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

Help save Middle Head please attend Trust Public Board Meeting

Help save Middle Head please attend Trust Public Board Meeting

The Harbour Trust’s last Public (open) Board Meeting will be held at 12 noon Tuesday 9 December 2014 at the Drill Hall in Cross Street Mosman.

HPG believes it is going to be a very lively meeting and THE MOST IMPORTANT one we have ever had so please come!

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Alan Jones visits 10 Terminal!

Alan Jones visits 10 Terminal!

Alan Jones visited 10 Terminal yesterday Sunday 7 December. 

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Time & Place Confirmed for Sydney Harbour Trust Public (open) Board Meeting

Time & Place Confirmed for Sydney Harbour Trust Public (open) Board Meeting

12 noon Tuesday 9 December 2014, Drill Hall, Cross Street, Mosman

Please attend – bring family, friends and acqaintances!

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Mosman Daily WRONG! Lease NOT signed!

Mosman Daily WRONG! Lease NOT signed!

The Mosman Daily story page 5 Thursday 27 November 2014 ‘Cove will care for site’ states the lease for the private aged care development has been signed. Geoff Bailey, Executive Director, Harbour Trust has confirmed this is incorrect.

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Save the date: SHFT Public (open) Board Meeting Tuesday 9 December

Save the date: SHFT Public (open) Board Meeting Tuesday 9 December

After 12 months of highs, lows and in-betweens we now have another opportunity to show our disapproval of the aged care proposal at the next Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Public (open) Board meeting on Tuesday 9 December 2014. The time and place of the meeting are yet to be announced.

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Public meeting to Save Middle Head Tuesday 11 Nov

Public meeting to Save Middle Head Tuesday 11 Nov

Public meeting tomorrow Tuesday 11 November

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Mosman RSL Auditorium, 719 Military Road, Mosman

“Any objective Board would NOT have considered this proposal.”
Brigadier Kevin O’Brien (pictured below), Member Harbour Trust Board 1998-2010.

Meeting Agenda:

Campaign update
Special guest speaker Brigadier Kevin O’Brien who strongly voiced his oppositon on Alan Jones 2GB show last week
Slideshow – Our alternate proposal
Fighting fund for legal expense

Protest rally Sunday 16 November 2014

The Headland Preservation Group is leaving no stone unturned in the continuing campaign to stop this inappropriate aged care home development …

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Next Save Middle Head Public Meeting 11 November 2014

Next Save Middle Head Public Meeting 11 November 2014

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King

The September 16 Board Minutes, which records the approval of the aged care decision facility by the Board Members, have now been published.

You can read them HERE…

Although Chair Tinney congratulates the Trust on its “comprehensive assessments”, I do not congratulate Ms Tinney or the rest of the Board on its erroneous and dismaying decision to approve aged care, by a 7-1 vote.

Mr. Peter Lowry OAM, founding Trust Board Member …

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This is a sad day for all Australians

This is a sad day for all Australians

This is a sad day for all Australians who care about their history and about the environment.

he Headland Preservation Group is extremely troubled by today’s decision by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the federal Liberal government to approve the development of a residential aged care facility on the 10 Terminal site on public land in Headland Park, Middle Head.

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There is still time to email decision makers and say you object!

There is still time to email decision makers and say you object!

The statutory deadline for the Minister’s determination is October 22nd. There is still time to write to the decision makers to voice your opinion!

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Petition Drive to Save Middle Head

Petition Drive to Save Middle Head

HPG volunteers will be at Balmoral Beach with iPads on Sunday 21st September from 11am to 3pm for the public to sign the online petition to stop the almost total demolition of 10 Terminal for a proposed private residential development on public parkland at Middle Head.

The petition sends emails with comments to the decision makers. We know that the petition and especially the comments are being read and have had an influence.

The last petition drive at Chowder Bay was very successful and hundreds signed.

There is very little time now …

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Statements by MPs in support of preserving Middle Head from redevelopment

Statements by MPs in support of preserving  Middle Head from redevelopment

In response to concerns expressed by the National Trust in December 1997 about the proposed sale for profit by the Department of Defence of Sydney Harbour foreshore lands, the Member for Warringah, The Hon. Tony Abbott, responded:

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Mosman Council unanimously rejects proposal August 5, 2014

Mosman Council unanimously rejects proposal August 5, 2014

Mosman Council Resolution passed August 5, 2014

Motion Abelson/Bendall

That Council:

1. Strongly recommends to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust to reject the proposed aged care facility on the site of the 10 Terminal Regiment building on Middle Head.

