‘Industrial Village of Woolwich’ by Connie Ewald, reprint 2016

There were no more copies of ‘The Industrial Village of Woolwich‘ by Connie Ewald but people still asked for the book.  We’re pleased to announce that the book is now available to purchase and also to read online.

industrial village cover‘For the first half of the twentieth century, the heart of Woolwich New South Wales Australia, was a group of waterfront industries and a small community of labouring families who lived nearby.  The people were separated from outsiders by their strong family connections and by the awareness of themselves as a working class community.  Only termites lived in luxury.

At the end of the twentieth century waterfront industry has departed, waterfront properties are becoming palaces and citizens struggle to resist inappropriate development and retain some of the cohesiveness of the old community.

What was it like to work in those early industries? How firm was the social divide between workmen and gentry? What stories do people tell about their work or school or social life? This book recounts some of the stories and gives a brief history of the tin smelter, not previously recorded.’

Download the book as a pdf here  If you would like to buy a hard copy contact members@huntershilltrust.org.au.

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Draft District Plan released by Greater Sydney Commission

green africa directory orgDraft District Plans for Greater Sydney are available for comment.  Hunters Hill is part of the Northern District which also includes Hornsby, Ryde, Lane Cove, Mosman, Willoughby, Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and Northern Beaches local government areas.  Read the full draft Northern District Plan here.

W h a t  a b o u t   h e r i t a g e  &  c o n s e r v a t i o n ?

The plan sets out priorities and actions related to PRODUCTIVITY, LIVEABILITY and SUSTAINABILITY.  ‘Heritage elements’ are addressed under Liveability:

Action 13:  Conserve and enhance environmental heritage including Aboriginal, European and natural Identification and protection of heritage elements.   Lead agencies for this action are the Office of Environment & Heritage, Dept of Planning & Environment and Aboriginal Affairs in partnership with the Greater Sydney Commission and local  Councils.

Housing targets:  only 5 years from now

The plan sets a target of 25,950 additional dwellings for the Northern District by 2021.  This includes 150 in Hunters Hill, 300 in Mosman, 1,250 in Willoughby, 1,900 in Lane Cove, 3,000 in North Sydney, 3,400 in Northern Beaches, 4,000 in Ku-ring-gai, 4,350 in Hornsby and 7,600 in Ryde.  The target for Greater Sydney is 189,100 additional dwellings by 2021.

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Living with tawny frogmouths

Hunters Hill’s tree canopies provide shelter for lots of magnificent birds, including tawny frogmouths.  This video was filmed in Hunters Hill by Darren and Thalia Broughton for the Birds in backyards YouTube channel.

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Gladesville high rise towers

overhsadowAs expected, the Joint Regional Planning Panel, which included Sue Hoopmann and Greg Patch appointed by Hunters Hill Council, unanimously voted to approve the plan to amend the Hunters Hill Local Environment Plan so that the GSV towers can be bigger and pack more units onto the site.

  • increase the building height up to 58m
  • increase the floor space ratio to 3.4:1

The developers can now go to the next phase:  the ‘Gateway determination’.  The JRRP set some conditions which are shown here.  Hunters Hill Council will be involved in assessing the details.  A report will be presented at the next Council meeting  on 28 November 2016.

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Are you connected to Hunters Hill?

green book coverlove-to-hear-from-youIn 2018 it will be 50 years since the Hunters Hill Trust was formed.  We are planning ways to mark this achievement.  Now seems like a good time to update our ‘green book’ the Heritage of Hunters Hill.    Do you have information, photos or stories about:

  • an historic building or a special place
  • a famous or infamous resident
  • what you value about your street and its heritage.

Do you know/own a heritage property that would belong in a new edition?

                     Could you contribute time or funding for the project?

