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Artarmon Immediate Newletter

As an Artarmon Progress Association member benefit, local news and happenings will be occasionally distributed to APA members via email.
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November 2011 - Gazette Articles:

Towards a simpler planning system
Artarmon and other residents from the Willoughby local government area last month had an opportunity to provide input at a forum which was the first step in the biggest overhaul of the NSW planning system in more than 30 years.
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Concourse Library opens
By the time of the official opening of the new 5,000sq m Concourse Library (Chatswood) on October 14, 60,000 visitors had been through the doors after the grand opening of The Concourse last month, and 3,000 new members had joined.
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Artarmon @ Council
Items covered:

  • 5 George Place
  • 2 Cleland Rd
  • 4 Carlotta St
  • 152-156 Hampden Rd
  • 49 Broughton Rd
  • 1 Elizabeth St
  • 9 Campbell St
  • 355 Pacific Hwy (cnr Whiting St)
  • 389 Pacific Hwy (cnr Hotham Ave)
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Artarmon School turns out winners
Daniel Selvadurai is passionate about communicating. This year alone he has won the Artarmon Public School (APS) public speaking competition and the Northern Sydney Region Multicultural Public Speaking Competition.
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Amazing stories: Artarmon's residential beginnings
One of Artarmon's original residential subdivisions, the William Gore grant, amazingly increased from 150 to 209 acres by the time it had been subdivided but without any apparent boundary changes.
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APA history project takes shape
Some remarkable oral history is starting to emerge as we continue information gathering for the Artarmon history website and we are confident many more stories will be unearthed soon.
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Branches knit, stitch for Wrap with Love
Artarmon and Northbridge knitters and friends came together on August 5, at Artarmon Library to create, connect and collaborate. Inspired by ABC 702 radio's annual knit-in for Wrap with Love, these communities have been knitting squares of all colours, patterns and expertise.
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Youth Voice
Making it: Two of Artarmon's young residents, Sami Marsh and Ross Dickson are making strides in their chosen careers. These are their stories.
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Artarmon reserve - soils, vegetation
It is not only the climate and seasons that affect the type, quantity and quality of vegetation in our area. Soils are another factor. Artarmon is located on a lens of Wianamatta shale which lies over the Hawksbury sandstone.
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Artarmon on sustainability advisory group
There is an opportunity for a resident interested in the environment to represent Artarmon on the newly established Willoughby City Council (WCC)'s Sustainability Reference Group (SRG).
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August 2011 - Gazette Articles:

The Concourse, Chatswood's $171m big heart
Artarmon and other Willoughby City residents will soon have their first opportunity to view The Concourse, Willoughby City Council's $171m redevelopment in the heart of the Chatswood commercial district.
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Artarmon @ Council
Pizza wars: Eagle Boys Pizza lodged an application for a shop fit out.
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School builds winning community
Artarmon Public School (APS) is building a community of winners. Leading by example are parents and carers involved in the multicultural committee's beginner English classes.
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Long-time Artarmon resident celebrates 100
Parkes Road Artarmon resident Elsa Sakk celebrated her 100th birthday in June at the Freeway Hotel, surrounded by 20 friends and family.
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Watch this space
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Amazing Stories: Artarmon Post Office
This is the first in a series of "Amazing Stories" to be published in the Artarmon Gazette as part of APA's history website project.
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APA needs your help in historic project
After the success and Artarmon residents' interest in the Amazing Stories project the Artarmon Progress Association undertook for heritage week this year (see last Artarmon Gazette), the association has decided to sponsor a website to bring together a history of Artarmon since the area's settlement.
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Stories behind our street trees
Following requests for more information about early planting of street trees in Artarmon, Mollie has updated her article written for the Artarmon Gazette in July 2001.
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Local SES volunteer on winning team
Artarmon local Andrew Hurley is part of the Willoughby-Lane Cove State Emergency Service (SES) team which in June was placed sixth in the biannual SES state disaster rescue competition among teams across NSW.
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Sustainable Living in your Local Library
As many of us grapple with current debate on climate change or simply try to reduce our impacts and the cost of living, a rich source of information remains the local library.
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31 July 2011 - National Tree Day

National Tree Day at Artarmon Reserve

  • Plant Giveaway 10am - 2pm (lower carpark)
  • Planting Activity 10am -12pm (between area located between bike path on bike path and lower carpark)
  • Free mulch give away

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May 2011 - Gazette Articles:

Artarmon's MPs hit ground running
Artarmon's two state MPs, Gladys Berejiklian for Willoughby and Anthony Roberts for Lane Cove, have hit the ground running after the change of NSW government on March 26.
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Parents rally for Japan's recovery
More than 16% of children attending Artarmon Public School (APS) have parents who were born in Japan so the earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated Sendai made a sombre start to the year for the school community.
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Amazing stories - amazing people
"Amazing stories" was the theme of this year's National Trust heritage festival. Artarmon's contribution to the festival was organised by the APA's heritage committee, led by the indefatigable Marianne Nestor.
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Artarmon @ Council
Items covered:

