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Kelly’s bush: heritage conserved through protest

‘Portrait of NSW’ 2018, published by Office of Environment and Heritage NSW celebrates the 40th anniversary of the NSW Heritage Act.  It recognises what has been achieved by community protest in the conservation of heritage and cites the Battle for Kelly’s Bush as an example. Download ‘Portraits of NSW’ here. Kelly’s Bush is now listed […]
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continued push to sell off church land

The Marist Fathers are pursuing their plan to create two 1,000 square meter housing blocks in the surrounds of St Peter Chanel Church, Woolwich. Despite vigorous objections from the community and Hunters Hill Council’s refusal of their DA, the Marist Fathers have lodged an appeal in the Land and Environment Court to allow them to […]
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Guided tour of Gladesville Hospital

Gladesville Hospital, originally known as Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum, was designed by the Colonial Architect, Mortimer Lewis.  The first patients arrived from Liverpool Asylum and the Female Factory at Parramatta in 1838. The site contains many buildings that are listed on the Register of the National Estate. Peter Colthorpe, from Friends of Gladesville Hospital will lead Hunters Hill Trust members […]
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Nowhere else in the world…

No government anywhere in the world has ever moved a major state museum out of the city centre to a less accessible location. Despite sustained community objections, AND universal support for a new museum in Parramatta, the NSW government has reportedly signed off on the ‘move’ of the Powerhouse Museum from its Ultimo location. Why […]
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“Killing us softly with your pong”

Graffiti on this hoarding in front of one of the many high rise apartment buildings that are being built along Victoria Road, Gladesville expresses some of the rage, disgust and grief that people are feeling about the rampant, unsympathetic over-development in our midst. Would you choose to live smack bang on this footpath, inhaling toxic […]
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Affordable rental housing

The Hunters Hill Trust fully recognises the need for affordable rental housing in Sydney and we are not opposed to affordable housing being located in the Hunters Hill LGA where the zoning is appropriate. As well, we are not opposed to Boarding Houses being built in Hunters Hill. However a number of DAs for boarding […]
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Resurgence of boarding houses: why?

There are currently two DAs at Hunters Hill Council for boarding houses in Gladesville and a bunch in Ryde, one of which, at 126 Victoria Road, Gladesville has just been approved by the Land and Environment Court.  I have never come across a single application for a boarding house in my local area before. What’s […]
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‘no’ to the Gladesville Planning Proposal

What do you think of having a 54 meter high building (approx 18 storeys with 280 units) at Gladesville shops? The developer of the Gladesville Shopping Village (GSV) site lodged a Planning Proposal (PP) to Council seeking to increase the height and density allowed at the site. This was refused by Council. The developer took […]
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another Master Plan for Gladesville?

The community has been increasingly angry and frustrated about the mish-mash of developments in Gladesville that threaten to create long term problems and reduce quality of life. Hunters Hill Council has decided to develop a new master plan for Gladesville.  Whatever happened to the Gladesville Master Plan that was carefully worked out – with its […]
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Hodgepodge: where is the master plan?

The Trust objects to 3 large developments proposed on Victoria Road to the west of the Gladesville Shopping Village (GSV) site. What we are seeing is a failure of strategic planning and the local community will bear the costs. The proposals would increase traffic coming and going through a collection of ramps across the western boundary […]
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