2017 Annual General Meeting

When:  6:45 pm for 7:00pm, Tuesday May 30th, 2017

Where:  RSL Hall, corner of Ady and Alexandra Streets, Hunters Hill

AGM business:   reports from the outgoing President and Treasurer and the election of office bearers and committee members for the new year.

Nominations are called for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and 5 (maximum) committee members.  If you would like to nominate, please complete and lodge this form with the Secretary at least 7 days before the meeting.   Nominees for positions and their nominators need to be financial members of The Trust.  After AGM business there will be a general meeting and then our AGM talk:

2017 AGM Talk:  Researching the History of your House

Curaton family at Wybalena  Source: Historic Houses Trust

Speaker:  Angela Phippen, Local Studies and Family History Librarian, Ryde Library

Angela Phippen has vast expertise in researching house histories and will provide guidance on how you can find out more about your house and its previous occupants.

Wine, cheese and biscuits will be provided.

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Walk through Gladesville Hospital

Clock Tower (original grain store), Image 1973

Len Dowsett will lead this year’s walk through the historic Gladesville Hospital site.  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.

When:  9:30-11:30, Sunday 28th May

Bookings: members@huntershilltrust.org.au.

NOTE:  We will be walking through some bushland areas.  The track will be steep and uneven in places and only suitable for the more intrepid walker with stout shoes and stoic attitude.

Walks are intended for Trust members and their friends and family.  New members are welcome.

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Guringai Festival in Hunters Hill

The festival celebrates First Australian culture and heritage and recognises the Guringai peoples, Traditional Owners of northern Sydney.  This year’s theme is ‘connections’.

Indigenous Voices: Who Gave the Words?

Guringai: Image Liam James Parker

Historian Keith Vincent Smith will provide a free, illustrated talk on indigenous informants and cultural brokers from the Sydney area, including Bennelong, Patyegarang, Bungaree and Maroot the Elder. Their legacy is a gift of knowledge from the past, words and meanings, that now help revive the languages they spoke.
When:  Saturday 3 June, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Where:  Gladesville Rd Community Centre, 44 Gladesville Rd, Hunters Hill

Kelly’s Bush:  Guided walk

Guringai bush foods Source: University of Western Sydney

Local Aboriginal resident, Dave Bird, will lead two walks around Kelly’s Bush in Woolwich. He has an outstanding knowledge of the area, which has a proud Aboriginal history as well as the being the site of Australia’s first ‘green ban’. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the bushland plants and animals as well as the fascinating history of this interesting area.
When:  Saturday 10 June, 2pm-3.30pm AND Sunday 18 June, 10.30am-12pm
Where:  Meet at Weil Park Hall (opposite Marist Sisters), 66a Woolwich Rd, Woolwich


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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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Heritage of Woolwich: guided walk

5 Werambi St

view from 5 Werambi St

Maureen Flowers led the Trust’s April guided walk, focusing on The Point Road and Werambie Street. We also toured the gardens at Domov, Clunes and Vineta.

We sincerely thank Trust members Thea Whitnall and Martin & Sue Tattersall for inviting us into their gardens and Carl Ryves for showing us around his wonderful 1891 waterfront villa designed by William Martin.

at Domov

Vineta garden





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Guided bushwalk: Boronia Park

along the way

HHT walkers

Alister Sharp led a group of HHT members along part of the Great North Walk on Sunday 26th March.

The next guided walk will be on Sunday 30th April through Woolwich village.  Walks are intended for Trust members and their friends and family.  New members are welcome to join us.  Bookings: members@huntershilltrust.org.au.

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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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Gladesville Shopping Village: who gets to define ‘design excellence’ for this monster?

NSW Planning and Environment has set out the conditions that the developers must meet before Hunters Hill’s Local Environment Plan can be changed to allow their massive three tower development at Gladesville Shopping Village (GSV).  It includes:

  • relocation of public open space
  • revised traffic impact assessments
  • overshadowing of Trim Place and 3-7 Cowell Street
  • relocation of the heritage property at 10 Cowell Street to a site owned by Council
  • consistency with the Greater Sydney Commission’s Draft North District Plan.

The Gateway Determination states that “if the development exhibits design excellence” the floor space ratio can be increased to 3.4:1 which would allow the developers to pack even more units onto the site.

But who will determine whether the development has ‘design excellence’ and what are the criteria for excellence?

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BEFORE another toilet is given planning approval

Riverglade Reserve  Image: Leanne Barrett

Heavy rains over recent weeks have resulted in Sydney Water discharging raw sewerage into Tarban Creek north of Gladesville Road bridge.

There was so much untreated effluent discharging into the harbour that it deprived the Riverglade Reserve mangrove estuary of oxygen and caused mass fish fatalities.

Image: waterairpollution.org

Effluent threatens the viability of the mangroves, which would lead to the proliferation of weed species and damage aquatic life, particularly the molluscs and fish species that rely on the mangroves. The health of the living harbour is under threat.

The Environment Protection Agency currently gives Sydney Water, an agency owned by NSW government, approval to discharge raw sewage into Sydney Harbour.

We treat Sydney Harbour and beaches as an extension of the sewage system, while across the ditch in New Zealand a major waterway now has legal protection as a living entity with its own ‘rights and values and legal status as a person’.

NSW Government fails to address basic infrastructure requirements. The Sydney sewerage system needs to be totally upgraded BEFORE another toilet is given planning approval.

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