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As an Artarmon Progress Association member benefit, local news and happenings will occasionally be distributed to APA members via email. The APA often finds out about local events and issues before they reach the newspaper and, while the Artarmon Gazette is still an important way of sharing community information to the entire 2064 postcode area, the occasional email will ensure you are kept abreast of topical issues.

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9th March 2013

The Gazette’s future hangs in balance
John Yates, who for the last seven years has kindly been volunteering his time and effort to co-ordinate advertising for Artarmon Gazette is regretfully calling it a day. His contribution will be sorely missed and we need someone to take over this valuable role.  Without the support and sponsorship from its advertisers, the Gazette can simply not continue. The Gazette is a prized community voice distributed to every Artarmon household and businesses in the industrial area. It would be a tragedy if we lose such a valuable community asset. Hopefully, there are someone among you, or you know of somebody, who can join our enthusiastic Gazette volunteerteam and give 15 hours of their time every three months to talk to existing and prospective advertisers and co-ordinate their advertising for the Gazette. We would also welcome new and regular advertisers to support our next edition that comes out in May. Please contact publisher Geof Cameron on 9411 6461 or email us.

Contributors wanted
The Gazette also welcomes contributions to the Gazette from Artarmon residents. If you have a story to tell about interesting initiatives, local personalities or milestones – don’t hesitate to email it to us and if you have a photograph to go with it even better. We would particularly like to hear from young, budding journalists in our community. We can offer cadet training and journalist grading for those  interested in a journalist career. Please contact us.   

Concern over planning reform
It is clear the NSW Government’s planning reform is creating plenty of concern at council (see Artarmon Immediate, February 8) and among residents about a possible loss of influence in development decisions that affect our community. The fear is the planning reform will centralise development decisions with the state government, leaving local government and residents out of the loop.  
APA has agreed to join the Better Planning Network (BPN) to provide a stronger voice on the proposed NSW planning reforms. BPN is a  Sydney-wide network of community groups spearheaded by the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society (see Artarmon Immediate of November 11) which now has more than 275 affiliated groups. The network is pushing for six months community consultation on the release of the white paper to make sure community rights are protected. Leonie Dean of BPN said the network was expanding across NSW ahead of the white paper and draft legislation. Its aim was to oppose the negative elements of the green paper proposal such as spot rezoning and enterprise zones, favouring developers, to ensure a balanced system that recognised the interests of all stakeholders and integrated principles of ecologically sustainable development and heritage conservation.
The council supports the call for extensive consultation on the white paper when is released – now expected in April. It is considering a motion by Cllr Lynne Saville, who is acting on community skepticism about the degree of public consultation the state government will undertake on the white paper. She is proposing council hold one or more community consultation workshops when the white paper is released and to seek resident response on the white paper for the council’s response. She said if the green paper was any guide the white paper “will be a very pro-development proposal”. GM Nick Tobin said it would be premature to judge the paper’s likely content but expected it to contain a draft exposure bill.  APA will keep you posted on developments as they happen.

Changed parking around new library
The opening of the new library in Artarmon Rd has raised parking concerns about insufficient short term parking and the the council’s traffic committee approved the following changes:

  • adjust six existing 2-hour spaces on the east side of Tindale Rd to 1/2-hour parking, 8:30am - 6pm , Monday to Friday, and 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays
  • install 2 x 2-hour parking spaces on the west side of Tindale Rd, immediately north of Artarmon Rd, 8:30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 8:30am to 12:30 pm, Saturdays.
  • extend existing 2-hour parking zone on the south side of Artarmon Rd by about 14m, adding three new parking spaces.

The changes mean the parking provisions neat the library will include one loading zone, one disabled parking, two bike parking racks, eight 2-hour and six 1/2-hour parking spaces.

Seniors week
Council’s seniors’ week program that started on Wednesday offers 40 free or specially discounted events held until March 28. They include a variety concert at the Civic Pavilion at The Concourse, on Thursday, March 14, 1pm to 3.30pm, entry $5 a person; free entry to the Willoughby Leisure Centre, on Thursday morning, March 21, 8:30am to 12:30pm, and make use of the health club and swimming pool; seniors film afternoon, Sunday, March 24, 3:30pm, outdoor screening of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the urban screen on The Concourse

Heritage month celebrations
APA’s Heritage Committee and History Project team will have an  Heritage exhibition at the new library on May 2. Later in the year, we will celebrate continuous trading of two Hampden Rd shops - 96 Hampden Rd, where Nick Logan’s Pharmacist Advice, is the fifth pharmacy to trade since 1913; and 102 Hampden Rd, where Artarmon Family Butchers, is the last in a long line of butchers trading continuously from that site over the past 100 years.