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‘may all future generations honour this work’

Brigid Dowsett

Brigid Dowsett

Tipperary Falls, Boronia Park

Tipperary Falls, Boronia Park

Brigid Dowsett, longstanding HHT Committee member, has been awarded the AABR Citation for her outstanding contribution to bush regeneration.

The award ‘acknowledges many years of dedicated and persistent work in the regeneration of indigenous plant communities.  May all future generations honour this work through their ongoing care of these sites.’ 

If you would like to become involved in bush regeneration, find out more through  Bushcare volunteers.  The 2016 Bushcare Timetable  shows when and where the 10 local groups meet.

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Contributions recognised

Robyn Christie

Robyn Christie

Cathy Merchant

Cathy Merchant

Robyn Christie, former President of HHT has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the National Trust of Australia in recognition of her service to The Trust as a board director and member of various committees.

Cathy Merchant, former President of the Ryde Hunters Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society and HHT Member has had a lifetime of environmental activism recognised at the 2016 Nature Conservation Council of NSW Environment Awards.

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Gladesville Shopping Village: monster has ‘merit’?

The Pre-Gateway review says that the plan to massively increase the bulk and height of the 5 towers at Gladesville Shopping Village has ‘merit‘.  The proposal is now set to go to the Joint Regional Planning Panel on November 3rd.  A decision is expected by the end of November.  If their proposal is accepted, the plans then go to public exhibition, subject to fulfilling the conditions placed on them at Gateway.

who-is-in-chargeOn November 21st a whole new planning system will begin operating.  The District Panels (part of the Greater Sydney Commission) will replace the Joint Regional Planning Panels.

no to over developmentThis enormous development in Gladesville is being assessed under the old planning assessment system, just weeks before the Northern District Draft Plan is released for comment.

Until recently, the Gladesville Shopping Village site belonged to the people of Hunters Hill municipality.

Contact Hunters Hill Council’s Senior Strategic Planner Philippa Hayes on 9879 9442 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) if you have any questions.

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Gladesville Shopping Village: green light for sky high development

gsv-october-2016NSW Dept of Planning & Environment’s Pre-Gateway Review says the massive development application for Gladesville Shopping Village has ‘strategic merit’ and can proceed to the Gateway stage of approval at the Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel even though it massively exceeds the controls set down in Hunters Hill’s Local Environment Plan:

  • 250 apartments in 5 huge towers up to 16 storeys above a huge podium
  • 58 meter high tower (current maximum is 34 m)
  • 3.4 : 1 Floor Space Ratio (current maximum FSR is 2.7 : 1)
  • Heritage listed 10 Cowell Street can be either re-located or parts of the building (its pressed metal ceilings) incorporated into the new structure.

The Pre-Gateway Review wants the proposal updated to:

  • confirm the total heights (their plan may be even higher than 58m)
  • update traffic plans and car-parking impacts
  • ‘re-visit the visual impact on surrounding local streets with a view to reducing  the scale of its highest towers and the overshadowing impacts’
  • review outdated supporting heritage impact, visual impact and traffic impact reports.

Until recently, this site was owned by the people of Hunters Hill.

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from the cover of House and Garden to ….

34 Barons Cres HH

34 Barons Cres Hunters Hill

Lane Cove River

Lane Cove River

The house at 34 Barons Crescent Hunters Hill was designed by Architect and Artist Lindsay Sever.  It featured on the cover of House and Garden magazine in 1954.  Current owners plan to demolish the house, subdivide and build 2 dwellings on the land.

This site links to the remnant bushland that follows the Lane Cove River and contains the Great North Walk.  While the house is not heritage listed nor in a designated Conservation Area, it is in a location that has a particular significance to the character of Hunters Hill.  The riparian land is significant for bio-diversity.

Foreshore protection zone

The Trust has urged Council to consider the implications of the DA at CAP (Conservation Advisory Panel).  We need a Conservation Area declaration in this important bushland, foreshore area of Hunters Hill.  DAs along the foreshore protection zone need to be very closely monitored.