hotel has lodged a new DA seeking to extend their trading hours.  They want:

  • alcohol shoeMondays to Saturdays   8:00am-2:00am the following day   (HHH currently closes at midnight)
  • Sundays   10:00am-midnight
  • Good Friday and Christmas Day   noon-10:00pm
  • New Years Eve     5:00am-2:00am the following day.

When other hotels close at midnight, people who are already intoxicated are likely to move on to Hunters Hill to keep drinking until 2:00 am.

Clear evidence links extended hours alcohol trading to increased alcohol related accidents, violence, property damage, anti-social behaviour and other preventable harm.

Say NO to DA 2016-1114.  Email or write to General Manager, Hunters Hill Council or write to the PO Box 21, Hunters Hill 2110.

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Design of Ryde civic precinct: winner announced

The Beijing Institute of Architectural Design has won the international competition for the design of a new civic precinct at Ryde .  The design was one of 175 submissions that came from 47 countries.  Read details here or check the video.


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