11th February 2013

Chinese New Year

Happy New Chinese Year and Year of the Snake! Festivities started in Chatswood and other spots around Sydney - don’ miss it! May the snake be with you for 2013! According to ancient Chinese wisdom, the snake is a good omen. Families with a snake in the house will never starve, Those born in the year of the snake: 1917; 1929; 1941; 1953; 1965; 1977; 1989; and 2001 - are keen, cunning, quite intelligent and wise. They make excellent scientists; potters; analysts;  jewellers; spiritual leaders; sociologists; dieticians; astrologers; magicians; investigators and painters.

The APA executive committee elected its office bearers for 2013 at the first meeting this Wednesday. They are:
President: Dale McKay
Vice-President: Christine Kelley
Treasurer: Adrian Alexander
Secretary: Margaret Heppell
Federation of Willoughby Progress Associations Representatives: Dale McKay; Barry Thompson; Peter Egan
Traffic & Parking: Barry Thompson
Heritage & History Project: Adrian Alexander
WCC Heritage Committee Representative: Adrian Alexander
Website Manager: Robert Newman
Council Liaison: Plamen Bassarov
Artarmon Gazette Publisher: Geof Cameron
Artarmon Gazette-Artarmon Immediate editor: Eva Wiland



L-R from back: B Thompson; P Egan; D McKay; R Newman; G Cameron; A Alexander; L-R from front: M Heppell; C Kelley; E Wiland; P Bassarov
Thank you to outgoing officers
The new APA committee thanks the outgoing officers, particularly Ross Dickson who have committed so much time and effort to the APA and the Artarmon community over the past six years and more. We also thank Sean Walsh, APA secretary over the past year, and Luke Slattery for their invaluable contribution. We wish them well in the future.
Join the APA committee
The APA committee still have roles open for anyone who wants to get involved in preserving and improving our community and help us organise events and activities. In particular, we would like young people to join us and revive ARTY (Young Artarmon). Please pass the message on to any young people who you think would like to get involved in activities and events for younger Artarmon residents, please email the secretary:

2012 APA Memberships
Thank you to all those who have renewed their memberships. For those who still have not done so and to continue to receive Artarmon Immediate, fill in the attached form and return it with your payment (made out to Artarmon Progress Association) to:  The Secretary Artarmon Progress Association Inc, PO Box 540 Artarmon, NSW 1570; or by electronic funds transfer (BSB: 062-104, Account No: 00900037.

Channel Nine Petition
The NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure has revealed the final concept plan submitted by Network Nine for environmental assessment which proposes an 18-storey residential tower on the site. Although the proposal is for less than the 600 dwellings originally planned, the proposal still represent very high density. If you don’t want a 18-storey tower in your backyard and to make sure you have a say in the redevelopment of the Channel 9 site in Artarmon Rd, please sign Bob Taffel’s (Willoughby South Progress Association) petition, asking the NSW Government to undertake effective community consultation for the Channel 9 site’s redevelopment so we can have a viable and sustainable solution for the good of the greater community:

Forward this link to friends, family and business colleagues in NSW to get as many signatures as possible. We need 5,000 to make NSW Parliament sit up and take notice. For inquiries, email Bob Taffel (WSPA):
Tell your neighbours and those in our local government area who are not online to look out for the petition in North Shore Times next Wednesday.
Petition for Artarmon lift access
The lack of disabled access at Artarmon Station has long been a concern for Artarmon commuters and residents. Deputy Mayor Stuart Coppock has started a petition for lift access at Artarmon Station. He needs 10,000 signatures this month to have the issue debated as soon as possible in NSW Parliament where it will be supported by our local members Gladys Berejiklian and Anthony Roberts. Go to Stuart’s webpage:

Print out the two pages, sign the second page, get up to 19 more signatures from friends, neighbours and your colleagues at work or anyone who lives in NSW and send it on to:
Stuart Coppock
C/: Willoughby City Council
PO Box 57
Chatswood NSW 2067
PIM on changes, challenges facing Artarmon
The APA will hold a Public Information Meeting on March 13, 7:30pm; at the Artarmon Community Hall, 139 Artarmon Rd (entry Tindale Rd). Guest speaker is WCC infrastructure services director Steven Head who will give an interesting talk about the infrastructure changes and challenges that face us right now. The Ch9 redevelopment could pose enormous infrastructure challenges and implications for our community. Steven will try to answer any questions you have in a Q&A session after his talk.

