Over the last year the CRAI, in collaboration with other Shire associations and residents has been very active in promoting and fighting for the retention of the district’s distinctive, liveable character.

With constant feedback from local residents we are continually reminded that the greater majority want to see the retention of their open, uncongested, green, low rise/low density housing environment. In this context, the Association, with all its partners, presented a very strong view to Hornsby Council on the proposed South Dural development, which contributed to their decision to not approve it. In the recent Hornsby Shire Council elections, the CRAI, along with many others, provided support for those candidates whose campaigns strongly featured the need to oppose the approval of inappropriate developments.

In the last six months, the CRAI and other residents associations have focussed on trying to ensure that the State Government is aware of the concerns that the community has in relation to the potential development of the Cherrybrook Metro Station precinct and its close surrounds.

To this end they have met on two occasions with the State Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and with the MP for Epping, the Hon Damien Tudehope. At the moment, the draft development plan from the DPE, scheduled for promised publication mid-2018 is awaited. Once it is available, it will be open for public comment, before any action is taken and the CRAI is planning to respond to that invitation. (This obviously excludes the station itself and the immediately – adjacent multi – storey carpark for 400 cars – which we understand are proceeding to completion for opening mid next year).

New members are always very welcome, as is general comment about the aims of the Association. For those wishing to become members an application form and other relevant information can be found at www.cherrybrookresidents.org.au/join/

More information about the CRAI can be found at http://www.cherrybrookresidents.org.au/sydney-metro-northwest-project-newsletter/