The Castlecrag Progress Association Inc. has been in existence since 1925. It was incorporated in April 1992 under the Associations Incorporation Act 1984 and has an unbroken record of service to the residents of Castlecrag.
Its objectives are:
To do everything possible to promote and further the interests of the district of Castlecrag or other nearby areas where it is possible that benefit could accrue to the advantage of the district and could enhance and stimulate the community life of residents of Castlecrag and environs.
To conserve the natural and human heritage of Castlecrag for the benefit of future generations.
The inaugural meeting of the Progress Association was held on 10 November 1925, when Edgar Herbert was elected president. Walter and Marion Griffin were active members, with Walter serving on the Executive Committee.
Its early campaigns were for:
- A Government infants school
- Better transport access to the city by construction of an arterial road from East Lindfield to North Sydney. This was achieved in 1939 with the opening of Eastern Valley Way
- The upgrading of Edinburgh Road
- The undergrounding of electricity wires
- Sewage services for the Castlecrag Peninsula
- Tree planting along Edinburgh Road.
Other subsequent campaigns of the Progress Association are presented in History. The Association has consistently campaigned to maintain the Griffin vision for Castlecrag and took the lead in:
- Community opposition to the extension of the Warringah Freeway over the northern escarpment of the Castlecrag Peninsula (abandoned in 1976)
- The establishment of planning controls to protect the built and natural environment of the suburb (progressively implemented by Council)
- Improved traffic management in the suburb
- The retention of the Infants School (failed despite intense community support over an extended period).
Membership of the of the Progress Association is open to residents of the suburb of Castlecrag on an individual basis. Annual membership (calendar year) is $20 per person or $10 concession.
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The following people have been elected to the Castlecrag Progress Association executive and committee for 2019 and into 2020.
President: Dr Paul Stokes
Vice-Presidents: Dr. John Steel, Kate Westoby
Secretary: Ruth Kendon
Treasurer: Diana Jones
Committee: Lindy Batterham, Stuart Frith, Matthew Keighery, Bob McKillop, John Moratelli, Gay Spies OAM, Hugh Stowe.
Lindy Batterham was born in Castlecrag and has spent most of her adult life here, moving back when she started a family in the early ‘80s. The last 16 years were spent working in TAFE, teaching Early Childhood Education. Prior to that she worked professionally in theatre as a writer and performer. She has created and produced theatre at The Haven Amphitheatre as part of its management committee for the last 30 years. She became coordinator of the Save our Infants School group SOS*CRAG (1989-93) when her alma mater was closed just as her daughter commenced her schooling there. Since 2015, Lindy has served as honorary editor of our local CPA newsletter The Crag.
Stuart Frith. Together with his wife Fiona, has lived in Castlecrag since 1999 (with 5 years in London during that time) and raised two sons whilst living in The Bulwark and more recently Charles Street. An Electrical Engineer (UNSW) who has spent 25 years in various management positions with financial technology companies and stock exchanges in Australia, Asia & Europe. Is passionate about the amazing gum trees and interesting architecture in Castlecrag and the friendliness of fellow residents.
Diana Jones a science graduate, bookkeeper, BAS agent, and retired computer programmer, has lived in Castlecrag since 1978. She is interested in heritage and the natural environment, is active in several community organisations. In recognition of her services, Diana was awarded Life Membership of the CPA in May 2009 and Willoughby Citizen of the Year in 2014.
Matthew Keighery – Matt has lived in Castlecrag since 2002. He is passionate about the environment and is the convenor of the Keep Reserve Bushcare Group. He is an active member of the Griffin Reserves Advisory committee and joined the CPA committee in 2019. Matt has a degree in Science, Ecology. He had a long career in Corporate Communications, owning his own business but is now semi-retired working part-time as a bush regenerator and running websites for not-for-profits. At other times, he is playing guitar and singing – neither particularly well. He is interested in social, environmental and economic sustainability in Castlecrag.
Ruth Kendon is a practicing naturopath and herbalist based in Sydney, Australia. She has spent 30 years in private practice and taught clinical nutrition for 20 years at several colleges and university. Ruth has been an industry consultant on natural medicines and cosmetics for 18 years and represented industry for over 5 years in negotiations with the Federal Government. She is a Fellow of the National Herbalists’ Association of Australia, the leading professional body for naturopaths and herbalists in Australia. Ruth has lived in Castlecrag for 30 years and loves our native birds, animals and trees. She is passionate about protecting the bushland which feeds and shelters them.
John Moratelli has been a senior lawyer with Legal Aid NSW working mainly in consumer law for over 20 years, having previously worked for the Aboriginal Legal Service. He has lived in Castlecrag since about 1995 and joined the Willoughby Environmental Protection Association (WEPA) not long after. He loves bushwalking and cycling and has a strong interest in sustainability and environmental protection. He became active in local development issues soon after moving to the area when the foreshore building line was being reviewed.
Gay Spies OAM has been active in Castlecrag community affairs for 28 years through her untiring efforts to protect the natural environment. Her service as President of the Willoughby Environment Protection Association (WEPA) and her work on the Sugarloaf Bush Regeneration project, among other services, resulted in her Willoughby City Citizen of the Year award in 2002. Gay’s particular interests include indigenous plants and textiles.
John Steel is currently a consultant in livestock parasite control, following a long career as a CSIRO research scientist in the livestock industry. He and Marianne became residents of Castlecrag in 1979, joining the Progress Association shortly thereafter. John was elected to the committee in 1998 and served as President from 2004–2007. A founding member of the Oriel Bushcare Group, he has a strong interest in environmental sustainability and the preservation of our natural and built heritage that makes Castlecrag such a special place in which to live and rear a family.
Paul Stokes is a retired Science Teacher who taught at Hornsby Girls High School for nearly 15 years. He recently returned to Castlecrag after nearly 40 years, having grown up in The Battlement from 1952. As a child and adolescent, Paul loved the Castlecrag bushland and spent much of his formative years exploring it. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a project manager in the financial services industry for many years and he is keen to bring these skills to bear in the interests of the Castlecrag Community.
Hugh Stowe has lived in Castlecrag for 5 years, with his wife and 2 teenage children. He regards his move to the area as a great life decision. He is deeply appreciative of the natural beauty and communal village charm of the suburb, and is deeply committed to the preservation and enhancement of those unique and precious Castlecrag virtues. He is keen to foster the already strong commitment within the suburb to environmental protection and sustainability. He is a practising barrister.
Kate Westoby is a Teacher/Librarian at Castle Cove Primary School. She has been active in the Castlecrag community for many years, covering the kindergarten, infants’ school, the SOS*CRAG campaign, WEPA and the Conservation Society. She has served on the Progress Association Committee since 1985 and was President from 2001 to 2004, from 2009 to 2010, and from 2014 to the present 2016.
The Progress Association commenced a newsletter for the residents of Castlecrag in 1974 as ‘Castlecrag News’. It was relaunched as The Crag in March 1978 and has been published regularly since then. The Crag has been improved over the years and is distributed to all the 1100 households and businesses in the suburb, and to many households in East Willoughby. It publishes material on events and people in the Castlecrag Community.
To view recent articles from The Crag, click here.
The material published in The Crag on our history is presented under History. Articles, comments and letters to the editor are always welcome.
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