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Your City - Autumn 2017 Edition

Published on 21 April 2017

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Feature Story: It pays to go sustainable

Let the sunshine in

Want to make your sustainable dream home come true? You can learn how to renovate or retrofit your home incorporating sustainable design features at a special workshop run by sustainability expert Graham Hunt.

Maximise sunlight, save on energy and incorporate other sustainable design features to make your home cost effective and cheaper to run.

Sustainable Retrofit Workshop
When: Wednesday 3 May
Time: 6.00 - 8.00pm
Where: Ryde Library, 1 Pope Street, Ryde
Bookings essential at

Eco home challenge

When Angela Xiong and John Shen decided to make their home more sustainable and save money on household bills they turned to Council for advice. They booked a free, 45-minute Home Sustainability Assessment and entered the Ryde Sustainable Home Challenge. They were one of three lucky residents to win home environmental improvement items valued at $1,500. A new rooftop solar system is proving it pays to go solar. Since 2013, over 400 residents have signed up for the sustainability assessment. To book your own sustainability assessment, go to

Gone solar

Council has installed a 32.5 kw solar energy system on the roof of North Ryde Library. The system is expected to generate 47,002 kw/h of clean, renewable electricity per annum, enough electricity to meet almost 70% of its energy needs. The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by close to 41,000 tonnes per annum, the equivalent of permanently removing 16.6 cars off the road every year. The 126 solar panels have been installed at a fixed angle and face north to maximise their efficiency. 

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The Smarter, Cleaner, Greener e-newsletter is filled with educational information, free workshop details, upcoming events and helpful hints and tips on topics such as the environment, sustainable living, waste and parke. You'll also hear about council programs and local community action helping to make the City of Ryde Smarter, Cleaner and Greener!
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Latest News in the City

The Mayor's Community Message

Dear Resident,

As Mayor, I am privileged to be involved in all aspects of life in the running of our City. Whether it is being part of the decision making process to set the course for planning and development, finalising budgets, attending functions, or meeting volunteers, each one of these duties gives me a unique overview of our City’s future.

Despite the current uncertainty surrounding the proposed amalgamation of Ryde Council, I can assure you that Ryde is on course for a period of unprecedented growth.

Ryde’s booming $15billion economy is outperforming all other economic districts, including the Sydney CBD, thanks to Macquarie Park Business Corridor’s outstanding 6% GDP growth. Locally, this means more jobs and better leverage to ensure that we have the necessary infrastructure to manage the predicted population growth in coming decades.

We continue to upgrade roads and footpaths as set out in our Plan of Management, with a $4.25million spend in January and February. We are also putting the final touches to a special memorial at Anzac Park, West Ryde which will be unveiled on Anzac Day, Tuesday 25 April.

Our fabulous Library Service is in the news as we start the ‘March to a Million’ customers for the 2016/17 financial year. There are ‘millions’ of reason why you should visit one of our five Library branches. A few of them are listed here, including a great School Holiday program, the Sydney Writers Festival, Biggest Musical Morning Tea and an Outdoor Simultaneous Storytime for children.

Put your best foot forward and be part of ‘March to a Million’.

Yours sincerely,
Clr Bill Pickering (LtCol Retd)
Mayor - City of Ryde

Phone 9952 8222 or email

Cork & Fork: A gourmet pop-up

Cork & Fork is a gourmet pop-up by the water celebrating great food and wine in Kissing Point Park, Putney. Indulge in premium wine, great food and bespoke products whilst relaxing next to the water with cool sounds of up and coming acoustic artists. Parents note, we will have you covered with activities to keep the kids entertained. 

A full list of stallholders will be available closer to the event. 

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday 4 June 2017  |  11.00am - 3.00pm at Kissing Point Park Putney  | 

Help us make City of Ryde a more inclusive community by contributing to Council's Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP)

This plan is to make City of Ryde a better place for people living with disability to live, work and visit by:

  1. Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours
  2. Creating liveable communities
  3. Supporting access to meaningful employment
  4. Improving access to services through better systems and processes.

