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Albatross Reserve Rejuvenation

Woronora Heights Residents Association, in conjunction with Bushcare, have arranged a community rejuvenation day for the reserve. This will occur on Sunday 24th August 2014 from 10am to 2pm. We would like you to volunteer and join us in cleaning up the reserve.

Click on this link for more details. Albatross Reserve Flyer

AGM 2014

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Woronora Heights Residents Association was held on 7th May 2014. Thanks to all those who attended.

AGM 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Woronora Heights Residents Association has been scheduled for 7pm Monday 9th September. The meeting will be held at Woronora Heights Oval outside the Bosco Soccer Clubhouse. All are welcome.

Koala Sighting

A koala has was recently, June 2013,  sighted sleeping in a tree adjacent to Bundanoon road leading into Woronora Heights.

Woronora Heights Estate Entry Structure

Up- Grade

In response to community feedback and through continued discussions with Council, since 2010, the WHRA are proposing to upgrade the very popular Community Notice Board, which welcomes residents and visitors on entering the estate on Bundanoon Road. Through the next coming weeks the association will be submitting to council and our 3 D-Ward Councillors, illustrations and information to obtain the necessary approvals for the construction of the ‘New Community Notice Board” (see design on back page). Since the development of Woronora Heights, the residents of the estate have become big users of the notice board. Utilised for general information, welcoming and farewelling family or friends, announcements for special occasions, lost or found and sporting events. The community notice board has served the community well over the years and the time for a new and improved model is needed. Local residents support a new structure to be built that will reflect our estates maturity and pride for those living in Woronora Heights or visiting our great suburb.

The Woronora Heights Newsletter June 2012 with full details can be downloader by clicking on the link.

AGM 2012

Thank you to the committee members for their contribution during 2011. The 2012 committee was elected at the AGM. It was resolved at the meeting to liase with council to upgrade the community notice board at the enterance to Woronora Heights.

2012 Annual General Meeting

The 2012 AGM will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 28th March at Bosco Oval, Woronora Heights.

2009 Annual General Meeting

The 2009 AGM will be held at 7pm Monday 30th March at Woronora Heights Oval outside Bosco Clubhouse.
Committee Members for 2009 will be elected at the AGM. Thanks to the members of the current committee for their ongoing efforts.

Woronora Heights “Welcome Wall”

The winning design by Rosie Mistrini can be viewed on the link below. We will be approaching Sutherland Council to ask them to support the construction of the entry structure by supplying the required materials, and to submit a DA if required.

Welcome Wall Design

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held 7pm on Monday 11th February at the Woronora Height’s Oval outside Bosco Clubhouse.

Our intention will be to deal quickly with the formal parts of the AGM and focus discussion on plans and key activities for 2008.

Burglart Alert to All WHRA Members

Following recent burglaries in Warrangarree Drive, we have sought advice from Police on precautions and what to do if you see suspicious activity or a burglary in action.

PRECAUTIONS

The Police advise the following precautions (some obvious, some perhaps not so immediately obvious):

·      Keep doors and windows locked
·      Put away ladders and tools that could be used to assist a break in
·      Alarm your house
·      Keep valuables out of sight of windows
·      Put porch or sensor lights on at night
·      Do NOT keep spare keys outside in the front yard or under mats etc.
·      If you’re going away, let your neighbours know when you’re going away so that they can keep an eye on your house, cancel papers etc and arrange for your mail to be held or picked up
On a more personal note, the Senior Constable at Engadine related the story of the woman whose house was broken into at Heathcote, who lost all her new baby photos when her digital camera was stolen. It’s a good reminder to make sure we have back ups of things like photos and PC files, in case the thieves are after cameras and computers.

BURGLARY IN ACTION/POSSIBLE BURGLARY IN ACTION

·      Call 000

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

·      If you see anyone acting suspiciously or who just doesn’t look ‘right’, take a note of their description, including clothing, and call the Engadine Police on 9548 4999. They should send a car out to check it out.
·      If you get someone knocking on your door that you don’t know, especially if they claim to be looking for someone you don’t know (they may well be door knocking to find an empty house), take a note of their description and call the Engadine Police
It would also be a good idea to let our Association know if you see anything or anyone suspicious so that we can alert other members

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting was held 11th December at the Woronora Height’s Oval. The President’s report highlighted some of the key activities of the association over the past 12 months including

* The association’s successful presentation to the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel and the rezoning of the fire trail as environmentally protected.

* Submission to various levels of government in relation to general estate maintenance, traffic works to improve the intersection of Anzac Ave, Princes Hwy and Old Princes Hwy and safety improvements to Bundanoon Rd including guard railing.

* Woronora Heights Estate entry design competition.

* Association’s involvement and support for the Combined Residents Association of Sutherland (CROSS)

* Bus Shopping trip fundraiser.

* Newsletter distribution to keep residents informed regarding local issues.

Harbour Cruise

A harbour cruise is in the planning stages for next year’s fund raiser. Details of the event will be posted once finalised.

Shopping Trip

The pre Christmas shopping trip was a great success with $190 raised to assist the association.