Artarmon puts on Earth Hour party
Artarmon residents and businesses helped lower electricity use in Sydney by a record 12% during Earth Hour on March 26, compared with 9% last year.
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Cann's Grant streets celebrate 105
Fresh from their victory to retain low-density zoning for their area, the residents of Elizabeth, Raleigh, Drake, Hawkins and Brand Streets are celebrating their revitalised community spirit.
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Youth Voice
For Artarmon kids looking for a great place to hang out, Chatswood Youth Centre is only a five-minute train ride away.
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Village green, station gardens revisited
At a recent APA Heritage event in the local library, several people asked Mollie Shelley about plantings around the Artarmon Railway Station. Mollie reports back to them...
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Another accolade for Senior Australian of the Year
Australia's Senior Australian of the Year, Professor Ron McCallum (Gazette, February 2011), has added another honour to his CV at the announcement he will chair the committee overseeing all UN human rights committees for one year.
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Beware of macular degeneration
Artarmon Visual Specialists owner Stuart Schipp is urging local residents over 50 - the at-risk group for macular degeneration (MD).
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Thinking locally - acting globally
Willoughby City Council last month held a reception for the Green Way Up team, where a good number of wellwishers and interested locals attended.
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10 February 2011 - New improved routes and timetables for Loop Services

Willoughby City Council is improving local community shuttle services, The Loop and Artarmon Loop, by increasing service frequency and implementing shorter bus routes throughout the area.
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Letterbox Flyer - "Your home has been zoned high rise..."

Some properties have received notices from Richardson & Wrench stating that "Your property is zoned for high rise development........Legislation has now been passed (legislated) approving the recommended R4 zoning, Gazettal is now automatic."

This notice has clearly been delivered to our area in error, as the Development Site Sales listed overleaf refer to Ku-ring-gai.

At this stage, the Draft Willoughby LEP has not been finalised. WCC Town Planning last week advised us that they are in the process of reviewing Land Use clauses with the Department of Planning. They do not envisage the DLEP will be finalised before the forthcoming State election.

February 2011 - Gazette Articles:

PBL's $206m Ch9 project - work in progress
The owner of Channel 9, PBL Media Pty Ltd, in January lodged a proposal for a $206m, 663-dwelling redevelopment of its 2.9ha site in Willoughby, which one resident claims will create Sydney's most densely populated block.
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Police witness appeal in Robert St attack
Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward in relation to the sexual assault of a17-year old Artarmon girl in Robert St at 4:15pm, on January 17.
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OAM to Artarmon resident
Artarmon resident Dr David Henry Clune was presented the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia on Australia Day for service to librarianship and the documentation and preservation of the history of politics and to the Parliament of NSW.
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Departing APA president wins WCC award
At the Australia Day Celebrations on January 26, retiring Artarmon Progress Association president Michelle Sloane was surprised and delighted to be presented with the Willoughby City Council award for cultural and community building.
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APA wins 2010 NSW heritage volunteer award
On December 3, the Artarmon Progress Association's heritage team of Marianne Nestor, Margot McKay and Helen Wheeler received the 2010 NSW Heritage Volunteer Award on behalf of the APA.
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Prof McCallum - our Senior Australian of the Year
The Artarmon community congratulates Professor Ron McCallum, who was named Senior Australian of the Year for 2011 on Australia Day and before that, NSW Senior Australian of the Year for 2011.
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Crime writer finds inspiration in quiet Artarmon
Artarmon resident Tom Gilling, a successful writer and freelance journalist, who lectures in creative non-fiction writing at UTS, is working on his fourth book of crime non-fiction.
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Artarmon @ Council
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Artarmon's secret oasis
On the corner of the Pacific Hwy and Mowbray Rd, over the timber paling fence, stand two historic Sydney Water reservoirs. The reservoirs are in an enclosed park out of bounds to all but Sydney Water staff and maintenance contractors.
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Bunny mathematics
Over the past year, residents have observed with amazement an explosion of bunnies since a few pet rabbits were allowed to stray freely onto Artarmon's parkland and nature strips.
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Late summer into autumn in the garden
As I write this, Queensland and parts of Victoria and NSW are cop ing with extraordinary floods. We are lucky to escape such drama but we still need to cope with the results of a winter and spring that have produced more rain than normal.
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Soldiers & sailors residents celebrate
Artarmon residents in the soldiers & sailors precincts had reason to celebrate more than Christmas last year.
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Abbott Lane - an ongoing divisive issue
Artarmon continues to be hopelessly divided over Abbott Lane. The rift is not only between Artarmon Public School parents who want to see the lane closed and the Barton Road residents who rely on the lane to give them any easy, level access to the Artarmon shops.
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Sustainability and climate change
The new year has brought devastating floods to Australia, Brazil and Sri Lanka. It is easy to say these events are evidence of climate change but this may be too simple an explanation for very complex weather interactions.
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Artarmon dominates BBP participation
Almost half Willoughby City Council businesses participating in the Better Business Partnership, are from Artarmon.
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Village Green Sign

Artarmon Village Green Sign

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Thompson Park
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