If you are living with disability or know someone who is, then Council would love to have you involved in developing this plan.

There are a number of ways to get involved in City of Ryde's Disability Inclusion Action Plan

  1. Council will be running a community survey until early May
  2. Community focus groups will be held in May:
    Hunters Hill
    Tuesday 2 May, 12.30pm - 2.00pm
    City of Ryde
    Wednesday 3 May, 9.30am - 11.00am or 5.30pm - 7.00pm
    Lane Cove
    Thursday 4 May, 1.00pm - 2.30pm or 6.30pm - 8.00pm
  3. One on one conversations can be organised if you are not comfortable in a group situation or need extra support
  4. The 'Meeting in a Box Tooklit' is a mini consultation that can be used by groups, families or friends to run a consultation meeting of their own using standardised procedures and questions. 

Contact or phone 9952 8222. For more information visit

Cinema in the Park

Free movie nights at a park near you! 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: Out of the Shadows
When: Friday 28 April at 6.30pm
Where: Morrison Bay Park, France Road, Putney

Wet Weather: In the event of wet weather movies will be postponed. Check or for updates. 

Ryde/Hunters Hill Home Modification and Maintenance Service

The Home Modification and Maintenance Service provides modifications and maintenance to the homes of the frail, aged, and people with a disability aged under 65.

What will it cost?

  • Modifications - Income Assessed
  • Maintenance - Hourly rate plus cost of materials


  • Installation of handrails
  • Installation of hand-held showers
  • Building timber ramps
  • Adjustment of chair or bed height


  • Minor carpentry, electrical or plumbing
  • Gutter cleaning

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health

Contact the Home Modification and Maintenance Service Team on 9952 8222 for information. Please call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to request works.

Call for Applications - Ryde ClubGRANTS Scheme

Clubs in the City of Ryde support local community organisations through the Ryde ClubGRANTS Scheme. The scheme provides a one-off non-recurrent funding for local projects, addressing the identified needs of the local community.

City of Ryde administers this Scheme on behalf of the local clubs.

Go to for the following:

  • 2017 online application
  • Documents assisting project and application development
  • Application guidelines.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31 May 2017

For more information on the ClubGRANTS Scheme please contact Customer Service on 9952 8222. 

A State Government/Clubs NSW program funded by a 1.85% gaming machine tax rebate and the City of Ryde.


Program of works

Keeping roads and footpaths in good condition and ensuring that local parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities and public buildings are maintained to a high standard, requires a constant cycle of works and planning. Between January 2017 and February 2017 more than $4.25 million was allocated for this vital work. Here is a monthly breakdown of completed projects for the quarter. Eighteen of the completed works fell under Special Rate Variation funding.  

Projects Completed in January 2017 Budget $1,027,186

  • Eastwood Lower Field Returf - Sportsfield Renewal & Upgrade
  • Forrest Road (Malvina Street - CuldeSac) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Ada Street (Eastview Avenue - Flinders Road) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Lawrence Street (Winbourne St - Cul De Sac) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Baringa Street (Trevitt Road - Kent Road) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Barr Street (Avon Road - Larkard Street) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Crowley Crescent (Lancaster Avenue - Cobham Avenue) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Dorothy Street (Bridge Road - Ronald Avenue) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Edgar Street (Blaxland Road - Welby Street) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Elston Avenue (Cul De Sac (N) - Ryedale Road) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Federal Road (Rex Street - House Number 20) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Genner Street (Mirool Street - Perkins Street) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *High Street (Kennedy Street - The Strand) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Holt Street (Napier Crescent - David Avenue) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Bellevue Avenue (Bencoolen Avenue - Fernvale Avenue) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Beverley Crescent (Carmen Street - Lucinda Road) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Cressy Road (Wellington Road - Quarry Road) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • *Fisher Avenue (Boyce Street - Goulding Road) - Road Resurfacing Renewal
  • Cressy Road (Cox’s to Kittys Ck) - Footpath Construction Expansion
  • Irene Crescent (Pathway 73 - Balaclava Rd) - Footpath Construction Expansion
  • North Road (No.231 - Threlfall St) - Footpath Construction Expansion
  • Meadowbank Park Car Park adjacent to L H Ward Field - Car Park Renewal
  • Extension of East Parade Car Park between First Avenue and Second Avenue - Car Park Renewal
Project Completed in February 2017 Budget $3,225,500
  • ELS Hall Park - 1 - Synthetic Playing Surfaces Expansion
  • Meadowbank Park Subsurface Investigation - Sportsfield Renewal & Upgrade
  • Marsfield Park - Cricket Wicket - Sportsfield Renewal & Upgrade
  • Susan Place (Fonti St to cul-de-sac) - Footpath Construction Expansion
*Special Rate Variation works