Heritage month celebrations
A lot of activities have been planned for Heritage month from April 21 to May 26. APA’s Heritage Committee and History Project team is launching its own heritage exhibition of Artarmon’s 100-year history on May 2, which, among others will celebrate continuous trading of two Hampden Rd shops - 96 Hampden Rd, where Nick Logan’s Phamacist Advice, is the fifth pharmacy to trade since 1913; and 102 Hampden Rd, where Artarmon Family Butchers, is the last in a long line of butchers trading continuously from that site over the past 100 years. Sadly, it is uncertain whether that tradition will continue after Artarmon Family Butchers departs. They have been unable to renew their lease with the site’s landlord and is now forced to look for new premises – hopefully in Artarmon. Artarmon Family Butchers was runner up for People’s Choice Award in last year’s Willoughby, Ku-ring-gai and North Sydney councils’ inaugural Better Business  Practice Awards for sustainable businesses (see August 2012 Gazette, p7).

We also recommend these concurrent events in Chatswood:

Chatswood Museum

From Home to Museum: Celebrating 100 years
Celebrating the centenary of Boronia, the Federation cottage that houses the Willoughby Museum at 58 Johnson St, Chatswood. The exhibition, from April 21 to May 28, Sundays 1-4pm, covers the building’s history and the people who made it their home until its transfer to the Willoughby DHS in 1988. The exhibition also explores Boronia’s setting in the South Chatswood conservation area and details residents’ battles in the 1980s to protect the historic houses in their gardens. Council declared the Sth Chatswood conservation area in 1996. Admission: adults $5; concession: $4; Family: $10

Neridah St
Classic federation home and garden in Neridah St

Complementing the Willoughby Museum Heritage Festival are two guided guided walks on Sundays, April 28 and May 26, departing from Chatswood Museum at 10am, that will explore the Sth Chatswood Conservation Area’s unique landscape design features of its grand houses in their garden settings. Led by Paul Storm, the 2-2½--hr walks will cover key subdivision features, streetscapes and the development of the Chatswood Federation house and their grand gardens. Bookings essential - Phone: 9410 3203; email:
Admission: adults $10; Family: $20

Council submission on new planning system
Council officers are reluctant to support some of the directions in the NSW Government’s green paper (see item 19.2 in the latest council minutes: Their submission noted the “primary emphasis” in the green paper was on supporting development growth and the officers were concerned the new planning system’s objective would not be at the cost of environmental protection and social cohesion. The submission, however, supports the general directions outlined in the paper, particularly regarding:

  • A comprehensive Public Participation Charter at the strategic planning stage.
  • A new planning system that focuses on strategic planning with the aim to support the delivery of good long term planning outcomes rather than project-based development assessment (DA).
  • Tracked-based DA process where the level of assessment matches the level of significance and complexity of developments.
  • De-politicise the DA process with emphasis on the development of an open and transparent planning system that will restore public trust on planning policies and the state government in general.
  • Reform the way infrastructure is funded and the integration of infrastructure with spatial planning.
  • Development of e.planning to enable greater public access to information and use of the planning system.    

Sex slave brothel seeks review of DA refusal
In the latest DA notices from council Smyth Planning Pty Ltd, on behalf of owners, Shao & Lee Pty Ltd, is seeking approval to “regularise” the 6 Cleg St existing brothel use. The DA (D-2012/338) was submitted to council on Sept 14 and refused on Oct 5 because s79C(1)(a)(i) of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act bans use of the site as a brothel under WLEP1995’s 4(c) Industrial Park zoning. Smyth is seeking a review of that decision under WLEP2012 and claims the new IN2 zoning for the area permits brothels. The 6 Cleg St brothel was “mentioned in dispatches” in the Four Corners program a little over a year ago for using Asian sex slaves who were lured to Australia on student visas. Its operators were linked to a known criminal and a Taiwanese sex slave trafficking syndicate which have been under AFP investigation

(see the Four Corners program and read the transcript :