2. Notes and agrees the views of the Council officers that the proposed aged care centre:

Is not consistent with the aims and objectives of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001
Is not consistent with the aims of the Management Plan for Middle Head
Will alienate the public from a significant part of Middle Head
Council considers …

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR SUBMISSION DUE SUNDAY AUGUST 3

DOWNLOAD “INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” DOCUMENT HERE…

DOWNLOAD PUBLIC EXHIBITION DOCUMENTS HERE…

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Submissions under EPBC and SHFT Acts combined on proposed residential aged care facility, Middle Head Mosman, are due 5pm Sunday 3 August 2014 – we recommend 5pm Friday 1 August 2014.

2. Read THIS PAGE for guidelines for writing a SINGLE LETTER to send to both parties.

3. You will need to send your letter to 2 places, to BOTH Middle Head Healthcare Pty Ltd and The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

4. Copy and Paste this heading on …

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Have Your Say: Save Middle Head

Have Your Say: Save Middle Head

In her recent newsletter The Hon Jillian Skinner is asking for feedback. Please respond by completing the ‘Have your say’ form and tick the box marked “better maintenance of our local environment/heritage”.

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Public Meeting Thursday 8 May 2014

Public Meeting Thursday 8 May 2014

Come to our next public meeting – 6.30 pm Thursday 8 May

At the Mosman Senior Citizens’ Centre,  Spit Junction, (next to Mosman Town Hall).

Get the full story and ask questions. Pick up draft letters you can send to the decision makers and politicians.

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Tell Minister the new proposal IS A CONTROLLED ACTION

Tell Minister the new proposal IS A CONTROLLED ACTION

Guidelines for writing to the Minister are NOW AVAILABLE HERE…. If you want to be on our email list please complete the signup form on the right hand side of this page.

As a result of community reaction to the original proposed development application for an aged care residential home on Middle Head the proponent, Middle Head Health Care, has submitted a revised development application. This revised application has gone not to the Trust but has been referred directly to the federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, …

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Urgent – new Aged Care Home Development announced

Urgent – new Aged Care Home Development announced

There is now a new aged care home development proposal, and instead of first seeking approval from the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, the aged care home applicant has decided to first seek approval from the Department of Environment.

By law, approvals from BOTH the Trust and the Minister for the Environment are required.

The development is now on one side of the road, on the site of the heritage listed red-brick 10 Terminal buildings. However, the entire scale and form seem to have simply been moved to one side of …

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Aged Care Selection Process Explained by Geoff Bailey…

Aged Care Selection Process Explained by Geoff Bailey…

Aged Care Selection Process Explained by Geoff Bailey at public meeting April 10 but still unanswered questions.

As a result of a question from Linda Bergin about the Trust’s “Boutique Hotel Leasing Opportunity … and … Expressions of Interest” (2012) document, Geoff Bailey explained how the aged care proposal, which was also given a green light in 2012, came before the Trust.

There was disagreement between Ms. Bergin and Mr. Bailey about this document.

Mr. Bailey said that the document was what the Trust calls “Open Leasing” and …

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Save Middle Head Urgent Public Meeting 10 April 2014 – Please attend!

Save Middle Head Urgent Public Meeting 10 April 2014 – Please attend!

When: 6:30 – 7:30 pm Thursday April 10 2014
Where: Mosman Council Senior Citizen’s Centre (next to Mosman Town Hall, Mosman Square, Spit Junction)

The Headland Preservation Group will have its 4th public meeting next week, continuing our campaign against an aged-care home on Middle Head. We will also discuss other threats to public parkland.

Special Guest Speaker: Colonel Geoff Brown PhD RAASC/RACT (retired) on the military heritage of the Middle Head precinct

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Middle Head aged care proposal: Letter from Geoff Bailey to the Mayor of Mosman

Middle Head aged care proposal: Letter from Geoff Bailey to the Mayor of Mosman

Below is the text from the letter sent by Geoff Bailey urging the Mayor to defer Mosman Council’s vote on the Motion on March 4.

See Headland Preservation Group’s response to this letter here.

Clr Peter Abelson
Mayor
Mosman Council
PO Box 211
SPIT JUNCTION NSW 2088

Dear Clr Abelson

Re: Proposed Aged Care Facility, Middle Head-Council’s Notice of Motion 4 March 2014

I refer to the proposal for an aged care facility at Middle Head currently being assessed by the Harbour Trust, and Council’s Notice of Motion to consider the proposal at its …

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Save Middle Head 3rd Public Meeting

Save Middle Head 3rd Public Meeting

Almost 200 people attended our 3rd public meeting on Thursday 20 February to continue the campaign against the proposed aged care residential complex in Headland Park on Middle Head.

