Project home-land for NSW

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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.

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.

cockatoos in nesting hollow Image Danielle Bamforth

Adaptive re-use? Cockies in their nesting hollow. Image: Danielle Bamforth

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


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Woolwich Walk

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Woolwich dock

The HHT’s Guided Walk for this month will take us around parts of the foreshore to explore the fascinating history of the industrial village of Woolwich and the Docks.

When:  9:30 am Sunday June 26th

Where:  meet on the Green opposite the Woolwich Pier Hotel

Bookings: for details

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

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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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Tarban Creek and Batemans Road Walk

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HHT members at 'Dene Hollow' May 2016

HHT members at ‘Dene Hollow’ May 2016

The May HHT Guided Walk was led by Karen Presland who showed members her 1880s timber cottage ‘Dene Hollow’ and told stories of its early days and restoration.  She led walkers past the stone houses and dairy in Batemans Road and explained their history.

You can read more about ‘Dene Hollow’ in HHT Journal Vol 52. No 2 October 2014 on our publications page.   

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Rampant development for historic Sydney: where will it end?

Female Factory, Asylum, Cumberland Hospital

Female Factory, Asylum, Cumberland Hospital

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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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Heritage of Gladesville Hospital: a recent guided walk

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Gladesville Hospital, 2016

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some of the April walkers, Gladesville Hospital

21 people joined a guided walk to explore the extraordinary Gladesville Hospital site.

It included a guided tour of two rooms of the SPASM (Society for Preservation of Artefacts of Surgery and Medicine) Museum detailing some of the history dedicated to Gladesville’s Asylum.


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update on Gladesville mega development

Tony Coote, President of HHT urged Council to reject the Planning Proposal from the developers of the Gladesville Shopping Village site who wanted to amend the Local Environmental Plan to allow them to build up to 58m and increase the floor-space-ratio.  You can read Tony’s speech here.  All Councillors, apart from Peter Astridge, voted to reject the proposal.

Whats-Next2013The state government can approve the Planning Proposal without local council support, and we expect that the developers will apply to build higher than current local planning instruments allow.

From the plans exhibited, Moch Pty Ltd expects to build across the site where the timber cottage at 10 Cowell St stands as well as the at-grade open car-park further up Cowell Street and land on Massey Street.

Moch will take legal ownership of the timber cottage at 10 Cowell Street on 4th April, having been sold it by Hunters Hill Council.  This sale was not subject to any public consultation beforehand and there was no public or competitive tender for the sale. The sale happened before Council finally agreed to grant heritage protection to the cottage.  When Council eventually put the heritage listing into the Local Environmental Plan, the land around the cottage was excluded – despite no such limit being applied to any other heritage listing by Hunters Hill Council and no such limit to the listing in the motion approved by Council.

Information and regular updates available from Gladesville Community Group. 

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Gladesville Shopping Village at Council, 29th March

GSV view from south. Image: Robertson and Marks

GSV view from south west. Image: Robertson and Marks, Architects

Hunters Hill Council will consider the Planning Proposal from the owner of GSV who wants the Local Environmental Plan to be amended to allow them to build up to 58m (16 storeys), and increase the floor-space-ratio (FSR, which is a measure of bulk because it is the ratio of how much area a building can create, expressed as a multiple of the site footprint at ground level) from 2.3 and 2.7 at different points of the site, to 3.4 across the entire site.

The development site now includes the ‘at-grade’ car park at 4-6 Cowell St, and the timber cottage at 10 Cowell St, after the developer exercised its Option to acquire these properties from the public, settling 4th April 2016.

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HHT meeting with Anthony Roberts, Member for Lane Cove

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Members of Hunters Hill Trust committee met with Anthony Roberts member for Lane Cove, Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy at his electoral office in Gladesville on 3rd December 2015 to discuss:

  • Over-development of Sydney
  • Redevelopment of Gladesville Shopping Village
  • Boronia Park Plan of Management

Present:  Anthony Roberts, Tony Coote, Brigid Dowsett, Alister Sharp, Kate Russell. There was no written agenda for the meeting.

A.R. began by commenting on his disappointment over the impending demolition of the building in which his office is situated; it is to be replaced by a large block of apartments.

A.R. had major concerns regarding Urban Growth NSW for its over-development of the land around North Ryde Station (in Delhi Rd), especially the small amount of open space within the development

Redevelopment of Gladesville Shopping Village

Note: A Planning Proposal for this project went to Council on 8 October: Council must respond within 90 days.

T.C. commented that drawings for the redevelopment of Gladesville Shopping Village (GSV) propose much greater heights than are allowed in current DCP and LEP, and would obstruct views from proposed redevelopment along Victoria Rd as well overshadowing the existing houses below the site. “What can we do?”

A.R.: “I’ll oppose it”

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