Council elections 2017: what the candidates say

The Trust recently invited all the candidates to answer 7 questions:

  1. Background of each candidate
  2. Their goals and vision for Hunters Hill and how they hope to achieve them
  3. How they will respond to increasing pressures of development in Hunters Hill so as to preserve its heritage and character, including its mature tree canopy
  4. If they support an upgrade of the heritage listing in the LEP to include more buildings from the 20th century
  5. Their position on the Gladesville Shopping Village
  6. Political party membership
  7. How their preferences will be distributed.

Check the verbatim record of what they said:

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Monetary value of streetscapes

Source: The Conversation

In case you missed it, the most recent episode of ABC Radio National’s Money Program reported on the measurable economic value of street trees (link here) which save government millions of dollars.  To learn more about trees, come to a talk this weekend:


Speaker:  Jeff Angel, Exec Director Total Environment Centre Read More »

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August walk: Field of Mars

Field of Mars walkers

15 enthusiastic people joined our August guided walk that was led by Brigid Dowsett.

Walkers enjoyed the wildflowers and heard about the history of 1960s-style local activism in protecting the Field of Mars and Buffalo Creek from further landfilling and degradation, and how it is now maintained as a vital remnant of good quality bushland, saltmarsh and mangroves as well as an important place of learning with the Environmental Education Centre hosting over 15,000 students a year.

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‘Priority growth areas’: what about heritage & infrastructure?

The State Government has an ever increasing list of Priority Growth Areas, Priority Precincts and Urban Renewal Corridors now located all over Sydney. Local Council’s have no say over these areas.

Pitt St 1892-93 Image: Dictionary of Sydney

Why is there so little provision for social infrastructure in these mega-plans?

For example, the Sydenham to Bankstown rail corridor will destroy entire suburbs in Sydney’s inner west, many of which have outstanding heritage value. The Government proposes to build 35,000 homes along the railway line, with towers of up to 25 storeys, with minimal provision for additional infrastructure.

Better Planning Network and other community groups have begun a major new campaign to fight the NSW Government’s plan to impose massive, low-quality development across Sydney. More information here.

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Rise and RISE of apartment blocks


More than a third (34%) of residents of Ryde / Hunters Hill ABS statistical area live in apartments, which is more than the average for Greater Sydney (28%) Source: 2016 ABS Census data.

In 2016, more apartments were built in Australia than houses.  Building industry deregulation presents serious concerns over quality, materials and fire compliance, including

    • poor oversight by local planners and authorities
    • self-certification of building components
    • relaxation of defect rectification requirements
    • long chains of sub-contractors
    • cheap or non-compliant fittings and finishes.

Many people blame foreign investors but in fact most investors are locals.  For more information about the implications of Investor-driven developments.

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Trees: a local strategy

The Importance of treeS

Speaker:  Jeff Angel, Executive Director Total Environment Centre

When:  Sunday 3 September 2.30pm

Where:  RSL Hall 56 Alexandra St Hunters Hill

Hosted by Vienna Committee FREE Admission

A canopy of mature trees has always been a feature of Hunters Hill. However the Vienna Committee has been concerned at the rate they are disappearing and this was highlighted in an article in the SMH in April this year that reported that Pittwater, Warringah, Hornsby, Willoughby, Hunters Hill and Manly local council areas have seen the highest percentage loss in their tree canopy in the past seven years. Read More »

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For our lungs’ sake: send a message

Image: Friends of the Urban Forest

A powerful network of community, planning and health organisations, including the Heart Foundation, National Trust, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects is calling on the Premier of NSW to protect and enhance the lungs of Sydney.  The Hunters Hill Trust has also signed this open letter that has been organised by the Total Environment Centre.

The letter urges better protection of green spaces and trees from development and raises serious concerns about the proposed Biodiversity Offsets Scheme, which will lead to the widespread clearing of remnant bushland in the Greater Sydney area, in return for developers’ cash payments.

  We encourage you to sign the letter too (here)

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Powerhouse heritage dismantled

We are outraged at NSW government’s plan to dismantle the Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Ultimo Sydney. The Museum and its collections are not ‘owned’ by the government to treat as currency, they are our heritage, collectively owned by the people of NSW and held in Trust – a gift from previous generations to future generations.

The Federal Government recently sold our magnificent GPO, the prize of Martin Place, for $150 million. The NSW Government now plans to spend $140 million on a car-park in Parramatta to house the relocated Powerhouse.  Is that a good deal for the people of NSW?

What else is for sale?

You can read the Trust’s letter to the NSW Premier here.

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Hot off the press: HHT Journal, Volume 55

The July 2017 edition of the Hunters Hill Trust Journal is now available to download here. It includes:

Boronia Park and Gladesville Shopping Village;   Amalgamation update

HHT meeting with Minister for Planning, Housing & Special Minister of State

High rise housing;   Death by design;     Boronia Park update

2017 AGM;    Walks and Events;  ‘Heritage of Hunters Hill’ new edition in the pipeline

Heritage under threat;   House story:  Redruth.

HHT members will receive their own paper version of the Journal very soon.

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Creeping ugliness: fixing our broken planning system

Image: Jessica Shapiro, SMH 2016

Members of the Hunters Hill Trust’s executive committee recently met with the Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing and Special Minister of State along with the Secretary of NSW Department of Planning to discuss our deep concerns about the failures of the planning system and its impact on heritage and the environment. The presentation addressed:

  • Greater Sydney Commission
  • Gladesville Shopping Village development
  • Revisions to the NSW Housing Code
  • Protections for conservation areas
  • Design led planning that strengthens community life.

See the full presentation of concerns and solutions here:  HHT presentation to Minister for Planning.

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