We heard about the campaign progress from Linda Bergin OAM, President of the recently re-formed Headland Preservation Group Inc, and reviewed errors and omissions on the proponents proposed development application documents. Guest speakers included Mr David Shoebridge, Greens MP NSW Parliament, and Ms Ilona Millar, Special Counsel Baker & McKenzie. We’ll be making transcriptions of these presentations available …

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Attend our 3rd public Meeting to save Middle Head

Attend our 3rd public Meeting to save Middle Head

Dear Community Member,

We urge you to attend our 3rd public meeting to Save Middle Head to will be held next Thursday 20 February, 6.30-7.30pm at the Mosman Senior Citizen’s Centre (next to Mosman Town Hall, Mosman Square, Spit Junction).

Agenda

Mr David Shoebridge, MLC NSW Parliament, Australian Greens, will speak to the proposal to build a large private aged care residential facility on Middle Head.
Special Counsel Ilona Millar, Baker & McKenzie, will speak and take questions about why the proposal is unlawful.
We have uncovered some mistakes and …

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Large turnout for public meeting held on January 23

Large turnout for public meeting held on January 23

Turnout for the public meeting to Save Middle Head held on January 23 was unusually large and we counted 180-190 with many standing and some unfortunately being turned away. There was no evident support for the aged-care proposal at the meeting, and much applause in opposition to the proposal.

Our President Linda Bergin OAM returned early from overseas to be able to Chair the meeting, in light of the urgency of the campaign.

The Harbour Trust did not attend with the exception of Board Member Peter Lowry …

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Standing Up For Middle Head On Boxing Day

Standing Up For Middle Head On Boxing Day

Julie Goodsir* and a team of volunteers organised a massive effort at Georges Heights and Middle Head on Boxing Day to alert visitors from all over Sydney and beyond of the threat of private residential development facing a large section of the historic headland.

The visitors, many of whom travel to Georges Heights and Middle Head each year to gain unique vantage points on the Sydney to Hobart yacht race fleet, were shocked to learn public land and open space within their view could be overshadowed by private …

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Let The Winds Of History Blow. Stop Private Development Of Public Land On Middle Head.

Let The Winds Of History Blow. Stop Private Development Of Public Land On Middle Head.

In just a few hours the Sydney to Hobart yachts will set sail after months of preparation and in many cases years of experience. The Sydney to Hobart is quintessentially a celebration of Sydney Harbour. The fleet will make its time-honoured charge down Sydney Harbour pursued by the equally traditional spectator fleet.

At 86 years of age Syd Fischer, Mosman’s elder statesmen of property and sea, will be setting off on his 45th Sydney to Hobart race. On Boxing Day Syd Fischer is Sydney, as enduring …

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Email Campaign Pauses for Christmas. Petitions and Letterbox Drops Take Over.

Special thanks to everyone taking up the challenge to send emails to key politicians. Save Middle Head’s campaigning has focused on getting the urgent attention of Tony Abbott as Member for Warringah.

However as many people have said so passionately at public meetings so far the ‘Harbour Trust was established to protect public land for all Australians!’ That’s why we’re reaching out across Sydney to alert and inform as many people and politicians as possible about what’s at stake.

‘Betrayal of trust’, dismay and sheer disbelief that …

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IMPORTANT – NEW CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS 

New closing date is 5pm Wednesday 11 December 2013 for submissions on proposed Amendment to Management Plan and proposed Development of 10 Terminal for residential aged healthcare.

Submission should be marked ‘Middle Head Precinct’ and posted or emailed to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust:

PO Box 607
MOSMAN  NSW  2088

OR EMAIL to: [email protected]

For details of the development proposal please go to: www.harbourtrust.gov.au/planning-projects/public-comment

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Save Middle Head from Developer

By Linda Bergin OAM

Like me you probably only recently heard about plans for the construction of a large new aged-care facility on Middle Head (Headland Park, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust). A small news story appeared in the Mosman Daily on 14 November 2013.

I was one of the founders of the Headland Preservation Group, which back in 1996-2001 successfully prevented the sale of Middle Head and Georges Heights, and assisted in the subsequent creation of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Since that time, the Trust has done …

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