Tarban Creek and Batemans Road: our next guided walk

'Dene Hollow'

‘Dene Hollow’, Gladesville Road

The Trust’s May 2016 walk will be led by Karen Presland who will show us her 1880s timber cottage ‘Dene Hollow’ and tell stories of its early days and restoration.  She will then take us past the stone houses and dairy in Batemans Road and explain their history.  

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

When:  9:30 am Sunday May 29th

Where:  corner of Reserve St and Gladesville Road

Bookings: members@huntershilltrust.org.au for details

Guided walks are free.  They are intended for Trust members but friends and family 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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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: our most recent guided walk

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Gladesville Hospital, 2016

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some of the April walkers, Gladesville Hospital

21 people joined our last 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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Council and the Trust: an ongoing saga

Councillor Meredith Sheil has made a long comment online regarding The Trust’s open letter to Council following the finalisation of the sale of publicly owned property to the developer of the site.  Click here for the full text of the Open Letter.

Councillor Sheil should not be surprised by The Trust’s attitude towards Council’s role in the redevelopment of the GSV site.  Our view is long standing and has been canvassed on a number of occasions.

In our submission of 7 November 2013 objecting to the original Moch Pty Ltd proposal for the GSV site, which was subsequently withdrawn we argued that:

It is an overdevelopment of the site.

  1. The revised DCP, which sets the planning controls, is flawed and misleading.
  2. It will have an adverse impact on the character and amenity of the surrounding residential and commercial areas.
  3. It will exacerbate existing parking and traffic problems.
  4. It creates a poorly designed gated community physically separated from the rest of the area and fails to provide a safe and healthy environment for its occupants.
  5. It involves the demolition of a building of considerable heritage significance, which was on land previously owned by Council.
  6. The proposed GSVD redevelopment is a cheap and very ordinary proposition that is driven by commercial profit and pragmatism.
  7. The Council, as a stakeholder in the proposal, has failed to properly represent the community by taking a leadership role in its development

(The items in bold relate specifically to Hunters Hill Council’s role in the development.)

Click here for the full text of The Trust’s 2013 submission objecting to the proposal.

A flawed Development Control Plan

In summary we argued that a major reason for the overdevelopment of the site is because Council accepted the revisions to the LEP and DCP in the Newbold Review of 2009.  The revised DCP increased the density and height allowed on the site on the basis that the previous controls would not deliver financially-feasible redevelopment” of the site.  The Trust argued: “ this clearly puts the developer’s financial interest ahead of the community’s interest and the maintenance of the amenity of the surrounding area”.

The demolition of 10 Cowell St

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Laws set to fast-track tree clearing in NSW

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Gone within our lifetime?  Image: Huffingtonpost.com

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act is set to fast-track land-clearing approvals in response to pressure from big agribusiness and a minority of landholders.

Before the election, Premier Baird committed to “enhancing the state’s biodiversity to benefit current and future generations” but the government is now weakening our nature protection laws.

You can add your name to the petition to NSW Government calling for key changes to the Biodiversity Conservation Bill:  Stand up for Nature petition

Without urgent action, many our species of native wildlife, including the koala, will become extinct within our lifetime. Without better approaches to land management, farmers will find it even harder to provide food and fibre sustainably in a hotter, drier climate.

A street protest will be held to call on the Prime Minister to intervene.

10:00am Monday 14th March, outside Malcolm Turnbull’s electoral office, corner of New South Head and Edgecliff Roads, Edgecliff.

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Development pressure increasing

no to over developmentNSW Government proposes to expand code complying development to allow medium density housing in residential areas to be assessed and certified by private certifiers, rather than go through a development assessment process through councils.

The intent  is to enable medium density development (ie dual occupancies, manor houses being 2 storey buildings housing 4 dwellings, and terraces) to be fast-tracked in residential areas.  It follows new state priorities that include having 90% of housing applications approved within 40 days, and the time to assess state significant projects reduced by 50%.

Hunters Hill Trust is opposed to this proposal which will:

  • reduce the level of proper assessment of proposals in relation to their context
  • have a negative impact on the existing character of suburban areas in Sydney
  • increase the pace of destruction of Sydney caused by the proliferation of badly designed and inappropriate project houses.

Particular exclusions must be made for proposals in Conservation Areas, in the vicinity of heritage-listed buildings, parks, nature conservation areas and in areas of environmental sensitivity.  Proper assessment should continue to be made in relation to the impact of such proposals on the existing character of urban and suburban areas.

Further details:   HHT submission, NSW Environment Defenders Office submission and Better Planning Network’s information sheet and NSW Planning Discussion Paper.  Send your submission to GPO Box 39 Sydney NSW 2001, with a follow up email (Call 1300 305 695 to ask for the relevant email address).

Source: David McWilliam

Source: David McWilliam

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