The brothel has has council permission to operating since 2003, including after the Four Corners exposee. Artarmon already has six legal brothels – three of them in Hampden Rd, which primary school children pass when walking to school to and from the station – and an unknown number of illegal brothels. Council closed 17 illegal brothels in the Willoughby LGA in 2011, including one through the Land and Environment Court, costing it $10,000. If you think we have too many brothels in Artarmon and Willoughby and this issue concerns you, contact your local councillor: Michelle Sloane,; Stuart Coppock,; Nic Wright,

17th January 2013

2013 APA Memberships are due APA memberships for 2013 fell due on January 1. To renew, fill in the attached form and return it with your payment (made out to Artarmon Progress Association) to: The Secretary Artarmon Progress Association Inc, PO Box 540 Artarmon, NSW 1570; or by electronic funds transfer (BSB: 062-104, Account No: 00900037. Your continued membership and support are more important than ever in 2013 as the APA prepares to monitor and tackle several important issues facing Artarmon residents that will have long-term affects on our community. These include the Channel Nine redevelopment in Artarmon Rd and potential collateral impact on local traffic, parking, infrastructure and services in Artarmon; disabled access at the railway station; our school overcrowding crisis and severe shortage of after-school care; action for an Artarmon Main Street program to upgrade appearance on both sides of the railway lines and the Village Green Gardens; and more.

APA first committee meeting in 2013 The Artarmon Progress Association’s first executive committee meeting of the year is on Wednesday, February 6, 7:30pm, at the Community Hall in Tindale Rd, when the new APA office bearers will be nominated and elected. APA members and other Artarmon community members are welcome to attend and nominate for a role on the committee and play a role in our community’s future.

Artarmon Gazette Planning has started on the Artarmon Gazette and the editor welcomes any news, views and reviews for consideration. Deadline for ads are January 23 and for editorial contributions, January 24. We hope to have the Gazette distributed by February 19.

Channel Nine site update Nine Network Australia’s submission of its concept plan for its Part 3A project in Artarmon Rd to the NSW Department of Planning & Intrastructure, is likely to be examined by independent experts on its Planning Assessment Committee. It is also possible another public meeting will be held, according to a statement from the department. “This is one of Sydney’s biggest urban renewal sites with a capital investment value of more than $200m and we need to get it right,” director-general Sam Haddad said. “There has been widespread community input into the plans to date and the department will need to make sure the issues raised have been comprehensively responded to and addressed.” He said “once accepted”, the detailed plans would not go on exhibition before late this month and for at least 30 days to provide another opportunity for stakeholder and community input.

Reilly slams Nine for lack of consultation Meanwhile, Willoughby Mayor Pat Reilly has slammed Nine for lack of community consultation and information flow to the public on its final EA application for the site’s redevelopment. He cited over-development and density concerns for the proposed 650-dwelling site as the main issues council and community had repeatedly raised without any clear response from Nine on its intentions. He said council and the community had been left in the dark on the final site options presented to the planning department. Issues such as building heights and local impact on traffic and infrasructure remained unchanged. “It beggars belief that with the current school overcrowding crisis, particular (to) this area, that the community is expected to take on another 650 placements without any provisions for them,” Reilly said. “Community consultation is a two-way process – not glossy brochures or a lecture.”

Council supports Gore Hill Technology Park changes Council has given in-principle support to amend the draft WLEP 2012 and the existing development consent for part of the Gore Hill Technology Park at 219-247 Pacific Hwy to increase height limits, expand parking and change zoning to allow additional office use and a massive sports complex. It is expected the changes have the potential for higher employment than its current IN2-light industrial zoning and will increase the viability of the site. In return for the additional office use, developer Lindsay Bennelong Developments has offered to construct for council an expanded sports complex expanded of 10,000sq m, providing 11 netball courts; a community centre; co-generation plant; and open roof-top multi-purpose Futsall court in a 4-storey building. It is expected the changes will benefit two new buildings and uses by ASX, Securis and Fox Sports on lots 4 and 5 and help create a “critical mass” of high level employment on the site. The development will be reported to council early this year with advice on outstanding planning issues and the final proposal to be supported for referral to the planning department.

21th November 2012

Don’t miss Artarmon Night Markets on Nov 30
Be sure to come to Artarmon Night Markets on Friday, November 30, from 5pm to 10pm, at Wilkes Ave. It is shaping up to be a great community event. Don’t miss the fun, the stalls, the food and the bands.

