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DECEMBER 1999 Minutes
8.00 pm Wednesday, 8th December 1999,
Greenwich Community Centre, 48 Greenwich Road
Shell Site Future
Glenview St Development
Please Note: Meeting will start promptly at 8.OOpm and conclude
by 10.00 pm for Christmas supper.
As announced recently, Shell is reviewing its Sydney facilities
as a result of changing petrol specifications in 2006 and
changing markets. From this review Clyde refinery will continue
operation until end of 2001 but will be closed by 2006. Gore
Bay depot may continue as shipping point to a distribution
centre at Clyde or may be replaced by facilities at Botany.
Whatever the changes, the Greenwich community must be prepared
and know what it wants to happen on the current site. It is
proposed that a special committee be formed to draw up alternate
use plans for the site. This will be the main topic of discussion
at the next meeting on 8/12/99. Come along to express your
Coming soon to a street near you. The Greenwich Carollers
will again be singing round the streets of Greenwich on Sunday,
19th December, from 6.OOpm to 8.00 pm. Be home to hear, enjoy
and donate to local Youth Mental Health programmes.
Enquires: Julia Starling 9437 6183 Sally Charkos 9438 2037
Ros Bradley 9438 1626.
GLENVIEW ST DEVELOPMENT
Lane Cove Council has not consented to the application
for development of 19-21 Glenview St. Before the refusal the
applicant notified their appeal to the Land and Environment
Court. A procedural hearing is scheduled for 1 December which
will decide when the matter will go before the Land &
FRIENDS OF GREENWICH SCHOOL - FOGS
Annual General Meeting at Greenwich Community Centre,
Monday, 6th December,8pm. Another successful Fun Run/Walk
with record number of entries this year. Some of the issues
for next year:- School merger? Sale of Greenwich Rd site for
development? Before and after new care buildings? Landscaping?
FOGS thanks the community for their support and help in raising
funds. Membership of $2/person and $5/family now due. For
more details Denis Smith (Pres) 9906 3579.
NEW YEARS EVE
We have requested full details of road closures, extended
bus services and ferry service etc for 31/12/99 and 1/1/2000,
so we can all plan access and egress of our visitors. As information
is received it will be reproduced on the website.
Information will also be displayed on Noticeboards in Greenwich.
REPORT ALL CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES
We support the advice of the Neighbourhood Watch to report
to the police all criminal or suspicious activity in Greenwich.
Statistics are kept on police reports which in turn determine
"policing" of our area.
The contract to run the Greenwich Baths comes up for renewal
next year and the specification for it is due for review and
development. If you have any Suggestions, such as at last
meeting that there be season tickets or even day tickets,
send your ideas to the Council now. Please let us have a copy
so we too can follow up.
SANTA AT THE WHARF
Santa will again be visiting Greenwich Wharf at 8.00 on
Enquiries 9438 1936 (Santa's helpers) 9 Lower Serpentine Rd.
Former Greenwich Girl Guides and their families will be
sad to hear that Deirdre Hirst, the long-time Leader of Greenwich
Girl Guides, died recently. Her exceptional and enthusiastic
half century involvement with the Girl Guide movement - the
last years with the Greenwich unit - is even more amazing
as she had sons, not daughters!! A fund will be set up next
year in Deidre's memory to provide money to support the present
Guide unit - a use Deirdre would appreciate. Contact Kate
Wood, the Greenwich Girl guides District
Leader (9906 4572) or Alison Bird (9436 1400) for more information.
Those needing the service and those seeking casual work Lazy
summer days are back! The GCA is updating its register of
babysitters, gardeners, home-helpers, "waitering",
tutors, etc. If you would like to enlist your services on
the register or if you are need help to get you through this
"millenium party fever" please telephone 9438 2206
(Christine) or 9438 1936 (Mary Ed). This is intended for youths
and retirees who seek casual working opportunities.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE COMMITTEE OF
I hope the editor in December 2099 will be reading this to
put an item in his newsletter.
OCTOBER 1999 Minutes
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8.00 PM Wednesday 20th October 1999,
Greenwich Community Centre, 48 Greenwich Road
Councillor Anthony Roberts, Mayor
Glenview St Development
Community Representative on Bushland Committee
Please Note: Meeting will start promptly at 800pm and conclude
by l0.00pm for supper.
This year's local government elections set an unprecedented
and interesting stage. The voting Greenwich community was
certainly given a choice as in East Ward 16 candidates sought
your support. The vigorously contested campaign endeavoured
to focus residents on "track records"; to profile
the "voices" of new party groups and their members;
to highlight the work to be done in the next four years; and
to think about the core issues.
The Association thanks all candidates for giving the community
this choice. We congratulate East Ward Councillors Bowers,
May and Tugde on their successful re-election; as well as
successful Central and West Ward Councillors.
Committee looks forward to actively working with Councillors
in furthering the interests of Greenwich and in maintaining
and enhancing our amenity.
