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Mayor's Community Message

24 May 2017

One year anniversary

There is a saying that “a week in politics is a long time” but it is hard to realise that 12 months has passed since Council staff relocated from Ryde to North Ryde due to the unsuitability of the old Civic Centre as a workplace.  It was a big wrench for staff but it was handled very professionally and with no disruption to our services.  

Additionally, this anniversary coincides with the stepping down of Roy Newsome as the Acting General Manager of the City of Ryde whose term, in line with the Local Government Act, must end after 12 months. Mr Newsome is moving back to his original role as Director of Corporate and Organisational Support Services and I want to thank him for his outstanding service in that time. His calm hand and exceptional knowledge has kept the Council on course and he has guided the Council through a difficult time. He is replaced as Acting General Manager by Director of City Works and Infrastructure, George Dedes, who I welcome to the role.  

The eBook revolution

The growing popularity of eBooks is reflected in Ryde Library Service’s records that show eBook loans have risen by an amazing 28%.  

To keep up with this demand the eBook collection is receiving a $100,000 funding boost that will see it grow to 18,000 titles.  

With most technology, it is young people who drive their popularity, but in an unexpected twist, the eBook revolution is powered by women and older readers, with romance, thrillers and mysteries in the top three genres.

If you would like some free eDevice training, West Ryde Library is holding a Digital Discoveries Workshop this Thursday on 25 May from 10.00 - 12noon. Call 9952 8352 to book a space or book online.

New site for Origami Horse Sculptures

The origami horse sculptures (currently located in West Ryde Plaza) will be re-homed at Riding for the Disabled’s Marsfield headquarters in the first week of June with installation works to be completed in mid-July. A detailed design for subsequent upgrades to West Ryde Plaza will be completed for community consultation in late 2017.

Have Your Say

The Council’s Draft Four Year Delivery Plan 2017-2021 including the One Year Operational Plan 2017/2018 is currently on exhibition for your comments.

The Delivery Plan is based on the Community Strategic Plan and sets out the projects and activities to be delivered to the community by Council over the next four year.  The closing date for your comments is 30 May and you can view the Plan on the Have Your Say website

Yours Sincerely,

Clr Bill Pickering (LtCol Retd)
Mayor - City of Ryde
Phone: Office of the Mayor 9952 8222.

Last updated on 24 May 2017