Welcome Ben Middleton back to Artarmon. He has just returned from a six-week around-Australia motorbike odyssey (see Gazette No 59, August, p8) to raise money for abused children. Be there at APA’s cheque handing-over ceremony for his cause and hear Ben tell about his amazing experiences from the tour.

APA forms new committee
At the Artarmon Progress Association AGM last Sunday (November 18), the following members accepted nomination for the executive committee:

Adrian Alexander
Plamen Bassarov
Geof Cameron
Ross Dickson
Peter Egan
Margaret Heppell
Dale McKay
Barry Thompson
Sean Walsh
Eva Wiland
Members co-opted to the committee for special projects:
Keith Anderson
Christine Kelley
Robert Newman (APA website)
Heritage committee:
Adrian Alexander
Peter Egan
Katie Walshe
Gazette advisory committee:
Eva Wiland
Geof Cameron
Rob Magner
Sean Walsh
Emma Walsh

The APA welcomes the new committee members – former councillor Barry Thompson and Pyrl Rd resident Margaret Heppell, who joins her brother-in-law Geof Cameron on the committee.

All positions on the committee having been declared vacant, the committee will elect office bearers at the first committee meeting in the new year, on February 6.

Artarmon Stn access a reality?
Addressing the meeting, Deputy Mayor Stuart Coppock said he was “strongly confident” easy access to Artarmon Station would be resolved in the next couple of years: “We will push that along to give it more prominence.”

He saw a role for the APA in making the old library site work and “turn it into something better for the community and incorporate access to the station.“

Coppock also suggested the APA should get involved in making the southern side of Wilkes Ave “work” because it had structural problems.

Channel 9 site long way to go
Although council was “on deadline” regarding the Channel 9 site in Artarmon Rd, Coppock said his “soundings” had revealed it had a “very long way to go”.

He further told the meeting Lend Lease had offered Nine Network to develop one of its sites in Pyrmont for Channel 9. But “another play that had come to light over the weekend” was to move Channel 9 to a site in the Artarmon industrial area.

Decided at council on Nov 12
Time extension sought for Ch9 site
After a presentation by Willoughby resident Brendon Bond at the council meeting, Councillor Michelle Sloane moved the council write to NSW planning minister Brad Hazzard and director general of planning Sam Haddad, requesting an extension until the end of February for Nine Network to lodge its Part 3A environmental assessment for the Channel 9 site in Artarmon Rd (see Gazette No 60, November, p1) to enable “adequate community engagement and exploration of the most appropriate urban design and environmental outcomes for the site”; that council copy that correspondence to the local state members and also seek a meeting with minister Hazzard to present the council's concerns; and that Mayor Pat  Reilly and GM Nick Tobin also meet with Haddad on the council’s concerns about the consultation process.

The council voted unanimously in favour of the motion.

Concern over proposed planning bill
Council resolved to call on the NSW Government not to proceed with aspects of the proposed Environmental and Assessment Amendment Bill (see Gazette No 56, November 2011, p1; Gazette No 57, February, p1; Gazette No 59, August, p10) which limit and restrict council’s development control plans (DCPs) and requested “as a matter of urgency” the Mayor write to planning minister Hazzard, local representatives and planning spokespeople from Labor, Greens, The Shooters and Fishers Party and Christian Democrats, seeking their support to prevent those aspects of the bill becoming law.

Council expressed concern the NSW Government’s proposed planning bill was in breach of its contract with NSW, where the present Premier promised “his government would return planning powers to the community and give communities a say again”.

Council recorded “genuine concern” over the bill which it said would make several changes that greatly reduced council’s DCPs’ capacity to protect local amenity and character, including:
a) preventing council’s consideration of cumulative impact of developments;
b) maximum entitlements under DCPs, eg height and building size becoming “as right entitlements” rather than the maximum allowable; and
c) providing developers a “get out of jail free card” if they did not want to comply with councils’ DCPs if they found they would “unreasonably restrict development”.

NSROC representation:
Council also agreed to approach Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) to request a representative from the Better Planning Network (BPN) meet with NSROC to present its views on the NSW planning reforms at the next NSROC meeting which co-incided with the White Paper phase. The BPN is a Sydney-wide network of community groups spearheaded by the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society against the NSW government’s plans for a major overhaul of planning and development laws.




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