It is an honour for all Councillors to have been successful
in the elections - they have won the privilege of serving/representing
Our community deserves a Co-operative and effective local
council to tackle local issues. Perhaps it is timely to publish
an extract from the Code of Conduct issued Local Government
"All Councillors, Members of Staff and Delegates must
Not act contrary to law;
Not act unreasonably, unjustly or oppressively or
in a discriminatory manner;
Deal with like situations in a like manner, but treating
each matter on its merits;
Take all relevant information into consideration and
must not take any irrelevant information or opinions into
Take all reasonable steps to ensure that the information
upon which decisions or actions are based is factually correct
and that all relevant information has been obtained;
Treat members of the public fairly and equitably and
with respect, courtesy, compassion and sensitivity;
Refrain from any form of conduct in the performance
of his or her public or professional duties, which may cause
any reasonable person unwarranted offence or embarrassment
or give rise to the reasonable suspicion or appearance of
improper conduct or partial performance of his or her public
or professional duties; and
Not act for an improper or ulterior purpose or on irrelevant
Greenwich is unique - the bushland; waterways; its heritage;
the residential amenity; proximity to local shopping centres,
regional centres and the city; the safe and reliable public
and private transport systems; local services (such as the
Marjorie Propsting Library); but most importantly the true
community spirit and you the individual - a member of this
special community. We all have a duty in working to protect
our community and in so doing we, too, as individuals setting
about our personal pursuits/goals; or as representatives on
community/sporting/school groups have what could be termed
a "societal code of conduct" - not dissimilar to
that above. Let's all do our part in making a valuable and
positive contribution to our community over the next four
Congratulations are extended to Councillor Anthony Roberts
on his election as Lane Cove Council's Mayor, and Councillor
Ian Longbottom as Deputy Mayor, at the Council meeting on
Monday 20 September.
QUESTIONNAIRE, OR QUO VADIS GCA
Committee regularly discusses' ways in which the Association
can add to or enhance its role in the community. Recent achievements
have been the easy access of all residents to our newly established
website; compilation of a community information and directory;
the youth forum; increased community awareness of the Association
by membership stalls at Shell Open Day and at the Greenwich
Shops; and representation to Council on proposed developments
inappropriate to a specific site. As part of our review process
we seek your input. If you are aware of an issue that could
be of benefit to the community or improve the amenity of our
area, or services within it, please raise it at our next general
meeting, or discuss it with a committee member. One suggestion
has been the re-establishment of a register of baby sitters
or youths seeking part time work, such as gardening etc. Added
to this could be a register of youths seeking community service
projects for their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Comments in the General Managers Report to Lane Cove Council
regarding Greenwich Out Of School Hours Care Inc.'s request
for improved accommodation revealed that "the Dept. of
School Education advised that they would like the school sites
to amalgamate to the Kingslangley Site and are preparing plans
for discussion. They also advised that their planned amalgamation
would secure funds from the sale of Greenwich Road site for
the much needed capital works for Kingslangley. The suggested
that it would be of significant benefit to the school community
if the two sites amalgamated as resources could then be more
effectively deployed. This they say will become more apparent
as upgrading becomes more critical. Such initiatives they
indicated will need the support of the school community. On
the question of maintenance of the Kingslangley site, they
explained that whilst basic maintenance continues to be carried
out it is unlikely that the school will be listed on its Capital
Works Program without amalgamation because funds are simply
not available. And like every any other school in the state,
Greenwich has to compete against other priority works across
For or against the proposal? - expect the matter of school
merger to rise again.
Another application has been made to demolish the two
homogenous heritage listed buildings at 19-21 Glenview St
and replace them with a block style, 8 Unit, construction.
Members of the Association Committee unanimously resolved
to oppose the previous development in a residential 'A1' zoned
area and to support the objections of many of the neighbouring
residents. Concern has been expressed by many residents that
an approval would establish a serious precedence for other
similar applications, and that many other areas within Greenwich
could be affected if this application were to be successful
- either at Council level or on appeal to the Land & Environment
Court. This matter will be open for discussion at our meeting
on 20th October
A selection of new logo ideas were displayed and discussed
at the June public meeting. Members endorsed a logo symbolising
the bushland, water and community. Committee thanks those
who put forward suggestions and members for their considered
Lane Cove Historical Society (LCHS) will be restoring
the interior finishes and furnishings of Carisbrook. Jointly
Lane Cove and LCHS have been successful in obtaining a pro
rata grant of $5000 from the Heritage Office. Fundraising
commenced with a Spring Garden Party - other activities planned.
The Historical Society would like to share the process of
restoration with the community - if you would like to be involved,
contact Geoff Washington 9427 2132. Meantime, Carisbrook is
open for inspection Wednesdays 11-4 and Saturdays/Sundays
1.30 - 4pm.
SIZZLE FOR SKATE
Following our discussions on activities for the younger
residents of Greenwich, a most successful skate afternoon,
using Council's portable ramps etc. was held on Friday 8th
October, in the Infants School grounds. We would like to thank
both the Council and the School for their assistance. Drinks
and a sausage sizzle raised over $100, which will be placed
in a separate reserve for use on youth activities.