SWAP - Sustainable Waste To Art Prize

Artists, designer and members of the community are invited to enter Sustainable Waste to Art Prize (SWAP) with art and design objects that relate to sustainable living or waste themes. 

ENTRIES CLOSE Friday 4 August 2017
EXHIBITION OPENS Wednesday 6 September 2017
JUDGES Steven Aldteron - Director and Chief Executive of the National Arts School, Jeff Angel - Director of the Total Environment Centre and the Boomerang Alliance, Wendy Sharpe - Archibald Prize (1996) and Sulman Prize (1986) Winner

SWAP Workshops
In the lead up to SWAP, City of Ryde is staging a series of free creative workshops to develop artworks for the competition:

  • Plastic Alive! Workshop - 5 July
    Discover new ways to turn discarded plastic into works of art
  • Rope Work Workshop - 8 July
    Create an upbeat rug, wall piece or wearable art from recycled rope
  • Plastic is the bomb Workshop - 12 July
    Create amazing and colourful fruit bowls, baskets, planter pots plus lots more from plastic bags
  • Rags to art Workshop - 15 July
    Make paper based art pieces from old clothing; use collage and embossing techniques to create an artwork

For more information visit

Pre-Book your Household CleanUp Collection

Pre-Booked Household Cleanup collection is a free waste service offered to City of Ryde residents for disposal of bulky unwanted household items. Each property has access to 5 Pre-Booked collections per calendar year and you are able to make booking up to 12 months in advance.

Are your household items too good to waste?
Consider extending the life of your household items before placing them out for a CleanUp Collection. Some of the ways to reuse or recycle your pre-loved items are: 

  • Hold a Garage Sale
    Hold a Second Hand Garage Sale at your place to sell your unwanted items and receive a free advertisement in the local paper. For more information visit
  • Donate to The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre
    The Bower provides reuse solutions for unwanted reusable household items. Call 9968 6280 to confirm if the items you have can be reused, repaired or donated. For further information, visit
  • TV’s and Computers
    You can get up to five free collections per year. For more information or to book your collection, call Customer Service on 9952 8222.
  • Charity Clothing Bins
    Donate your preloved clothing by using Council clothing bins located in parks and carparks throughout the City. To locate a nearest clothing bin, visit

Recycling Drop-Off Bins

Recycle your household problem waste items such as household batteries, fluorescent light globes and bulbs, printer ink cartridges and mobile phones. City of Ryde residents can make use of the recycling stations located at the following locations:

  • West Ryde Library, 2 Graf Avenue, West Ryde
  • Macquarie University, MUSE Student Connect, C7A building, Level 2
  • Council Depot, 1 Constitution Road, Ryde

Household batteries can also be taken to your nearest Aldo, Battery World, IKEA or to 'Household Chemical Cleanout' events. 

For more information visit 

For more information on Pre-Booked Household CleanUp Colleciton, visit or call Customer Service on 9952 8222. 


Library and Information Week 2017

Discover your Library, enjoy its facilities and try new experiences at Ryde Library Service. 

