WW1 returned service cottage threatened with demolition

18 Richmond Crescent

The proposed demolition of number 18 Richmond Crescent would destroy the last remaining WW1 returned soldier settlement cottage in original condition in our area.  This would erode the overall value of the conservation precinct.

Hunter’s Hill Council initially refused the DA to demolish the cottage, undertake a major excavation and construct a very large 3 storey building that is completely out of character in this Conversation Area and does not comply with the LEP.

The amended plans that are now being considered do not appear to adequately address the issues raised by concerned neighbours or the Council: Read More »

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Guided Walk for July: Cockatoo Island

Convict precinct. Image Weekend Notes

Cockatoo Island, the largest island in Sydney Harbour, was off-limits for more than 100 years. Join the Hunters Hill Trust’s 2 hour tour and get an understanding of the Island’s role in Australia’s convict, shipbuilding and industrial history.  There are 2 cafes as well as picnic spots for lunch afterwards.

HMAS Brisbane, Cockatoo Island 1915 Image Australian Gazette

When:  10am- 1pm July 30th

Where:  Depart Valentia Street Ferry Wharf Woolwich at 10:09


Cost:  $15 per person (not including ferry ticket)

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Hunters Hill Hotel – extended hours ‘not in the public interest’

Community action and good sense have prevailed.

The Land and Environment Court has refused Iris Hotel Group’s Development Application which sought to extend alcohol trading hours at the Hunters Hill Hotel, saying it ‘would not respect, enhance or protect the amenity of residential areas in the vicinity’ and that ‘the site is not suitable for extended hours under any circumstances and is not in the public interest’.

You can read the judgement and further details here: https://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/decision/59421671e4b058596cba79d5

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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

Karen Presland led our June walk exploring the history behind Hunters Hill’s three bridges:  Gladesville, Figtree and Tarban.  We heard about the first bridge crossing which opened for traffic in 1881 and 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.

Enquiries: members@huntershilltrust.org.au 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: coastalrisk.com.au

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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