ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2018 – Georges Heights

ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2018 – Georges Heights

The HPG Committee were honoured to be able to lay a wreath at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Georges Heights this year.  Special thanks to Jill L’Estrange for laying the wreath on behalf of the HPG Committee and to Eve and Janet Bagnall for preparing the wreath.

 

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Mosman Council: Community Meeting about Planning Changes – Wednesday 7 February

Mosman Council: Community Meeting about Planning Changes – Wednesday 7 February

HPG Members and Friends

Mosman Council has announced a public meeting to address changes to Environment and Planning laws. Below is an extract from Mosman Mayor, Carolyn Corrigan’s recent email announcing the event:

“Planning – there are significant changes afoot and a Community Meeting about Planning Changes will be held on Wednesday 7 February at the Council Chambers commencing at 6.30pm.  The meeting is to inform residents on recent changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979 – specifically the mandated introduction of independent planning panels.  But doesn’t Mosman already have an independent planning …

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TRUST Board Meeting in Public – 20 December 2017

TRUST Board Meeting in Public – 20 December 2017

Dear HPG Members and Friends

Mary Darwell, CEO of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, kindly came to our HPG AGM. Now it’s our opportunity to attend the Trust Board Meeting in Public.

This email is a reminder that the Board Meeting in public will be held next

Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 3.30pm at the SHFT offices in Best Avenue, Georges Heights.

If you wish to attend you are asked to RSVP to [email protected] or phone 8969 2100 by Friday 15th December 2017. 

For further details go to SHFT website at: http://www.harbourtrust.gov.au/news/2017/11/06/notice-board-meeting-public

This …

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Council Decision on Synthetic Turf for Middle Head Oval

Council Decision on Synthetic Turf for Middle Head Oval

Dear Members and Supporters

Mosman Council votes against synthetic turf

Last Tuesday night Council voted 5 to 2 against proceeding with a Development Application for synthetic turf on Middle Head Oval.  Instead it voted to provide a new best practice natural surface with a commitment to increase playing time capacity for sport. 

Council conceded that the oval had not been as well surfaced and maintained as other ovals and that an investment in a natural oval is the right step.

HPG considers this to be …

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Urgent Notification about Plastic Grass

Urgent Notification about Plastic Grass

Dear HPG Member & Supporter

Crucial vote to stop plastic grass at Middle Head Oval – Mosman Council, 7pm Tuesday 5 December 2017

The HPG Committee and the natural environment at Middle Head need your help.

This coming Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 7pm, Mosman Council will be voting on a motion to cease any further work on the Development Application (DA) for synthetic grass on Middle Head Oval.

We strongly urge you to both attend the meeting and to encourage the Council to pass the motion to cease any …

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Flood lighting on Trust Land

Flood lighting on Trust Land

Dear Members and Supporters.

Floodlighting at Mosman Drill Hall Common

​Mosman Council is inviting public comment on a proposal to install floodlighting at the three existing netball courts at Mosman Drill Hall Common.

The Common is managed by Mosman Council under an agreement with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, which is the owner and consent authority for the site.

Council is seeking community input into the floodlighting concept. Three options are provided, all of which, Council says, have little to no light spill to adjoining properties.

Under the Harbour Trust’s Management Plan the courts …

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AGM and Member Update

AGM and Member Update

Dear HPG Members and Friends

AGM and Member Update

As you know, our Annual General Meeting was held on Monday night.

We’re grateful to those many members, more than sixty, who made the effort to attend.

We were pleased to be joined by Mary Darwell, CEO of the Trust who addressed and took questions on a range of matters including 10 Terminal, Middle Head Oval and a Visitors Centre.  We appreciate her engagement and candour.

It was a longer meeting due …

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Council Motion on Synthetic Turf for Middle Head Oval

Council Motion on Synthetic Turf for Middle Head Oval

Dear Members and Supports​

HPG recognises that over utilisation of Mosman playing fields is a community problem.

But synthetic Turf on Middle Head is NOT the answer

Next Tuesday 14 November Mosman Councillors will debate a motion to:

Cease further work on the synthetic turf Development Application (DA) pending a report to Council.

The meeting commences at 7:00pm with Open Question Time from 6:40pm. The motion and background information is attached here.​

 Synthetic turf motion_14 Nov 17.pdf

​Please attend this meeting if you can.

HPG believes:

Middle Head …

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Annual General Meeting of HPG

Annual General Meeting of HPG

​​Monday 20 November 2017
6:30 pm at the Senior’s Room
Mosman Civic Centre, Mosman Square

 

Dear Members and Supporters

The 2016/17 Annual General meeting of the Headland Preservation Group Inc. will be held at the Mosman Civic Centre on Monday 20 November. The formal part of the meeting will:

Confirm the minutes from the prior AGM on 10 November 2016.
Receive and approve the President’s Report and the Audited 2016/17 financial statements.
Elect Office Bearers and Management Committee members for the next 12 months.

Please consider nominating for the Management Committee.  The Nomination form is attached here.​​​

 AGM 2017 – Committee nomination form.pdf

​Completed nomination …

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Interpretation Strategy – deadline for comment extended

Interpretation Strategy – deadline for comment extended

A few items to update you on and also recap on after our Member Update of two weeks ago.

Headland Park Interpretation Strategy – deadline for comment extended

Following an approach by HPG the Trust has agreed to extend the deadline for responses to the Harbour Trust’s draft Interpretation Strategy for Headland Park until Monday 16th October. The draft Strategy is available on the Harbour Trust website –  see Link Interpretation Strategy.

We encourage you to make your comments known. HPG will be making a formal submission.

Middle Head Oval

HPG Activity Update

HPG Activity Update

Dear HPG Member

The Headland Preservation Group (HPG) continues to work behind the scenes to protect and enhance Headland Park (the area that integrates Georges Heights, Middle Head and Chowder Bay) and its cultural, military and environmental heritage. We are working co-operatively with the Trust to achieve the very best outcome for the whole of Headland Park – this unique headland willed to all Australians both present and future as a Federation gift.

The following is an update.

Approved Middle Head Management Plan

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (the Trust) released the Draft Amended …

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Time Running Out – Save Middle Head Oval

Time Running Out – Save Middle Head Oval

SAVE MIDDLE HEAD OVAL FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS

As you are probably aware, Mosman Council, at the behest of sporting bodies namely Mosman Swans (AFL) and Mosman Football Club (Soccer), has been considering for nearly 2 years the construction of a synthetic playing field on spectacular Middle Head Oval.

On March 8, 2016, Council, with the exception of Councillors Bendall and Corrigan, resolved to “supports installation of a synthetic grass field at Middle Head Oval” and “request the (SHFT) to accept a Development Application (DA)…and, if agreed, an application be …lodged”.

The …

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Synthetic Costs More Than Double Natural Grass

Synthetic Costs More Than Double Natural Grass

Synthetic Costs More Than Double Natural Grass

 

 

On 5 February 2017, the Sydney Morning Herald published a story “Sydney faces sports field shortage”, stating that synthetic fields have become popular because of “lower ongoing maintenance costs”.

This is misleading. The correct analysis should be based on lifecycle cost.

The Western Australia Department of Sport and Recreation in its“Natural Grass vs. Synthetic Turf Surfaces Study Final Report” concludes that the 25 year life cycle cost for AFL/Cricket (based on initial capital cost of $358,000 for natural and $1,565,000 for synthetic) to be:

Natural grass – $1,622,167

Synthetic …

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