Massive garages in sensitive area

garage dominates Mayfield Ave Woolwich

There is a worrying trend of owners putting in a Development Application for one alteration and then increasing the built structure by consecutive amendments, at the expense of environmental and heritage considerations.

The previous approval at 1 Hunter Street Woolwich was for the parking entrance to be at the side of the property, on vacant land,  Two major mature trees have already been removed to accommodate this entry. The owners are now proposing an amendment that substantially increases the area of excavation in Mayfield Avenue, at the rear of their property.  It would involve the removal of a significant part of the natural rock formation, further diminish the streetscape and increase the intrusive nature of the alterations.

The rock outcrop at 2 Mayfield Avenue was meant to be maintained but has now been destroyed by a wall of concrete, as has the rocky outcrop at the heritage listed Verdelais at 9 Hunter Street, Woolwich which has seen approximately 3 years of work on a multi-car garage and concrete extensions.

We urge Council to halt the spread of uncontrolled and damaging construction in this sensitive area.

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Inferior work in Boronia Park

3.5m road or ‘meandering trail’?

Council ‘improvements’

Does this road (left) look like  a meandering trail with low indigenous vegetation to sides” to you?

The Boronia Park Plan of Management was developed after exhaustive research, consultation  and expense.  It clearly states that the lower part of the existing Princes Street roadway be replaced so as ‘to allow for improved pedestrian amenity and experience, reducing road width to create 3m meandering trail and low indigenous vegetation to sides and improved swale to assist with storm water sediment control’ (Section 4.5.3 Passive Recreation Management Zone, No. 3.1, p45)  Instead we have a 3.5m wide road.

Council’s work on the Looped Walking Track  (right) doesn’t meet the intentions of the Plan either.  It has produced inferior outcomes:  trip hazards and unsuitable materials that have already washed away,

The poor standard of work Council is undertaking in Boronia Park is stunning. We are concerned that the intent of the Boronia Park Plan of Management is being ignored and future work may also be inferior.  Further details of the problems and recommended solutions:  Hunters Hill Trust letter to Council re BP Plan of Management

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June walk for members: The Bridging of Hunters Hill

Source: DMR Journal , 1964

Led by Karen Presland, this walk explores the history behind Hunters Hill’s three bridges:  Gladesville, Figtree and Tarban.  We’ll hear about the first bridge crossing which opened for traffic in 1881 through to the impacts caused by the 1964 build, plus stories around the “missing 100+ houses”  including St Malo, Mary Reiby’s cottage, Figtree Chapel and homes at Huntley’s Point.

The walk will be mainly on paved surfaces and go through a small amount of bushland and over a footbridge.

When:  at 9.30am Sunday 25th June

Where:  park in Joubert St North, and meet, opposite the Hunters Hill Hotel

Bookings: for more info.

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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May walk through Gladesville Hospital

Our intrepid walkers: Image Maureen Flowers

magnificent Moreton Bag fig:                Image Karen Presland

Len Dowsett was our guide for the May walk through the beautiful surroundings of Gladesville Hospital site.  He had mapped out a picturesque route for us past the main heritage buildings and exploring some of the bush and waterside tracks that led around the perimeter of the site.

We saw the new upgrade of the Boat Shed by the Oval which has had a facelift and is now a small picnic area.  A wonderful walk in lovely weather enjoyed by all.



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To our departing President: didjurigura, merci, thanks mate

Tony Coote has been part of the Trust’s Executive Committee for 20 years, serving as President for 10 of those years.  He has been an expert member of the Conservation Advisory Committee (CAP) at Council for 30 years.  This represents thousands of hours of voluntary work protecting our built and natural environment for the common good.

We are indebted to him for his knowledge, candour, commitment and kindness.

Last night Tony stepped down from the role of President and passed the mantle to Alister Sharp.  Fortunately for all of us, he will continue as Vice President and editor and producer of the Hunters Hill Trust Journal.  He will also continue to be the Trust’s representative at CAP.

You can read Tony’s 2017 report in full here:  The Hunters Hill Trust President’s Report.

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2017 Annual General Meeting

The AGM appointed a new Executive Committee for 2017-18:

President:          Alister Sharp

Vice President: Tony Coote

Secretary:          Brigid Dowsett

Treasurer:          Justin Parry-Okeden

Committee:       Gully Coote, Maureen Flowers, David Gaunt, Caroline Mackaness, Karen Presland.

AGM Talk:  Researching the History of your House

Curaton family at Wybalena  Source: Historic Houses Trust

Angela Phippen, Local Studies and Family History Librarian, Ryde Library gave a practical, detailed and fascinating presentation on the methods used to research house histories, including the use of free search tools including:

The Historical Lands Records Viewer

Sands Directories at the City of Sydney Archives

TROVE at the National Library of Australia

Angela Phippen was previously librarian at the Society of Australian Genealogists and has expertise in researching house histories.  She has a range of resources and assists people to find out more about their house and its previous occupants.  You can reach Angela at Ryde Library Local and Family History.

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High water mark in 2100

High tide in Hunters Hill in 2100 Source:

Coast Watch Australia predicts that the oval and tennis courts at Hunters Hill High School and much of Tarban Creek reserve will be under water at high tide in the not too distant future.

They also anticipate significant impacts along the foreshore of the Lane Cove River.

You can check their detailed forecasts for specific locations  here.

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VERY late night alcohol in Hunters Hill

Hunters Hill Hotel continues its push for approval to serve alcohol until 2:00am.

NSW Police told the April 20th Land and Environment Court hearing that the proposed extended hours ‘should not be allowed’.

The evidence is clear that alcohol related harm escalates with very late trading.  Council says ‘NO‘. The community says ‘NO‘.

The matter will be heard in the Land and Environment Court on 22nd May.  Further information from Rachael Knapman 9334.8555

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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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