Archive for August, 2009

More volunteers needed … please!

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Thank you very much to those who have already volunteered to drop flyers in letterboxes. Someone will be in touch with you soon, as we hope to have a big push before the Conciliation Conference.

However, we are in need of people who are willing to collect more signatures on the petition. If you feel you have a reasonable grasp of what the proposal is about and can spare a couple of hours, please let Michael know via our contact page.

If you are not confident about collecting petition signatures, more volunteers for the letterbox drops are always needed! We are anxious to cover as wide an area as possible by the end of next weekend.

If you can’t do the walking but are a signwriter, or an environmental lawyer, or something similarly useful, please do let us know!

Conciliation Conference Details

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Please attend the Go Ape Conciliation Conference:

Monday, 7 September 2009 at 7.00 pm

Function Room (turn right after you go in the main entrance)
The Hills Shire Council Chambers
129 Showground Road
Castle Hill NSW 2154
(entrance via Carrington Road)
[Google maps] [Whereis] []

The object of the Conciliation Conference is “to create a forum for both the applicant and the residents to discuss this proposal”. In addition to residents and the applicant (and possibly some of his experts), (some) Councillors and Council planning officers attend. Those who sent in a submission have received this invitation and copy of the Conciliation Conference Procedures.

They do ask that you confirm your attendance at the meeting by telephoning Irene Peh at Council on 9843 0175. However, this is an open meeting, so come along even if you haven’t confirmed.

Numbers are important, so please attend if at all possible. Bring your neighbours too! Also phone each of the Councillors to ask if they will be attending. Contact details are on the Action page.

Watch your head!

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

This from Lever Park in the UK.

BRAG Meeting 24th August 2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Thank you to all who attended the 2nd Bidjigal Reserve Action Group (BRAG) Meeting.  Around 60 people attended including 3 Hills Shire Councillors, Clr Thomas, Clr Jefferies and Clr Bentham.  At one stage I saw several people peering in the side window of the loungeroom – no idea what or even how they heard anything but their attendance was appreciated.

There was a great number of excellent questions, both of the group itself in general and the councillors in particular – it was also interesting to hear their different opinions however I think we can all take heart from their positive words about the  approach we are taking.

It’s important to remember that this is the start of the battle – we need to win the war – become active particpants in the decisions others are making on our behalf.  Write and phone Councillors with your opinion – even 6 unhappy smiley faces has an impact – :P .  We will also be adding contact details for the Bidjigal Trust – one of the important things that came out of the meeting was the fact that NO commercial agreement has been reached between the Trust and the applicant so we can affect the decision.

Attendance in numbers at the Conciliation meeting is essential – see the website for more information.

We will be in touch with all of the volunteers we can reach out to – if we don’t please chase us, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately given the GFC) we also have employers who insist on a small amount of productivity during the day…..

Thanks again for your support.

Michael Cameron

The website

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Thanks to Di for putting this together and to all those who have already contributed in all aspects of what we’ve achieved so far.

The purpose of what we’re doing is to try to bring some rational debate to the proposed DA affecting Bidjigal Reserve.  It is our intention to prevent this DA from being approved for a variety of reasons.  The website contains facts and some opinion – it’s up to you to establish what your thoughts on the matter are – we trust that the information we provide helps you reach the obvious conclusion :) .

We welcome, indeed, encourage your comments.

Michael Cameron.

Media coverage – Hills Shire Times

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

(page 3 in the print version).

Website updates

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The major additions and changes for today are:

Action page:

  • More suggestions for things you can do
  • Added a sample letter to Councillors

Proposal page:

Links page:

  • Added links to the application documentation on the Go Ape site