Residents are reminded that each Councillor is allocated
a small sum in the budget for local improvement, eg. a seat
at a bus stop. or a rail to make a crossing or step safer.
See your local Councillors.
At the Council meeting on 5/10/99, it was resolved to
proceed with the rezoning of the Austin Street carpark, with
the site specific controls as recommended in Commissioner
SUBSCRIPTIONS TO GCA
Subscriptions may be deposited in our box at Greenwich
Pharmacy or posted to
"Treasurer, Greenwich Community Association Inc.
C/- 8 Victoria St, Greenwich 2065"
Enclosed please find $5 per pensioner family;
$10 per non-pensioner family $_____ donation
55TH YEAR SERVING THE GREENWICH COMMUNITY
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APRIL 1999 Minutes
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GREENWICH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
INC APRIL NEWSLETTER GENERAL MEETING
7.30 PM, Wednesday, 21st April 1999
GREENWICH COMMUNITY CENTRE
46 GREENWICH RD
Forum on Youth Needs in Greenwich
Reports of Councillors
Austin St. Rezoning Submission
Please Note: - Meeting will start promptly at 7.30 p.m. and
conclude by 10.00 p.m. for supper
FORUM FOR YOUTH IN GREENWICH
All youths and their parents in Greenwich are invited to our
next meeting on 21/4/99 to give their views on what the community
could provide for our youth.
The meeting will commence early, at 7.30 pm, and all the normal
business of the meeting will be deferred until after the Youth
This is the opportunity for our younger residents to give
their views, and tell us what they believe they need. Parents
are invited along to mainly LISTEN
CHANGE OF NAME
At the Annual General Meting in February, the members unanimously
resolved to change the name of our association to Greenwich
Community Association, to reflect more the wider activities
of this organisation that has been supporting the Greenwich
community for over 54 years.
We are asking for suggestions for a new logo possibly based
on the new initials, GCA, to replace the old GPA sailing boat
logo. Entries may be left in our box at the Greenwich Pharmacy.
Entries close on 6/5/98. Winner will be announced at June
GREENWICH COMMUNITY INFORMATION DIRECTORY is being
compiled now. We have asked Council for permission to display
in the large noticeboard outside the Infants School a brief
directory of active community bodies, with contacts where
those interested, particularly new residents, may make contact.All
groups are reminded to please forward any information they
want included to John Gebler Ph 9436 2874.
The same internet service that has been available at the main
library at Lane Cove is now available at the Greenwich branch
library. The librarian will be pleased to give details of
how the service may be used.
INTERNET WEB PAGE
We are investigating having a Greenwich web page with information
on our community easily available to residents for those with
Internet access, either at home or at work. This could include
the Community Directory, bus, ferry and train timetables;
upcoming events in Greenwich .
Have you any ideas to contribute that would be handy to have
available on the web page. If you want to receive this newsletter
by e-mail also, send a message headed 'Greenwich' to email@example.com
The GCA inquired from Sydney Ferries why the services after
8.pm do not stop at Greenwich and Birchgrove on the return
trips. They are reviewing the service again this year so we
would welcome any comments for improvement, that we can forward
GREENWICH EVENTS DIARY
As this newsletter goes into every mailbox in the Greenwich
area, it has been suggested that we could include an Events
Diary covering activities of other organisations in the area
that do not have the facilities to distribute their own newsletter.
We have in the past included other events, such as Red Cross
or other collections and we are happy to include them in the
future for any Greenwich community bodies when we have space.
Usually publication is in first week of Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug,
Oct & Dec. If we get the information we will include a
'STRAND' RE-ZONING SUBMISSION
At the last meeting a sub-committee was authorised to further
investigate the proposal for the re-zoning of the Austin St
car park to accommodate the Strand Estate development proposal.
This was done and the submission may be obtained by requesting
it from a committee member, and copies will be available at
the next meeting
GCA COMMITTEE 1999
President Chritine Kirkwood 9438 2206
Vice-Pres Mary-Ed Hartnell 9438 1936
Sect John New 9439 5679
Treas John Gebler 9436 2874
Com'tee Alison Bird 9436 2386
Laurie Edwards 9436 2386
Carol Heathwood 9437 6517
Richard Kelly 9906 7077
Pam Palmer 9437 6417
Lynne Podgorski 9438 4620
MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 1999
GENERAL MEETINGS 21/4/99, 16/6/99, 18/8/99, 20/10/99,
COMMITTEE MEETINGS 8/5/99, 20/7/99, 21/9/99, 16/11/99,
ALL GCA INQUIRIES
94382206 Christine Kirkwood President 9439 5679 John New;
SUBSCRIPTIONS may be deposited in our box at Greenwich Pharmacy
or posted to "Treasurer; Greenwich Community Association
Inc; C/- 8 Victoria St., Greenwich 2065"
Enclosed please find $5 per pensioner family; $10 per non-pensioner
family / $..............donation.
55th YEAR SERVING THE GREENWICH COMMUNITY
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