Monday 22 May

  • Biggest Musical Morning Tea
  • Library and Information Week
  • Extended eBook Collection Launch
  • eBooks/eAudio Display and Info Booth
    10.00am - 11.30am, all at Ryde Library
  • Biggest Morning Tea Fundraiser
    10.00am - 12noon at West Ryde Library
  • Kids Club
    4.00pm - 5.00pm at Ryde Library

Tuesday 23 May

  • Storytime
  • InFocus: Tracing your family history
  • Kids Club

Wednesday 24 May

  • Simultaneous Story Time
  • Sydney Writers Festival - Authors Platform: Richard Fidler

Thursday 25 May

  • Storytime
  • Digital Discoveries eBooks Workshop
  • Sydney Writers Festival Authors Platform: Tom Griffiths
    6.30pm - 8.00pm

Friday 26 May

  • Ryde Rockers Rhymetime
    10.30am at Gladesville Library
  • Storytime
    11.00am at Gladesville Library

Saturday 27 May

  • Saturday Stories and Play
    10.45am at North Ryde Library
Your Councillors

Central Ward

Clr Bill Pickering - Mayor
Phone: 0404 074 299

Clr Jeff Salvestro-Martin
Phone: 0413 043 423

Clr Denise Pendleton
Phone: 9877 6658

Clr Sarkis Yedelian OAM
Phone: 0412 048 330 

East Ward

Clr Jane Stott - Deputy Mayor
Phone: 0414 552 495 

Clr George Simon
Phone: 0468 478 086 

Clr Roy Maggio
Phone: 0418 299 347 

West Ward

Clr Jerome Laxale
Phone: 0426 273 289 

Clr Justin Li
Phone: 0412 614 174

Clr Terry Perram
Phone: 9874 7904

Find out which ward you live in. Full details can be found on our website:

Anzac Commemoration Service

When: Tuesday 25 April

Time: 9.00am

Where: ANZAC Park, ANZAC Avenue, West Ryde

Followed by morning tea at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.

The ANZAC servvice will include the unveiling of the 'Remembrance Walk' with 12 new commemorative plaques highlighting the history and involvement of the residents of Ryde during WWI. 

Boat Parking Laws Consultation 2017

New Boat Trailer Parking Laws were introduced in NSW in late 2016 to allow Councils and impounding authorities to take action against boat trailers parked in the same spot on a residential street for more than 28 days. These laws do not automatically apply in every part of NSW. Councils are required to consult with their communities and then determine whether or not to enforce the new boat parking laws. City of Ryde invites the community to 'Have Your Say' throughout the month of May 2017. Drop in to an information sessions, complete an on-line survey or email Council at

Drop In Sessions
When: Thursday 18 May 2017
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00 pm
Where: Wallamutta Room, Ryde Library, 1 Pope Street, Ryde

When: Saturday 20 May 2017
Time: 10.00am - 12noon
Where: Pope Room, Ryde Library, 1 Pope Street, Ryde

For more information visit or contact Customer Service on 9952 8222.  

Get In Touch

Ryde Customer Service Centre
1 Pope Street, Ryde
Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm (Second Thursday of the month hours are 10.00am - 5.00pm. First Saturday of the month hours are 8.30am - 1.00pm). For convenience, make an online appointment booking for the Building and Development Advisory Service at or call 9952 8222.

Phone Enquiries
Customer Service Call Centre
Phone: 9952 8222
Open Monday to Friday, 8.00am - 5.30pm

After Hours Assistance
Phone: 9952 8222

Postal Address
All correspondence should be addressed to the General Manager:
Locked Bag 2069
North Ryde NSW 1670

Other Contact Details
Fax: 9952 8070
TTY: 9952 8470
Translating and Interpreting Service: 131 450

Libraries: Eastwood, Gladesville, North Ryde, Ryde and West Ryde.
For contact details of our Libraries go to

Last updated on 21 April 2017