Saturday, 22 April 2017

Anticipating an awesome AGM

It is that time of year when the CPPA celebrates the achievements of the past year and ponders the projects for the year ahead. It’s also a time to thank the Committee and hopefully recruit some new members to share the joy.

On Wednesday 26th April the Annual General Meeting will be held from 5-6pm. All positions will be declared vacant and a new Committee elected.

If you would like to nominate there is a nomination form available on the website.

Following the AGM will be a chance for socialising with CPPA committee and members and some fine dining with a BYO plate of food to share. If you’d like to pop in on the way home from work, drop by and join up or renew your membership or just say hi and thanks for doing what you do, you would be most welcome.

What issues would you like us to explore in the coming year?

Send us an email or snail mail (PO Box 329, Toronto) so that we may be able to raise your issues with the appropriate authorities e.g. potholes, bus shelters, footpaths, street lighting, bushland, trees, weeds, dinghy storage etc.


2 Brighton Ave- 133 Excelsior Pde

Land and Environment Court Commissioner coming to Carey Bay

A community meeting to discuss LMCC’s Statement of Facts and Contention (SoFC) was recently held at Progress Hall. The SoFC is a comprehensive document that covers all of the concerns that have been raised by the community about the proposed 19 two-storey units on the two into one lot consolidation that spans from 2 Brighton Ave to 133 Excelsior Pde.

The SoFC will be put before the Land and Environment Court at a conciliation conference on the proposed development site on 15th May at 10:30am.

Members of the community are invited to attend this meeting and it is important to show that there is community concern about the overdevelopment of the site. Please make an effort to be there.

The SoFC comprehensively dealt with the following issues regarding the development proposal.

  • Unsuitable for the site
  • Unacceptable harm to natural environment
  • Inadequate landscape response
  • Unsatisfactory stormwater drainage services
  • Adverse impact on scenic value and community character
  • Isolated medium density zoned site adjacent to development 
  • Unacceptable harm to residential amenity
  • Solar Access inadequate in 3 units
  • Visual privacy between units and to adjacent neighbours compromised by non-compliant setbacks
  • Acoustic privacy to counter traffic for 131 Excelsior Pde not detailed
  • Adverse visual impacts compromising outlook and views due to building bulk and poor architectural design
  • Unsatisfactory traffic arrangements to ensure the safe and efficient movement of vehicles within, entering and exiting the site
  • Adequate information not provided on multiple aspects of the development
  • Harm to public interest raised in the public submissions
The SoFC document can be viewed on the CPPA website

What Can You Do?

  • Assist the Residents for Responsible Lakeside Development group to prepare for the on site meeting.
  • Attend the poster making workshop being held at Progress Hall on Saturday 6th May at 2pm. Bring along any old paint or materials you think may be useful. There is lots of large cardboard and paper at the Hall.
  • Talk to your neighbours
  • Make time to attend the on site meeting 

Say NO to OVER development on site
on the 15/5/17 at 10:30am

Would you like to like us?

The CPPA’s Facebook page has 91 likes, a small but growing following. The Facebook page is one way to keep in touch with the CPPA activities between Chronicles and getting to 100 likes for the AGM somehow seems like a memorable milestone. 

Lest We Forget

Burnage Reserve was named in honour of local resident Lt Granville Burnage, who donated the reserve to Council and lived at 1 Excelsior Pde. He commanded the ‘fighting 13th’ at Gallipoli and was instrumental in the formation of the Toronto R.S.L.

Landcarers have been caring for the reserve since the Clean Up Australia Day event in 2000 and have transformed a very weedy area into a remnant rainforest gully, loved by birds and an important refuge for mature gum trees and home to Kookaburras.

If you haven't had a chance to peruse the sign in the reserve now is the time.Click on the image to get a bigger picture.

Burnage Reserve sign

Science serves all of us

Earth Day this year, 22/4/17 is being marked with a March for Science, a global event bringing together people from all walks of life who believe we need more evidence and reason in our political process.

Science protects our air and water, preserves our planet, saves lives with medical treatments, creates new industries, puts food on our tables, educates the next generation, and safeguards our future, for all theses reasons and more the CPPA and TASNG are marching towards a science week event in August.

Planning is underway with all schools in Lake Macquarie having been contacted by post and email thanks to the silver sponsorship of John & Janet Johnson.

Platinum sponsorship has been gratefully received from the Toronto General Practice and this will support the hosting of the Earth Quest Travelling Exhibition.

The exhibition will be open to the community and general public over the weekends of 12-13 & 19-20 August.

Updates of the event can be viewed on the CPPA website at 

Community Garden coming to a Scout Hall near you!

You may have noticed the major upgrade of the Toronto Scout Hall on Excelsior Parade over the past year but did you know it now also includes a community garden?

Chris Murphy, the Toronto Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group’s Community Garden coordinator has visited the site and spoken to the project manager Jeff from The Skills Generator, a Work for the Dole organization, who undertook the project. Chris provided the following report at the recent TASNG meeting.

The grounds have been securely fenced with lockable gates and plumbed water. Several raised garden beds have been built and a garden shed, citrus row, seating and shade structures are planned.

The project funding will finish this year and The Skills Generator crew would like the local community to become involved and, in due course, take “ownership” of the Community Garden.

If you are interested in any of the benefits of community gardening such as meeting like minded people, growing and sharing fresh produce, expanding your physical fitness, learning about plant propagation, composting and recycling, or calming your mind by connecting with soil and being near beautiful bushland with abundant birdlife then get in touch.

You can contact Chris Murphy from TASNG on 0438 504 039 or visit the Scout Hall 8am-4pm on week days and talk to Jeff from the Skills Generator

Hampton Street Link Landcare

Diversity is the spice of life.

The Hampton Street Link (HSL) is a rather special piece of greenery. It is the only public land that links the vegetated corridor that runs along the Coal Point peninsula to the east with the bushland remnants to the west including the Carey Bay Wetlands, an Endangered Ecological Community.

This 20m wide road reserve has one of the greatest varieties of plants in any of the 12 reserves the local landcare crew look after, with 95 different species having been recorded over 5 years of flora surveys.

The canopy contains eight varieties of gum trees, some hundreds of years old, there’s a dozen different vines, a legacy of the rainforest-like features in the lower section, there’s a healthy mid sized shrub layer, but it is the native grasses and herbs that are the highlight of this area.

There are 42 different ground covers along the 200m length of the Hampton St Link.

There are ferns, native grasses, little lomandras, pastel flowers, native geraniums, scrambling lilies and blue flax lilies. Often overlooked in the understory these plants are the beauties in the bush that are battling for survival against the beasts of exotic grasses and mowers.

A brochure was recently made and distributed to the neighbours of this reserve, you can get your own copy here.