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Mayor's Community Message

19 July 2017

Million Visitors to Ryde Library 

Ryde Library Service has set a new record for attendances with more than one million visits in the past financial year. It is the first time the annual door count has hit the million-visitor mark and places Ryde Library Service amongst an elite set of six library services in NSW with this ranking of visitors, while also being the smallest Local Government Council Library to do so.

Five branches make up the Service which caters to residents of the City of Ryde and Hunters Hill areas located at Ryde, Eastwood, North Ryde, West Ryde and Gladesville.

The Library Service boasts some other impressive figures including close to a million items borrowed, 90,000 loans of eBooks, eMagazines and eAudios, 1,700 programs and events, 57,000 event attendees and 160,000 information requests.  

The collections are constantly updated with the latest addition of Comics Plus, the new digital graphic novels and comics collection, sure to please young people.  

Membership is free. For more information go to the Library page  

Youth Theatre’s New Production

Ryde Youth Theatre’s new production Gorgons’ Blessings (MA15+) will premier this week. Bringing the medieval fantasy world to Ryde, it is a play which focuses on the themes of power, betrayal, love, lust and rebellion. Gorgons’ Blessings is playing at The Underground in Turner Street, Ryde, over the next two weekends. I encourage you to support our talented young people. Tickets are only $8.50 and are available online from Sticky Tickets.   

SWAP Entries Closing Soon

One of the events central to maintaining our City’s reputation for its creativity is the Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prize (SWAP), now in its seventh year.  

Last year the competition attracted a record 195 works from artists right across the Sydney region, some as young as 11 years of age. 

With a total prize pool in excess of $4,500, now is the time to get your entry in before the cut-off of Friday 4 August. Council is seeking art entries in all mediums including paint and sculpture, as well as up-cycled functional objects made from waste. The competition is open to entrants who either live, work, study or play in the City of Ryde. You can find full details at the SWAP page  

Disability Inclusion Action Plan On Exhibition

Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) went on public exhibition earlier this week. The document identifies actions which Council plans to undertake to assist people with disability to participate more fully in community life. 

I would encourage you to view the plan and Have Your Say.

Yours Sincerely,

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

Last updated on 19 July 2017