Woronora Heights Estate Entry Structure – Design Competition

The winner of our design competition is Rosie Mistrini. Rosie designed a simple and elegant structure that should be a beautiful addition to the entry to our suburb. An illustration of Rosie’s winning design will be included in an upcoming Newsletter for comment. In the meantime, we will be approaching Council to ask them to support the construction of the entry structure by supplying the required materials, and to submit a DA if required.

Bushcare

Bushcare is a community-based program supported by Sutherland Shire Council whereby the community becomes involved in managing and maintaining remnant bushland areas within the Shire on a voluntary basis.

The Upper Crescent Bushcare Group Meets at the top of the Fire Trail at 1:00pm on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December).

Click on this link for more Bushcare information.

Fire Trail Rezoned Environmentally Protected

The Honourable Frank Sartor MP announced on the 3rd March 2006 that the Woronora Fire Trail has been rezoned Environmentally Protected (Bushland).

This effectively means that the fire trail is reserved for emergency vehicles only.

The importance of this issue, to the community, was highlighted to Frank Sartor by the Member for Menai, Alison Megarrity and the Member for Heathcote, Paul McLeay.

Thanks Paul and Alison for your great community support.

Click on the link to see the official media release from Frank Sartor.

 Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) Rejects DA

The Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) meeting occurred on 2nd March 2006 in the Sutherland Shire council chambers. The chamber was packed with residents from Woronora and Woronora Heights that were objecting to the DA.

Presentations from Woronora Valley and Woronora Heights residents clearly demonstrated that the community has overwhelmingly rejected the DA.

Some of the key points presented in the objection to the DA where

* No improvement to Traffic Flow in Engadine

* Diminished Bus Service

* Unacceptable Impacts on Lifestyle

* Negative Effect on Safety and Tranquility

* Increased Crime

* Cuts an important Wildlife Corridor

* Will not increase Safety in Bush Fires

* DA does not comply with Bush Fire Protection Planning Guidelines

* DA process is flawed as it fails to consider effects on Surrounding Areas

IHAP released its recommendation on the 9th March 2006. IHAP have rejected the DA.

 IHAP RECOMMENDATION:

That Development Application No. 04/1885 To Construct and Use the Land as a Public Road for Bus Transport (Bus Link), Council, Fire Fighting, Fire Prevention, Utility Services and Emergency Service Vehicles at Lot 101 DP875898, Lot 102 DP875898 and Lot 105 DP875898 The Crescent, Woronora be refused for the following reasons:
1. The application is considered unacceptable pursuant to the provisions of s.79C(1)(e) of the Environmental Planning and assessment Act 1979 in that the proposed development is not in the public interest because the limited benefits that would accrue to the community by establishing a new bus route and enhancing the operation of the public transport network do not outweigh the adverse impacts of the proposal on the character of the adjoining residential neighbourhoods, the natural qualities of the bushland area and the ecological value of the fauna/flora corridor through which the proposed link passes.
2. The application is considered unacceptable pursuant to the provisions of s. 79C(1)(b) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in that the proposed development is inconsistent with Sutherland Shire Local Environmental Plan 2000 because on both sides the proposed link adjoins land zoned Environmental Protection (Bushland) that forms part of the fauna and flora corridor known as the Greenweb and no work is proposed that will facilitate fauna to cross the link or mitigate potential conflicts between fauna and vehicles.
3. The application is considered unacceptable pursuant to the provisions of s. 79C(1)(b) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in that the proposed development would compromise the social value of the land as a component of an area of bushland that significantly contributes to the character of the adjoining neighbourhoods and that character would be altered by the introduction of regular bus movements along the link.

4. The application is considered unacceptable pursuant to the provisions of s. 79C(1)(c) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in that the proposed development would compromise the social value of the link as a connection to the Woronora River and between neighbourhoods that is used by pedestrians and cyclists.

5. The application is considered unacceptable pursuant to the provisions of s.79C(1)(d) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in that the proposal does not adequately consider the health and safety issues relating to bus operations including vehicle speed, air pollution and noise generation with the result that there may be adverse impacts on other users of the link.

Annual General Meeting

The Association’s AGM was held on Monday 12 December 2005. The President’s Report summed up the activities of the Association over the last 12 months. The report including special recognition to those who had contributed so much during the year.

The Rally, organized by our association, was one of the major highlights of the past 12 months.  The Rally was reported to be “the largest protest rally ever” on the council chambers.

The overwhelming rejection of the DA, to open the fire trail to buses, was also a major highlight, giving a clear message to the councilors that the community rejects the DA.

Have a Safe and Merry Xmas

Council Meetings Nov 2005

At the Sutherland Shire Environment Council Committee meeting on 21st of November 2005 the issue of the zoning of the fire trail in Local Environmental Plan 2004 (LEP2004) was debated. At that committee meeting it was resolved to leave the fire trail zoning, in LEP2004, as it was originally submitted to the State Government . ie Environmentally Protected Urban Bushland 7(b).

This matter was again debated and ratified in the full council meeting on 28th November 2005.

Several councilors provided statements in relation to the response to the Development Application (DA) to open the fire trail to buses. From the figures quoted by the councilors it is clear that the DA, to open the fire trail to buses, has been overwhelmingly rejected by the community.

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