Mayor's community Message

10 July


I am aware that there has been a lot of community interest in the progress of work on a proposed new restaurant at Rockend Cottage, an important heritage-listed property situated at Banjo Paterson Park, Gladesville.

Following an expression of interest process, the current lessee of Rockend Cottage took occupation of the much-loved 1850s era stone cottage in late 2023 with the intention of opening a new restaurant. Rockend Cottage was previously the site of the popular Banjo Paterson Cottage Restaurant, which closed in May 2022. 

Council has been attempting to work collaboratively with the lessee in order for the new business to open as soon as possible.

However, building work on this historic property, which was home to the famous Australian writer and poet Andrew Barton (‘Banjo’) Paterson in the 1870s, has proceeded without the required authorisations or approvals. Accordingly, Council has issued stop-work orders on the lessee.

Council and the lessee are currently in the process of considering their options with respect to ensuring that the structural integrity and the heritage fabric of the building has not been compromised and this may take some time.


I’m pleased to announce that I’ve instigated, via a Mayoral Minute passed unanimously at the 25 June Council Meeting, a new initiative for younger members of our community to see first-hand how democracy works at the local government level.

The ‘Mayor for a Day’ event will be held during Public Education Week on Monday 5 August 2024 at Council Chambers.

I’ll be inviting the Principals and School Captains of all Primary Schools (Public and Catholic) located in the City of Ryde to attend and participate in the event, as well as all City of Ryde Councillors.

I’m hoping that this initiative may inspire some future Councillors or even a Mayor.


The City of Ryde’s Spring Garden Competition is back again, with entries open now until 31 August 2024 and I’m encouraging all our local green thumbs to show off their wonderful outdoor spaces.This very popular community event has a unique hands-on quality and an active nature to it. It provides the community with a chance to better our gardens and to keep active, creative, and establish an essential space of relaxation. This competition aims to showcase some amazing spaces that have brought encouragement and joy to many. For more information click here.

Yours Sincerely,

Clr Brown - Mayor

Clr Trenton Brown
Mayor - City of Ryde
Phone: Office of the Mayor 9952 8222.